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In late October 1996, Yuko Nii founded the non-profit Williamsburg Art & Historical Center based upon her Bridge Concept. That concept envisions a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging and established artists, and artists of all disciplines. Thus through the international language of art, we come to understand each other to create a more peaceful and integrated world. The WAH Center is a force for peace and understanding, and its concept is incorporated in its acronym: "WAH" in Japanese means peace, harmony, or unity.

Yuko also wanted to preserve the WAH Center's landmark building, a French Second Empire masterpiece, making it a functional part of the cultural community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.
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"Memorial" Show and "Gerard Barbot: Small Sculpture & Assemblage"

Sat Sep 06, 2014 16:00 - Sun Sep 28, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Artworks by Estelle Levy & Fernand Barbot
Music by Elodie Lauten
Saturday, September 6th - Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 4-6pm
Curated by Yuko Nii
In the Main Gallery

The WAH Center is pleased to present "Memorial" honoring our beloved artists - Estelle Levy, Fernand Barbot, and Elodie Lauten - who have passed away recently. During the fine arts show, the music of Elodie Lauten will be heard. Also featuring works by friends of Estelle Levy including: Linda Butti; Helen Henry; Kenol Lamour; Gabe Turow; and Barbara Schiller.

Though Estelle Levy and Fernand Barbot were from totally different cultural backgrounds - Estelle was a female American ceramic artist while Fernand was a male painter born in France - they both shared similarities in age and the late start of their art careers. Whereas Estelle referred to herself as a “self-employed artist,” and Fernand called himself a “self-taught artist,” both found unique visual languages to express their inner vision in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works. With strong personalities and distinctive characters, hard-working and strong-willed natures, Estelle and Fernand were both kind and sincere, full of wit and wisdom, which they shared with other artists and fellow citizens.

A French-American “avant-garde” composer, Elodie Lauten’s fresh and innovative musical language is a unique combination of Western and Asian music. She introduced us to a new universal musical language. Elodie performed at the WAH Center several times in the past. With each performance she demonstrated new sounds and tones that provoked all five senses - her music resonates in our minds and hearts, and will stay with us for a long time.

All three of our dear friends made our lives more interesting, colorful, and meaningful. Their presence will be missed, but their art lives on.

In the Small Gallery:
Gerald Barbot – Small Sculpture/Assemblage

Gerard Barbot:
Son of Fernand Barbot, Gerard Barbot was born in Paris, and when he was 5 years old, his parents emigrated to the USA. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His childhood was filled with the spirit of adventure and the need to satisfy a curious mind and that led him to the wonder of books, travel and art. His creative activity at a young age was to make collage in order to document and express experiences so that he could visualize his thoughts, aesthetics, emotions, influences and ideas. While working in the building trade industry, he was fascinated by the mesmerizing pyrotechnics of welding, and he was inspired to use a melange of materials and assorted means of construction to create found object sculpture known as assemblage. Gerard has participated in many exhibitions around the world, and his artwork is in private collections. He continues to challenge himself by collaborating with other artists and working in different mediums. He repurposes, recycles and transforms abandoned artifacts and discarded detritus. He invites the viewers to see ordinary objects in unexpected ways.

"This 'Memorial' show will fulfill the WAH Center's "Bridge Concept" mission by bridging man and woman, young and old, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works, American and French artists, and fine art with performing art."



Fri Sep 26, 2014 23:59

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

The WAH Center presents “Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound” – a group art exhibition exploring the many artistic usages of paper and how paper has the ability to connect people of all different backgrounds.

We are now accepting submissions for the “Paperworks Unbound” show.
Eligibility: Artists working on/with paper
Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Submission Fee: $25 for one artwork submission, $5 for each additional submission. Limit 3 submissions; can be paid by cash or check (payable to: WAH Center, 135 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211).

Submissions must be sent via email to: paperunbound@gmail.com, and must include the following information:

1) A completed entry form (please see attached)

2) Image files (jpeg, png, or tiff files, at least 72 dpi) of the artwork submissions titled with the appropriate information as follows: “ArtistName_Submission#_ArtworkTitle_Medium_Dimensions_Date_Edition#”

3) Artwork category (please refer to the above 2-D and 3-D lists)

4) Note of how submission fee has been/will be paid

For more information & to download an entry form, please visit: http://wahcenter.net/exhibits/2014/paperunbound/opencall.html



Mon Sep 22, 2014 23:59

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

The WAH Center presents “The New Academy: WAH Bridges Student Artists” – a multi-media group exhibition dedicated to presenting the work of students pursuing their undergraduate or Masters degrees in the arts.

We are now accepting submissions for “The New Academy”
Eligibility: Artists enrolled in undergraduate and Masters degree programs in the arts
Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014
Submission Fee: $15 for one artwork submission, $5 for each additional submission. Limit 3 submissions. Can be paid by cash or check (payable to WAH Center: 135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Submissions must be sent via e-mail to: wahstudentart@gmail.com and must include the following information:
1) A completed entry form (please see attached)

2) Image files (jpeg, png, or tiff files, at least 72 dpi) of artwork submissions titled with the appropriate information as follows: “ArtistName_Submission#_ArtworkTitle_Medium_Dimensions_Date_Edition#”

Please note: High-resolution files may be shared via Google Docs

3) Artist statement (limit 1 page), CV (limit 2 pages), and a brief biography paragraph including the school you currently attend, your major, expected degree and graduation year

4) Note of how submission fee has been/will be paid

For more information on how to apply & to download the entry form, please visit the following: http://wahcenter.net/exhibits/2014/newacademy/opencall.html


Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age

Fri Sep 28, 2012 20:00

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

The WAH Center presents
September 7-28, 2012
Reception: September 14, 6-9 PM
Curated by Cara DeAngelis

Images of and concerned with wildlife are thriving in the heart of American cities, from New York to San Francisco. In September, American artists come together in Brooklyn with this exhibit to share what "Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age" looks like. The works range from drawing, to painting, video animation, sculpture, and photography. The artists are widely varied in their approach, but all have an integral connection to the overarching theme.

The show focuses on work that addresses the interplay between wildlife and our domesticated selves and spaces. It probes the persistence of wildlife in American culture and individual imagination through the work of a diverse group of city-based artists. The varied works evoke a reconsideration of the term "wild" in what Gary Snyder has called a "Post-Natural Age," and the role that the artists are playing in exploring these issues.

Participating Artists: Emily Davis Adams; Nick Baxter; Rachel Bensimon; Dina Brodsky; Jessie Brugger; Cara DeAngelis; Bryan Drury; MaDora Frey; Ian Healy; Loretta Hirsch; Maria Kozak; Monika Malewska; Benjamin Martins; Randall Nelson; John O'Reilly; Colleen Plumb; Kate Puxley; Christopher Reiger; Wade Schuman and Kimberly Witham


The Grand Harvest

Mon Oct 01, 2012 23:55

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

People often say that it takes at least 15 years to make an organization grow and mature. The not- for- profit WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) took 16 years to come this far while learning many lessons along the way.

The WAH Center has endeavored to fulfill the founder’s “Bridge Concept” - the idea of which is to coalesce diverse artistic communities and create a global bridge with emerging and established artists of all disciplines. We hope that our programs have inspired, educated and entertained the public at large, and we wish to express our sincere thanks to those kind supporters who had faith in the WAH Center’s unique mission and helped us grow. All of the noble ideas of "WAH" will be reminded, for WAH in Japanese means "Peace, Harmony and Unity.”

So, this fall we celebrate what the WAH Center has cultivated over the years and also what nature has provided in the harvest. Housed in a New York City and National Landmark, the WAH Center will offer this fall not only a fine art show but also a Gala Dinner and various performance programs for The Sweet 16th Anniversary Harvest Celebration. In this spirit, our open call provides an opportunity for outstanding artists to showcase work to new audiences in Williamsburg, a prominent art community in Brooklyn, New York and to national and international visitors from around the world.

The WAH Center is now accepting submissions for The Grand Harvest,an international juried show.

Theme: Celebrating the WAH’s harvest of “produce” by artists and the achievements of the WAH Center. Just submit the best art you have “produced!” Plus, how do artists envision the greening or re-greening of the world? What technologies do artists envision to assure the crops and foods for tomorrow from earth and sea? What harvest can you bring to share this autumn?

ELIGIBILITY: This call for entries is open to all international artists, working in any medium. Applications must be submitted via Email or SmarterEntry Online Service or sent through the postal service.
For more information see complete instructions in the entry form.
Artists are responsible for the shipment and delivery of their work. Further requirements for accepted work to follow upon selection.

ENTRY FEE: $35 Entry Fee for the first 3 images and $10 will be charged for additional each image up to 6 images