A Colorful Expression of Mind

May 1 through June 30, 2014

Venture House

Lois Anderson
My father was an artist. I have been painting and drawing since I was a small child. I studied art at Music and Art High School and also took private lessons. Painting and drawing have always been a part of my life.

Rashaun Beckles
Art is a way of life for me. It’s something that I love to do. It also expresses the way I feel and who I am as a person. Art motivates me and keeps me on the right path.

Phillip Bridgemohan
Hi my name is Philip. This piece represents the colors of everyday life. Being a chef I tend to meet people of different walks of life so I created this piece because the colors signify the many moods of everyday life.

Andre Cartier (Rambo)
Andre M. Cartier (aka Rambo), was born on October 6, 1955 in the city of Chicago, Illinois. As a child and until now, he has always been impressed with travelling, by air, land or sea. In the past, mode of travel and spirit was jets, trains, trucks, ships and cars. But now it is bicycles… it is freedom and a mind rush to romance the beauty of nature and life.

Ching Chin
When I was in the Kindergarten, I developed a strong affection toward art. I discovered extremely inborn talent of me. I had planned to be an artist in 2010. I had studied Human Anatomy in drawing with Leonid Gervits, Sherry Camhy, Henry Finkelstein and James L. McElhinney in the Art Student League of New York. In 2012, I won scholarship from the National Academy School of Fine Art. I studied human figure oil painting with Dan Gheno. I also studied Human Anatomy with Nicki Orbach and Eric March. The learning is a joyous process in experiencing different ways of exploring a subject. They teach me how to properly draw the figure though focusing on proportion, weight, balance, line, and light and shadow. I learned structure, tonal value and perspective. In September 2013, I went back to the Art Student League of New York. I studied landscape painting with Peter Homotzky. Mr. Homotzky explore complex form, color and line relationship with me. I had art class shows in 2011, January2014, and Febuary2014 at the Art Student League of New York. I had visited a lot of art exhibitions. My paintings are in private collections. I am an excellent and brilliant art student. In 2014, I become an extremely talented artist in oil painting. I paint landscape, flowers and portraits in my own style. My style is sublime. I love sublime. I have strong will to become a master. My goal is to show the beauty of nature. I found in light and the brushstroke of Monet and Van Gogh. I use bright colors. I had read the "Aesthetics" by Hegel. My idea for art is based on Hegel's philosophy of art. I think art is to pursue pure, brave, kindness, and beauty.

Rebecca English
I paint, write, and sing in my free time. All three modes of expression bring me joy and help me to construct meaning and understanding about life in different ways. Exploring psychological experience through voice, written word, and visual art has been an interest of mine since childhood. I’m grateful to contribute a painting to this art show, and be a part of the growing community of artists at Venture House.

Scott Ensling
I like to draw people and motorcycles with pencils. I usually merge pictures to one another. Lately I incorporate mummy-like lines in pictures of people.

Linda Familton
I enjoyed working in the fashion industry for many years in the 1980s & 1990s. I worked on designs as well as paper patterns. Later, I went into computer graphics in the 1990s. Beginning in 2000, I started doing silk screen printing on paper and t-shirts.

Paula Isaac
A graduate of Manhattan’s High School of Art and Design, Paula holds an Associate’s Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where she studied fashion illustration. Interested in painting from a young age, she was further motivated when a classmate showed her the work of Norman Rockwell. Paula was strongly affected by the realism of his images. She has found joy in painting and drawing classes at the Art Students League. Paula works primarily in oil and water color, and her favored subjects are people. Paula describes her pieces as “emotions in time.” She draws inspiration from the people of New York City. Her work has been presented in over a dozen shows at various venues, and her work was recently included in the Education and Research Center of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Laurent Jaquinot
Laurent grew up in France and the UK, and moved to the USA in 2014. He studied at the Art Students League of New York and exhibited at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. He joined Venture House in January, 2014.

Eloise Ockert
My name is Eloise Ockert. I am a single parent of 2 children, a boy, Raymond and a girl Lea Ann. I am an Outsider Artist. I am basically self-taught, although I did take a couple of art classes at BMCC where I graduated with an Associate Degree in Social Work. I also took art classes at the Jamaica Library. I have been attending the HAI art studio state funded classes since its inception in the early 90s. I have had artwork on exhibit at HIS, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Hospital Art Shows, The Max Fish Bar, The Fountain Gallery, The Outsider Art Fair in Manhattan, and The Manhattan Society, to name just a few. I enjoy doing artwork on the Muppets, (I have also taken courses in puppetry). My favorite Muppet to paint is Oscar the Grouch. I also do artwork on Metaphysical subjects, Tarot and Astrology. I am a professional Tarot Card Reader. I also enjoy painting cats, wildlife and flowers. I am currently on an employment search, and intend to pursue social work studies as I am intending to earn my M S W.

Fabian Perez
Fabian Perez was born in Bellevue Hospital in 1980 and grew up in the East Village in Manhattan. He has been working at Venture House for over 10 years and enjoys photographing scenery and individuals. Fabian snapped these photos highlighting the beauty of Venture House’s exterior. The photo of the flag was taken on Venture House’ roof and has a view of Hillside Avenue. The picture of the Trees gives a glimpse of the Clubhouse’s Garden out back. He hopes these images will encourage folks to come and visit this wonderful program and help support its cause.

Connie Schwartz
I cannot remember a time when I was not into art and music. After I first had a nervous break I drew nothing but dragons and sharks for quite a while, anything with sharp teeth or claws. But I went through happy times when my walls were covered with Santa’s reindeer flying happily thru the air. My free flying doves gave hope and faith to patients who were with me in hospital art groups. Then there was the period when I couldn’t stop my studies of mermaids walking their poodles. Art and music give me strength and hope. I wouldn’t trade that for all the tea in China.

Adele Stitch
Regarding nature photography; I have always found nature’s colors to be soothing and vivid. Using a disposable camera, I photograph flowers, animals, the ocean and trees. I like selling them to people who can’t afford expensive greeting cards and gifts, and I enjoy it when they share their nature experiences with me. I presently sell my work at the Kew Gardens Community Center. I am currently working on photographs at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center. .

Glen Sykora
I like art and music. Art is engineering, engineering is art… I’m a good engineer. (17)

Danyel Wendroff
Born in Trenton, NJ/ collage as coping skill [photographs, noise, written fragments, drawings]/ currently lives in Brooklyn/ endless search for a personal mythology/ (25)

Cecil Williams
Where the idea for using framed crocheted items originates is logically explained by my friendship with a visual artist who lived in Manhattan and worked as an art director. His use of line, color and balance in his compositions he painted spilled over into my creative life and allows me to utilize art history and accurate artistic forms. The Peter Max posters and real use of fabric color help to explain my intense desire to reach for the realm of artistic self expression or spoken word.

Kim Young-Yandoli
I graduated in 1988 from the School of Visual Arts. I worked in various fields as an artist assistant to put myself through art school — as a metal fabricator working with a designer making metal pocketbooks in nickel, lead, copper and brass and as a carpenter’s assistant — for a combination of three years while in school. I currently work in government and take clay classes for studio time when I can afford to.

About the Exhibit

Venture House Group Exhibition grew out of a mutual desire of Venture House and QCC to explore an alliance between our two organizations. Venture House and the QCC Department of Nursing identified a mutual desire to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and decided to provide community education through an exhibition of the works of artists who are members of Venture House. Members' artwork is selected by the director and assistant director of the Art Gallery and formally exhibited in the QCC Art Gallery Community Gallery. This is the second exhibition at QCC by Venture House artists.

An informal viewing and luncheon with the theme “Meet the Artists” gives nursing students who are studying the practice of community mental health an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the exhibiting artists. These members live in the community and share with the students how Venture House and art are important in their lives. Students and artists come to the luncheon with a sense of dignity and joy, seeking to shatter the stigma of mental illness through conversation and experience of art.

The nursing students participating in this service-learning project are in their last semester. These students have had clinical experiences in both in-patient psychiatric units and community agencies. Therapeutic communication skills and intervening in psychosocial issues, as well as understanding the broader health care system in the community and administering care in out-patient facilities are primary goals for the last semester. Students are also expected to meet the College's general education objective of integrating knowledge and skills in their program of study. Students not only interact with the artists but also meet with staff of Venture House to learn about its goals and offerings. The meeting, exhibition and conversation help student nurses gain a unique perspective that focuses on the strengths of the Venture House members.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, academic service-learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Academic service-learning programs involve students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.