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Local Polish Art Group Travels to ArtExpo New York

Several members of the Polish Society of Artists (under the auspices of the Polish American Foundation of CT in New Britain), recently took a trip to the 33rd International ArtExpo in New York/ The ArtExpo bills itself as the world’s largest fine art trade show, providing access to thousands of wholesale works from artists showcasing prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and ceramics. It has hosted many of the world’s most renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana and Leroy Neiman. The show featured more than 250 of the world’s top emerging, independent artists exhibiting and selling their work.

Located at Pier 94 on the Hudson River, the ArtExpo enjoys an international audience of industry professionals seeking to discover exciting new works from established and emerging artists. Qualified trade buyers, including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers, art and framing retailers came from Europe, the Far East and South America. Thirty countries were represented.

“There are so many painters and different artists with whom you can talk. This gives us many ideas for our own paintings,” said Jerzy Michalski of New Britain, president and treasurer of the Polish Society of Artists (PSA). The PSA is a vibrant group of professional artists of Polish heritage.

“There is so much to see,” said Zofia Sota of Southington, PSA member. “You can’t possibly see it all, but we have so much fun. We learn a lot from the other artists.”

Among the many talented artists the PSA group met was world-renowned actress, artist and author, Jane Seymour, who collaborated with Free Arts NYC, a Manhattan group providing under-served children with educational arts and mentoring programs. For 11 years, Seymour has exhibited her paintings at ArtExpo NY. Now, for a second year, she teamed up with Free Arts NYC to inspire local kids to try their hands at mural painting, this year in the style of Andy Warhol. She exhibited her latest collection of Open-Heart-themed watercolors, as well as her recently published book, “Among Angels” which features literature, spiritual texts and personal stories about the importance of human angels around us.

“I came upon a very talented artist, Grzegorz Czarnecki, from Maspath, NY,” said Michalski. Czarnecki creates hand-made products from wood in marquetry style, a wood decorative artistry considered to be one of the most difficult arts. Each part of veneer differs from another. A custom piece takes between one and a few months, depending on size and detail.

Frederic Imbert of Paris, displayed contemporary artworks of working clocks made with vintage U.S. and Russian components from the early 70s. Searching these collectible components he found them all over from the U.S. to Vladivostok, designing working assemblies and circuit boards, creating clocks mixing technologies of today. By integrating a GPS module in the artwork, these clocks then provide the perfect local time and also 3D positioning anywhere on the globe.

Anna Kornyczeva, Canadian painter of Russian origin was also someone the group talked with. In 2007, Kornyczeva suffered from a disease affecting her arms, as a result forcing her to give up a graphic designer career. After a long recuperation, she came back to painting. She exhibits her art in many countries. Her works are part of private art collections in both Canada and Europe.