Coney Island Dreams Series by Karen Brussat Butler
Central Library, Lobby Gallery
The work, based on Brooklyn’s famous amusement park, is a mixture of new and old. Butler often combines bits and pieces from history with present day happenings, which find their way into her lithographs and paintings, sometimes as if in a dream.
My paintings are exclusively done in watercolor and my prints are predominantly lithographs. My work is narrative with a story to be found. Flowing washes surround my people making them part of the atmosphere.
I have been interested in the pageantry and layers of change that have occurred over the years along the beach and board walk at Coney Island.
It's been a place where people could go to escape their daily lives, play and have fun and possibly reinvent themselves for a day. Coney Island Dreams is a series of paintings and lithographs where I combine pieces from the past and present that give insight into the many wonderful worlds found at Coney Island. It's a mixture of new built upon old. What would archaeologists find digging deep in the sand or beneath the ocean waves?
Karen Brussat Butler is a studio artist and children's art teacher in the New York area. Her work is in several public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Brooklyn Museum Library, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery Library, among others. Butler has had many one-person shows in New York, Seattle, Connecticut and Vermont, and her paintings and prints have been included in over 100 national and international juried exhibitions. Butler works with two Master Printers when she makes her lithographs. They are James Reed, Milestone Graphics in Bridgeport, CT and Craig Cornwall, Trilobite Workshop, in Olympia, WA.