Be Witched !
ArtMakerNYC.org Group Art & Transformation Show
Opening Friday, June 16, 6pm-9pm
Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge
Show runs June 16 through July 13th
Be Witched is all about inspiring New Yorkers to cast spells and be part of the great transformation happening all around us ...
Summer is the time for coming out, coming together and celebrating ... join the ArtMakers to create a little magic of your own. Enjoy the art, let it speak to you, say a few words with focus and intention, and who knows what may happen ... anything is possible ... it is all about transformation ...
Artists: Daniella D., Dina Levy, JenniferPodisDead, Jennylee Marcelin, J Gonzalez-Blitz, Maria Alekseev | OpticVoid, Slaughter DK, TonyaKnudsen.com
Daniella D. - Daniella D. is a Lower East Side downtown Artist, Museum Educator, and Cultural Arts Worker. She provides friendly instruction in art, craft, and costuming, often in unconventional places, along with facilitating museum tours. She has worked at some of NYC's most haunted, retro places. Daniella has developed and taught unusual art activities like the popular Victorian Valentines Workshop and Gothic Garden Sketching 101. She loves to work with upcycled materials whenever possible, to create paintings, collages, and her original House Blessing Shrines. Her artwork combines a contemporary folk art style with a punk and vintage aesthetic. Please visit her on FB and IG: @artinlittleitaly
Dina Levy - Dina Levy/dina.inks is a NYC based artist who makes small sketches and paintings. Her work explores feminism, (the mostly female) human form, line and color. Her work uses dreamlike symbolism, and can be described as figurative yet surreal in nature. Dina wanted to be a fashion illustrator in her youth but gave it up for other pursuits. She started making art again about 7 years ago. Her work merges her fashion illustration education with surrealism, symbolism, and her imagination, often inspired by poetry, song lyrics, or the words inside her head and her heart, both dark and light. She has shown her work at Conartist Gallery, The Living Gallery, Gambaforest, Bushwick Open Studios, The Knockdown center, the Glove, bel-ans studios, Pratt Galleries, Catland Books, Hekate Cafe, Frost Gallery, @188 Allen Street, Solas Studio, Superchief NFT Gallery and more. You can find her work on Instagram @dina.inks
JenniferPodisDead - JenniferPodisdead resides in the lower east side of New York City where she repurposes and recycles found objects off the streets into art & jewelry. She has been featured in many solo and group art shows in the NY & BK area. www.JenniferPodisdead.com
Jennylee Marcelin - "I am a NYC sober artist who is committed to expressing Joy Love and Fun in all my work!
Art and Music is my great healer and passion! I am happy to share it with you." - JennyleeMarcelin - Etsy
J Gonzalez-Blitz - J. Gonzalez -Blitz is an artist who paints, draws comics, makes music and video, and practices Butoh dance. Born in Hell's Kitchen in the 70s she considers the energy of the real city as much a part of her creative inspiration as her other perceptions of reality may be. She has participated in art shows at now ghostly places like Art on A, Max Fish, CBs 313 Gallery and ABC No Rio, and has had comics published in a number of anthologies, most notably the Eisner- winning Drawing Power and as a recurring contributor to World War 3 Illustrated. Most recently she has been painting murals on the CHARAS building downtown and been involved with the effort to restore it as a center for the people. She has also worked with musicians as varied as those from the downtown punk and noise scenes to singing in a choir for Ed Atkins performance at Performa 19 and recording Kurt Schwitters UrSonate with avant garde jazz musicians Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, to be released on LP forthcoming.
Maria Alekseev | OpticVoid - Born and raised in New York City, Maria Alekseev (OpticVoid) is a practicing fine artist and professional arts educator. She draws her inspiration from a collection of interests ranging from historical and cultural traditions, high fashion, NYC street style and attitude, biological forms and hybridization to hypnagogic hallucinations, horror, and all things offensively beautiful. Her mediums are painting, drawing, intaglio printmaking and most recently has begun creating short art films with her newly formed artist collective The Dark Circus X. Opticvoid.com ♦ Portfolio, shop + more
Slaughter DK - Slaughter DK is a queer/non-binary New Jersey-based artist who makes dark, abstract work. They were born and raised in Guttenberg, New Jersey, and have an AA in Computer Arts from Hudson County Community College and a BA in Art History from Arizona State University. They make multimedia paintings, portraits, digital collages, and drag looks from their work studio in Union City, NJ. Slaughter is inspired by the macabre, abject and the psychologically triggering, as well as drag, glamour and pop culture. In June of 2022, they hosted their own show “Vesti La Giubba” based off the Italian Opera Pagliacci. In October of 2022, they also presented their first solo gallery exhibition “Fëver Dreams” at the DollHaus II Gallery in Bayonne, New Jersey. Slaughter hopes to incorporate more performance into their art in the future.
TonyaKnudsen.com - The Lady Miss Tonya Knudsen is the author of The Duchess Adlai book series. She enjoys painting, costuming, drawing & imagining wonderful new things. Founder of ArtMakerNYC.org, Knudsen is committed to facilitating sponsored opportunities for artists and lately has found a fashionable outlet with Miss Tonya Loves Eyeliner.
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