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May 1 – 27
Paintings by William Britt

No Reception.






William Britt is an accomplished and internationally recognized self-taught still-life and landscape painter with a developmental disability who is represented by Pure Vision Arts. Born in 1935, he was sent to the infamous Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, as a child where he remained for 34 years. A frustrated young boy, Britt was given paints by his doctor and encouraged to express himself.

After the closure of Willowbrook, Britt moved into a group home in Westchester, New York, where he continued to further his artistic technique. He now lives in his own home with an attached art studio and woodworking shop where he crafts his frames as well as furniture in West Haverstraw, New York, an area known for its natural beauty.
Britt’s masterful, intricately detailed paintings in the folk art tradition have garnered him several awards, including a Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Award in 1986 for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. At a presentation at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Maya Angelou read her poem, “William Britt” to honor William’s contribution and experiences.

Britt’s work is included in an ever-growing number of collections including those of Nancy Reagan, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Prince Charles and the Emperor of Japan.



June 1 – 27
Paintings by Yoko Komori Olson
Save Our Planet “Water is our Life”

No reception.
EXHIBIT CASE

ORIGAMI BY BECKY HOLT FINE

April 27 - May 27


At a Japanese festival in Seattle in 1998, I learned that there are local groups and even national conventions for origami aficionados from age 6 to 96. I bought a few books and got hooked. I love folding modular origami the most, which is the same unit folded multiple times and then pieced together to make a geometric figure. People work very hard to design these models and I regret that I cannot give due credit. I folded and constructed these models but the actual designs are not mine.

To learn more about origami in the USA CLICK HERE.


For more information about these pieces, email: beckholt@gmail.com




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