Park Avenue arts…

sculpture by Albert PaleyFor the last 5 days, Park Avenue in Manhattan has been the setting for a lot of wonderful art.  The avenue itself is home to the strongly organic sculptures of Philadelphia-born Albert Paley.  Thirteen steel sculptures, created expressly to reflect their immediate surroundings, stand in the grassy or flower-filled medians of Park Avenue from 53rd to 67th street.

Avenue design showHowever, my main goal was to visit the Avenue/Antiques, Art, Design at The Armory where The Maitre was featured at the Arcadia Gallery booth   The Armory, built in 1880 in Gothic Revival Style, is one of my favorite NYC buildings.  It is undergoing a magnificent restoration and is home to wide-ranging and imaginative programs of music, theater, fine and decorative art events.

ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY inviteAt Arcadia, the centerpiece of their exhibit was an imaginative “doorway” painting by Donald Jurney.

Le Chemin de Pont Chevalier

Le Chemin de Pont Chevalier

Among his paintings at the show was this lyrical vertical landscape: “Le Chemin de Pont Chevalier”, 72” x 48”.

Donald Jurney

Donald Jurney


Donald JurneyThe show stopper was the door.  I happily stood outside the booth and listened to the cries of delight as it was discovered.  For a glimpse into the painting’s genisis, click on the artist’s blog about this work:  Sadly this show closed yesterday.

Albert PaleyBut you are in Manhattan before November 8, don’t fail to visit the monumental sculptures of Albert Paley.  I am always enthralled by artists at work. The story of the creation and installation of Paley on Park is part of a PBS arts series.  You can follow it on this link:

Albert PaleyLastly, the flowerflinger is slightly handicapped these days so photos are less clear – one-handed iPhone – and postings a little erratic!  Thanks for your patience.  Cheers!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Park Avenue arts…

  1. Karen Detjens says:

    Hi Susan,
    Love seeing your brother’s work! Wow! Hope your wrist is healing well! What a bummer!!! Karen

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