Lynn was born and raised in New York before venturing off to Los Angeles in the late 60's and 70's and Coconut Grove Florida in the 90's, until her full time return to New York in 2007. She resides in Harlem, working as an artist and selling her poster maps and original watercolors in many of the shops in both Greenwich Village and Harlem. You can follow her paintbrush on Facebook at Greenwich Village Sketches and Harlem Sketches or on her website www.afinelyne.com and on Twitter.
Armory Arts Week, which takes place March 5-10, began in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, the name was changed to The Armory Show and moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Since then it has become one of the most anticipated art events of the season. We are all familiar with the big shows: The Armory Show at the Piers, Volta NY, Scope, ADAA, which, by the way, donates all of its ticket proceeds to the Henry Street Settlement. Here at Untapped Cities, we’d like to suggest some Armory Arts Week events you might not have thought of. (more…)
Analogia – large scale installation by Ben Tritt at Bryant Park
Curators and artists alike have been hard at work with their installations—some in galleries and some in our parks—all with a view toward Armory Arts Week, which will begin on March 5th and end on March 10th.
Much of Armory Arts Week is indoors, but we’ve been enjoying some of our park installations coinciding with the festivities such as last week’s Iván Navarro water tower exhibit in Madison Square Park. This week we are watching Ben Tritt’s installation, Analogia. Ben is no stranger to large scale outdoor projects. This one consists of two towers measuring fifteen by fifteen feet at the base and rising sixty feet above the park. (more…)
An architectual rendering of the new Pen and Brush, Inc. space located at 29 East 22nd Street
The Pen and Brush, Inc. is an organization that has been dedicated to women in the arts since 1894. They have recently acquired a new space in the Flatiron District that will be opening later this year, which also happens to be the 120th anniversary of the organization. With all of these great new changes, we thought we would check in with Executive Director, Janice Sands, to give us an update.
Untapped: You’ve been the Executive Director of Pen and Brush for more than 15 years. Can you tell us about some fun facts about Pen and Brush, and where you see the organization going?
On a stretch of 125th Street in East Harlem, adrift from new construction and the Harlem restaurant rows, stands a funky four-story building recalling a period when homes were rich in paneling instead of sheetrock, ceilings were ladened with chandeliers instead of recessed lighting, and windows were stained glass, leaded and beveled. That place is The Demolition Depot. (more…)
Colorful entrance to the New Amsterdam Musical Association in Harlem
On a recent Monday night when most of this City was preparing for a snow storm, the New Amsterdam Musical Association in Harlem was preparing for Open Mic. Founded in 1904, NAMA is the oldest African-American musical organization in the country. One of the founders was James Reese Europe, a Harlem Hellfighter – which was the name given to the famous 369th Infantry Regimen, and it was founded at a time when the musicians union didn’t admit minority musicians.