Carter Burden Gallery (CBG) exclusively features the works of professional NYC artists over 60, fostering a supportive and culturally diverse community of re-emerging artists. Beginning ten years ago with 15 artists in a small alternative space on 7th Ave CBG moved in 2013 to a beautiful 2,000 sq. ft. gallery in Chelsea and has now exhibited over 300 different artists in 223 shows. We celebrate our 10th year of this community's unique ability to share lifetimes participating as vital members of New York's arts culture.
In furtherance of the CBN's goals, and in recognizing the unique cultural wealth possessed by older professional artists, CBG was born. While giving older artists an opportunity to show their work and engage in current contemporary artistic discourse, CBG recognizes that these opportunities are hard-won and often difficult to achieve. Therefore, CBG is committed to empowering re-emerging, professional older artists through the exhibition and cultivation of their work.
Joan Mellon presents process driven sculptural pieces from her series Substance and Space in the exhibition Lines, Forms, Substance, her seventh exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. The physical act of making and the exploration of material are central to Mellon’s work. Her interest in how choice and chance are at the core of the creative process is always at play. Using both found and purchased components, the palette of the pieces was initially limited to the materials until they “called out for more”. She has said, " Working with physical materials and volumetric forms led me to explore how physical objects live in space... It is my hope that these objects convey the pleasure inherent in the process of making things and the unlimited possibilities of working with tangible materials.
Joan Mellon, b. 1944, Brooklyn, NY, has a BFA from School of Visual Arts and a MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State College where she has been an adjunct mentor. Mellon has also been an artist-in-residence in hospital and cancer centers in NYC and taught artists with special needs. Her paintings and works on paper are represented in private and public collections including Franklin Furnace Archives at the Museum of Modern Art, Johnson & Johnson, New York Public Library Print Collection and School of Visual Arts. Exhibition highlights include one person shows in NYC and group exhibitions in the US and abroad.
In Lines, Forms, Substance, Sumayyah Samaha presents energetic abstract paintings from her series Lines and Forms for her fifth exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery. The artist’s stream of consciousness determines the composition; playful shapes and rich colors are connected by lines, which create boundaries between the negative spaces of the canvas. The artist’s focus in this series is on color, texture, contours, weight, and defining edges; these paired with her choice of appropriate medium tell her visual story. She states, “In my most recent body of work, ‘Lines and Forms,’ I paint with oil and draw with charcoal on canvas. I challenge myself to seek harmony between these two media.”
Currently working and Living in Soho, Manhattan, Sumayyah Samaha was born in 1939 in Shweir, Lebanon. Samaha came to the United States on a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MA from the University of Pittsburgh and BA from the American University of Beirut. Upon the completion of graduate school, she moved to New York City and decided not to go back to Lebanon - seeking a freer and more exciting life. Samaha’s solo exhibitions in New York City include: 22 Wooster Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, Skoto Gallery, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, and Kenkeeba House. Other solo exhibitions include: Blink Gallery, Andes, NY; Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ; Art Circle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon. Her group exhibitions include: The Emo exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation, NYC; New York Chronicles, Virginia Common WealthSchool of Arts, Doha, Qatar; In/Visible, Arab American Museum, MI; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA. Her work is represented in private and public collections including: Arab American National Museum, Cintrum Sztuki Museum in Warsaw, Poland, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Chemical Bank, Prudential Insurance, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Bank Audiin Beirut, Lebanon, and Kenkeleba House in NYC. Samaha has also been the recipient of several awards and grants including Pollock Krasner Individual Grant in 2016 and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2015.