Beautiful Brooklyn & Public Spaces, Private Places

January 14, 2009 - April 4, 2009
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Beautiful Brooklyn

by Lucille Nurkse

My art, created in the last decade, celebrates the people in the communities I know. The figure is my guiding motif. When someone's action catches my attention, I use memory and a sketch to reframe that moment and make it ever-present.

I simplify figures and construct space by using blocks of color broken by pattern. I use every possible type of paper-handmade, cut-up watercolors, drawings and prints, fabric, as well as flat Color Aid paper to create texture, movement and emotional tone. For every figure, the challenge is to capture the essential gesture.

BPL Exhibition, Lucille NurkseLucille Nurkse was an early childhood teacher in New York City. She received the Myra Biggerstaff Memorial Award by the National Association of Women Artists in 2006. In addition, she has been awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Byrdcliffe Art Colony and Virginia Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, and published in the New York Daily News, the Woodstock Times and other publications. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Portrait of Lucille Nurkse
©Peter Angelo Simon

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Public Spaces, Private Places

by Richard Lubell


Throughout the last seven years, I have tried to authentically depict the pageant of life through the cycle of seasons in Brooklyn. My neighbors walk, scurry, play, chat and flirt among the ubiquitous brownstones and parks of this unique urban village. Whether portraying a spring afternoon in Prospect Park, a hectic commute on a rainy autumn day or the quietude of a snow-filled winter landscape, the gestures and movements of the figures in my work reveal the universal joy and struggle of my fellow city dwellers.

My love of the sea and sailing is also described in several editions. My inspiration was nurtured by timeless afternoons at the beach as I grew up on the south shore of Long Island. Later, as a young adult in Boston, I discovered the pleasures of sailing at the Charles River Basin. In the last five years, I've been a member of the Miramar Yacht Club, sailing from Sheepshead Bay, around the Rockaway Inlets and off Coney Island.

I work primarily in Aquatint, an etching technique used to produce areas of tone or shadow rather than lines. The result is an image alive with a fluid range of values. Many images are enhanced with the printmaking technique of chine collée. Thin "rice paper" is mounted between the plate and the main paper, and when passed through the press, the two become one. The print gains added color and texture.

BPL Exhibition, Richard LubellRichard Lubell is a social studies teacher at Brooklyn Tech and an active member of Manhattan Graphics Center, where he produces etchings. He has exhibited work at The Old Print Shop in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook and other venues. He earned a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He also completed a NYS Art Teaching Certification at Brooklyn College.

Portrait of Richard Lubell
©Lou Spitalnick

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