HYBRID OF PAINTING AND PRINTMAKING David Fratkins unique artistic process creates ornamented skins with dimension and luminosity. Through his works, he examines patterns as the visual equivalent of chant or prayer. Opening reception is Sat., April 29 from 6-8pm. Continues thru May 20. The Painting Center, Project Room, 52 Greene St., 2nd floor. 212-343-1060. Pictured above is Druid Frug, Acrylic.
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE View works by the artist Arslan depicting solitary, androgynous subjects in the silent moments we all experience. Opening reception is Thurs., May 4 from 6-8pm. Continues thru June 3. Dillon Gallery, 555 W. 25th St. 212-727-8585. www.dillongallery.com. Pictured above is Crouching Girl, 2006, cast concrete.
WORKS BY NEW YORK ARTIST View collage paintings by Tony Saunders exploring the coexistence of opposites in the exhibit Paintings & C. Opening reception is Sat., April 29 from 6-8pm. Continues thru May 20. The Painting Center, 52 Greene St. 212-343-1060. Pictured above is Yours Truly, 2004, oil.
SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHS View works by Nicole Cherubini exploring the ideas of excess and abundance. Reception Sun., March 23 from 5:30-7:30pm. Gallery talk Sun., March 30 at 6:30pm. Exhibit continues thru April 29. Jane Hartsook Gallery, 16 Jones St., bet W. 4th & Bleecker Sts. 212-242-4106. HYPERLINK "http://www.greenwichhousepottery.org" www.greenwichhousepottery.org. Pictured above is Untitled, 2006, ceramic detail.
GRAFFITI AS ART View fresh visions of graffiti from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and New York City. Exhibit continues thru May 5. The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, 7 E. 10th St. Pictured above is Jerusalem Wall Stencil Art, 2005, by Leora Cheshin. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/bronfman.
RELATIONSHIP WOES In The Stuttering Preacher, a proud Black woman is tired of deceitful, game playing men and bad relationships. She then crosses romantic paths with the charming but dangerous Stuttering Preacher. Presented along with Champion, about a man who struggles with major life altering challenges. Both are one act plays. Thurs., April 6 - Sun., April 30; Thurs. Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. Henry Street Settlements Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. $18. 212-279-4200. Pictured above is The Stuttering Preachers playwright and co-star Levy Lee Simon.
30-YEAR OLD PHOTOS DOCUMENT CHANGE The Lost Waterfront features photos by Shelley Seccombe taken over 30 years ago. The photos depict the Hudson River waterfront in Greenwich Village during a time when the area was in transition from a strictly commercial past to a recreationally-oriented future. Continues thru Oct. 31. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8600. Pictured above is a lute player
A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO THE FULTON FISH MARKET The open-air Fulton Fish Market operated in Lower Manhattan from 1822-2005. Artist Ellen Bradshaw captured its last days on canvas. View her works, influenced by the realism of the Ashcan painters of the 1910-30s and the color and atmosphere of the Impressionists. Receptions are Thurs., April 6 from 5-8pm and Sat., April 8 from 3-6pm. Continues thru April 22. Pleiades Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., 4th floor, bet 10th & 11th Aves. 646-230-0056.
NEW PAINTINGS BY A NEW YORKER New York based artist John Hardy expands his interpretation of the contemporary world by examining conspicuous consumerism and its effect on identity and social acculturation. With vibrant imagery and a palette taken directly from life, the paintings combine urban architecture, the inhabitants of city streets and the marketing images of our time. Pictured above is I Need to See You, 2004. Continues thru April 8. DFN Gallery 176 Franklin St. 212-334-3400.
DIRECTORS CHOICE WORKS OF ART View unique fired clay pieces by sculptor Marilyn Fox, gauze works by mixed media artist Franklin MacFie and paintings and drawings by Carol Massa. Artists reception is Thurs., March 9 from 5-8pm. Continues thru March 26. Pictured above is Angels Dancing by Carol Massa. Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St. at Washington St. 212-989-4650, www.westbeth.org.
ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION The Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country for over 130 years. Currently view works as part of the Junior & Scholarship Members Annual Exhibition. Continues thru March 17. Pictured above is Paige by Rose Freymuth-Frazier. Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave. at 12th St. 212-255-7740, www.salmagundi.org.
ART BY TATTOO AND MIXED MEDIA ARTIST A solo-exhibit of mixed media silhouetted self-portraits by Grime, an artist, writer and businessman. Grimes work addresses ideas of beauty, banality, consumerism, sex, politics, death and life. His art plays with self-image, how he perceives himself and how he believes others perceive him. Invisible NYC, 148 Orchard St. Thru March 25. 212-228-1358.
A VISUAL DANCE INTO THE UNSEEN New York artist Marion Lanes newest exhibit, Life Forms, offers a new genre of painting. She works from evocative graphic drawings and creates forms that suggest the complexities of emerging cellular life forms under a microscope or vast explosions of energy in cosmic space. Pleides Gallery, 530 W. 25th St. Continues thru March 11. 646-230-0056.
INNOVATIVE ART IN THE LES In Gallery A, Light My Ire is a group exhibit in which angst and art collide and features works by Allan Rubin, Hi Tek Hoop and more. Continues thru May 31. In Gallery B, The Year of the Dog is an installation and performance by Peter Grzybowski. It consists of fluorescent paintings, digital video and a sound track to give the impression of a parallel reality. Continues thru March 31. Fusion Arts, 57 Stanton St., bet Forsyth & Eldridge Sts. 212-995-5290.
PAINTINGS ON PAPER Exhibit features works by Stanford Brent. Pictured above is Sinker, 2004-2005, acrylic on paper. Opening reception is Thurs., Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm. Continues thru March 11. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, 8 W. 8th St. 212-673-6466.
RUSSIAN ABSTRACT ART Moscow born artist Natalia Sitnikovas first exhibition in the U.S. presents an opportunity to view abstraction as an integral part of Russian contemporary art. View 25 individual paintings, assembled into an abstract installation with each canvas being an independent composition in itself. Pictured above is Composition 25, #6. Continues thru Feb. 20. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, 114 Prince St. 212-343-9377.
AFRICAN ART EXPOSITION Artificial Afrika is an exhibition that considers contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture through mythology, religious traditions, musical forms and other culturally-specific practices. Continues thru March 17. Gigantic ArtSpace, 59 Franklin St. 212-226-6762. Panel discussion Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at the American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St. $10, $5 museum members, seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling 212- 265-1040 x 160.