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Poe Park Visitor Center Online Gallery: 10th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... Exhibition

The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents its 10th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder... exhibition from December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. This virtual exhibition features the work of local artists and their interpretation of this most delightful time of year for your pleasure and enjoyment.

It is time for us to experience smiles, hope, and awaken the child within us with joy.

About Poe Park Visitor Center

Poe Park Visitor Center is a community hub at Poe Park in the Bronx that offers art, literature, fitness, and community events. Due to the pandemic, the center is closed until further notice and the gallery has temporarily moved online. 

Bobbi Beck

About the artist: Artist Bobbi Beck works in various methods, including pen and ink, tapestries, and painting. She became interested in art as a young child roaming around art museums and absorbing every type of art from Medieval to Cubism. Since then she has worked every day of her life getting lost within her imagination. Her entire family are artists, all the way down to her daughter and grandchildren. Her works have been exhibited over the years at many venues and have been included in private and public collections.

abstract drawing of eyes and fingers toward a sign that reads watch your step. snowflakes spiral out from the center of the piece

Winter Boots

22 x 28, mixed media with metallic glitter, 2021

Artist Statement: As soon as the snow first falls, most of us rush out the door to experience the new season, while trying to forget about the blistering heatwaves of summer. Everyone is trying to adjust to the shiny slick surfaces underfoot. My husband always points out the danger areas to avoid reminding me to "Watch your step.” After years of ice skating lessons, I have learned how to read slippery surfaces, and if I fail, we were always taught “How to fall safely.” So get out there and have some fun!

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abstract drawing of eyes and fingers toward a sign that reads watch your step. snowflakes spiral out from the center of the piece
portrait painting of a family with reindeer, rooster, horse, lion, and bird faces

Ner Beck

Artist statement: I was always interested in lost and found street art, especially in the winter months. I visually search out anything that speaks to me at the moment it pops up in front of my eyes, then I suddenly hit my foot brakes, aim my camera at my new target and quickly capture what I spotted for today to take home and add to my collection. I hope you enjoy looking at this mini collection and have as much fun seeing it as I did doing it.

image of a snowman with a sign that reads raise plow

Snow Alert

12 x 17, photo collage, 2021

Frosty the Traffic Snowman.

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image of a snowman with a sign that reads raise plow
black and white image of a figure with flowers and other plants spiraling out from the head
ice on twigs of a plant form intricate patterns
a gnome covered in snow
head of sculpture in a trash bin and covered in snow
a tiny red tricycle covered in snow
wheat colored plant near a gray building, both covered in snow

About the artist: Photography has been part of Ner’s life since he bought his first camera back in the early sixties. Trained first as a painter and later as a designer, he found photography to be another tool to express himself. Always interested in street photography, it was the perfect excuse for him to get out in the cold while walking endless city streets and snapping away with his eyes and camera.

Hope / Esperanza, Alberto Bermudez

colorful abstract painting with figures with heads in halos

Hope / Esperanza

24 x 36, acrylic paint and permanent marker on canvas, 2021

Artist statement: This art piece is inspired by the connection with the divine and the hope of humanity. As an artist, I want people to remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

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About the artist: Inspired by life events, my artwork tells a story. From young age, I took myself into a safe place through my artwork. I had the opportunity to grow and to develop my unique art style through drawing, painting and sculpturing, with the idea of using all recycled materials available to me. I always try to maintain as a goal, to keep the Earth green and as beautiful as I can. I presented my artwork throughout Puerto Rico, with the support of other artists. These experiences helped grow and build my way to coordinate and curate events in visual multicultural environments. New York City is now my new home and my new canvas.

Josipa Kecman

Artist statement: What inspired me to paint a wintry landscape was the desire and curiosity to feel playfulness by painting in an appealing and amusing way.
I painted these with an air of wondering amazement.

pink sky above a forest covered in snow and reflecting on a lake

Snowfall

16 x 12, Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

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pink sky above a forest covered in snow and reflecting on a lake
an evergreen tree covered in snow
evergreen landscape covered in snow against the backdrop of three mountains capped with snow under a cloudy blue sky
an allee of trees in winter without leaves and covered in snow
a tree on a snow covered peninsula out on a lake surrounded by a landscape of evergreens covered in snow

About the artist: I am from Banja Luka, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. I currently live in Winnipeg, Canada. I have lived in different countries and continents, so many cultures have influenced my art.

Elaine Langer

Artist statement: These two paintings were completed after hours of playing in the snow. They are of my kids and their friends having fun in the fresh snow.  Being outside in the snow was such a joy and made us all forget about the pandemic and quarantine for a few hours. My son, being so little, needed help to keep up with the bigger kids in a snowball fight. In the piece “Making Snow Balls”, his friend made him with a regular supply.  “Sledding with the Boys” was after the initial sledding; a downhill path was created and the sled zoomed like a roller coaster. Squeals of joy and laughter can almost be heard in this joyful painting. I deeply enjoyed creating these paintings, both with pastel, my favorite medium. I love the loose expressiveness of pastels. Snow is such a fun subject, as I never like to use white. The warm light of the sky reflects onto the snow. 

kid play and sled in the snow among the bare trees

Sledding With the Boys

12 x 9, pastel, 2021

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kid play and sled in the snow among the bare trees
a person hands a kids a snowball while they hang out on a snow-covered hill near a tree

About the artist: Elaine Langer is a watercolorist and pastel artist that paints in plein air and at home. As a member of the New York City Urban Sketchers, Elaine is rarely seen without her sketchbook. Elaine discovered her love of watercolor during an ‘Art for Scientists’ course, during her studies at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. Although art has always been a part of her life, the discovery of painting outside changed everything. Elaine’s paintings are deeply personal, and often involve memories of a moment in time. As such, in more recent years, many of Elaine’s finished paintings originated from Urban Sketches and plein Air Paintings. More recently as Elaine continues to grow as an artist, pastels have become her medium of choice.

Birds of a Feather, Michael Mendel

Artist statement: I never wander far from home anymore without my camera on hand. In the past, I missed so many opportunities to capture a scene that was visible for but a fleeting moment...only to regret not being able to capture it photographically.

white birds fly out from a shorefront near a domed tennis court under a steel gray sky

Birds of a Feather

Photograph, 2021

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About the artist: TBD

Holiday Queens Dressed for the Ball, Betty Murray

Artist statement: Both Queens are looking very regal in their crowns of baubles and royal jewels. As they step into the ballroom everything, and everyone, stopped as they gazed upon these beautiful Queens dressed and poised for the holiday. Who were these beautiful Holiday Queens?  

painting of a woman covered in actual gems and baubles in pink and purple colors
painting of a woman covered in actual gems and baubles in blue and gold colors

This presentation is an acrylic and metallic painting on 16 x 20 canvas, painted in tones of blues, and silver, the other in pinks silver and light purple. The painting is adorned with embellishments of clear gemstones, crystals, metallic stars and jewels, pearls, and rhinestones. The lips and eyes are outlined in glitter to give a frost lipstick. Both queens are wearing real eyelashes. They’re both wearing crowns of holiday baubles and ornaments. 

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About the artist: Betty J Murray (Betty J Of N.Y.) has created unique, artistic, and unforgettable pieces in helping the planet. Her glass bottle artworks have been exhibited with Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery for Whimsical Winter Wonder 2017 and 2019, the October 2019 Disability Exhibition, and the 2021 Black History Month exhibition. Her Pandemic Mural and Painting received an honorable mention in the 2020 International Luxembourg Art Prize. Her art also raises funds and brings awareness to Type 1D in honor of her 11-year-old granddaughter Janelle and Lupus in honor of her daughter E’lyse and late son Eric. With her crafts, she raises funds at Allerton Centerlight holiday craft show. She has also created an artist discussion, presentation of paintings, handcrafts, and historical art from women of the Caribbean and African American cultures. As a senior she is now part of the Allerton Artist group, her paintings can be seen at the Centerlight Allerton Gallery, and have hung in the main building at Waters Place. Before her love for painting, she authored and illustrated two children’s picture books “Grandma Buddy’s House" and "Ten Is For Tendai”. She is also the owner/artist of “Paper Memories and the Gula Collection,” beautiful handcrafted gift cards and other collectible paper memorabilia. 

Ranjit Sahu

Artist statement: I believe nature and humans share an intricate relation and most of my work revolves around nature and its elements and human relations. My purpose is to use art for both as entertainment and to incite a love for nature in people. Art is an effective medium for healing from both stress and conflict in life.

painting of two red cardinals on a branch that looks out to a snowman in snowy landscape near a like with mountains in the backdrop

Our snowman melting

20 x 16, oil, 2021

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painting of two red cardinals on a branch that looks out to a snowman in snowy landscape near a like with mountains in the backdrop
a man thinks deeply with his hands clasp to his mouth over two cups of coffee as birds eat from a birdhouse by the window
penguins embrace on a rocky shore as they look out to a boat of revelers shooting fireworks into the sky as fireworks go off in the neighborhood of buildings
portrait of a man with a bird on twig and evergreens decorated with colorful blue, yellow, and red balls

About the artist: Ranjit K. Sahu, is an American artist who was born in India and is a doctorate in biotechnology. At present, he is employed as a Laboratory and Research Specialist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA. He is a self-taught artist painting using oil and acrylic as media. His interests include portraits and landscapes as well as other natural elements. He has recently developed an interest n photography. Ranjit is also a published poet and freelance columnist. He is passionate about nature and has actively participated in projects and activities in nature conservation.   

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