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Art Break: Between the Holidays Fun at the Arsenal in Central Park

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 26, 2017

Christmas is over. The presents have been opened, the meal eaten, and you are tired out. Art Break gets it: you’ve got post-holiday letdown. But that’s ok because we have some choices this week that just might make you feel better (and are free admission). First, start by taking a walk down the street, looking at the neighborhood with Michael Haggiag. Still feeling low? Embrace it with the rainy day views of Cleverson Oliveira , wondering at the beauty that water drops can create. Then march yourself over to the New York Public Library (the one with the lions) and cheer yourself up with the words of people who have had good and bad Christmases — and lived to write about it. Finish up your post-holiday tour at The Arsenal at Central Park to view holiday wreaths. Take some notes on the prettiest pieces because Christmas will be here again before you know it!

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Freight+Volume, 97 Allen Street

When: Now through December 31, Wed – Sun: 11-6

Who: Michael Haggiag: The Road Taken

What: Photographs of cityscapes

Why: The city isn’t just concrete, it’s abstract too

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Miyako Yoshinaga, 547 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor

When: Now through January 6, 2018, Tue – Sat: 11-6

Who: Cleverson Oliveira: Rainy Days

What: Drawings on paper and canvas

Why: The skill of the artist creates perfect illusions

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

When: Now through January 8, 2018, Mon – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 1-5

Who: A Writer’s Christmas, Dickens & More

What: Books and ephemera celebrating Christmas

Why: Storytelling is an essential part of Christmas season

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: The Arsenal, Central Park at 64th Street, 3rd Floor

When: Now through January 4, 2018, Mon – Fri: 9-5

Who: Wreath Interpretations

What: 35 years of artists, designers and talented amateurs celebrating this iconic symbol of Christmas and wintertime

Why: Get inspired to enter this juried competition next year


Cover: Daniel Pina Coelho Johnson, ‘Pixelated Joy;’ perler beads and crazy glue; image courtesy of the artist.


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