Last night's below-freezing temperatures did not deter us from hopping to and fro gallery to
gallery and getting some visual vibrancy and heat back into our bones.
Our Thursday tour began at 547 W. 27th St., the home to some of the most dynamic galleries in Chelsea, two of which had shows opening last night. "Come to Me," at The Witzenhausen Gallery, is the first New York solo show for the acclaimed Dutch artist Margriet Smulders. Her photographs, depicting floral still-lives, offer a modern take on 17th-Century Dutch masters, oozing with sultry and seductive undertones. Throughout the opening, a strange gentleman was placing little pins into the wall, one of which read: "ART."
Down the hall at the Bold Hype Gallery, the group show "Fracture" featured works from emerging East and West Coast artists. Kelly Allen's pieces stole the show; her pop and graphic elements meshed with nature themes were brilliant. The runner up behind Miss Allen was Chris Uphues, whose Japanese pop aesthetic was delightfully lighthearted.