Cornell presents 'Life in the Slow Lane' for NYC audiences

Cornell, who directed Off-Broadway plays for 30 years, will host his first New York City art show at The Williams Club. The show, Life in the Slow Lane, will run from March 29 through May 10. Cornell had several notable successes while directing, including winning an Obie Award and working with the New York City Shakespeare festival. But presenting an art show is a different kind of challenge. Cornell said he was invited to present the show through his Web site, www.crookedbrookstudios.com. The Williams Club, located at 224 East 39th Street, is associated with Cornells alma mater, Williams College. This is the first time I've had a show of my paintings in NYC. It came out of nowhere. I am an alumnus - they saw my web site, said Cornell. The show will contain about 16 pieces, with about 12 oil paintings and some collages. Cornells farm has several large sculptures created out of items he has found abandoned. Using that technique, Cornell also helps with the Boquet River Association Trashy Art Sculpture Day, which will take place this year on May 12. Using found items collected during a river-clean up day, people create sculptures to heighten public awareness of pollution. Cornell relocated to Essex in the mid-1990s but still maintains his ties to the New York City region. He said since relocating to the area, hes adopted the slow lane as his niche, which has influenced his work. Several of the pieces are Adirondack landscapes. It's made an enormous difference to me to step onto a less-used track, which I enjoy, said Cornell. Hes done several local shows, and Crooked Brook Farm is featured as an art farm by Adirondack Harvest. Cornell said the NYC show was a chance for him to bring people together from different parts of his life friends from the theatre, Williams College and the Adirondacks have been invited to the opening reception, which takes place on March 29. Ive enjoyed inviting people from different parts of my life Williams, theatre, the Adirondacks. I feel like Im rummaging through the closets in my head, said Cornell. Its been very stimulating. Im very curious to see how it strikes people. Cornell said that if people were in New York City during the show, they were more than welcome to stop by the club to see the show. The Williams Club is located close to the Grand Central Station and the Public Library.

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