This week we welcome artist Bonnie Astor.

Rebirth, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 20

Astor’s paintings and mixed media artworks have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Athens, Greece and Venice, Italy.

Jaffa Dreams, 2020, watercolor inks and acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″

Her artwork has been featured by nonprofit organizations for women’s empowerment, education and access to health care projects. As an art activist, she leads community workshops benefitting people of all ages with disabilities, mental illness, homelessness and in transition.  Astor has a master’s degree in studio art from NYU as well as a master’s degree in nursing from Rutgers, both of which inform her work and interactions with people around the globe.

Upside Down World; 2020, watercolor inks on yupo paper, 18 x24″

Astor, along with curator Lois Stavsky, maintains the blog ART BreakOUTwhich provides a platform for artists who work on the margins of the art establishment — to provide exposure, while educating the public about them. It has a focus on self-taught and outsider artists whose art can now be seen in galleries and museums around the world.

Beauty and the Beast , 2021, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10″

They currently have an exhibition on view at The Local NY in Long Island City.  Alone / Together: A Visual Meditation on Our Times, features work in a range of media by more than 20 artists traversing continents, cultures and generations. The exhibition is open 24/7 through August 29. See more of Astor’s work on her website.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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