Living With Art Presents’ Women Who Paint: Are Fearless’ During Women’s History Month




Yael Dresdner, Mini Torsos for the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint’ at Living with Art. Image courtesy of the artist and Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee

On the heals of the exhibition, ‘Figuratively: Real and Imagined‘, Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint: Are Fearless‘ on March 13th, highlighting the work of three contemporary artists ~ Beth Barry, Silvia Battistuzzi and Yael Dresdner. Collectively their paintings are in conversation through color, brush stroke, shape and natural forms, interpreted by each artist.

‘Women who Paint’ installation view. Image courtesy of Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee.

The unique installation of this work in a Harlem brownstone is inspired by the salon style of Gertrude Stein. The paintings climb the walls of Living with Art as if they were part of a collection passionately assembled over time. Installed in unexpected geometric formations creating gallery walls as well as traditional horizontal placement that accommodates the interior architecture. The resulting show is an exploration of personal style and space that asks the viewer to consider how they live with art.

Artist Beth Barry. Exhibition ‘Women who Paint’. Image courtesy Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee

About the artists

Beth Barry is an abstract-landscape artist and curator based in NYC and the Hamptons. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1955, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and Child Development from Connecticut College and her dual Masters Degrees in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute and in Social Work from New York University. She has exhibited at galleries throughout New York and Massachusetts and has participated in international museum exhibitions at the Coupelovous Museum, Athens, Greece and the Masterworks Museum in Bermuda.

Artist, Beth Barry, ‘Golden Day’ 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist for the exhibition ‘Women who Paint’.

In the artists own words “When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes and shadows created by the light from the sun. The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light. As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well. The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way.” 

10 of Barry’s acrylic paintings are included in Women Who Paint: Are Fearless.

Artist, Yale Dresdner & Silvia Battistuzzi, installation view for the exhibition ‘Women who Paint’. Image courtesy Living with Art. Photo credit: Connie Lee

Silvia Battistuzzi is based in Buenos Aires and in the Argentine Patagonia. She graduated as a Psychologist, from the National University of Buenos Aires (U.B.A.) and studied painting and drawing at the Asociación Estímulo de Bellas Artes (AEBA) in Buenos Aires, she trained in the workshops of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (CBA), Spain. Battistuzzi also studied art history in Florence (Italy). 

Artist, Silvia Battistuzzi, UN DIA Y UNA NOCHE, 30″ x 40″. Image courtesy of the artist for the exhibition, ‘Women who Paint’.

Battistuzzi is an international artist and has exhibited in Argentina, the USA, Malaysia, Paraguay, Belgium, Spain, Ecuador, Denmark, Nepal, Morocco and Italy. Her artwork is in the collections of the Municipal Museum “Juan Sánchez” (Gral. Roca- Río Negro – Argentine), the Faculty of Education Sciences of Río Negro and Neuquén (Cipolletti, Río Negro, Argentine). And in private collections in Argentina – Cuore di Donna International, Italy; Arkane Association, Morocco.

Her paintings were recently included in the New York Latin American Art Triennial, NYLAAT 2022 – on view with the Argentine Delegation at the Argentine Consulate in New York City. Art Lives Here invited the artist to bring five of the paintings to Living with Art to share with a broader audience of NYC based artists and collectors.

Artist, Yael Dresdner, Pastel with Mini Torso, oil on canvas for the exhibition ‘Women who Paint’. Installation view courtesy Living with Art Salon. Image credit: Connie Lee.

Yael Dresdner originally from Haifa, Israel, has lived in the US for over four decades, with her practice based in New York City. Yael paints with oil on canvas, watercolor and pastel on paper. Her mixed media pieces explore fiber art and text-based art, incorporating repurposed materials such as fiber, threads, hair, cheesecloth, earth and leather. Although she does not define her practice as social justice, the viewer can’t help but recognize the concerns for the environment in her Float and Galapagos series, and women’s rights in her Events in the Body Mini Torsos series.

Yael earned a BFA in Visual Communications from George Washington University. She studied painting at the Arts Students League and New York Studio School and received further training at Corcoran School of Art and Washington Studio School in Washington, DC.

Artist Yael Dresdner, ‘Float + 4’, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist for the exhibition ‘Women who Paint’.

Among other places, Yael’s work has been included in shows at Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Yale Divinity School, The Urban Collective, LIC Arts/Factory Gallery, 440 Gallery, La Bodega Gallery, Bernard Heller Museum, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ. Her work can be found in the collections of Thomson Financial, Robert Jackson (NY State Senator) and The Chesapeake Group, New York, NY; Columbia Hospital for Women and Charlie McBride & Associates, Washington, DC, and private collections in the US and Israel.

Women Who Paint: Are Fearless includes a selection of Yael’s abstract, geometric and figurative paintings, including an installation of 41 mini (7×5) canvases.

L-R, Beth Barry ~ Yael Dresdner. Installation view for ‘Women who Paint’ Image courtesy of Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee

Art Lives Here is a non-profit arts organization that supports cultural equity by creating opportunities for under-recognized Artists, Women, LGBTQIA+, AAPI, and BIPOC and provides access to art in communities that are often excluded by bringing meaningful public art installations, exhibitions, performances and educational programming to people where they live, work and gather with friends and family. 

Founded by Connie Lee, an independent curator, public art leader, and advocate for artists. During Lee’s six-year term, 2015 – 2021, as President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, she developed the public art initiative and facilitated dozens of public art installations in Northern Manhattan including Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem Art Park, White Park, Eugene McCabe Field, Morningside Park, A Philip Randolph Square and public plazas in the neighborhoods of Harlem and East Harlem. She has curated Living with Art since 2020.

L-R, Beth Barry acrylic paintings; Yael Dresdner, pastel paintings and Mini Torso, oil on canvas. Installation view of ‘Women who Paint’ courtesy Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee

Women Who Paint: Are Fearless, curated by Connie Lee, will be on view from March 13 to May 10, 2023 at Living With Art Salon. The gallery will host three receptions ~ one for each participating artist as follows ~ Beth Barry, Sunday, March 26th; Yael Dresdner, Sunday, April 16th; Silvia Battistuzzi, Date tbd.

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