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Karen Sevell Greenbaum
Category: Visual, Graphic Design
48 Mt. Airy Road
Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
- 914 271-3878
- Karen Sevell Greenbaum
I am a lifelong mixed media artist. Through the '70's and '80's my graphic design firm, Whimsical Walls, Ltd. specialized in custom murals for children and adults. My partner and I designed three nationally successful collections of wallpaper, border and fabric books, followed by a series of coordinating products, under the trademark of Whimsical Wares.
My recent body of work explores imagery within the sacred circle/mandala. Working within the circle provides a visual experience of creating spontaneously in a structure and with a focus. From our earliest memories the circle is something familiar to all of us, and in many cultures it represents healing, and connates feelings of comfort, wholeness and protection. My DIMENSIONAL PORTRAITS: family heirloom assemblages combining photographic portraits, symbols, collage, and the written word are exhibited throughout the New York metropolitan area. Using the photographs as the catalyst and focal point for the work, family roots are expressed in these mixed media compositions. DIMENSIONAL PORTRAITS developed out of a strong desire to delve into cultural heritage and family histories and to translate the stories visually.
I work on commission as my pieces for clients are personal and one-of-a-kind. Consultations by appointment. Commission fees vary.
I have an Associate Degree in graphic design from Parsons School of Design and a B.S. Degree from New York University.
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As a visual arts educator I believe that children and adults should be exposed to art concepts that stretch imaginations and challenge creative thinking. Art and literacy are the cornerstones of my work. I work with adults and youths, and populations with social and behavioral challenges.
In my family heritage workshops for older adults, this generation designs hand-made books that house their stories, photos, recipes and remembrances to leave as a legacy for the younger generation. Older adults are our living history- and their remembrances allow the children into a glimpse of times past and other places-a handing down of family history from one generation to the next..
I was in partnership for 10 years with Greenburgh's poet/laureate, Brenda Connor-Bey, B/K ARTS-IN-EDUCATION SPECIALISTS conduct professional development workshops for K-12 educators. As an outcome, educators acquire arts-in-education projects for use in their classrooms that address cross curriculum-based mastery skills that helps develop students creative and cognitive thinking.
- Recent Projects
After 3 years of conducting professional development workshops for the entire teaching staff at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a residential treatment facility for children, B/K ARTS-IN-EDUCATION SPECIALISTS was asked to bring their expertise to the student body. In our 4th year at the high school, a hand selected group of girls tell their stories through ekphrastic writing in "WHILE I WAS DREAMING: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR." Each year's residency culminates in an exhibition.
Working at Pathways to Housing, in Mt. Vernon, I conduct residencies with adults with social and behavioral challenges. Their art and writing graces the hallways in a permanent gallery.
As a supporter of healthy aging through the arts, I am in my 9th year as Curator/Program Manager of "Matters of the HeART" art exhibitions, a Westchester countrywide agenda for 55+ artists. Matters of the HeART is funded by The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation.
This year, 2013, the Andrus Foundation has funded my 3 session workshop series for older artists, "You Mean I Have to Market AND Promote Myself?: A practical, interactive workshop series for artists on how to proceed in the ART of marketing and self-promotion."
In addition to my roster membership with ArtsWestchester, I am an independent teaching artist, affiliated with Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, and The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation. I have conducted professional development workshops for the Neuberger Musuem of Art, and the Katonah Musuem of Art.