Butterflies and Blossoms
May 3 – June 22, 2014
Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve
125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY
The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, in collaboration with the Valerie Goodman Gallery, has the privilege of presenting a unique exhibition, Butterflies and Blossoms, combining Korean artist Yun-Mo Ahn’s** travelled exhibition of images created by persons challenged by autism, with paintings by established artists Margaret Morrison*, Ivan Pazlamatchev, and the French artist Jacques Jarrige*, all who share a respect for the creativity of people outside the mainstream. As visual communicators, the artists hope to demonstrate that art can help to overcome the obstacles of autism and mental illness. Curated by Audrey Leeds and Valerie Goodman.
The exhibition will be on view May 3-June 22, 2014, daily hours (9:30-4:30 p.m.) The Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve will include the exhibit at an annual benefit on May 16th, celebrating the blooming of the Preserve’s historic Peony Garden. The “Artists’ Open House” will be held on May 17th, 1-4 p.m.
Dramatic floral portraits by Margaret Morrison are complemented by Pazlamatchev’s delicate butterfly art and Yun-Mo Ahn’s naïve paintings and sculptures that embrace the theme. Throughout the installation, a profusion of Butterfly images are displayed, having been created with the guidance of Ahn who has shared his artistic expertise by nurturing the children’s uninhibited creative energies while attending tutorials made possible by the McCarton School and Foundation, educational divisions of the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens’ Museum and local schools within the tri-state of New York. A “Become a Butterfly” program developed in Korea, and in France by artist Jarigge, has now been adopted in New York. Henceforth, Butterfly collections will embark upon world-wide travel sending messages of collective hope and awareness to the psychology of healing through the “Butterfly Effect” of visual expression.
The exhibition is made possible by the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, the Woodward Gallery, the Valerie Goodman Gallery and the McCarton Foundation.
The Gallery is located at 125 Phelps Way (Route117), Pleasantville, New York 10570. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The preserve is one of 15 state parks, administered by New York State Office of Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
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