Author Archives: Barbara

Our First Year: Opening a Gallery

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, creative placemaking has been an important topic, and I feel that I am on the front lines with the gallery. Continue reading

Painting Through Peru

Perched on a Rock Painting Machu Picchu For many years the New Yorker, the New York Times, Gourmet and other magazines would publish my travel drawings in their magazines. I’ve been to Africa, painted … Continue reading

The Monuments Men

The story of the “monuments men” is fascinating and truly deserving of the attention it will garner through this film. Irene Rawlings calls it “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” Continue reading

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

The Frick Museum has been a favorite of mine since I was young. When I had an internship at The Metropolitan Museum after graduating from Williams College, and I wasn’t spending my time sitting on the streets of New York City drawing (which later became artwork for the New Yorker), I would spend my lunch breaks going to the Frick and looking at the collection, which I came to know by heart. Continue reading

Opening Day Art Basel Miami Beach: An Artist’s Perspective

I went down to Art Basel Miami Beach Wednesday for the opening but had to come back because I have an exhibit Saturday. Continue reading

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist’s Perspective

I was invited last week to speak at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and to discuss five Winslow Homer watercolors they are currently restoring. What I like about these presentations is that it affords a wonderful dialogue of different perspectives Continue reading

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Boston Globe Features Barbara’s Exhibition

“New Works: Meditations on the Environment,” Prey’s exhibit of 40 watercolors, dry-brush, and oil paintings of the Berkshires and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sept. 1. Free. Barbara Prey Gallery, 71 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-884-6184. Continue reading

A Behind the Scenes Look Into Putting an Exhibit Together: An Artist’s Perspective

Every year for the past thirty, I travel to Maine to paint during the summer where I have an annual exhibit of my paintings. It is different than, say, my New York exhibits, but the same amount of energy goes into the preparation. This year’s show, East Meets West, just opened at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. Continue reading

Back Story: The Rosa Parks Statue

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I was pleased to read about the recent unveiling of … Continue reading

Gosling, Guns, and Gangsters

With the upcoming (Jan. 11) release of the all-star-cast film Gangster Squad, I spoke with author Paul Lieberman about the movie and his true-life book that inspired it. Paul had shared the stories and his research a couple of years ago when they first appeared in The Los Angeles Times, where he then was its New York-based culture writer. Paul also wrote the introduction to my book, Reflections. Continue reading

An Artist’s Perspective: Arts Education, Schools and the Rewards of Stepping Into the Field

I have always been a staunch believer in the importance of the arts in education and the community, both at home and abroad. In the ’80s, I spent time at a college in Taiwan as a visiting lecturer on Western art, and more recently I led the art program at a summer camp in Croatia for children with Down’s Syndrome and related illnesses. Continue reading

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Visions of Long Island, All Over the Map

From an 1875 oil painting of Target Rock, the historic boulder just off a beach in Lloyd Neck, to a couple of moody seascapes painted only last year, the new exhibit at Huntington’s Heckscher Museum spans two centuries of artists’ visions of Long Island.
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