Artist Vacation – New York City

2 Days in New York City


4 hours – to visit Art Galleries

The plan began at home. I knew I wanted to go to the Chelsea Art Galleries district. But where do I begin? The West Chelsea Arts District is home to over 370 art galleries and innumerable artist studios. Read about Chelsea – Manhattan. I planned ahead. I knew I had only 4 hours of this vacation to visit art galleries in New York City.

The Plan began at home:

  1. Google Search “art galleries chelsea new york city
  2. Search Results :
  3. 370 Galleries – listed by street
  4. I chose W. 25th Street – seemed to have many art galleries – close together
  5. I viewed each gallery listed and chose 8 contemporary fine art galleries
  6. Time allotted to view the art galleries – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – They were all in 3 buildings

Map to Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York City

Two Favorite Art Galleries

  1. Agora Gallery – 530 West 25th  – Collective Exhibition, 2010
  2. Arario Gallery – 521 West 25th –
    Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian  

Favorite Artist

Debra Fitzsimmons

Artist - Debra Fitzsimmons - Agora Gallery

Mixed Media on Canvas

Artist Debra Fitzsimmons - Agora Gallery

I left Chelsea inspired by Debra Fitzsimmons’ art, and wanting to run home and paint.  On my return home, I read about the Narrowed Series by Fitzsimmons. The works in the series “Narrowed” comment on present day educational policies. A must read.

Carefully modeled features are broken or deleted, as the figures seem to beckon to us with imploring gazes. “I want viewers to think about the message,” she explains. “I hope my works help people to think more systematically and communicate more productively about social issues.” As layer after layer of collage and painted imagery blends with words and textural elements, the characters and their issues become one. The emergent philosophy is that we may allow ourselves to be united or divided by our common problems, but they are nevertheless ours to repair. Debra Fitzsimmons 

Fitzsimmons’ home and studio are in Mundelein, IL. Of course I loved her art. How close is Mundelein to Chicago,  my roots, my beginnings? 14 miles. I also hope that one day, I will own a piece of art by Fitzsimmons.

Lesson learned : It isn’t the amount of time that you spend…it’s what you do in the time that you have.

A 4 Hour Vacation trip that was totally inspiring. I thought about how little time I spent and how much I received in return. Of course I would like to vacation for 5 days in New York City. But…those 4 hours were absolutely inspirational and worth the 15 hour airplane travel day, from Palm Springs to New York City.

I hope I’ve inspired you to view the links to some of the highlights of artist Jackie Jacobson’s 4 Hour vacation in New York City, Chelsea District.

Are you planning a travel vacation to the Palm Springs area this summer?

Call ahead for an appointment to have a personal tour of the Jackie Jacobson art studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190. I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist. Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits. If your travel trip brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City,  Rancho Mirage, La Quinta,  Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely call when you are in the area.

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