Art Gallery

At the Jazz Forum, we present a rotating exhibit of local and regional artists in the club space, available for sale with proceeds going to the artists and Jazz Forum Arts, the not-for-profit organization that runs the club.

Currently on Exhibit: What is Real

The Jazz Forum SUMMER 2019 Art Exhibit features art by Ellen Hopkins Fountain, Gabrielle Burger, Helen Elliott and Vicente Saavedra.

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Interested in the Art?

All pieces are on display during our weekend shows. We also offer private viewings during the week for interested buyers.

Please contact ellen@jazzforumarts.org or call 914-631-1000 for inquiries or to arrange a viewing appointment.

Artist Biography

Ellen Hopkins Fountain

Ellen Hopkins Fountain

Elle Hopkins Fountain fell in love with the idea of painting long before she ever picked up a brush: "I was a kid, living with my family in New Hampshire, when I noticed – really noticed – the landscape for the first time. It was one of those quintessential fall days, with the light raking across unmown fields. The sky was a piercing blue, the trees were tricked out in their autumn splendor, and I was dazzled. I thought, 'Someday I’m going to paint all this.'"

She studied painting and drawing in college and began to work almost immediately in the business of television. There was a hierarchy to this: She began as "an extra pair of hands" delivering hot chocolate and coffee to the actors out in the fields on frigid exterior sets. She graduated to production assistant: "A lateral move, yes, but at least I had a title. I later became a props person and eventually a scenic artist."

Being a scenic artist requires a wide array of skills. One must know how to grain wood, hang wallpaper, do faux finishes, paint perspectives, paint on a huge scale, paint whatever the production demands on any given day. And do something entirely different the next day. Elle Hopkins Fountain's work as a scenic artist took her from Sesame Street to the Santa Fe Opera, from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood to the sets of George Romero horror films.

She paints in watercolor, in part due to the range the medium affords her. One can paint translucent washes and multiple glazes, or thick opaque color using just enough water to carry the pigment from the palette to the paper: "Watercolor offers the variety and challenge to keep me interested. It allows me to do something different every day."

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Gabrielle Burger

Gabrielle Burger

Gabrielle is a visual artist and designer living in Tarrytown, NY. She is the co-founder of Brieff Studios, which began three years ago as a way to bring more accessible art events to the Rivertowns. Brieff Studios has been running a successful monthly figure drawing event called “Drink & Draw”, and brings the popular event to the RiverArts community for the second year in a row. Gabrielle is also the new Studio Tour Producer for ST19.

Gabrielle works as an Interactive Designer at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and freelances on the side. In addition to designing, Gabrielle is a painter and works from her home studio and shows her art in local galleries. She lives with her partner Jeff Dietz and their two cats, Pierre and Jacques.

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Helen Elliott

Helen Elliott

Helen Elliot was born in England, UK but now resides permanently in the USA. She studied History of Art and Design.

Her artist statement:
"There is a wonderful connection between painting and teaching and how it can keep you present and living in the moment, that elusive place where time stands still and you experience life. You can take time to play with materials or watch raindrops roll down a windowpane.

When I paint, I relish the process, the feel and color of the paint. I experience a momentary stillness when I find the right subject matter. That transcendental moment when I’m at Stop and Shop and I become enraptured with a pair of artichokes. I like the subjects of my paintings to be natural and alive (even though in fact they are in the process of decaying).

We take so much for granted in our everyday lives, we do not stop to observe the inherent beauty in our natural world, even if the moment it might capture us is during the daily grind of gathering the weekly groceries. I clarify the simplicity of the subject matter, treasure and savor the elements and endeavor to communicate the inherent beauty of our natural world, albeit in the form of 5 tomatoes.

I spend so much time hanging out with the subject matter of my painting, that sometimes the subjects seem to take on a life of their own."

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Vicente Saavedra

Vicente Saavedra

An award winning artist, Saavedra holds a MA from New York University and a BA from UMASS Boston. He attended the Sorbonne and the IEP in Paris and is currently an Art Faculty member at The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry. He has been exhibiting in Westchester and Manhattan since 1999 and has been teaching since 1992, sharing experiences in France (Lycee Montaigne) and Venezuela (University of Zulia, Art Faculty).

He is a sought after portrait artist and a passionate musician, leading two music duos (French music and Latin American music). He is the founder and director of the Art Academy of Westchester, where he teaches and paints.

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