A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection at the Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas, a group of seventy works, is on extended loan. Scroll down to 2021 for details.
November 19 – December 16, The Westbeth Gallery Winter Show ’22, Westbeth Gallery, 57 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014. I will be represented by an oil painting on canvas, Bowery Bar, Spring Morning, 2011, 36″x24″ oil on linen. Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Reception: November 19, 4-7. Closing: December 16.
October 12 – December 15, 2022, “Picture/Book”, New Amsterdam Public Library, 9 Morton Street, NY, NY. An exhibition of seventeen members of the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, currently on display through December 15. Each work is paired with a literary excerpt chosen by the artists. My contributions are my view from my studio, Blue and White Breeze, 2022, 20″x16” oil on linen, and a quotation from Robert Louis Stevenson. On Wednesday, November 16, 5-7, there will be an Artists Talk at the library. Some participating artists will speak about their literary selections. Advance registration is required for the talk. Register here. Hours: Monday – Thursday 10-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10-5 p.m. 212-732-8186.
Blue and White Breeze, 2022, 18″x14″ oil on linen.
“We sail in leaky bottoms and on great and perilous waters; and to take a cue from the dolorous old naval ballad, we have heard the mer-maidens singing, and know that we shall never see dry land any more. Old and young, we are all on our last cruise. If there is a fill of tobacco among the crew, for God’s sake pass it round, and let us have a pipe before we go!”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque (Of Maidens and Youths) (1874-1881)
October 22 and 23, Westbeth Open Studios, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY 10014.
Studio Sale! During the Open Studios, I’ll include many less expensive and older paintings of the East Village and Greenwich Village.
Please feel free to contact me in advance: https://patriciamelvin.com/contact
I hope to see you here!
September 6 – 29, 2022, Framing the Village, Revelation Gallery at St. John’s in the Village, 224 Waverly Place (btwn West 11th Street and Seventh Avenue) Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10014. I will be represented by my 2019 painting, Little Island under Construction (sunset on the Hudson River,) in this group show of Greenwich Village artists. Masks are required indoors to view the exhibition.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 6-8 p.m.
Closing Reception: Tuesday, September 27, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 11-3 p.m.
July 12 – 30, Annual Members Show, 2022: the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors. I will be represented by three works depicting NYC rivers: “East River Ferry with Cormorant,” (24″x30″ oil on linen) and two watercolors, “Tug, Pilings and Sun” and “Three Sailboats.” The exhibition represents 20 member artists and 70 works.
Here is an online version of the exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/10530572/annual-members-show-2022
Prince Street Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Ste. 504, NY, NY 10001.
Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6-8 PM.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM.
June 1, 2022, ongoing, virtual exhibition of the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors.
New Season, New Show
a Virtual exhibition
Patricia Melvin, “Tug, Pilings, Sun,” transparent watercolor on paper, 9”x5”, 2022.
Tricia Adler. Sharon Ascher. Violet Baxter. Elizabeth Bisbing. Kathleen Catanese. Nicholas Christopher. Marcia Clark. Tad Day. Robert Feinland. Geoffrey Gneuhs. Patricia Melvin. Margaret Montgomery. Vincent Pinto. Anthony Santella. John Servetas. Jacqueline Sferra Rada. Jon Rettich
Please click on the link. For ease of viewing I suggest following the guided tour:
February 24, 2022, ongoing, Florescence, Virtual exhibition of the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors. Please click on the link. For ease of viewing, I suggest following the guided tour. https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/9420716/florescence
November 20 – December 17, Westbeth Holiday Exhibition, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street at Washington Street, NY, NY 10014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 4 – 7 p.m.
I will be represented by one painting in this annual group exhibition.
Ongoing, Virtual Exhibition : The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors has launched their new virtual gallery. Our first online show continues our recent Chelsea show at the Prince Street Gallery. Click here to view – I recommend the guided tour for ease of viewing. https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/7201404/commemorative-celebration-1940-2021
July 13 – 31, Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors 1940-2021 Commemorative Exhibition
Prince Street Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Ste. 504, NY, NY 10001.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM.
Reception: Thursday, July 15, 6-8 PM.
I will be represented by four cityscape paintings in this exhibition of 21 members commemorating the 80th year of the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors.
A virtual exhibition with a selection of the work in the show is on view at the Prince St Gallery website: https://princestreetgallery.com/federation-modern-painters-sculpt-online/
Please note: the Prince Street Gallery will host the show at their new location on West 27th Street in Chelsea, NY.
Three of my west coast landscape paintings are on extended loan to the:
Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas.
“Windy Day,” 14″x18″ oil on canvas. On Kitsilano Beach, in the city of Vancouver, BC, Canada, I executed this painting while crouching behind a black raspberry bush and gripping the side of the canvas to protect it from the gusts of wind. The choppy breakers were a rare visual treat; it is not usually windy there on the Burrard Inlet.
“Sausalito Shacks,” 6″x8″ oil on canvas. When I lived in CA for a few years in the 1990’s I had an idyllic studio in a boat shack by the water. My studio shack is just outside this view, to the left, behind the grey fence. There were many artists in that community: painters, sculptors, designers and also boat builders.
“Golden Gate Bridge,” 9″x12″ oil on canvas. This painting was executed by the highway on the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco, by the side of my VW camper van.
The three west coast paintings are included in, A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection, an exhibition of 70 works of art including paintings, drawings and prints by contemporary artists and also John Sloan, Robert Henri and Eugene Higgins. Having opened at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, (March 13 – April 27, 2014) this traveling exhibition went on to the Rockwell Museum of American Art, Corning, NY (October 1, 2014 – January 25, 2015;) to the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE, in September, 2015, and continued to the Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX, in September, 2016 where it remains today.
May 22 – May 24, Theater for the New City, 25th Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, This year, the festival will be online, throughout Memorial Day weekend, from Friday, May 22, 6 PM through Sunday, May 24, at Midnight.
I am honored to have my painting reproduced in this week’s Forbes magazine:
Theatre For The New City Virtually Presents It’s 25th Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts
My painting, “Homage to 23 Third Ave,” depicts the beloved 19th century town house destroyed last year by as-of-right developer for 3 St. Marks office building.
The Visual Art section of this multi-media online exhibition will include 30 artists.
January 28 – February 21, City and Country: Twenty Paintings by Patricia Melvin. Gilbert Gallery, Miss Porter’s School, 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 (just outside Hartford.)
This solo exhibition will include two landscapes and eighteen cityscapes of downtown Manhattan done en plein air and mainly executed within the last two years. Included in the exhibition are these three paintings.
White Horse Tavern, Fall
Floating Park (Hudson River Sunset)
Homage to 23 Third Avenue
All visitors to the show must be accompanied by a staff member. To plan your visit please contact me at this website or Grier Torrence of the Art Department, at Miss Porter’s School, 860 409-3701, gtorrence at missporters.org.
October 7 – October 25, Greenwich Village & Its Environs: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Village Preservation (GVSHP) Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue @ 12th Street, NY, NY 10003.
I will be represented by the painting, “Lions Beer Bar, Second Ave,” in this juried exhibition of paintings, prints and photographs of Greenwich Village and environs by members and non-members of the Salmagundi Club.
Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 7-8:30 pm. Music by pianist Joe Camarado.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 pm.
(please call to be sure there will be no private events taking place when you visit.)
Here is a full description of the exhibition on the Salmagundi Club website: http://www.salmagundi.org/content.cfm/salmagundi/SCNY-Greenwich-Village-Show/id/105
June 18 – July 6, Midsummer Salon. Bowery Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10001.
An exhibition of 27 members of the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors. See Bowery Gallery website for names of participating artists and an example of each artist’s work: bowerygallery.org. I will be represented by four cityscape oil paintings and two unframed watercolors in this salon style show.
Reception: Thursday, June 20, 5-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6 pm (Closed July 4)
October 4 – October 27, Philipse Manor En Plein Air, Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, New York (short walk from Yonkers Metro North RR station.)
Reception: Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7:30 pm
This exhibition celebrates on-site paintings, mixed media and drawings made in the summer of 2018 which interpret the Philipse Manor Historic Site in contemporary times. The artists set up easels and painted directly on-site.
In addition, Philipse Manor Hall will participate in Yonkers First Thursday Gallery Hop on October 4, 2018, consisting of a self-guided tour through participating Art Galleries in Downtown Yonkers. All are within 3-4 blocks of the Yonkers Metro North railroad station. View new exhibits of all types in each location and enjoy a 10% discount on your meal that night at participating downtown restaurants.
April 18 – May 15, Norman McGrath’s Miniature Collection, 1942-Present, The Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street, NY, NY. I am represented by my miniature painting of the Old Penn Station which I did for Mr. McGrath who kindly let me use his slides of the demolition of the old station. These sad and haunting images were the only color photographs I had access to for my Old Penn Station painting, “Old Penn Station, September Evening, c. 1940’s, Envisioned.” 2017, 16″x20″, oil on linen.
February 16th – March 15, Baruch/Small Works/2018, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, 135 East 22nd St., NY, NY, 10010. 646-660-6652. In this juried exhibition of 98 artists, I will be represented by a small snow scene.
Reception: February 15, 6-8 P.M.
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 2-7 P.M.
Curators: Richard Timperio and Elizabeth Avedon.
February 3rd – 24th, 2018, SOUND & IMAGE: The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY. Each of the 30 artists will include a piece of music that somehow relates to their work or inspires them. Interactive links to the musical selections are incorporated into the exhibition, as well as musical events including an afternoon featuring Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist and son of Federation founder, Ilya Bolotowsky. On the final day of the exhibition jazz singer, Molly Pope, and pianist, Daniel Batemen will perform. I will be represented by 5 paintings including a painting of a Second Avenue cafe on a mellow summer evening, Beer Store Cafe, East Village, and the large snow scene from my window, Bright Snow, II, which I have paired with the Pogues, featuring Kristy McColl, “Fairytale Of New York.”
Pogues, featuring Kristy McColl, “Fairytale Of New York”
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6-8 p.m.
Music in the Afternoon: Sunday, February 11, 4-6 p.m. Special guest: Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist, and guitarists, Peter May and Dan Merrill.
Closing Festivities: Musical Afternoon, Saturday, February 24, 3-5 P.M. Jazz vocalist, Molly Pope, and musician, Daniel Bateman, perform on this final day of the exhibition.
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1-6pm
December 13, Unveiling of my commissioned painting, “Old Penn Station, September Evening, c. 1940’s, Envisioned,” at a fundraiser for Rebuild Penn Station. From the Rebuild Penn Station promotional material:
” Tomorrow night’s Penn Station Event will feature the debut of a rare oil painting of the Original Penn Station. Rare in that few if any exist. Patricia Melvin, a noted Plein Air painter from the East Village, recently completed the painting which tracks a famed WW 2 era Black and White photograph taken from the roof of the New Yorker Hotel. In working to create this image in daylight Patricia was allowed access to the roof of the New Yorker Hotel, albeit today’s cityscape differs considerably. ”
Before I started applying paint to canvas I spent a year researching the station, including a visit to the top floor of the New Yorker Hotel and a trip to New England to the granite quarry. I was able to see the actual pink color that Penn Station would have been in the 40’s before city soot changed it to a dull gray.
Viewed from the northwest towards the lower east side of Manhattan, the intersection of 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue is in the foreground. I used a 1941 night photo as a jumping off image. I researched the age of the various landmarks in the view to be sure they would have been there at the time. My general knowledge of the Financial District and Lower East side architecture in the 40’s formed the background.
An architect friend informed me of the material used for the pale green roof over the waiting room – Monel, a nickel copper alloy. This material is incredibly durable and so expensive it is only used for very limited purposes today. When they demolished the station in the 1960’s the entire Monel roof was still totally intact and in perfect condition.
My patron requested that the quality of light be that of September evening around rush hour which I tried to capture.
Photographer, Norman McGrath, kindly allowed me to use his color photos of the demolition of the old Penn Station.
December 4th – 27th, Works on Paper by The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Callahan Gallery, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn (one block from Borough Hall subway station.) I will be at the gallery on Monday evening, December 4, from 5-7. Normal hours: M-F, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., however holiday schedule may vary. I will have these two watercolors in the exhibition:
June 7th – 29th, The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Center Street, 19th floor, South Tower, NY, NY 10007. ID required at door. I am represented by the painting, Bowery, Spring Morning, 2011, 26″x34″, oil on linen. Reception: Tuesday, June 13, 6 – 8 PM
September 16, 2016 – 2019, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas, will host A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection, an exhibition of 70 works of art including paintings, drawings and prints by contemporary artists and also John Sloan, Robert Henri and Eugene Higgins.
Reception: Friday, 6-8 PM. On Saturday, September 17, Mr. Ratner will give a talk on collecting works of art and his private collection.
I am honored to have my work in this traveling exhibition which began at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, and continued at Rockwell Museum of American Art, Corning, NY, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE, and the St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT. The Museum of the Big Bend is the exhibition’s final destination. At the conclusion of the show my paintings will be on loan at the museum.
I am represented by three of my west coast paintings, “Windy Day,” painted off the coast of Vancouver, BC, in 2008, depicting an abandoned wooden sailboat tossed about in the waves; “Shacks, Sausalito,” a view of the waterside studio that I had in Marin County in the 1990’s; and “Golden Gate Bridge,” painted from the Marin County Headlands in the 1990’s.
Catalogs of the exhibit are available by notifying the Museum.
August 2, 2016 – August 20, 2016, Small Works Invitational:Works on Paper, Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, fourth floor, New York, NY, 10001. 646-486-4730. Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5 – 8 PM. I will be represented by my watercolor, “Lehigh River Eddy.” http://www.bluemountaingallery.org/2016-invitational/
December 22, 2015 – January 9, 2016, Invitational Exhibition, Noho/M55 Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, #408, New York, NY, 10001. 212-367-7063. Reception: Tuesday, December 22, 5 – 7 PM. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6 PM. I will be represented by my painting, “Morning Coffee.” http://nohogallery.net/upcomingexhibiti.html
September, 2015 – January, 2016, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE. I am honored to have my painting, “Sausalito Shacks,” featured on the museum’s website, A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection. http://bonecreek.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/
May 23 – August 29, 2015, A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection, St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah. Including work by John Sloan, Robert Henri, Eugene Higgins, Howard Terpning, Clyde Aspevig, Logan Hagege and Gary Ernest Smith. Having opened at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, (March 13 – April 27, 2014) this traveling exhibition went on to the Rockwell Museum of American Art, Corning, NY (October 1, 2014 – January 25, 2015;) to the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE, in September, 2015, and will continue to the Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX, in September, 2016, where it concludes in 2017. I am represented by three of my west coast paintings, “Windy Day,” “Shacks, Sausalito,” and “Golden Gate Bridge.”
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors: Celebrating our 75th Year
March 10 – April 14, 2015
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 3-6 PM
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery
417 Lafayette Street, 4th floor (between Astor Place and E. 4th Street)
NY, NY, 10003
Subways: 6 to Astor Place Station; N and R to 8th Street and Broadway Station
This historic exhibition includes the work of some of our deceased members such as Will Barnet, Milton Avery and Haim Mendelson. I am represented by five small cityscape paintings of the East Village including, “Nor’easter,” a depiction of St. Mark’s Place and Second Avenue viewed from my studio during the snow storm of March, 2013. At the gallery an exhibition catalog is available which includes an essay on the history of the Federation by member, Valerie Mendelson. Here is a link to the online catalog: http://goo.gl/pYvDKK
November 13, 2014, Unveiling of my painting of St. Brigid’s Church, “69th NYS Memorial Mass, St. Brigid’s Church, August 14, 1861, Imagined,” at the historic Beaux Arts Armory, 26th St. and Lexington Ave., NYC. The unveiling took place in the Headquarters of the 69th Regiment. In attendance were members of the Regiment, the architectural firm of Acheson and Doyle who restored the Irish “Famine Church,” historians, and members of the Committee to Save St. Brigid’s. The commissioned painting depicts the Memorial Mass for the soldiers of the 69th who fell at the first battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Bull Run. For larger image please see “Commissions.” For further information about the Armory, the commissioned painting and the history behind it, please see: https://docs.google
Please click on image to enlarge.
October 1, 2014 – January 25, 2015, Rockwell Museum of American Art, Corning, NY, will host the exhibition, “A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection.” Reception: Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 – 7 PM. I am honored to have my work in this traveling exhibition which includes works by John Sloan, Robert Henri, Eugene Higgins, Howard Terpning, Clyde Aspevig, Logan Hagege and Gary Ernest Smith. Having begun at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, in 2014 the exhibition will continue to the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE, the St. George Museum, St. George, UT, and the Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. I will be represented by three of my west coast paintings, “Windy Day,” “Shacks, Sausalito,” and “Golden Gate Bridge” shown at the top of this page. During the Reception Mr. Ratner will give a talk about what motivates him to collect Western Art and why he selected works by these artists.
March 14, 2014 – Summer, 2014, Inspired: Contemporary Artists Respond to John. A. Noble, Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY, 10301. 718-447-6056. I am represented by five paintings including the two scenes on the Bowery and the depiction of a sculptor’s houseboat studio in Sausalito, CA, shown below. Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13, 6 PM.
September 4, 2014 – October 28, 2014, Mother, Daughter, Son: Melvin Family Art Show, Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT, 06488. 203-262-0626. This exhibition of 32 paintings will include 19 landscape paintings by my mother, Eileen Melvin; San Francisco cityscape and west coast marine paintings by my brother, John Melvin; and NYC marine and street scenes by myself. Open during regular library hours: M, W, F: 9:30am-5:30pm; T, Th: 9:30am – 9:00pm; Sat: 9:30am-4pm; Sun: 12pm-5:00pm. Please see Litchfield County Times article on the show and an interview with Eileen Melvin in Voices.
The Berkshire Art Gallery, 80 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA. 413 – 528 – 2690. Ongoing exhibition.