Contributed by Sharon Butler / From a recent exhibition organized to raise money for Chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, I came home with two wonderful pieces, which I’ve decided to use as gifts for contributors to the 2017 Two Coats of Paint Year-end Fundraising campaign. The first reader who makes a tax-deductible contribution of $500 will receive Beth Dary’s elegant framed drawing Waterway, pictured above.
According to Beth, the drawing grew out of ideas that she initially developed for Prospect 1.5 in New Orleans. Local and regional wetlands and waterway maps have become the inspiration for numerous projects of hers, including drawings, sculpture and site-responsive installations. Waterway, she notes, “combines the course of the Mississippi River in New Orleans(top), and the waterline of the Narrows in Lower New York Bay(bottom). This drawing has personal significance to me, as I owned a home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and was living in Brooklyn, where our building was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.”
Originally from Cape Cod, Dary has now settled on the waterfront in Brooklyn. She has participated in artist residency programs such as Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been curated into numerous prestigious exhibits, including Prospect.1.5 in New Orleans, the Islip Art Museum, and Art in Odd Places in New York. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the The Manhattan Community Arts Fund.
Thanks, Beth, for allowing Two Coats of Paint to include your fine drawing in this year’s fundraising campaign. And, of course, thanks to the readers who have already made generous contributions–no contribution is too small.
Our next incentive is a piece from Katarina Wong’s “Unframed” series that translates traditional Cuban bronze photo frames into porcelain. Stay tuned.