Chelsea galleries: A break from daily obligations

Members of Peddie's Painting classes spend a fall day visiting Chelsea galleries, walking along the High Line and visiting the Chelsea Market.

Maggie '16
I really enjoyed the Chelsea galleries.  It was not rushed.  We were able to meander through the galleries and truly enjoy them.  Wandering down the High Line with the breathtaking view of the city was a perfect break from our daily obligations.  My favorite gallery was on in which these metal coils were suspended from thin strings, evenly spaced in a blue lit room.  After looking at it for a few minutes I realized that the shadow s they cast on the floor each spelled out a letter from the alphabet.  It was very clever and charming. 

photo courtesy of Soojung '16
photo courtesy of Soojung '16

Hannah '16
The art trip this year was incredible, especially when we went avenue to avenue discovering art galleries.  They were randomly organized so you never knew if you were walking into photography or painting, abstract or surrealism.  Even walking around seeing the architecture of each building was amazing.  It was definitely a great way to find art that is not as well-known. 

Julia '16
I had so much fun on Thursday observing the vast variety of paintings and artworks in New York.  The highlight of the trip for me was walking with my group of friends to get hot chocolate at the Chelsea Market and visually sampling the different artworks in the galleries of NYC.  My favorite piece by far was by Damian Ortega and consisted of these 26 sculptures suspended in the air.  They were attached by invisible strings and positioned to look as if they were hovering above the ground.  The best part was that these figures just looked like random, abstract sculptures with no relation to each other, but if you looked at their shadows you realized that their real purpose was the shadow they cast.  Their shadows were the letters of the alphabet!  I thought that was so imaginative and cool.

 Carly '16
We spent our morning in the Chelsea Market, which was a fabulous way to start off the day.  Really interesting place with lots of cool shops and stores.  The galleries in Chelsea were equally exciting with a wide variety of artists and artistic mediums. 

Katie '16  Seeing Van Gogh's Starry Night and Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie in person this trip was incredible. I've been seeing paintings like these in slideshows for years, and to actually see them, and stand inches away, was so cool. I can't wait to go on another trip to see more galleries too. Who knows- maybe one of those pieces will be in all those slideshows one day too!