Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Buds, leafing , and HollyAnn, my blue standard poodle girl enjoying the first snow of the season.

After record setting January warmth the cold is setting in . The buds, and flowers will be toast after tomorrow, and Friday nights single digit temps. Have a great day wherever you may be.  Photos below ©Jamie Ellin Forbes/SunStormArts Co. Inc. 

Red Honeysuckle flowering January 31, 2023

Quince budding and leafing January 31, 2023

Holly in the yard for her first snow of the season, February 1, 2023
Up close and personal: Holly posing for the camera.


Call to artisit: Apply to the 29th Annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival, deadline 3.13.2023

29th Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival (NJ)
July 8-9, 2023
Application Deadline 3/13/23
Call to Artists   
WHAT: 29th Annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival
WHERE: Haddonfield, NJ
DATES: July 8-9, 2023 | Sat 11am - 7pm | Sun 10am - 5pm
  • Over 200 Artists
  • Past Attendance 75,000 
  • Juried event, showcasing only the very best artists and fine crafters
  • Free Parking for artists and visitors
  • Consistently voted in 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist
  • 24 hour security
  • Jury Fee $20 (non-refundable)
  • Booth Fee $375 (10'x10'), Corner $50 (corners not guaranteed) 
Haddonfield is a great place for a crafts and fine art festival with shopping, dining, visiting and more. The Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival was voted as one of the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist. Haddonfield itself has been chosen by Philadelphia Magazine and South Jersey Magazine as one of the best places to live in the Delaware Valley.

Haddonfield's historic houses, elegant gardens, and more than 200 shops, galleries and restaurants are the heart of this beautiful borough. This premier event is widely advertised and is eagerly anticipated by a knowledgeable, appreciative and friendly audience. The Festival draws more than 75,000 attendees and is convenient by car or public transportation to festival-goers throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York.
Application Deadline: March 13, 2023
Artist Notification: March 24, 2023 
Booth Fee Due: Upon acceptance to show
For more details visit:

Contact Maria or Marcy or call 215.843.4462
Renaissance Craftables' Juried fine arts and crafts shows' jury process is open to all artists who design and produce their own work. Please read our General Show Guidlines (click on the red type). All shows are juried by a committee. 

Yonkers First Thursday Gallery Hop update news!!!

Event Details

February 2, 2023

5:30-8:00 PM

Enjoy Yonkers' diverse art scene by visiting downtown galleries featuring regional and world-renowned artists. During the First Thursday Gallery Hop, many downtown restaurants are providing special discounts off food and drinks to gallery visitors. List of participating restaurants listed below exhibition information. The First Thursday Gallery Hop has moved to a quarterly schedule so mark your calendars for February 2, April 6, June 1 and October 5, 2023.


Blue Door Art Center

13 Riverdale Avenue | Yonkers


15th Annual Juried Members 

January 21 - February 11

Blue Door Art Center invites you, family and friends to join us for the opening of First Thursday Gallery Hop of 2023. Come and enjoy our 15th ANNUAL BDAC ARTIST-MEMBER JURIED EXHIBITION. This members’ showcase is curated by Julie Cousens and Luis Perelman, Co-Executive Directors.

55 Artist-Members of the Blue Door Art Center display their work in this special juried members-only exhibition. Come and see spectacular local works of art. See which artwork won Best in Show as well as five more awards, including a prize from the Hudson Valley Arts Association.

Blue Door Art Center is dedicated to bringing the arts to local communities throughout Westchester that are currently underserved by art programs and exhibition venues. We do this through exhibitions in our gallery, educational programs, workshops, public art projects, poetry readings, performances, and special events.

Riverfront Art Gallery

Yonkers Public Library 

1 Larkin Center, 4th Floor | Yonkers


The Black Iconic

February 2 - March 31

The new solo exhibition “The Black Iconic” from Newark-based artist Ricardo Osmondo Francis features a wide array of Francis’ luminous paintings and is a brooding elegiac vision of the Black visage delineated in both grand decadence and technically through densely evocative images that are steeped in multicultural symbolism. Francis’ work is inspired by the complexity of African American identity, mythology, and painting itself, and examines how Black people are perceived both socially and politically on the world stage through a spiritual gaze. The exhibition runs through March 31, 2023 and is curated by Bint-Kadi. 

Daughters of the Revolution

Ricardo Osmondo Francis was born September 8, 1976, in Houston, Texas. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and received a BFA in 1998 in painting. Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present day advertisement imagery, Francis’ vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. His lush elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings often depict the social constructs of humanity and the complexity of our existence through conceptually layered portraiture, still life, and abstract compositions.

Riverfront Art Gallery exhibits contemporary, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artwork. The mission of the gallery is to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of fine arts and the public’s interest and participation therein; To foster and support the arts in the community and to serve as a portal to the arts for residents and community members; To create opportunities for the public to encounter and explore art that they might not otherwise be exposed to, increasing access to the arts in the City of Yonkers and surrounding communities.

Urban Studio Unbound

Warburton Galerie

16 Warburton Avenue | Yonkers


Winter Exhibition

January 28 - March 3

US+U/Warburton Galerie is pleased to announce our Winter Exhibition Jan 28-March 3, 2023 with special guest co-curator Tommy the Animator. Tommy the Animator grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Born in 1972, he was influenced by some of the world’s most revered breakdancers and graffiti artists including the late Frosty Freeze (RSC), Charlie Rock (RCB) and George "SEN-ONE" Morillo (IBM). Tommy quickly embraced Hip Hop culture, diving in as a young breakdancer and then later as a music producer/MC.

Over the years, Tommy has become a master of multiple art disciplines and his paintings have been exhibited internationally. In December 2018, One Art Space presented Lyrics, a groundbreaking exhibition that showcased a series of Tommy’s abstract contemporary paintings infused with the lyrics of Hip Hop icons, Ice T, Kool Keith, Melle Mel, Large Professor and Smoothe Da Hustler. The innovative collaboration between the six artists, a true fusion of visual art and musical art, achieved widespread acclaim. 

Rafael Rodriguez| Mother Africa Protects her Black Sheep

60"x40", Oil on Canvas

Tommy worked with our co-director Roddy Wildeman to showcase a diverse group of artists for our Winter Exhibition - we invite you to come see the show and celebrate our first exhibition of 2023! 

Featured Artists: Israel Acosta, Android Oi, Shanequa Benitez, Michelle Renee Bernard, Haifa Bint- Kadi, Lauren Camara, Frances S. Caro, Michael Cuomo, Miriam Hendel, Mario Idiaz, Amanda Ioco, Tyler Lea, Meredith Mulhearn, Johnny Neutrino, Rafael Rodriguez, Eric Ross, Melissa Schainker, Melissa Starke, Tommy the Animator, Roddy Wildeman, Will Woodrow 

US+U’s strength of purpose is to combine emerging and mid-career artists in a partnership to embrace a wide range of artistic approaches. This unique relationship creates a community of people who learn from each other through shared ideas and common goals.

Warburton Galerie is a 4000 sq. ft. space dedicated to bringing the public exemplary art exhibitions via collaborations with curators, art advisors and creative organizations. 

Receive 10% off food and drinks during the First Thursday Gallery Hop. Stop by any participating art gallery for the code. 

Participating restaurants include:

Yonkers Gallery Group is an alliance of the downtown Yonkers Arts Organizations sponsored by the Yonkers Public Library. First Thursday Gallery Hop was creatively conceived by Riverfront Art Gallery curator Haifa Bint-Kadi as a way to welcome the community and audiences beyond to visit the downtown creative venues while also supporting local restaurants. 


Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fall Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square October 13-15, 2023 Application Deadline 3/1/23

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fall Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square
October 13-15, 2023
Application Deadline 3/1/23
Call to Artists
WHAT: PA Guild of Craftsmen Fall Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square
WHERE: Rittenhouse Square - 18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: October 13-15, 2023 | Fri & Sat 11am to 6pm | Sunday 11am to 5pm
  • Prior day or early morning setup
  • Limited to 150 fine craftsmen
  • Police security
  • Booth sitters
  • Jury Fee $30
  • Booth Fees:
  • 10x10 inline Booth: $525.00
  • Two sides open: ADD $125.00 (inline booth w/ extra 5 feet of space shared with neighbor)
  • Premium Corner: ADD $250.00 (on major entrance to the park)
  • Membership: ADD $75 

Fine Art - paintings, printmaking, etchings and sculpture ARE NOT ACCEPTED to the Guild's Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fairs. 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 
Artist Notification: March 17, 2023
Booth Fee Due: April 17, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Heisler-Lawson, Fine Craft Fair Manager at or call 610-570-2343
Our Fall Fine Craft Fair unfolds in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square. It is a thriving, walkable area of the city, alive with restaurants, offices, high-income residents, businesses, museums, and universities. Rittenhouse Square is a well-known, upscale tourist area convenient to public transportation. This highly attended event draws from Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, as well as New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Through a partnership with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this Fine Craft Fair typically brings more than 150 fine craftsmen from across the country to downtown Philadelphia. Admission is free.
The PGC's Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair is established among artists and buyers as a premier event in Philadelphia. The Fine Craft Fair is open to artists from across the country.
You do not have to be a member to apply to a Fine Craft Fair, however PGC membership must be paid and current for an exhibitor to participate in a Fine Craft Fair. The PGC reserves the right to cancel acceptance to a Fine Craft Fair if the artist’s annual membership is not current (paid in full) at time booth payments are due. You may apply to any Fine Craft Fair and pay annual membership upon acceptance to the event.  

For more information visit our website at