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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.”

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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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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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Have You Seen This Art? Austrian Officials Are Searching for 21 Works That a Priest May Have Swiped From a Benedictine Abbey

A benedictine abbey in Kremsmünster, Austria, a town of just over 6,000 people, has been shaken from its relative calm as its clergy deals with an ongoing investigation into a slew of historic missing cultural property.

The theft, which was first made public last May and remains unresolved, reappeared in the headlines last week when the Austria public prosecutor’s office and the federal criminal police office circulated images of 21 pieces from the abbey’s collection that remain missing, including paintings and antiquities.

During a routine inventory check last May, the abbey’s custodian of the collection found that 50 objects had disappeared (three 17th-century firearms and 47 paintings).

According to public prosecutor Andreas Pechatschek, the primary suspect in the case is a former priest at the monastery, who has been under investigation since August 2020. Austrian media reports say he cared for the art collection between 1997 and 2017, but that

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The Day – From CIA to the ‘Davis Sky’: A look at the artists and works featured in the Mystic Museum of Art’s permanent collection

Some things have changed at the Mystic Museum of Art since it closed in March as part of the state’s COVID-19 shutdown. A visitors’ service window has been created, for instance, and the galleries have new air purification systems. Everyone wears a mask and social distances.

And now, after the museum reopened in late September, it is showcasing one of its great assets: its permanent collection.

The “Reintroducing the Permanent Collection” exhibition, in fact, boasts the largest number of pieces the museum has ever displayed from its collection at one time — 141 works in all.

(There are nearly 250 pieces in the collection, but there wasn’t room to include every one in the current show.)

The works run through three galleries, and the galleries are categorized by time period, showing the evolution of art styles in general — and the evolution within the careers of individual artists as well.

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