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Six Artists Take On One Canvas

'A Matter of Color' brings collaboration on one piece of art.

Six artists from across Long Island gathered in Huntington last week to collaborate on one artistic masterpiece. The event, entitled “A Matter of Color,” was held at
“A Matter of Color” is the brainchild of curator, artist and Huntington resident Marna Shoenwald. Shoenwald rents space at Pulitzer & Panetta to use as a personal studio, but she got the idea to expand her artistic endeavors and host an event to bring together artists from the surrounding community. In order to contact other potential artists, Shoenwald said she simply posted a listing on Craigslist looking for edgy, alternative artists and from there was able to meet several of the artists present at the event. None of the collaborators had previously painted together before “A Matter of Color.”

One artist at the event was Nella Khanis, a Queens resident who responded to Shoenwald’s Craigslist ad. Khanis is a painter, photographer and poet who described her artistic style as bright and colorful. She lent her hand to a large section in the middle of the canvas.

“We all have completely different styles,” she said. “The only rule is don’t cross each other’s work.”

Another artist was Eric Hurnyak, a Long Beach resident who also founded Long Island Creative Vortex, a collaborative art group he hosts at his home on Saturdays. He described his artistic style as improvisational.

“There’s not much of a plan or idea when I go into it,” he said.

The final painting was an array of colors, faces, the New York City skyline and many other artistic images and techniques. As for what to do with the painting, Khanis speculates that the group may attempt to auction it off for charity.

Shoenwald was thrilled with “A Matter of Color,” which she describes as her “first annual” collaborative art event.

“This has been so much fun, painting together,” she said. “We all connected and meshed really well.”

Marna Schoenwald April 02, 2011 at 01:34 PM
My Special thanks to all the artists that participated! And to Kirk Larsen , an artist, who helped lug the canvas frame and helped create our PR buzz. Another thanks to the audience that inspired us to be inspired. And finally to Lisa Pulitzer and Susan Panetta for so graciously donating the space. Marna Schoenwald
Kirk April 02, 2011 at 01:38 PM
The other Artists that participated: David Graham of Deer Park, whose fascination with celebrity and morbidity he graciously agreed to temper for the collaboration; Eddie Rehm of Bellport, who was unfortunately under the weather and had to limit his time on the piece.; Kirk Larsen whose tireless efforts to publicize the opening, the painting, closing, assembling graphics, postcards notifying the Patch and supplying the panel to wrap the canvas and to serve as a low key captain were greatly appreciated by all.
Eddie Rehm April 02, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Eddie Rehm "Belligerence" - Solo Exhibition Dates -April 11th 2011- May 1st 2011 - "Free Event" Orchard Windows Gallery 37 Orchard Street Lower East Side, N.Y , 10002 - Artist Reception: April 15th 2011 - 7pm to 10pm Eddie Rehm is a New York artist who was invited back for his second solo exhibition at the Orchard Windows Gallery. The last show created such a buzz and great atmosphere I decided to give Eddie another show. With an overwhelming response from my collectors , press publications and sales. It was exciting to offer him a chance to come back to the gallery to furtherly advance our collaboration and the artistic expression in our creative endeavor together . His works have been displayed throughout New York , Chicago, Milwaukee and Pennsylvania. His artwork has been reviewed and displayed in publications such as Artefuse , Art is Spectrum , NY Arts Magazine , Islamic Arts Magazine , NY Optimist, Dans Paper , South Bay Arts Association , Long Island Art League and the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council. The Orchard Windows Gallery is proud to present "Belligerence" by Eddie Rehm in his upcoming solo exhibition .
Eric Hurnyak April 08, 2011 at 12:31 AM
This was a very special event and it was awesome to be apart of it. Sharing creatively in a group setting is amazing and something I think all artists should try to do. The experience is so rewarding and different. Please check out more artists and events on the facebook group Long Island Creative Vortex http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_142898955773718&ap=1
Pulse Magazine June 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Cool article that talks about Eric Hurnyak's introduction to art at a young age, his creation of LI Creative Vortex and his future plans to do large scale events to promote social unity through art. Check it out...http://www.lipulse.com/art-music/article/shape-shifting-reality/

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