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A Visit to Ceres Gallery in West Chelsea, with a Stop at the High Line and Hudson Yards

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A Visit to Ceres Gallery, New York
www.ceresgallery.org
547 West 27th Street (#201)
New York, NY 10001
212-947-6100

And
Hudson Yards
www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com
Via the High Line
www.thehighline.org

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 15, 2017


Taking a Saturday afternoon walk through the Chelsea art galleries, in the heat of summer, followed by a late lunch and exploration of the new Hudson Yards development project, along with a brief walk along the 30th Street section of the High Line, one would expect light foot traffic. Au contraire, the streets, galleries, restaurants, High Line, and visitor benches at Hudson Yards were buzzing with eager New Yorkers and adventurous visitors to town. My final gallery visit today was a serendipitous one, as I had already toured five galleries (to be featured in an upcoming article).

This final gallery for the day, Ceres Gallery, at 547 West 27th Street, greeted me warmly, as it was the final day of a group exhibition. I had the immense pleasure to meet four dynamic artists, Pauline Chernichaw, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Masayo Nishimura, and Ann Shapiro, three of whom were currently exhibiting works of art. The fourth, Ruth, showed me a lovely work of art on her cell phone. This is the age of technology, and whatever works is great. Speaking of technology, Pauline’s website is here, while Ruth’s website is here, and Masayo’s website is here, with Ann’s web page found here. Pauline’s “Water Series” of archival pigment prints, Ann’s digital prints of a family home in Maine, Masayo’s photographs of New York subway scenes, and Ruth’s image of a character created of acrylic and objects on canvas were all fascinating, and more so, having met the artists.

Meeting artists in the Chelsea galleries is common, as each exhibit opens with a visitor reception, and even during standard visiting hours, artists may be present. In fact, at Ceres, a not-for-profit gallery, founded in 1984 and dedicated to art and feminism, women in the arts make up its vibrant membership. The mission at Ceres is to provide “…an exhibition space that enhances public awareness and helps remediate women’s limited access to commercial galleries. It also serves as a supportive base for a diversity of artistic and political views. Over the years Ceres has encouraged not only artists but writers, musicians, dancers, poets and storytellers to perform in the gallery and take risks with their work that might not be possible in a commercial setting. (Ceres website.)” I look forward to visiting the Ceres Gallery more often in the near future. Their next exhibition, running July 18 – August 12, 2017, is the Ceres Annual Friends Exhibition, listed as a group show of artist friends, who support the mission of this gallery.

Following my immersing visit to the Ceres Gallery, I located the perfect spot for a light, late lunch and a glass of Chardonnay. This restaurant, Whitmans, was close to my next destination, the 30th Street entrance to the High Line. At this sleek and chic pub, I dined at the bar on a divine side of brussels sprouts and organic, homemade chips. The wine was perfectly suited to this relaxing break. The High Line (see a 2012 photo feature on the High Line) was in full bloom, but the heat was oppressive, and the day’s walking tour had been long. I made my way to the benches at the new Hudson Yards shopping and real estate development project. It was amazing to see the progress in just a few years. I recall looking at an open construction pit in 2012, along with the trains parked in the rail yards. The official back story of Hudson Yards is here. Hudson Yards, which runs from 30th to 34th Streets, between 10th and 12 Avenues (close to the West Side Highway), is surrounded by Hell’s Kitchen (New York’s dining destination), West Chelsea (and its numerous art galleries), and is quite close to New York’s bustling Fashion District. The growing Off-Broadway theater scene is situated, as well, in this culturally rich neighborhood. I look forward to watching Hudson Yards in its thrilling metamorphosis in the coming months and years. The High Line will transform as well, in the shifting nature of the seasons.



Pauline Chernichaw
"Water Series #18"
Art Edition 1/10
32" x 42"
Archival Pigment Print/Framed

Pauline Chernichaw
"Breaching"
A.P....Art Edition Variée 10
26" x 36"
Archival Pigment Print/Framed
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Pauline Chernichaw
"Water Series #4"
2/10...Art Edition Variée
3 Artist Proofs, 26" x 38"
Archival Pigment Print/Framed
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Pauline Chernichaw
Eight Works in "Beyond Water" Series
at Ceres Gallery, New York
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Masayo Nishimura, Ruth Bauer Neustadter
Pauline Chernichaw, Ann R. Shapiro
in Ceres Gallery, New York
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Group Show
Ceres' Annual Exhibition of Selected Members
at Ceres Gallery, New York
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Masayo Nishimura
"The 2249", Photograph

Masayo Nishimura
"The Green Hoody", Photograph
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ann Shapiro
Four Digital Prints
"Family Anchor", "Family Attachment"
"Family Devotion", "Family in Penobscot Bay"
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Bauer Neustadter
Holding a Cell Phone Image of
"Orange Man", 2017
Acrylic/Found Objects/Canvas
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Pauline Chernichaw and "Beyond Water" Series
at Ceres Gallery, New York
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The Bar at Whitmans
Near the High Line and Hudson Yard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The High Line at 30th Street and Hudson Yards
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The High Line at 30th Street and Hudson Yards
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A View of Hudson Yards Construction Site
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A View of Hudson Yards Construction Site
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A View of Hudson Yards Construction Site
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A View of Hudson Yards Construction Site
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A View of Hudson Yards Construction Site
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net