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"People-Places-Spaces: Works by D. Lammie-Hanson, Kathleen Hayek and GG Stankiewicz"
2002-10-19 until 2002-11-02
Parlor Gallery
Brooklyn, NY, USA United States of America

People-Places-Spaces features new watercolors and drawings by D. Lammie Hanson, Kathleen Hayek, GG Stankiewicz, inspired by figures and faces, travels in the U.S. and abroad, psychological and physical states of being. The co-founders of SONYA, South of the Navy Yard Artists, Inc. of Brooklyn NY, D. Lammie Hanson, Kathleen Hayek and GG Stankiewicz, have come together to exhibit as the visual artists they are. Collectively, their work shows the diversity and the brillance of the kind of art available in the SONYA community.

The Parlor Gallery began taking shape when Kathleen Hayek participated in a neighborhood Artist's Open Studio tour in the fall of 1998. Since her studio is a small room on the third floor of the 4 floor brownstone and can't accommodate more than 3 people at one time, she decided to hang her work downstairs in the living room on the 2nd floor (referred to locally as the "parlor floor").

Hayek moved out most of the furniture, set out a vase of fresh flowers and trays of refreshments, and a small reception table. There was so much wall space that she was able to hang 15 of her own pieces and invite 2 other local watercolor artists to show with her as well.

The Open Studio tour visitors constantly remarked on how pleasant it was to view work in a living room style setting, that it made it easier for them to visualize owning the work and how it might look in their own homes. Many suggested that Hayek keep the room just as it was and do shows on a regular basis. A second show followed in the early summer of 1999 as a part of the Garden District's Annual Garden Walk - this one a group show of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society.

My mailing list and requests for more shows were growing. Kathleen realized that she was using the space more to show her work than as a living space! Finally, by the the time of the South of the Navy Yard Artists' Open Studio tour in the fall of 1999, the space had a special name - Parlor Gallery - and was fully dedicated to the showing of fine art.

Its mission is to make the ownership of fine art more accessible to all by displaying the work in an environment similar to the viewers' homes and of inspiring artists to work cooperatively by hosting solo and small exhibits of local fine artists, thereby developing a thriving arts community of artists and art collectors.

D. Lammie Hanson is a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com.

D. Lammie Hanson
I Wonder, 1998
Giclee Print

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