Berkeley College Presents 'Nature's Spirit' - Acrylic Paintings by Helaine Soller


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011


Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122

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Berkeley College Presents ‘Nature’s Spirit’ –

Acrylic Paintings by Helaine Soller   

Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Helaine Soller at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street.  This exhibit will be on display from April 4 through 30--Monday through Friday--from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.   

Ms. Soller was born and raised in Queens, and attended Pratt Institute (BFA in Advertising Design) and Queens College (MS in Art Education).   She continued her education at the New School, studying under artist Jacob Lawrence, and in master classes with artists Jerome Witkin and Eric Fischl.

Awarded a 2008 Individual Artist Initiative from Queens Council on the Arts, Ms. Soller has shown her artwork in 16 solo exhibitions and more than 95 group exhibitions nationally.  Exhibits of her work are included in the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division; the National Museum of Women in the Arts archives; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts web directory.  She is a board member of the Women in the Arts Foundation and a member of the National Association of Women Artists.

The artist’s solo exhibitions include “Water Environments:  Lotus, Water Lilies, and Taro,” at the Galleries, New York, NY (2011); “Paintings of Parks and People Parks,” Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, NY (2010); “Paintings of Water Environments,” Riverview Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY (2010); and “Yaddo Gardens,” City Hall Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY (2007). 

The theme of this exhibit is “Water Environments,” an expressionist series of acrylic paintings focusing on an intimate view of nature, emphasizing abstract qualities of color, shape, and patterns of light.  The water plants and reflective water elements become metaphors as symbols of renewal, endurance, strength, and peace.  Ms. Soller says, “By emphasizing the beauty and drama of natural forms, and interpreting environments unfolding at a moment in time, these paintings seek to incorporate awareness of nature into everyday environments.”

For more information about Ms. Soller, visit www.helainesoller.com.  For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at rfk@BerkeleyCollege.edu. or call 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:   This painting from “Water Environments,” one of a series of acrylic paintings from artist Helaine Soller’s exhibit entitled “Nature’s Spirit,” is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City from April 4 through 30.        

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