CommunityWire: STUNNING ARTWORK OF EAST HARLEM SENIOR CITIZENS ON EXHIBIT AT EL BARRIO’S ARTSPACE PS109

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A special exhibit called Covello@PS109 Making Art Work is being featured at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. The instillation displays stunning artwork by older East Harlem residents. Called Covello@PS109 Making Art Work, the installation runs from Friday June 21, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019.

The exhibit features paintings, prints, mixed media works, ceramics, and textiles created at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center (Covello) in East Harlem. More than one hundred pieces created by seniors who take classes in Covello’s Marking Art Work program, as well as artwork by Covello’s teaching artists and both current and former artists in residence are on display. Covello is a program of the Carter Burden Network.

The public was also invited to attend workshops led by Covello’s teaching artists where they will learn the art of printmaking, mixed media drawing, clay and/or jewelry.

The exhibition and workshops are free and open to the public. Select pieces of work made by the seniors were available for purchase at a pop-up shop on site on Wednesday June 26th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Proceeds from these sales will go directly to the seniors who made them.

William J. Dionne, Executive Director of the Carter Burden Network, said, “This stunning exhibition is such a wonderful example of the joy, vibrancy and creativity that our seniors at Covello demonstrate every day at our center. It’s an opportunity for them to explore untapped talents and interests that live inside them. Some of today’s exhibitors are continuing a lifelong love of ceramics and others had never picked up a paintbrush until just recently. We are so proud of the work here today and all of the wonderful and imaginative individuals who created them. And we are thrilled to be offering aging New Yorkers an opportunity and a place to gather, learn, and enjoy the company of others and hidden talents they didn’t even know they had. I’d like to thank El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 for letting us use this beautiful space to let our seniors shine.”

The installation schedule is as follows:

• Exhibition: Friday June 21, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019; Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

• Opening reception: Friday, June 21, 2019; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

• Workshops + Pop Up Shop: Wednesday, June 26, 2019; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Closing Reception: Saturday, June 29, 2019; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A leader in aging services, the Carter Burden Network promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness, and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs in New York City.

The Carter Burden Network is partially funded by the NYC Department for the Aging.

ABOUT THE CARTER BURDEN NETWORK: Carter Burden Network promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness, and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs. The organization is dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. As a leader in aging services in NYC, the Carter Burden Network welcomes seniors to participate in programs and attend centers offering vital resources, including social services to access benefits, that support independence and provide opportunities to form connections that enrich their lives. Carter Burden Network provides programs that nourish body, mind and spirit of vulnerable NYC seniors. CBN’s programs and services are partially funded by the NYC Department for the Aging.