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New York
Group Exhibition
chashama 461
461 West 126th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside Avenue, New York, New York 10027
May 4, 2013 - May 12, 2013

2013 NYC Mom Show

American Artist and American Heart

by Erik Leavitt

The 2013 NYC Mom Show, “A traveling exhibit of fine art as a tribute
to Moms everywhere,” will kick off its journey this May at 461
Gallery, the Chashama venue space in Harlem. “The Basic idea is a day
of friends, family and the public to enjoy, engage and discuss all
things relating to mom and beyond, ” says creator and curator John C.
Kuchera. “At the end of the day it’s all about the little smile I
get as I think about my mom.”

    The idea for The Mom Show came to John after his mother passed
away. John worked constantly creating paintings on large pieces of wood
he found in the back of his studio. “Oil paints were a necessity for
me during this time, for the feel of the brush, paint, and wood
trinity.” Since then his collection has been a tribute to his mom and
the idea of moms everywhere. The first installation of the Mom Show at
the NAAS Harlem gallery even served Bloody Marys and waffles, “my
mom's favorites.”

Since then John has shown his work with fellow artists like Hans Wolf,
Noel Donaldson, Kristin Gambell and James Stover. “Curating the Mom
Show has brought me to tears at times. When I talk to each of the
artists in the show I can’t help but realize that I am sort of viewing
my past, present and future on a daily basis.” John, with his undying
energy and enthusiasm for the human spirit in all forms, has hand picked
the art for the Mom Show. A mix of international characters from
Australia, Portugal, Chile, Mexico and the U.S. Even the flower hand
logo used for the promotion of the show was done by John’s dad. It
was the last piece of art he ever did.

    The exhibit hopes to make people rethink and reevaluate the modern
art exhibit and how the art world interacts with them. “I want people
to come and enjoy the Mom Show without fear or pressure.”

    The 461 Gallery at Chashama is open every day 10am to 7pm. The
all day opening reception is Sunday, May 5, and the all day closing
reception is on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. After New York it
travels to Georgia, Texas, Mexico, Australia and Paris.

Posted by Erik Leavitt on 4/15/13

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