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Marsha Solomon

Poet’s Corner: Tales of Winter


Winter echoes and dances in playful vibrancies to chase the cold
Mittens, hats, ornaments of gold
Metaphorical arrangements of worn things and shiny ones
Leap joyfully in reds and greens
Towards an opened book of tales
Where mythical horses reach the stars.

Top:”Winter’s Tale” – Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas by Marsha Solomon

The painting and poem are currently on view in an exhibition at the Long Island Museum.

Poet’s Corner – The Cloisters


Standing still in a manuscript of time
Medieval arches and tapestries
Grace the cold stone walls in sacred imagery

Saintly statues nod and tilt on altars
In the stillness of the rooms
Speaking silently to each other
Within the cloistered arches

Rows of flowers, daffodils and hyacinths
In orderly patterns in sunny opened spaces
Meditative gardens turn the page to the present

Opening Illustration by Marsha Solomon
“The Cloisters”
Pen and Ink on paper
5.5 inches x 8.5 inches

“We Are a Landscape of All We Have Seen” at Able Fine Art NY Gallery


The Able Fine Art NY Gallery is presenting, “We Are a Landscape of All We Have Seen,” an exhibition featuring select gallery artists in a  new Lower East Side venue. The title, a quote from the great master, Isamu Noguchi, encapsulates the idea that each person is a universe and every artist creates visions personal to his or her journey.  The show includes work from a group of emerging international artists and two prominent American artists – painter Marsha Solomon and photographic artist Adel Gorgy.

Adel Gorgy’s work challenges the conventions of the medium. In his current series, “Meditation in Five Dimensions,” the layers of meaning in his work are extended…literally.  Gorgy, in his new work, presents meditative mandalas for the 21st century. By creating a conceptual, visual, spatial construct, Gorgy allows the viewer to see his images as either two-dimensional or three-dimensional abstractions and challenges our perception of visual reality.


Marsha Solomon’s captivating “Calyx and Pink” expresses the joyous rhythms of nature while recalling classic Abstract Expressionist masters like Helen Frankenthaler.

Marsha Solomon’s lyrical large scale abstractions from the series “From Rhythm to Form” continue to evoke the power and energy of classic New York Abstract Expressionism. Solomon’s long experience and strength as a painter come through in her virtuosity in controlling both poured paint and delicate, deliberate brushwork.  In her 2016 “Calyx and Pink,” the tones are diffuse and ethereal, evoking the unbridled joy of nature.


Suena’s 6-foot tall self-portrait is an exploration of color, tone, line and the inner self.

An exciting group of international artists, many from the rapidly growing Korean art scene, were chosen to give viewers an overview of the type of work Able Fine Art has become known for finding and supporting. Each is highly trained and accomplished, utilizing a distinct voice to convey contemporary visions that respect the past and speak to larger issues.

Able Fine Art NY Gallery has a long history of introducing exceptional emerging and established international artists to the New York audience. By recognizing young talents that retain and embrace traditions, yet express them through original and exciting voices, Able Fine Art NY Gallery seeks to create a bridge between times and cultures. Besides Solomon and Gorgy, the artists represented in the exhibition include Suena, Misun Chun, Clara L. Mikimoto, Youngho Seock, Ssungjung Kim, Hakyung Lee, Boyeon Kim, Dongyoon Park, Changdae Park,  Soonja Kang.

Top photo: Adel Gorgy’s photographic artwork, “Dichotomy of Movement” from his series “Meditation in Five Dimensions…Mandalas for the 21st Century” offers viewers deeper layers of meaning through 3D imagery.

“We Are a Landscape of All We Have Seen,”
Able Fine Art NY Gallery
143B Orchard Street
Through November 16, 2016
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, contact info@ablefineartny.com or call 212-477-1188

Artists Think “Inside the Box” at Islip Art Museum


Still Life

I lift my brush to catch the light
Which passes quickly from cloud to cloud
A purple color melts in April greens
Objects wait for colors to describe their shapes.

– Marsha Solomon   2015

Marsha Solomon was one of many artists who answered this year’s open call at the Islip Art Museum to ‘think inside the box’ by creating works in an enclosure of some form that engages only one viewer at a time. “For a painter used to making wall-sized abstractions, this proved quite a challenge,” said Marsha Solomon, whose work can be seen in the opening photo. “I thought that pairing a poem was key, since it would correspond to this intimate, one-on-one experience of looking. I wrote the poem on a small curtain that covers the front of the box.  Then when the viewer lifts the curtain, they see a small still life painting (as written about in the poem) as well as the arrangement of the actual objects I used to create the composition.”

The works selected reflect a wide variety of concerns and opinions, from relationships, ecology, aging, feminism, science, politics, and “just plain wonder,” according to the museum. “It was fun for me to work in three dimensions,” said Marsha. “This is actually my first sculptural work, and it also functions as a small-scale installation. I think part of the reason the museum asked for work like this was to get artists to think differently. It certainly had that effect on me!”

Artists featured include: Olga Alexander, Berges Alvarez, Renee Andolina, Holly Black, Jackie Branson, James Battistelli, Kate Collyer, Monica Chulewicz, Ana Paula Cordeiro, Margaret DeLima, Krystle L. DiNicola, JoAnne Dumas, Anna Fredericks, Lauren Goldstein, Adel Gorgy, Crista Grauer, Carol J. Hansen, Bernard Hallstein, Ellen Hanauer, Lori Horowitz, Lorena Kalaja, Julianna Kirk, Janet Lust Ganes, David Lee Moneypenny, Eric Murphy, Lesley Obrock, Linda Rettich, Meredith Rose, Neva Setlow, Sally Shore, Rosemary Sloggatt, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Marsha Solomon, Mark Strodl, Hisayasu Takashio, Shira Toren, Gerald Walsh, Ching Wen Tsai, Leigh Yardley, and Tmima Z.

Private Viewing: For Your Eyes Only
Islip Art Museum
Curated by Eileen Palmer
June 19 – September 11, 2016
Curated By Eileen Palmer
June 19 – September 11, 2016