In the Summer
virtual discussions
continue online
on Facebook

Regular ATOA panels will resume in the Fall

Work by featured Summer artist:
Fran Kornfeld

Check our website in September for further information about our Fall calendar of panel discussions. Meanwhile visit our Archives to view transcripts and media clips of past panels, or browse our Video Catalog to order DVDs of past panels, visit our online Store to buy books by authors who have spoken at ATOA, participate in our Facebook Group discussions, or read our pre-Facebook Online Forums.


ATOA Returns to NAC in Fall 2017

The Artists Talk on Art panel series will return to its perch at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, for four fall panels, beginning on September 23rd, then October 17th, November 28th and December 19th. The fall panels will occur in the building’s Sculpture Court on the second floor.

Passing of Arnold Wechsler

ATOA marks the passing of a former board of director’s member, the artist Arnold Wechsler, who died on June 16th at in Miami, Florida, aged 87.

Aside from his art, Wechsler was well-known for his founding, with Renee Meyer and the late Warren Tanner of the Organization of Independent Artists (OIA) the seminal art in public spaces group started in 1976. A peripatetic traveler, Wechsler attended Burning Man annually and was constantly on the go, worldwide, until he became ill a few years ago.

Arnold studied at the School of Visual Arts and received a Masters in Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University. He has been a part of the New York art scene for over fifty years and lived in the Westbeth Artists Community since its inception in 1968. His work has been exhibited throughout the world including in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Denver, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

We are grateful to Arnold for his years of service to ATOA.

Douglas I. Sheer

Fran Kornfeld

To paraphrase a quote by the painter, Vincent van Gogh: “subject matter is the nail upon which I hang my cloak.” Artistic inspiration can arise from almost any aspect of life; a beautiful sunset, a stirring biblical or mythical story, or a walk through a garden.

When viewed through the eyes of an artist, simple observations are transformed via personal experience and deep-seeded feeling into works of art that in turn, have the power to move, or even inspire anyone who views them. Nature and the world of natural phenomena form the hook upon which Ms Kornfeld hangs her coat.

Fran Kornfeld lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the H.S. of Music and Art and received her B.A. degree with a major in art at Brooklyn College in 1966. Ms. Kornfeld currently serves on the Board and Program Committee of ATOA. She is also responsible for organizing exhibitions including Paper Cuts, a group show featured at Gallery Gaia in Brooklyn, NY.

All works seen are made of handmade paper made from plain and pigmented linen pulps from 2013- 2015.

Her art work has been extensively shown in the New York metropolitan area and beyond and her recent shows include: “Passage,” 210 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Climbing Kawa Karpo,” Art 101, Brooklyn, NY, “New Visions: Crown Heights Artists” at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY, “River and Biota” at the Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks, Reading, PA , “Small Works/Baruch” at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY and most recently, “Night Garden” at the Holland Tunnel in Brooklyn, NY

End of our
Summer 2017 Season

ATOA wishes to thank:
The National Arts Club
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
The Bachman Foundation
The New York State Council on the Humanities
The City of New York Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Weinick, Sanders and Leventhal, CPAs
and the ATOA volunteers
for their generous support.

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