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Verve, 2007 Acrylic On Canvas 49 X 53 © Mimi Chen Ting
10907, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 30 X 30
Juniper II, 2009 Acrylic On Wood Panel 12 X 12 Each
Geo IV, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 36
Liquid Landscape 0722, 2008 Mixed Media 12 X 12 Each
Curated by: Lisa Cooper

5622 Mosholu Avenue
(near 256th Street/Riverdale Library)
Riverdale, NY 10471
March 18th, 2011 - May 16th, 2011
Opening: March 18th, 2011 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

other (outside main areas)
Thu 12-5 and by appointment
contemporary art, New York Art Gallery, West Coast artists, california artists, mid-career, emerging artists mixed-media, figurative


Opening on March 18th, 2011, our new exhibit, Orange! will feature a variety of creative expressions using this bright, energetic color - a needed reprieve after the long, hard New York Winter of 2010/2011.


In their varied and creative ways, our artists interpret and celebrate the hues and ranges of this vibrant color.


About Orange:

The color Orange denotes energy, warmth, the sun and good health.  It is the color of our sunsets and the warmth of our winter fires.

It has a great affect on us both mentally, emotionally and physically –  stimulating activity, whetting our appetite and encouraging socialization and interaction.


Shades of orange often indicate a transition or a bridge between two opposing factors.  And it always demands attention and elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colors.


Other fascinating facts:

  • The first recorded use of orange as a color name in English was in 1512 in the court of King Henry VIII
  • Orange is the color of the Sacral Chakra, the second energy center also know as Svadhistana, and is associated with fertility and creativity
  • Orange is the national color of The Netherlands (because the Royal Family owns the Principality of Orange)
  • Native American Indians associate it with kinship
  • Orange flowers including Iceland Poppies, Dahlia and Tiger Lilies create excitement and visually come forward in a garden and help make a large garden feel cozier
  • In 2005, “The Gates” an environment art exhibit created by Christo and his wife Jean-Claude, debuted in Central Park containing 7,503 saffron colored panels


The Abstract Russian artist, Wassily Kandinksy stated “Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.


The exhibit will include the artwork of:

  • Portland artist, James Minden
  • Santa Fe artist,  Mimi Chen Ting
  • California artist Vanessa Ryan
  • Los Angeles Flow painters, Suzan Woodruff and Kimber Berry
  • Carbon Smoke artist, Wayne Zebzda
  • Taiwan artist. Amy Cheng
  • Canadian artist, Marie Danielle Leblanc

Special Events:

Riverdale Neighborhood House Students

The gallery will also feature the artwork of students from the Fall 2010,  Arts to Grow program at Riverdale Neighborhood house from April 1s t through April 16th during our Friday/Saturday gallery hours.   On Friday April 1st, the gallery will extend hours until 7:30pm and light refreshments will be served.  During this time, the charitable donation from any gallery sale will be directed to the Arts to Grow program at RNH.

  • What: Orange!
  • When: March 18 – May 16, 2011
  • Special Events:
    • Opening Reception: March 18th 11-6pm
  • Student Art Exhibit from April 1 – April 16.  All students participants of Arts to Grow program at RNH.
    • Reception April 1 from 5-7:30 pm
  • Where: Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery, 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY
  • Gallery Hours: Friday/Saturday 10 am - 6pm and by Appointment.
  • Special Extended Hours:  March 23, 24, 30 and 31 12-6pm and Friday April 1, 10-7:30 pm.


About Elisa Contemporary Art

Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and established contemporary artists, many of whom have work in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations.

Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. A portion of every sale is donated to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art.  Free Arts NYC, Arts to Grow and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids are currently supported.

For more information, visit the website at or contact: or 212.729.4974.

The Riverdale Gallery is located at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY 10471.