Swifty’s Restaurant on the Upper East Side celebrated the start of summer with an Art Show, titled Water Works, on Thursday June 25, 2015 by renowned painter and mixed media artist Elizabeth Nagle, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the restaurant’s front room.
Nagle’s Water Works exhibition included 12 pieces of artwork, which have the representation of water being the predominant theme. Through innovative use of color and form, she aims to capture memories she associates with her experiences with water. At the event, she said to the crowd of eager guests, that she’s particularly inspired by the phenomena of pareidolia, which is when people can see faces in objects such as tree trunks and in the case for her, faces within the various water-inspired features. She said that each work in the exhibition started without a plan or direction until she utilized pareidolia as insipration.
Notable guests in attendance included Elizabeth Nagle (Artist), Robert Caravaggi (Co-owner, Swifty’s), Stephen and Patricia Attoe (Chef & Co-Owner, Swifty’s), Suzette Charles, Carmen D’Alessio, Kim Freehill, Julie Hayek, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Roberts, Randi Schatz , Jean Shafiroff and Michael Travin.
Patrons at Swifty’s are always delighted to experience the exquisite selection of paintings and photos displayed on the walls of the restaurant whilst enjoying the menu and its ambiance. Each exhibition is curated by Chef & Co-Owner Stephen Attoe’s wife Patricia and her business partner Rebecca Silver who draw upon on their extensive art backgrounds when selecting the art for the restaurant. New York artist Mary Lou Schempf’s stunning work is currently exhibited in the back room through the end of September when it will return to the front. Her work complements the restaurant’s style and décor which was originally brought to life by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.
ABOUT SWIFTY’S RESTAURANT:
Swifty’s has been a favorite Upper East Side haunt for over 15 years, despite the chic neighborhood’s ever-changing dining scene. A sophisticated yet low-key restaurant, Swifty’s attracts a devoted clientele. Owners Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively, of legendary Upper East Side boîte Mortimer’s combine classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with friendly and impeccable service. The ambient dining room, reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house, was created by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.
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ABOUT ELIZABETH NAGLE:
Elizabeth Nagle is primarily a painter and a mixed media artist however she also explores printmaking and sculpture. Her work has been presented in many galleries throughout Fairfield County, Conn. In 2012 she was selected by General Electric, along with 5 other women, to exhibit in their 6th Annual Women’s History month exhibit. She was juried into SOLOS, Westport Art Center 2013 by Curator Susan Cross of MASS MoCA. She was one of nine artists presented in Nine Solos at The New Canaan Carriage Barn. Her work has been included and recognized in many group shows including Spectrum at The Carriage Barn (New Canaan, Conn.), Bruce S. Kershner Gallery (Fairfield, Conn.), Rowayton Art Center and the Flinn Gallery (Greenwich, Conn.).Elizabeth recently moved to Dorset, VT where she regularly exhibits at The Southern Vermont Art Center, including a solo show in 2013. Elizabeth completed her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute after first attending Bard College. Elizabeth has spent very few days without a paintbrush in her hands. She started designing and painting needlepoint canvases while attending high school in London, England. This trade provided her with the ability to always work from home and pursue her passion for painting. She has worked for and learned from some of the biggest names in the industry and still produces designs for several well-known stores and wholesalers including Erica Wilson (Nantucket, Mass.), The House of Needlepoint (Darien, Conn.) and In Stitches (Dorset, VT). She also sells her canvases out of her Etsy shop, Doolittle Stitchery.
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