Summer Art Show with The Night Heron watercolor artist
I attended the Night Heron Water Color Artist Meeting on a sunny Thursday. Today is the art show day, so I looked around the exhibition held on the second floor of the Port Jefferson Village Center.
The above red headline, " Let the sunshine," is the main title of the summer art show. The Night Heron Artists group has 33 members and has an annual art show every summer (July) and winter(December). The poster below included the sunflowers painting, one of the group projects to support Ukraine, which has been suffering from the war until now.
The sunflower, Ukraine's national flower, is becoming a symbol of resistance against the country's invasion by Russian forces. Its exuberant and lively form represents the antithesis of the destruction now being suffered by the Ukrainian people.
Port Jefferson is an incorporated town in Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, New York, United States, on the north coast of Long Island. PortJefferson is well known as a popular tourist spot in Suffolk County, as well as transport hub thanks to the Bridgeport and PortJefferson Steamboat company, which takes hundreds of passengers to and from Connecticut each day.
Especially, PortJefferson Village Center is nestled along the harbor and offers breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound. Celebrating its opening in 2005, and open to residents and non-residents alike, the center offers a vibrant space for social, recreational, and educational functions, along with exhibitions and special events.The Village Center, which operates under the Department of Recreation, hosts a variety of recreational activities which are tailored to address multiple populations. Integrated at the Village Center are 4 Function rooms that offer unique and picturesque views of the harbor and Village and are available for rental for corporate and private events.
The current summer art show is held at the Fort Jefferson Village Center.
When you go upstairs, there is a picture of sunflowers drawn as a group project on the wall you see on the right.
Unlike German galleries, where artists can choose and hang the paintings on their own, in American galleries, artists have no choice because a dedicated curator selects the placement of their paintings. In some ways, I appreciate the curators who do the work for me, and in others, it's very unfortunate. Because, for example, even though I drew two pictures as a set, there were cases where I hung them separately without realizing that they were a set, it was a pity that it was hung too high, and it was difficult to find properly because it was hung in a corner.
But when it comes to group battles, this happens very often. Everything has to come down to luck. I compare this happenings to the case of traveling by train. When the train is crowded and there are not many seats left, people who get on the train late don't have many options. That doesn't mean that the pleasure of the trip is halved. The closer you get to your destination, the less you pay attention to where you sit because of the excitement, joy and anticipation of the journey itself.
As a result, of my two works, the sunflower work to support the Ukrainians hung right above the fire hydrant.
My candle picture still looks like it's hung in a good spot.My candle picture still looks like it's hung in a good spot
Although the title of this art show was about Sunshine, I paradoxically produced artificial light and candles. My heart is still not Sunshine considering the current war in Ukraine and many factors such as inflation and economic crisis. The candlelight paintings are exhibited in the hope that they will shine a bright light on everyone we truly yearn for.
Below are some of my favorite pictures from among the many pictures I took. There is actually a picture I saw while attending a meeting. It was a valuable experience for me to be able to see paintings and artists by matching them.
Myungja Anna Koh