Art at the Festival
Art at 24 Main
David Pollack, Ani Tashjian and Steven Weiss
David Pollack grew up in New England and has spent the last 30 years in NYC. He is currently based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in Mount Tremper, NY. He has shown in numerous group exhibitions in and around NYC including SFA Projects, Life on Mars, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, The Painting Center and in upstate New York at LABSpace and The Lockwood Gallery. He had his first NYC solo show at Stout Projects in 2016.
“All I ever wanted my paintings to say to the viewer in that given moment of contact is to feel the deepest part of their own sacred heart”
Ani was born into an Armenian family in Marseilles France. Her family came to America when she was very young. She grew up among artists and loved her ethnic Armenian music, delicious foods and loving family, which was the first muse into her passage for the passion of painting. She studied at the High School of Music and Art, and received the Nessa Cohen Award from the Arts Students League in New York to study at The New York Studio School with painter and mentor Nicholas Carone.
Today she is blessed with parenthood to her beautiful daughter and muse Maia Jillian and is married to artist and painter Steven Weiss.
When visiting Ani and her paintings, poet Robert Bly compared her archetypal women to the women adored in Hafiz’s and Rumi’s love poems.
While our mission is to primarily focus on the vocal arts and its different usages and facets, we believe that arts in general are intimately intertwined, influence each other, and serve a same purpose in our society. Therefore, we do want to continue to present artists every year in our field and we hope during the year at our new Community and Cultural venue.
During our 2022 season,
we invited 3 Ukrainian artists for our “Art in celebration of Ukraine”: Olexa Casanova, Lesya Verba and Igor Sokol.
Armenian Artist Ani Weiss, and local artist Steven Weiss and David Pollack will also exhibited their work at
“Art at 24 Main.”
Come discover these wonderful artists.
Ukrainian Artist Olexa Casanova
Ukrainian Artist Igor Sokol
Igor Sokol is a Ukrainian born artist currently based in New York City, working in painting, as well as sculpture and design. Having spent his childhood in Rivne, Ukraine, his early experimentations with art were through creative problem solving: crafting, mending and replicating items that were inaccessible to him at the time. As his skill and fascination with visual art and design grew, he took painting classes and later worked as a graphic designer while earning his BFA from the Institute of Arts at RSHU.
Sokol’s work is a navigation of observations in his present environment, informed by the memories and values he gained while living in Ukraine. His abstracted paintings are inspired by organic forms, combinations of colors, and the vastness of the ever-changing sky. Aiming to capture the beauty and significance of simplicity in daily life, Sokol reduces his subjects to what really matters, resulting in balanced and airy compositions. Nothing describes his beliefs better than a quote by sculptor Constantin Brancusi, “Simplicity is complexity resolved”.
Igor Sokol’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries in New York, he had a solo show “Reflection of Time” at FRIEDAcommunity in Philadelphia, completed an artist residency at Unruly Collective in Brooklyn, and held multiple painting and drawing workshops. Aside from private collections, his artwork and designs can be seen in public spaces throughout NYC, and most notably at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Recently his work and studio were featured on NY1 news channel.
Ukrainian Artist Lesya Verba
Ukrainian-American painter, musician (bandura player), singer, actress (Yara Art Group, La MaMa theater)
Lesya Verba – singer, artist-designer, songwriter, bandura player, muralist – easily interchanges images and plunges into the atmosphere from music of Art Deco era, progressive nude urban jazz and a feminine mixture of cultures in the spirit of Berry Sisters.
Performs songs in Ukrainian, Russian, English, Italian and Yiddish.
In 2020, the album of author’s songs “Golden” was released in alliance with the lyrics author Marianna Kiyanovskaya (winner of the Taras Shevchenko’s National Prize of Ukraine).
Soloist of the Odessa-Kiev project “Favorite Songs of Utesov”, soloist of the municipal jazz big band, actress of the extravagant cabaret show “Co Co L’Amour”, actress of the theater of absurdity “House of Clowns” (Odessa)
From the beginning of her vocal career, Lesya performed for the Most Serene Special – the Prince of the Principality of Liechtenstein, His Serene Highness Maximilian (2009, Moscow), at the opening of Kazantip (2008), behind the choir and even in the women’s colony.
As an artist, Lesya Verba burst into the highest echelon of the national avant-garde in the early 2000s with painted “blankets” in a unique author’s textile technique, and with vocal performances. An unknown person from Odessa was immediately admitted to the creative association “Gazgolder”, and the first exposition was presented at the Biennale of Moscow Contemporary Art in the project “Believe” (curated by Oleg Kulik). Personal exhibitions and concerts – from ethnic jazz to electronic experiments. Her works are in private collections of the living classic Peter John Greenaway (Great Britain) and a top model Sasha Pivovarova (USA) .
The author of the musical mural on Brass Music Theater. Salika – participant of the international project “Odessarium”, 2018.
The author of the mural in Kiev on Andreevsky Spusk based on the Ukrainian classics by Mikhail Staritsky “Chasing Two Hares”, 2019
A vocal video performance dedicated to Alexander Vertinsky (Odessa, gallery “Invogue Art”, 2020) has grown into a large-scale exposition – the project “I’mGrand / t” and is presented at a personal exhibition at the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.
In 2020, she creates a unique self illustrated album – a collection of songs “The History of Not Odessian Songs” with anthology of songs and lyrics, sheet music and a CD, where she performs these songs with the Odessa Klezmer band. After leaving Odessa, she becomes a member of the Writers Union of North America.
In 2021 Lesya creates a mural dedicated to Vladimir Zeev Zhabotinsky in Odessa by request of the Embassy of the State of Israel, the project “Art speaks History” (Ukraine-Israel)
Before her start of new life in USA, she leaves as a gift to her native court yard a mural dedicated to the writer Arkady Lvov, who also lived at this address and immigrated to New York in early 70’s.
In New York in August 2021 I was a leading singer in the “Yara-art group” – La-MaMa theater in the play “A Thousand Suns”, director Virlana Tkacz, dedicated to the Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka.
Also participated in the project #StandwithUkraine which was organized Yara Arts Group and The Ukranian Museum, director Virlana Tkacz.
A regular participant in the events held by the Union of Ukranian Women of America (NYC), Spilka NYC, Theatre Group Anomalous Co.
Leading singer and actress in the play “Radio 477” (June, Auguest 2022) director Virlana Tkacz.
Lesya Verba born in Odessa in 1979.
2007 Participation in the group exhibition “I Believe” (curated by Oleg Kulik) within the framework of the II International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Vinzavod, Moscow; participation in the group exhibition “Miru-mir”, Gaz Gallery, Moscow.
2008 “Gas Nights” in the framework of the International Fair of Contemporary Art “ArtMoskva”; stand of the gallery “Sovcom” – pre-auction exposition.
2009 Project “Odessa Grows Up”. Art Center of Alexander Korobchinsky, Odessa.
2010 Personal exhibition “Once upon a time”, VOLGA art gallery, Moscow.
2012, 2013 Personal exhibition “My family and other animals”, art-cafe “Bunin”, Odessa.
2013 Participation in the project “New Odessa” (curated by Vaclav Yutash-Zyuzin) Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv.
2015 Personal exhibition “VERBARIUM” Shustov Cognac Museum, Odessa.
2015 Participation in the project “INOE”, MSIO, Odessa.
2016 Personal exhibition “Roots”. gallery of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Odessa.
2017 Participation in the group exhibition “Platopis” curated by Vladimir Umanenko, NT art gallery Odessa.
2018 Personal exhibition “Toucher”. World club of Odessa citizens. Odessa.
2018 Participation in the international project “Odessarium”, the creation of a mural on the building of the Odessa Municipal Theater of Brass Music have A. Salik, curator – Elena Orlova. Odessa.
2019 Author of a mural in Kiev on Andreevsky Spusk based on the Ukrainian classic Mikhail Staritsky “Chasing Two Hares”. Kiev.
2020 Personal exhibition “I’mGrand / t”. Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.
2021 – International Mural Art project- Art speaks History- Israel -Ukraine, Mural in Odessa city – portrait of Zhabotinsky.
2022 – “Ukraine. Identification code”. Curator and participation in the group exhibition “Evans” real estate boutique. NYC