The Leader, Long Island: Friends of The Bay Benefit
It was a picturesque late spring day at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht club for Friends of the Bay Benefit, Jack Williams was honored at this event, in memoriam. former resident and artist, Catherine Freudenberg Traykovski hosted an art exhibition at the benefit as well. This was to raise awareness of the need to preserve and protect our local waterways.
Freudenberg's collection of artwork, entitled Saving the Ocean deep: Bioluminescence, is dedicated to promoting environmental initiatives, not only through the subject matter and tittles of each piece, but also through the processes used to create the artwork. Ms. Freudenberg Traykovski uses solar energy to create her print plates instead of toxic chemicals. Further, to reduce impact on the environment, her works are printed on Freudenberg Evolon®, which is a durable fabric with the appearance of canvas, but which is made from recycled water bottles. Twenty percent of the proceeds raised for artwork purchased through the website through July 4th will be donated to Friends of Bay with promo code ArtShow2016.
Jack Williams, Centre Island's mayor for nearly two decades, was co-founder of Friends of the Bay. He was honored in memoriam for his long-standing contribution to protecting and preserving our local waterways and environment. His son, Rod Williams, spoke fondly of his father and encouraged others to continue Mayor Williams quest to preserve nature.
Thousands of dollars raised through admission tickets and artwork sales will be contributed to Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club's restoration Foundation and Friends of the Bay to promote environmental conservation and historical preservation.
Freudenberg commented, "The shores of the North Shore of the Long Island sound and Lattington Harbor States inspired my artistic interest in saving saving the ocean in this area. Swimming, kayaking and hiking through estuaries was part of my adolescent and adult outdoor experience which was illustrated in the art banners at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Art Club exhibit."
2010 - ARTnews / Vol 109, Number 1, Founded 1902. "Catherine Freudenberg at Gina Gallery of International Neive Art"
This show of luminous landscape-oriented monotypes and solar-plate prints displayed Catherine Freudenberg's impressive development as an artist since her retirement from the medical field a few years ago. It also revealed her artistic lineage. Included were several works by the artist's sister Johanna and her father, albrecht Freudenberg, who immigrated to the United states from Germany and was strongly influenced by German Expressionism. He taught art history and printmaking at Adelphi University in New York for two decades. Also on view were three brilliantly toned abstract solar-plate prints by
Catherine's teacher Dan Welden, who pioneered the process of using the sun's heat, in place of chemicals to transfer images to light sensitive plates. Welden was himself a student of Albrecht in the 70's.
Catherine Freudenberg's strengths lie in her approach to color and light. While several collages with imagery gathered from Easter Island and Patagonia didn't seem compositionally resolved, the monotypes on related subject matter - such as Aku Akiyi (2009), with is simplified lineup of moody stone figures - showed an effective use of the white of the paper, which appeared through fluid, abbreviated brushstrokes that infused the scenes with movement and light. the abstracted bands of pale gray, blue and green in glacier Argentina (2008) are reminiscent of Milton Avery's reductive landscapes.
Freudenberg uses sophisticated color play across repeated images in her solar-plate series. Sag Harbor Woods (2009), for instance, consists of three long horizontal lines in subtle variations of bronze and brown. They can be seens as tightly cropped tree trunks or as the spaces between them, as they pop and recede. Tonnaly evocative of daguerreotypes, they seem almost lit from within. --Hilarie M. Sheets
Jack Williams Honored at Freudenberg Art Exhibition Fundraiser Supporting SCYC Restoration Fund & Friends of the Bay
SCYC member and artist, Catherine Freudenberg Traykovski, will be hosting an art exhibition at the club on Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The proceeds raised from the show will be contributed to Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club's Restoration Foundation and Friends of the Bay. Former Centre Island mayor and co-founder of Friends of the Bay, Jack Williams, will be honored in memoriam for his longstanding contributions to protecting and preserving our local waterways and environment.
Catherine's show is entitled SAVING THE OCEANS DEEP: BIOLUMINESCENCE. Her artwork is dedicated to promoting environmental initiatives, not only through the subject matter and titles of her pieces, but also in the processes she uses to create her artwork. Ms. Freudenberg Traykovski uses solar energy to create her print plates instead of toxic chemicals, and to reduce the impact of waste products on the environment, her works are printed on Freudenberg Evolon®.
Evolon® is a durable fabric with the appearance of canvas, but which is made from recycled water bottles. To demonstrate the durability of the fabric, one of her larger works will be used as a tablecloth for the event, where tapas, champagne and sangria will be served. Admission tickets will be $50, $75, $100, $200 & $250. Any amount received for the admission prices above $35 will be tax deductible. Catherine's work can be viewed at www.FreudenbergArts.org.
For more information on this event, contact Dee Jae Diliberto at DeeJaeJD@gmail.com.