Staying Active During Gallery Shutdown

RIVAA Artist Georgette Sinclair Keeps the Shows Rolling

Updated 15 weeks ago David Stone
Georgette Sinclair with her son Alex at Salmagundi Club Awards, February 1st, 2018
Georgette Sinclair with her son Alex at Salmagundi Club Awards, February 1st, 2018
Photo courtesy of Georgette Sinclair

While Gallery RIVAA struggles through a long shutdown caused by neglect from multiple landlords, Roosevelt Island artist Georgette Sinclair continues showing her work elsewhere, capturing two awards in competition just this year.

With Gallery RIVAA closed by the perfect storm of a faulty heating system finally overwhelmed by a December/January cold snap, leaks running down from pipes in Rivercross overhead and no one willing to get the situation under control, artists who saw two shows cancelled so far (and likely more to come) sought other outlets for their work.

Although she's known here as the creator of lyrical pastels and a friendly neighbor in Island House, Georgette Sinclair, like other Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association members, has an established reputation elsewhere.

For Sinclair, her preferred second venue is the Salmagundi Club, a fine arts center founded in 1871 and celebrating 100 years at its 47 Fifth Avenue location now. She's served as both a contributing artist and as an officer.

"Landscape Day & Night," painting by Georgette Sinclair
"Landscape Day & Night," painting by Georgette Sinclair
Photo courtesy of Georgette Sinclair

In a January exhibition, her Landscape Day & Night won a merit award. The work has a Roosevelt Island flavor.

Says the artist, "It was inspired by the moments after the big snowstorm on Roosevelt Island and represents the path between 575 Main Street and Westview. I took a walk that night and it was magic...."

At a special event show running now, Sinclair contributed a monotype, Following the Light, and received an award for outstanding work.

"Following the Light," a monotype from the Salmagundi Club's historic Black & White exhibit.
"Following the Light," a monotype from the Salmagundi Club's historic Black & White exhibit.
Photo courtesy of Georgette Sinclair

About the Salmagundi Club Black & White exhibition, she explains, "The club just celebrated 100 years since a group of artists purchased the building in 1917. Since then, every year, they've had a black and white exhibition with artwork produced either in their sketch group or monotype parties. We continue to keep the tradition. I am proud to be part of it."

Sinclair receives her award for "Following the Light"
Sinclair receives her award for "Following the Light"
Photo courtesy of Georgette Sinclair

As of this writing, the future of Gallery RIVAA at 527 Main Street is uncertain, but the art and artists who founded it are fortunately on firmer ground than what the powers on Roosevelt Island are willing to offer.

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