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Artists C Bangs, Judy Collins

Astronomy: The Celestial

Central Booking Art Space

Exhibition Date: March 4 – May 2, 2010

Artist’s reception: March 25, 6-8pm

DUMBO First Thursday: March 4, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Special Appearance & Book Signing by
Legendary Singer/Songwriter Judy Collins Celebrating Book Launch of
Over the Rainbow a Collaboration with Painter Eric Puybaret

Brooklyn, (DUMBO), NY, – Central Booking opens its latest exhibition with the Big Bang in Astronomy: The Celestial, a group show featuring artists whose work explore the universe from a very earthly base as well as a more cosmic one. The exhibition premieres with a special appearance by folk icon Judy Collins who will be signing copies of her new book project, Over the Rainbow, a creative collaboration with renowned painter Eric Puybaret. Judy Collins will be at the gallery Thursday, March 4 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. She might even sing…

Astronomy: The Celestial is Central Booking’s third exhibition in the series, ‘where art explores science.’ Work from 15 artists is presented in this new show curated by Maddy Rosenberg (artist/curator/gallery director). Ted Victoria’s human industrial detritus amuses us as it hovers continuously above the earth, and Doug Beube brings us back down to earth as he has us “read” all about it. Barbara Houghton in her re–visiting of Galileo evokes an eerie channeling as Karen Hamner turns the heavens into paper riddles. Mary Hambleton’s delicate lyrical painted world softens the blow as Ilse Schreiber-Noll brings us to a dark one, built up in layers of paint and scratched through. Eric Puybaret takes us over the rainbow with child-like wonder and Donna Levinstone calms us with her quiet passing of the day sky into the night one. With John Noestheden we find a brilliant universe dazzling us with the light from the darkness as Eva Lee weaves patterns of light that contrasts with the vastness of the space between. Susan Schwalb presents us with altar-like reverences for the beginning of it all while Carol Prusa delicately silverpoints a black hole and C Bangs combines the reality of it with the possible. Pamela Moore reduces all to pure form as Despo Magoni takes the personal and abstracts it into the universal universe.

Participating Artists: C Bangs, Doug Beube, Mary Hambleton, Karen Hamner, Barbara Houghton, Eva Lee, Donna Levinstone, Despo Magoni, Pamela Moore, John Noestheden, Carol Prusa, Eric Puybaret, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Susan Schwalb, Ted Victoria.

A catalog of the exhibition will be available as part of the NEW Central Booking Magazine. More information to follow.

About Central Booking
Central Booking is a unique international art space specifically dedicated to the entire breadth and scope of “the book” as art. The space is designed into two distinct but integrated spaces: Gallery I is dedicated to book art and prints, while Gallery II is reserved for thematic exhibitions. These exhibitions will showcase an unusually broad variety of genres while always integrating the participation/work of at least one book artist. The gallery was conceived by artist/curator Maddy Rosenberg, its objective is to create a space where the virtually infinite forms and range of book art and prints can be seen in one place while simultaneously providing both established and emerging practitioners of the genres with an outlet for their work.

About ‘Over the Rainbow’
Over the Rainbow (Imagine Publishing) is a magnificent oversized children’s picture book and 3-song CD set, featuring artwork by renowned painter Eric Puybaret (PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON) illustrating the lyrics of this #1 movie song of all-time, coupled with Judy Collins’ enchanting recording of the title song makes this destined to become a beloved classic storybook, delighting children of all ages for decades to come.

About Judy Collins
For more than five decades, renowned recording artist Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her magnificent voice and unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Many of Collins’ 45+ albums have gone platinum; she is noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. At the 1975 Grammy Awards, Judy’s version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim, won “Song of the Year.” Judy Collins is a passionate advocate for social issues and continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Central Booking
111 Front St., Gallery 210 (Please note new Gallery number – it’s an even better space!)
Brooklyn, NY 11201 (DUMBO)
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 PM
Subway: F, A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5


For more information or to schedule an interview with Maddy Rosenberg, Judy Collins, or any of the artists please contact: Anica Archip,, 917-862-8710

*Note to Media: You’re invited to attend event. Please make arrangements for interviews in advance.

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