Meet the Team - BWW Visual Arts
Barry Kostrinsky is the founder of Haven Arts Gallery a large gallery and performance space that reinvigorated the South Bronx arts scene from 2004-2009. The Municipal Arts Society (MAS) awarded haven Arts a certificate of merit in 2006.
Barry has contributed to a variety of panels including a NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Percent for art program, and a Bronx Museum symposium for the Artist in the Artists in Marketplace (AIM) program. Barry formed and moderated a talk for the Artists Talk on Art(ATOA) Series at The School of Visual arts (SVA) that discussed the history of contemporary arts in the Bronx.
Currently Barry serves as a member of the Arts in Public Places (AIPP) committee for Rockland County.
His past experiences managing a family run manufacturing company in the South Bronx for 20+ years gives him a uniquely balanced view of the art world.
He worked in finance and banking from 2010-2013 for a small independent company and then for Bank of America. As a result he sees the art world from both the aesthetic side and the financial market it is.
As an artist Barry has exhibited in group shows in NYC. He works in a variety of medium including oil paints, acrylics, watercolor,photography and mixed medium. Where as the oil paintings are mostly plein-air works not unlike the impressionists and post-impressionist, his acrylic work is quite contemporary and often on found objects including car parts, light bulbs, beds and more. His photographic work ranges from serene nature shots, to street detritus and include playing with simple I-Phone applications to manipulate photos taken with his phone. He shoots with old fashioned polaroids and enjoys the restrictions compelled by the lack of choices with the toy like cameras.
Barry special ability is to be able to see others artists work from the eyes of an artist and to dialogue with artists in a meaningful way about their art and where they are going.
As a youth Barry was a math major at Vassar College and graduated in 1982. His High School days at New Rochelle High enabled him to develop his artists talents, Mr. Blackburn was an inspiring teacher. He spent the summer before senior year at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and had a firm footing in the arts before college. By chance Vassar had one of the best art history departments in the US and he studied with Linda Nochlin, Susan Kuretsky and in is rookie year, Ken Silver.
He is a proud father of three grown kids ages 25,25 (twins is the way to start) and 20.
Like so many of us he is recently divorced.
Barry has a strong passion for all things arts related and his love for cooking and eating run a close second.
G. Blaise Hoeler
Blaise is a college senior working on her BA in History from George Mason University, with only one break in the fall of 2012 to attend Oxford University at St. Catherine's College. Originally from New Jersey, her childhood was flooded with trips to New York's Broadway and other local treasures including Two River Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her two best friends, a lawn flamingo named Pete, and dreams to become a theater critic when/if she grows up.
A critic, journalist, and award-winning fiction writer, Patrick Kennedy has published a variety of articles on art and culture. He is a topic writer and site administrator at About.com, where he has written extensively on international literature, literary awards, and film adaptation. Patrick's essays and articles have also appeared in The Alternative Press, Modern Language Notes, Map Literary, The Montreal Review, The Hopkins Review, and other publications. He is currently a member of the English and writing faculty at Georgian Court University.