Much of the world knows him as Furio on the HBO series The Sopranos. But Federico Castelluccio is also a renowned realist painter, art collector and connoisseur of the baroque genre who received a full scholarship to the School of the Visual Arts. Tonight, April 4, the Naples native takes his act to LIC’s Diego Salazar Art Gallery, where the month-long Diverse Visions of Reality exhibit opens. Presented in conference with another respected artist, Nelson Shanks, the show features two works each from 11 painters — co-curators Shanks and Castelluccio, plus Humberto Aquino, Christopher Pugliese, Steven Assael, Mario Robinson, David Brega, Scott Nickerson, Patricia Watwood, Katie O’Hagan and Will Wilson. There is yet another reason to party hearty at this opening as this show also marks the Salazar Gallery’s one-year anniversary.
With roughly 200 pieces by 14 virtuosos, the Diego Salazar Art Gallery’s Winter Show centers on the gritty Long Island City of yesteryear. One painting depicts the 5th Street power plant, which is now a luxury apartment building. Another details the Gantries before they were polished up and became focal points of the current waterside park. This afternoon, Salazar Gallery patrons can meet some of the exhibiting artists, who will discuss their influences, inspirations, motivations and ways they get the creative juices flowing. Ragnar Lagerblad, who fancies mosaics, frescoes, egg tempera and gold gilding, is scheduled to speak. Ditto for Oscar Maxera, a mixed media type known for acrylics on plywood; John Varriano, a realistic streetscape guy whose work is shown above; Costa Vavagiakis, another cityscapes specialist; and curator Elinore Schnurr, who delves into reflections and transparencies. The event’s spokesperson, Ann Margaret O’Connor of Zoescope Studio, will serve light refreshments. Said she: “This is a very diverse, eclectic collection of local and emerging artists that you wouldn’t see in any other place.”
Meet the Artists!
Diego Salazar Art Gallery
21-25 44th Avenue, Long Island City
Saturday, January 19
2pm – 5pm | Free
Opening Reception fo Arthur Hammer: People, Places, Things – The late Arthur Hammer (1932-2012) was a painter who began creating art in the early 1960s, having fallen in love with the modernist paintings of Marsden Hartley, Albert P. Ryder, as well as those of the German expressionists. His work was shown in a variety of galleries, including the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and the Art-O-Mat in LIC. This exhibit is being curated by Elinore Schnurr. Thursday night is the opening reception from 5-8pm at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery, most recently the location of a group art exhibit by Latin American artists. (more…)
Closing Reception for Vision and Emotion: A Latin American Group Show – join the artists tonight for an intimate closing reception of “Vision and Emotion.” This Latin American group show opened on September 20 and has been active during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery in LIC. Fourteen local emerging and established artists participated in the show. Refreshments will be available, including dessert by Buenos Angie’s.