by Abbie Rabinowitz | Oct 20, 2022 | Exhibits, News and Events, Pleinair Painting
I was pleased to have all five of my paintings accepted to this year’s juried en pleinair show at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo. It was also an honor to receive my third-place award for my painting Red Road at Makakau!
In addition, my painting Mango Canopy was placed on its own pedestal at the front entrance, where visitors see it first thing when they enter the show. Mahalo to the juror and Wailoa Center staff for presenting my work with so much respect.
It’s a wonderful thing to receive an acknowledgement for the work it takes to be an artist, especially the time spent practicing my art. As an artist, the magic for me is in the actual creation of a piece, especially en pleinair painting where I am outdoors and completely immersed in the breeze, colors, light, and sounds of nature. Receiving an award or selling a piece of art is the icing on the cake. Yes, it’s sweet, but the making of the art is the cherished experience itself.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Aug 30, 2020 | art workshop, News and Events, Pleinair Painting, Travel
Group photo at Hawaii Painting Retreat 2020
On the coast with painting student
Group painting Hawaiian coast art retreat photo
Susan painting palm trees on Hawaii art retreat
Painting in Hawaiian woods art retreat photo
Catherine close up watercolor painting during
Marsha painting from memory watercolor art retreat
Robin catering meal during retreat
Hawaii Painting Retreat in Hawaii, 2020
Painting inspiration, shared meals, creative growth, support, and fun. A magical time was had by all.
Here it is late August and I realize I have not posted a single blog post this year(!) Thus goes life in the time of a pandemic.
Pre-COVID I held the most wonderful art retreat here on the Big Island of Hawaii. A fantastic group of women traveled from across the United States to join in a week of creativity, nature and bonding. We met daily for pleinair painting sessions along the coast on the famous Red Road, just minutes from my home. We ventured out on excursions to local hotspots, ate healthy catered meals together, and shared in critiques. The final evening we drove into Hilo to attend an opening of a juried show of pleinair painting at the Wailoa Art Center, where I had five of my paintings on display. Indeed, the retreat was a success for all who attended.
I had already scheduled more art retreats in Hawaii for the summer and fall, but then Covid happened and everything changed.
These photos are from the 2020 Tropical Painting Retreat and Winter Getaway, 2020. See details: 2022 Tropical Art Retreat & Winter Getaway
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Apr 3, 2019 | Exhibits
On March 14th, I was present at the art opening for the Kahilu Theater’s 4th annual juried exhibition. I was honored to have my painting “Transmutation” selected to be part of this fabulous juried show and hung in a beautiful venue.
I was inspired by the daily view from the street where I lived in Hawaii, just 3 miles from the flow. The view was the gigantic plume from Fissure 8 that towered upward and filled the night sky each day with it’s fiery glow. It flowed for several months while I was on island.
Amazing heartfelt artwork was on display by artists who shared artistic interpretations of transformative destruction/creation experiences in their lives, many who were displaced by the volcanic eruption and many who lost their homes.
The show is free and open to the public Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and during all performances. It will be on display at the Kahilu Theater until April 27th.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Apr 14, 2018 | art workshop, Blog, News and Events, Travel
To be able to travel, paint and teach art has been a goal of mine for quite some time.
So being invited to teach art in Maui at the Hui No’Eau is truly a dream come true.
Just a few months after moving to the Big Island of Hawaii last year, I was contacted by Hui No’Eau to come teach my workshops there as a visiting island artist. The school is a nonprofit, community art school in Maui, situated on one of the historic Baldwin estates. It has a view of Haleakala to one side and the distant coast to the other side. It’s upcountry, surrounded by rolling hills, lush vegetation and meadows. The school itself is set on 22 acres with a variety of buildings for arts and craft disciplines. The main gallery shows work by contemporary artists and the classes are well attended.
Yes.. it’s real. I taught my first workshop this weekend at Hui No’Eau called Tropical Expressions using Watercolor and Collage. It was a full class and so much fun to teach. Sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to tap into their creativity is truly my ultimate dream. Next weekend I teach abstract painting using acrylics on paper.
During the week my plan is to reconnect with island friends and paint, paint and paint. Maui is first island of the Hawaiian islands that I visited and first island I loved. The Big Island is where my soul lives now but Maui is still one fabulous place to visit.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Jul 3, 2017 | Blog, Exhibits, News and Events
My painting group had a wonderful art opening on June 26th in New Haven at the New Haven Public Library, Ives Gallery. Our group that we call CALM is named after the first initial of our first names: Clay Fried, Abbie Rabinowitz, Laura Levine, and Mark Patnode.
We all went to art school together nearly 40 years ago where we studied together with the same teachers. Several years ago we got together after many years apart, and started painting together. We are pleinair painters and enjoyed finding locations in the CT area where we could meet, paint, critique, and inspire one another. We had discussed having a show together and finally found our venue when we were accepted to show in New Haven at the Ives Gallery as a group. Inspired by nature, we titled our show Nature Calls for CALM.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Dec 15, 2015 | About Abbie, Blog, Figure Studies, interviews with abbie, News and Events, Travel
New Haven Magazine, interview, December, 2015
Check out a fabulous new article about my artwork, studio and my life.
New Haven Magazine: December issue, 2015 (pgs 33-35) written by Lesley Roy
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Nov 24, 2015 | Blog, Exhibits, Figure Studies, News and Events
Juried show: January 5th – 30th
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7th, 5-8pm
I’m excited to announce that my painting “Remember” has been chosen for the annual juried show at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City scheduled for January, 2016, juried by Stanley Lewis.
Exhibition features the work of thirty-four artists selected from over a thousand entries! Stanley Lewis will attend the opening reception on January 7. His career spans more than four decades, beginning with his studies at Yale and leading to a successful career as an influential painter and teacher.
Click to see chosen artists at Blue Mountain Gallery.
530 West 25th, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001
Remember, 21″ x 16″, oil on linen
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Nov 3, 2015 | Blog, Murals, News and Events
It’s up and it’s colorful!
My commissioned mural was painted entirely indoors, and later installed on the outside of it’s new home last weekend. I’m happy to report that it looked even better than I had hoped. The design the client and I worked out looked beautiful and added a lot of color to the neighborhood. Thank goodness the neighbors like it as well.
Here I am showing off my mural to my mother. If you’re driving on East Broadway in Milford, CT, see if you can spy it just off to the side, heading toward Silver Sands State Park. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having a mural done for either an interior or exterior placement. See more of my installed art.
Kiki and me admire my mural outside the house
Checking things out before installation
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Oct 31, 2015 | About Abbie, Blog, Figure Studies, News and Events
Victor Vargas reviewed three of my parent series paintings on his Daily Bark facebook page.
He gives a wonderful recount and explains the compositional elements in each painting, as well as an insightful overview of the nature of my series. Thank you Victor. Check out his video.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Oct 19, 2015 | Blog, Exhibits, News and Events
October 24th & 25th
Erector Square / 315 Peck St., New Haven, CT
Building 3, 3rd floor, Studio B
You’re invited to my Open Studio the weekend of October 24th and 25th.
Come by to see my latest piece.. a large 8’x8′ mural while it’s still on the studio wall. I will also be displaying watercolor and oil landscapes, along with portraits from my MFA thesis series.Stop by for a visit and also check out other talented artists in their studios at Erector Square complex. Original artwork will be offered at reasonable prices. Hope to see you there!
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Jun 23, 2015 | Blog, Exhibits, News and Events, Travel
Arriving in style at the Blue Mountain Gallery for my NYC exhibition debut!
June 18th-July 3rd.
Gallery Hours:Â Tuesday â€“ Saturday 11AM â€“ 6PM
530 West 25th, 4th floor â€“ New York, NY 10001
Works are fromÂ my MFA thesis: a portrait series of my elderly parents expressingÂ their enduring love.Â I’ll be showing again in the Blue Mountain Small Works Invitational show: July 7th-July 25th
by Abbie Rabinowitz | May 11, 2015 | Blog, Exhibits, Figure Studies
A few pics from openingÂ night atÂ my MFA thesis showÂ at Western ConnecticutÂ State University. The show looked great. My parents actually made the trek to Danbury to be at the opening. Here they are posing in all their glory in front of some of their portraits.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Mar 18, 2013 | Blog, News and Events
Recently sold paintings from some of my favorite painting locations.. the Big Sur coast in California, the Red Road in Hawaii,Â and Bethany, Connecticut… view from my studio window.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Mar 18, 2013 | Blog, Exhibits, Travel
Now showing in Sonoma Holistic Center & Spa,Â 525 Third Street West, Sonoma, CA
Landscape paintings and floral studies currently on display and available for purchase.
Just returned from a fantastic visit to sunny California! There I connected with old friends, including Barbara Bailey and owner of the Sonoma Holistic Spa in Sonoma. She asked if I would display my work on her beautiful spa walls. How could I resist displaying my paintings in a healing environment where the art of relaxation and beauty are practiced?
Enjoy my art while receiving a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or ayurvedic treatment in Sonoma, CA.
by Abbie Rabinowitz | Mar 17, 2012 | Blog, Exhibits
Good news! My paintings are in an exciting local gallery in San Rafael in Marin County.
I’m excited to join an artist collective at the Aurora Artists Studio located on 4th St and D St in San Rafael, CA. We are a group of figurative painters and photographers.
Come visit and check out some of my pleinair and still-life paintings. I have some gorgeous floral still-life paintings on display in the main gallery.
Aurora Arts Studio is open to the public Tue-Sat, 11:30 -5pm.
We’ll be participating in Second Fridays Art Walk in downtown San Rafael. Come on by. My paintings are priced to sell!