Juried Art Program
“Vixens or Victims?”
Paintings by Connie Freid
Sunday, October 2 – Friday, October 28
Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Vixens or Victims?” paintings by Connie Freid at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building 2 Bruce Avenue, on view October 2 to 29. Meet the Artist on October 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This exhibit consists of recent paintings showing women’s strength and vulnerability in their many roles – whether as icons, objects of desire or defenders of our country.
“Moody, mysterious, powerful, provocative”… these are some of the words viewers have used to describe my art. For over 20 years, I’ve been painting to express my feelings about social, cultural and political issues.
My work questions popular ideas about gender, race and beauty. With a bold, conceptual approach to portraits, I paint primarily women and children, showing both their strength and vulnerability, to express the contradictory ways we view them. Often labeled as icons or sex symbols, they may, in fact, be victims of prejudice or abuse.
Whether using acrylics or mixed media, I often find myself painting isolated figures with a haunting gaze, contrasting their solitude with an undercurrent of anxiety. With expressionist brushstrokes and evocative colors, I aim to reveal their innermost thoughts.
Ms. Freid has exhibited extensively in the Tri-State Area and has won many awards. She studied art at State University of New York, Purchase, NY; Silvermine Guild of Art; International Center of Photography; Philadelphia Museum School of Art. Ms. Freid holds an MBA, Pace University; BS, University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of Allied Artists of America; Ridgefield Guild of Artists; Greenwich Art Society; Art Society of Old Greenwich, Katonah Museum Artists Association.
Juried Art Program Information
The policy of the Harrison Public Library is to exhibit work by local artists, professional or amateur, which meets objective standards of excellence and artistic quality.
The purpose of the program is to make available to the community artistic experiences which will enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give recognition to local artists whose talent and work are of such quality as to warrant the respect of their fellow artists and the general public.
All shows must meet these standards. Generally, acceptance for exhibit is considered the hallmark of excellence and prizes or awards are not given. Since the show is juried, the panel of jurors will also be local artists in the field whose reputation as leaders in their own field is generally acknowledged. Specific guidelines and rules for various kinds of shows follow. The Library reserves the right in all cases to veto any detail of or arrangement for any exhibit, which does not conform, to its policy.
The Library does not carry insurance on artwork loaned to the Library for exhibit. The exhibitor must arrange insurance, and if obtained, the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library must be named as additional insured on the policy. An exhibitor must sign an Agreement to exempt the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library from all liability with respect to items on exhibit.
An exhibitor must provide a one-page typewritten price list of the work to be shown. This price list should include the name and contact information of the artist with a statement indicating that for those interested in purchasing any of the art, they must contact the artist directly. Twenty-five copies of this list will be supplied free.
Sales and Fees
Works may be sold from the Library. No commission is asked. Fees to exhibit are charged as follows and are payable three months prior to the exhibition date: One exhibitor, $75; two exhibitors, $40 each; group exhibitions $25 each exhibitor.
The appropriate staff member will be happy to schedule an Opening Reception for you. The exhibitor provides refreshments and paper goods. Mondays or Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. or Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. are recommended.
Supplied by exhibitor for personal record.
Display Card, Printed Announcements, Business Cards
An 8x10 display card stating the artist’s name, theme of exhibit, date of reception and duration of the exhibit is to be provided by the exhibitor. This card will be placed on the table in the Community Room. If provided by the artist, a supply of the artist’s printed announcements (postcards) and business cards will be placed on this table along with the price lists mentioned above.
The exhibitor is responsible for providing and mailing any printed announcements, and, if these are used, we request that some be provided to the Library for in-house distribution.
Contact the appropriate staff member to obtain information on the entry procedures. Artists from Westchester County and neighboring areas are encouraged to submit samples.
Artists are welcome to visit the Library’s Eric R. Smith Community Room where the exhibitions are held. The Community Room is used for Library programs as well as art exhibits and is furnished as is.
Exhibits are scheduled for a period of one month, usually from the first Saturday afternoon in a month, to the first Saturday morning of the following month, subject to holidays and special closings. Artwork may not be hung before 1:00 p.m. on the first day of an exhibition and must be removed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of exhibition.
Artists must arrange time for hanging and are responsible for proper and safe framing and hanging of work. Chains and S-hooks are provided by the Library to hang from picture moldings. NO TACKS, NAILS OR TAPES ARE PERMITTED ON LIBRARY WALLS.
The Library does not provide porter service, storage space, or special furnishings such as easels. Furnishings and decor in the Library proper are not available for use in the Community Room.
The appropriate staff member will write and submit publicity to the Library’s usual publicity outlets and to any others specifically requested by the artist. The exhibitor must provide a resume giving personal background, description of work, information on past exhibitions, etc. If supplied by the exhibitor, a sample of the artwork will be submitted with publicity. The appropriate staff member requires this material at least three months in advance of the exhibit.