By Jim Nelson | January 12, 2024
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.
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.