Sparkly glimmers of light, high energy swipes of luminous paint and whimsical red, yellow and purple watercolor droplets—that’s what you’ll see at this uplifting painting exhibit. “Organic Impressions.” The show can be viewed until October 18, 2009 in the lobby of The Atelier, 635 West 42nd Street.
This is a special New York City opportunity. While enjoying the vivid oils, watercolors and mixed media, feel good about the show’s cause—to help inner-city kids with special needs. Award-winning artist Katherine Petitti Kornel is donating 25% of the proceeds to Green Chimneys, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges.
Established in 1947 and best known for its internationally acclaimed animal-assisted therapy program, Green Chimneys began humbly. After starting with 11 students, it grew to a $35 million, multi-service organization that helps hundreds of children each year through its residential treatment center and special education school.
Petitti Kornel’s paintings reflect her time living abroad in Spain and France, as well as her travels throughout Europe, Asia and Central/South America. Don’t miss “Le Rendezvous” a captivating purple and blue night view of the Eiffel Tower. “Improvisation in Blue” is one of a 3-part series that explodes onto the canvas like celebratory champagne. “Dog and Pony Show” is an orange and yellow feast of abstracted dogs, horses and unicorns. Petitti Kornel’s love of nature shows in “Summer Dreaming,” a soft field of purple petunia like those that grow wild across the Spanish countryside.
When you go to the two-story glass lobby-turned-gallery at The Atelier, a new luxury building well-known for its modern, chic design, you might spot such celebrity residents as Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, Jeremy Priven, Lindsay Lohan, model Maggie Rizer, tennis star James Blake or American Idol Taylor Hicks.
The gallery is a perfect backdrop for prominent and upcoming artists’ work, accessible free 24/7. I was happy to be there during daylight to enjoy the bright sun streaming in and accenting the organic theme of the show.