National Arts Club 30th Annual Roundtable Exhibition
Beginning May 18 and running through June 22, New York City-based artist and designer Cat Schmitz will participate in the 30th Annual Roundtable Exhibition at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.
The exhibition, which brings together established and emerging artists, will showcase their aesthetic explorations and latest accomplishments. Schmitz will be showcasing a colorful acrylic on wood painting inspired by creating the world we need when going through a difficult time.
Cat’s entire practice is about creating comfort objects for grownups; she strongly believes that we need worlds that are silly and spontaneous, spaces where we feel comfortable and supported, and moments of color that brighten our days.
‘How to Kill a Wildflower’ by Nathaniel Parrott
On May 19, digital artist Nathaniel Parrott will debut his latest digital collection, ‘How to Kill a Wildflower,’ which explores our inner battle of identity as we navigate the growing digital landscape. Parrott was an early adopter of NFTs and found immediate success in the initial wave. ‘How to Kill a Wildflower’ was created as an exploration of his creative energy as he processed the newfound success and pressures that came with it. Launching amid Mental Health Awareness Month, Parrott hopes to open conversations about maintaining mental health as we continue to live between the physical and digital worlds.
This project aims to talk about the inner battle of identity in this digital landscape. Using old myths, archetypes, and stories we can reframe our experience as a fight for our inner creativity. A fight for keeping that which makes us human, as we move into a digital world.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to “Art of Elysium,” an artist organization that supports underprivileged youth in Los Angeles through creative, tailor-made art, music, and education programs. ‘How to Kill a Wildflower’ will be available for collection on Voice beginning May 19 at 2:00 p.m. PST.
The Jerry Feightner Project
The Jerry Feightner Project is a web3 initiative with a mission of ending opioid addiction. In early 2020, Jerry Feightner, a reclusive, visual artist with Cerebral palsy passed away from an opioid overdose. This NFT collection honors Jerry and will fund a national billboard campaign to impact communities struggling with addiction. Throughout the duration of this project, we’ll be sharing stats, stories, and spotlights on drug addiction. Jerry was far from alone in his struggles, and we hope to shed more light on the staggering numbers and stories around addiction.
The project will release a total of 2,613 NFTs. Jerry was in the midst of a glass sculpture project with a friend in 2020 when he tragically passed away. His work from that project has been immortalized on the blockchain and broken into 39 pieces — one of each of Jerry’s years on Earth. Through NFT sales, we will raise money to bring this story to the local level and will be broken into three phases.
- PHASE 1: A portion of all NFT sales will go to the Partnership To End Addiction.
- PHASE 2: We will launch a billboard campaign in New York City’s Times Square, to raise awareness about addiction.
- PHASE 3: We will bring this billboard campaign nationwide, targeting areas most affected by the opioid epidemic.
Hippo Ballerina Returns to New York City
Created by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, the 15-foot-tall Hippo Ballerina sculpture is inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and the dancing hippos of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, and vividly illustrates Skaarup’s ability to reinterpret subjects and themes found in ancient myths, art history, modern animation, and contemporary popular culture. Hippo Ballerina is accompanied by Hippo Ballerina, pirouette and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette permitted as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program.
The beloved 2.5-ton copper tutu-clad bronze sculpture has become an icon of New York City after previous installations at Dante Park, the Flatiron South Public Plaza, and at the Girl Scouts of America Building. Hippo Ballerina, Hippo Ballerina, pirouette, and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette will be located at Pershing Square Plaza West through December 2022. Smaller editions of Skaarup’s works can be found at Cavalier Galleries (3 W 57th Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10019).
Cube Art Fair
This week, Cube Art Fair is back with the 9th edition of its iconic public art fair, featuring physical and NFT artwork across 100+ billboards across New York City, including a 15,000 sq/ft billboard in Times Square. Critically acclaimed as “The World’s Largest Public Art Fair”, Cube Art Fair continuously demonstrates its ability to adapt to and embrace the ever-changing landscape and pushing boundaries. The art fair now features both physical and NFT works, establishing itself as introducing the first-of-its-kind NFT art show in New York City last June.
All the featured artworks will be on view starting May 18, 2022 and will run through May 22, 2022. Each work is accompanied with QR code that leads viewers to a platform where the artists including Helmut Koller, Brett Ashby, Sophie Raskopf, Jean Marie Ghislain, Rubem Robierb, Chadwick Arcinue, David Szafran, and more, can sell their works.