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Art gallery to open at Empire Outlets, featuring works from local artists

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An art gallery is set to launch this weekend at Empire Outlets in St. George.

The space, which had been a storefront for U.S. Polo, will host “Kin•etiꓘ” beginning Saturday. The exhibit consists of multi-medium works from local artists throughout the five boroughs and the tristate area.

“It is more important than ever to support the local artists that make New York City the incredible cultural destination that it is,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal at BFC Partners. “Empire Outlets is proud to provide a space for artists to showcase their tremendous work and thrilled to add to Staten Island’s rising art scene.”

Empire Outlets art gallery

A gallery, promoted for its inclusivity, is set to launch at Empire Outlets in St. George March 6, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/ Victoria Priola)

Kiara Williams, aka Keys La’Ché, a Staten Island resident and recent Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, curated the gallery. In

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The NOTO Art Center’s ‘Art from the Heart’ show showcases local artists

Love is in the air at the NOTO Art Center. 

During the month of February, the art center’s new exhibit, “Art from the Heart,” will be on display in the Morris Gallery. It includes pieces from a variety of artists and businesses located in the arts district. 

The exhibit opened Friday and will be up until the end of February. The art center, located at 935 N. Kansas Ave., is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 

Artists who have pieces in the show include Gwen McClain; Barbara Waterman-Peters, owner of Studio 831; Larry Peters; Kathy Pflaum; Lisa Underwood, owner of Glass Station; Michaela Butterworth; Dave and Gloria Horn, owners of Donaldson’s Jewelers; and Denise Selbee-Koch and Jennifer Woerner, owners of Compass Point. 

This "Garden of Love" piece is on display as part of the "Art from the Heart" exhibit in the Morris Gallery at the NOTO Art Center.

The artwork that is part of the exhibit is mainly small pieces of work that “somebody could take as a forever

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New MOCAD Exhibits Feature Leni Sinclair & Other Local Artists

MC5 band member Wayne Kramer in Ann Arbor, B&W photograph, 1969, by Leni Sinclair // Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit unveils four new exhibits today as part of its winter 2021 programming. The showcases include photographer Leni Sinclair’s first American museum solo exhibition, a group exhibit that explores the duality of creativity, and exhibits that spotlight local literary arts initiative Black Art Library and community media organization Detroit Narrative Agency.

On display through April 18, Leni Sinclair: Motor City Underground features a collection of the Detroit photographer and activist’s lesser-seen work. Sinclair has been covering radical movements in Detroit since the ’60s, capturing everything from the anti-racist protests of 1967 to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s free concert in the city in 1971, and was named a Kresge Eminent Artist in 2016 for her devotion to art and activism.

To coincide with

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If Norman Rockwell were alive today: North Jersey photo exhibit updates iconic artist’s works

Painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell was renowned for capturing the essence of American life in his paintings and magazine cover illustrations over a span of six decades.

What if he were alive and active today?

Montclair Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Fragile Freedoms: Maggie Meiners Revisits Rockwell,” features 18 photographs that “reinterpret and update” the legendary artist’s classic images of mid-century America culture. The show will open on Sunday, Feb. 7, and run through June 13 at the museum’s 3 S. Mountain Ave. location.

Photo artist Maggie Meiners was inspired by a 2010 visit with her family to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. There she noticed that Rockwell’s paintings “were really sparking conversations among visitors.” The Winnetka, Illinois-based photographer decided to recreate some of Rockwell’s classic paintings with the hope that “these images will be a platform for people to use for discussion, to expand dialogue while connecting people

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