Karen Kirshner is set to share her art once again. The abstract artist will be heading east for the end of August, to showcase her creations at the Depot Gallery in Montauk.
Kirshner ,of East Meadow, got serious about art in 2015. She has a background in education, publishing, media, marketing, sociology — and of course, art.
Her style has gained her entry into over ten solo exhibitions and various group shows.
George Billis hosted the artist’s most recent solo show, where she was pleasantly surprised by the turn out. This gallery was a dream come true for Kirshner, who hoped to one day display her work in the Chelsea Arts District, where Billis’s space is located.
“You usually have to wait a lifetime for that, so I was very excited,” Kirshner said.
From Aug. 17 through the 28, her abstract art will make an appearance in the Depot Gallery in Montauk alongside the work of Amy Pollack and Chris Lucore.
Pollack creates paper works and hand-stitched scenes. Lucore owns a Montauk gallery featuring local artists every three weeks while practicing his own acrylic style.
Kirshner looks forward to showing alongside the two, based on Lucore’s gallery owner status and the work he and Pollack have done.
“I was told, ‘You have to show with people of your own caliber or beyond,’” Kirshner said.
The Depot Art Gallery can be reached by car or by taking the Long Island Rail Road as the space is part of what was once the station at the end of the Montauk line.
“It’s a beautiful place to be because you can just walk outside and in not a long distance, you can be right on the edge of the Island and watch the waves roll in and watch the sunset” Kirshner said. “It’s just beautiful.”
This gallery is part of the Montauk Art Association, which promotes various talents. They show work out of the Depot Gallery, while also hosting classes and providing resources for members.
According to Kirshner, the art association ownership of the Depot Art Gallery, means they will take a lesser percentage of commission from any sales — many galleries typically take 50 percent from artists.
While Kirshner has enjoyed displaying her art, she is looking forward to some time to create.
“I’m feeling like I need my rest,” Kirshner said. “I need my time to create new work and not feel pressure. It’s very stressful to run around different places, delivering, picking up and having things framed.”
Following some time away from exhibitions, the artist will be back to Chelsea in January to put forth her work and return to the art community.
“People get to know each other after a while, you’re in the same shows,” she said. “Over time, you get to become close and it becomes like family. And they’re nice people, good people, they care about improving the world around themselves and expressing themselves in a positive way.”