Art Exhibits, Tiny Roost & Display Case



"Evocative Abstractions" by Marcy Elise Bernstein
October through November
Reception: Sunday, October 23 @ 4 PM
Visit Marcy's website.

Marcy Bernstein's paintings are an evocative combination of paint, photographic abstractions, and wax on distressed surfaces. Stripes and bars manifest themselves in Bernstein's painterly hands to visuals of strong, primitive impulse. The lush slashing brushstrokes, aberrant color, and the strong primitive drawing invite us to look inward. These are large, dreamy paintings with allusions to nature, procreation and creativity.


Bernstein’s colorful, anthropomorphic abstractions bend geometric shapes just enough to reference the human body interacting with surrounding space. The textures are inspired by crumbling and decaying architecture, textures, and patterns in nature, and layers of peeling paint. They are bars, stripes, but at the same time legs, and bodies. They are acted upon and dissolved by a force of nature outside themselves. These paintings speak to the resilience, beauty, and persistence of the human spirit.


Marcy Bernstein’s work is imbued with history, memory, and a sense of place.


Marcy Elise Bernstein holds a BFA in Painting (with honors) from Parsons School of Design, a teaching certification from Bank Street College of Education and an MFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. In 2015, Bernstein had a life-changing bicycle accident that brought her 30-year career, teaching painting and photography in a New York inner-city high school, to a close. However, this was not an ending but a transformation.
Marcy founded Roost Studios and Art Gallery, a non-profit for the arts, in 2016.  In her role as Executive Director, Marcy coordinates, curates, and produces community art events, fulfilling a mission to build community through the arts.
Pushing boundaries, and facing challenges, both creatively and physically, are inseparable qualities from which Marcy’s life and work stem.

Tiny Roost Gallery

Roost Studios has created a fresh way to show, see, experience and interact with art outside the traditional gallery or museum model. Roost worked with Ryan Solomons, a 3-D fabrication design artist to make the first Tiny Roost: Art on the Outside gallery installed outside the Gardiner Library.


The tiny gallery is a 24"x 36" moveable clear art gallery box that sits on a 36" high steel and wood base. It is weatherproof, powered by solar energy, and has both permanent and changeable signage, LED lighting and audio capability. It will house rotating exhibitions by various artists focusing on a variety of relevant themes.


Tiny Roost: October and November Exhibit
Jean Tansey: The Voiceless & The Choiceless
Reception: Sunday October 23 @ 4 PM


Jean Tansey has created a complex collage from her extensive collection of watercolor sketches from the Snapshot Series. These are images sourced from media outlets. These true stories, which are frequently buried down screen from mainstream exposure, actually tell the majority story, not the glamourous sound bites of the 1%. Most of the people on the planet live in conditions which are uncomfortable, dangerous and they experience insecurity of various types. Building capacity for compassion in our society is the bottom line for what motivates Tansey.

From utopia to dystopia, with reality-based images thrown in the mix, Jean Tansey brings a journalistic approach to her artmaking. Using the visual language of line and brush to describe scenes through her own lens, the focus is on complex narratives which are presented in a decidedly painterly manner.  The figure is used as a catalyst for empathy to consider the impact of social injustice, environmental disregard, gender imbalance and the seemingly never-ending cycles of violence.  The use of vibrant colors brings the viewer in for a closer look and then the back stories emerge.


Art Policy
The primary purpose of the Gardiner Library Policy on Art Exhibits is to enrich the library experience of the Gardiner Library Patrons, particularly:

To enhance and increase community appreciation of the arts, to present a variety of exhibitions by artists in the visual arts as well as exhibitions of educational and/or historical significance, and to help local artists increase their public exposure.

Art Exhibit Policy and Application  


Display Case
It is the policy of the Library, as part of its mission to enrich the quality of life, to provide space for exhibits and displays from the Library's collection and through those of other local community agencies or individuals.

Display Case Policy and Application