Friday, July 31, 2009
I moved out of Crane Street Studios this week. I'm not sorry to leave the dust, the 5 floor walk-up, the awful loos (sorry, it's a British word but somehow 'restroom' or 'bathroom' are far too posh to describe them), my dark and narrow little studio space BUT I am sorry to be leaving such a wonderful artists community. Thankfully, I've made some very special friends who will continue to be part of my life. My studio at Juvenal Reis Studios is much nicer. It is bright with high ceilings and has a professional air about the building. It seems to be well run and clean. Now I just have to find someone to share my space and rent! It is 5 minutes walk from Crane Street so I still get to enjoy the convenience of a short commute from my home in Manhattan, the local stores and the lunchtime terrace at PS1 which is part of MOMA. Onwards and upwards! Follow @EleanorRahimPin It Now!
Monday, July 20, 2009
With much sadness I have to say goodbye to my old studio at Crane Street. Back in April there was a terrible accident when the stairs (pictured in one of my older posts) collapsed with a fellow artist falling from the forth floor. Miraculously, she survived and I send my very best wishes to her and her family. The building was closed and although it may reopen, I can no longer afford to wait for that to happen. I will be relocating to the Juvenal Reis Studios at the beginning of August. I am sad to say goodbye to Crane Street as it was such fun for a while and I made some lovely friends there. However, I am excited about my new studio and look forward to meeting more wonderful artists in that building. Follow @EleanorRahimPin It Now!
This year I had my first Open Studios. The first, at my studio in Crane Street was in March and was an unexpected success. It was a last minute affair as we were asked by The Armory Show organizers to participate at rather a late stage. Nevertheless, we threw open our doors and there was quite a buzz about the place. Given that it was a Friday night, I was very pleased with the turn out. I sold a painting called 'Towards Land III'. I was happy and sad to see it go! However, the new owner loves his painting and that makes me very happy indeed.Pin It Now!
The second Open Studios took place at the Juvenal Reis Studios in May. This was a two day affair and again I was surprised by the large showing of art enthusiasts. I also had moral support from friends Lisa, Carla, Susan, Roon and Charles. I was also lucky enough to be sharing space with three very experienced artists who were members of LICArtists. I learnt quite a lot from them over the weekend. Again I sold a painting so I can claim another successful Open Studios! Thank you to LICArtists for organizing the studio space after the closure of Crane Street Studios.Follow @EleanorRahim
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Towards Land II (2008, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.) is now on display at Yoga Studio 6 LIC. The yoga studio is located in the Arris Lofts Condominium, 27-28 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City. Founder, Alicia Bustamante is keen to promote artists working in Long Island City and visited Crane Street Studios during the Armory Show weekend. Information about Yoga Studio 6 LIC can be found at www.yogastudio6lic.com.Follow @EleanorRahim
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Save the dates!Pin It Now!
Studios will be open from 12-6pm. All the major studios and institutions in the area will be participating in the event. The Queens Council on the Arts is planning arts and cultural events over the weekend in conjunction with the celebration of the centennial birthday of the 59th Street Bridge. There will also be a performance event at the back of Crane Street Studios (in Davis Street).Follow @EleanorRahim
I joined LICArtists last year. It was founded in 1986 by a small group of professional visual artists. I participated in their annual Holiday show. Thanks to all those who helped organize the event and the opening and closing receptions.Pin It Now!
From 2-8pm on Friday March 6th Crane Street Studios will be throwing open it's doors to the public. This is part of 'Queens Night', a special event tied to the Armory Arts Week. As I have not even been to an 'open studio' event, it will be a learning curve for me. I will be there all day to welcome anyone who trots into my studio!Pin It Now!
Crane Street Studios
46-23 Crane Street
Long Island City
Acrylic on canvas, 36x36"Follow @EleanorRahim
I love this painting. It is my favorite so far and now I wonder how I did it. It was fun working on a larger scale and I hope at some point to be working at twice the size.