Center on the Square
Art exhibition is about
‘inclusion,’ curator says
BY TEQUILA MINSKY
Visual artists and members of
Center on the Square, the
Greenwich House Senior
Center, are showcasing their photos,
collages, drawings and paintings in a
three-week exhibition that opens November
It’s the third art exhibition this year
with 35 works of art from 18 people.
For curator Desiree Rodriguez, “inclusion”
is the operative word.
“I don’t want anyone who wants to
take part to be excluded,” she said. “I
want everyone to get a chance to show
work. And, the group exhibition expands
the sense of community. It’s inspiring
to see the increasing interest in
these shows from both the public and
The mezzanine floor’s parlor room,
its all-purpose space that screens films,
hosts chair yoga among its classes, as
well as all sorts of lectures and other
presentations, is where the shows are
“The space lends itself exhibiting
art,” Rodriguez said, also how 20 Washington Square a historical building. The categorized by genre and subject abstracts to people to nature.
Rodriguez gave a shout out her
husband, (retired) photographer
Hector Rodriguez, whose experience
re North is
ut to her
in installing art shows is to use — he’s been drafted to install
these exhibitions. He helps
with the flow and ordering work aesthetically, she explains.
“He’s a master installer and
has a great eye,” she said. Hector
is also exhibiting a photograph
and Desiree will be showing two
watercolors and one collage.
Center member and volunteer Eunice
DeTrani, whose deceased husband
painted and whose son is an artist, has
eagerly embraced the role of chair of
the center’s art committee.
“Members are so enthusiastic when
they are submitting their work, and
participation is growing,” she beamed.
impressed by the
quality of the
meetings that put
the show together,
managed and curated
who directs Center
on the Square
with the much appreciated assistance of
“It’s important to empower our senior
volunteers. It gives them a purpose and
helps make the center strong,” she said.
The idea of exhibitions came from
center member and photographer Joan
Silinsh who has previously shown
“I am grateful she brought this idea
to the attention of the Advisory Council,
that has implemented this into an
ongoing part of our programming,”
The show’s opening reception with
refreshments is Nov. 7, from 2:30 to
4:40 p.m. The exhibition can be seen
Mondays through Fridays during center
hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
when the parlor is not being used for
classes or presentations.
18 October 31, 2019 Schneps Media