EditorialThe Human Element

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery Teams with NYC Art Curator for Public Exhibition and Resident Workshops

By Jim Nelson | January 12, 2024

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
Artist Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen show The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights residents how to create a piece of unique artwork by cutting layers of heavy weight paper in various colors.

Author Kurt Vonnegut once famously recommended going into the arts. “The arts are not a way to make a living,” he said, “they are a very human way of making life more bearable.

“Practicing an art,” he continued, “no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Vonnegut actually said that in the context of going into the arts as a way of hurting one’s parents, but his point was salient, nevertheless. The act of creating feeds the soul.

And so it was when The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery recently partnered with New York City art curator Ivy Brown’s “Linear Alliances: Exploring Lines in Art” for an in-house exhibition and a pair of workshops with Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen and Judi Tavill, the New York artists featured in the exhibition. Gregory-Gruen’s and Tavill’s creations revolve around the theme of shapes and lines, and the exhibition delves into the profound and diverse ways in which lines can be utilized, interpreted, and expressed within the realm of visual arts.

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
Judi Tavill guides residents in making their unique artwork based on her creative process.

In addition to the exhibition, Gregory-Gruen and Tavill led workshops and gallery tours with residents of the Watermark community. The hands-on workshops allowed residents to create their own art with guidance from each of the professional artists.

This public “Linear Alliances: Exploring Lines in Art” exhibition will remain in The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery through February 2024; beyond that, Brown will continue to curate and produce public exhibitions at The Watermark community in partnership with Executive Director Rocco Bertini his leadership team. And just like the recent workshops, residents will have the opportunity to participate in future exhibitions at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery as well.

Exhibitions like this one at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Gallery may not hurt your parents, but Vonnegut would have reveled in how they feed the soul.


Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson is the Editor at Senior Living News, an online trade publication featuring curated news and exclusive feature stories on changes, trends, and thought leaders in the senior living industry. He has been a writer and editor for 30+ years, including several years as an editor and managing editor. Jim covers the senior living sector for SeniorLivingNews.com, distributes its e-newsletter, and moderates panel discussions for the company’s HEALTHTAC events.

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