Category Archives: AHA Show

Imperfectly Perfect – AHA Pop-Up Show

Thursday, October 18th, 6-9pm

Spring Natural – 98 Kenmare St – New York, NY

For further information and visuals, please contact Norma or Francesca: and

212-810-7716 or 347-743-4132


Prescient Presence:

“Your Presence is Requested”

Opens Thursday, June 28 at 131 Chrystie Street

Solitude and displacement rub elbows on the confluence of the fault lines defining Your Presence is Requested. This group exhibition, featuring painting, sculpture, mixed media and more, investigates the presence of self both internally, physically and even in the case of absence: the vestiges of self that can linger in the outlines of landscapes, or in abstracted self-portraits. Opening on Thursday, June 28th from 6-9 pm, the exhibit is housed at 131 Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The exhibit features artists Maria Dimanshtein, Juan Miguel Palacios, Vincent Arcilesi, Arlene Rush, Grace Baxter, India Evans, Junichiro Ishida, Suyeon Na and many more. The exhibition is produced by Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art in partnership with Maria Dimanshtein.

Aptly identifying and probing the span of narratives that connect figuration and abstraction, the exhibit applies a careful lens to the both constructed and candid depictions of self. One can identify with an event, an object, a location or a particular viewpoint of one’s own persona. Emotional and psychological perspectives are firmly entrenched in the various aspects that artists choose to portray in this insightful group exhibition, on view June 28-30 only (hours 11 am-6 pm on Friday/Saturday.) This exhibit evinces a rare comprehensive look at the range of artistic stylings and approaches in both visioning and re-visioning the self as beginning and end, alpha and omega. Nothing can influence one’s own outlook as much as the mysterious psyche, the hidden depths of self that remain necessarily unable to reveal yet reveling in their surroundings. From the cryptic depictions of Twins by Arlene Rush, to Palacios’ lush, painterly portraiture and Arcilesi’s multi-hued figures situated in ambiguous space, the range of artwork on view is sure to delight any collector.

Artwork by Vincent Arcilesi

At times alternately introspective and extroverted, the works on view vary widely in style and subject matter while intrinsically examining the parameters of self. Artist Maria Dimanshtein notes that her works include… “use dark colors along with white ink and shiny textures to incorporate my poetic writing into my visual [art].” Dimanshtein notes that her art probes many subjects, including, “anxiety of freedom vs. comfort of the mundane [and] a yearning for a divine power.” The works prove as impactful as their meanings are elusive, with the artists mostly monotone compositions combining with text to provoke dizzying and at times discomfiting narratives.  .

With works by over twenty artists on view in Your Presence is Requested, Arcilesi | Homberg has assembled a dazzling breadth of viewpoints examining the human psyche. On view for three days only, this not-to-be-missed exhibit connects the threads of self-examination present in the works of world-renowned artists working across the spectrum of contemporary art practices.  Arcilesi | Homberg sees their focus as forging innovative pathways in the world of contemporary art, noting that they “challenge conventional fine art parameters”. Your Presence is Requested goes a long way to showcase these efforts.

maria dimanshtein.PNG
Artwork by Maria Dimanshtein


The exhibition opening on Thursday, June 28 from 6-9 pm features music compliments of DJ Danny Glover along with wine. The exhibit at 131 Chrystie is in the heart of Manhattan’s buzzy Lower East Side gallery district, easily accessible from the J/Z trains at Bowery station or the 6 train at Spring Street.  The artwork on view spans a variety of artistic mediums, and artists will be available in person to discuss their works and specific processes.

For additional questions, concerns and for extra visuals please contact Francesca Arcilesi (, Norma Homberg ( or Maria Dimanshtein (

Artwork by Juan Miguel Palacios

“Your Presence is Requested”


Reception: Thursday, June 28 – 6-9 PM

131 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

"Your Presence is Requested" AHA Pop-Up Show 2018

On View: Thursday, June 28 – June 30th

131 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002


“Time Being”

A Holiday Pop Up – One Night Only

Reception: Friday, December 22, 2017 from 6-9pm


Subway Directions: 2/3 & 4/5 to Wall Street, J/Z to Broad Street & R/W to Rector Street

For further information and visuals, please contact Norma or Francesca: and

212-810-7716 or 347-743-4132


Vincent Arcilesi Retrospective Profiles a Stylistic Virtuoso

Vincent Arcilesi, Summer Night in Rome

A fully-formed surrealism permeates the figurative works of Vincent Arcilesi in his retrospective, on view from October 26-29 at the High Line Loft in Chelsea. The human figure reigns supreme in Arcilesi’s masterworks, in which various stages of life from birth to death, and various actions over the course of that life, are documented with a fine-tuned stylistic quality. Arcilesi treats his figures according to their surroundings: a warm light permeates outdoor figures while his indoor scenes display a more muted treatment of light. The flesh tones exhibit a plaintive quality: beckoning the viewer in to discover more while holding true to a sumptuous treatment of form. Throughout his works, Arcilesi demonstrates a strong knowledge of color, infusing his works with strong hues that delicately balance the composition of his works.

Detail from ”Dreamers in a Palace Square”, Vincent Arcilesi, On View in Retrospective
Detail from ”Dreamers in a Palace Square”, Vincent Arcilesi, On View in Retrospective

Arcilesi’s storied career takes center stage on this exhibition, with figure studies, sketches and landscapes supplementing these rich, large-scale figurative paintings. The range of human emotions are placed in the framework, in many cases, of the classical world. Allegories and mythological references abound, as do art historical references. The multiple layers of meaning embedded in the works only serve to elevate the high quality of the artworks themselves. A pleasant marriage of form and content results.

Duane Street Loft by Vincent Arcilesi, On View at Retrospective
Duane Street Loft by Vincent Arcilesi, On View at Retrospective

A visit to the Arcilesi retrospective is crucial visit for any art lover passing through New York City who admires the classical stylings which Arcilesi masterful wields. The show is on view from 12-6 pm on Saturday, Oct 28 and Sunday, Oct 29 at the High Line Loft, 508 W 26th Street #5G.

by Audra Lambert
Art Critic, Curator, Cultural Producer

“Second Dream” – AHA’s Upcoming Fall Show

AHA FALL SHOW "Second Dream"

"Second Dream" | AHA Fine Art's Upcoming Fall Show 
opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6-9pm @ 
Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012


For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at and Norma at

“Second Dream” – AHA Fine Art’s Upcoming Fall Show

opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017,
6-9pm @ Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
AHA upcoming Fall Show 2017

Alexis Hilliard | The Harbour 2017 | Mixed Media Collage

“Second Dream” – AHA Fine Art’s Upcoming Fall Show opens Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 6-9pm @ Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at and Norma at

I’m The Map: A Summer Pop Up

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6-9pm @ 15 Orchard Street, NYC

Arcilesi|Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present “I’m The Map,” a group show opening Friday, July 21st from 6 – 9pm at 15 Orchard Street, New York, NY. The show is a compilation of paintings, collage, sculpture, photography, and mixed media from 18 artists. The inner map or “way finding,” as it has been connoted, is the way in which people and animals orient themselves in their own physical space navigating from place to place. ”Way finding” is as innate as one’s moral and directional compass. It is an instinct that is learned, but becomes as natural as knowing right from wrong. The works on view respond to the artists’ observation and interpretation of the global and the human landscape, sometimes examining the entanglement of memory, recalling landmarks and visual configurations. Thus, we felt it deeming and appropriate to bring to the walls of this exhibit the artists whom have gallantly shared their personal maps through their work.

Arlene Rush was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. During her visits to the doctor, Arlene RushArlene asked the technicians for a handful of colorful stickers that were used to mark her nipples prior to radiology imaging. She wondered if the stickers were purposefully bright and cheery, as to distract from these kinds of procedures and it’s possibilities of having a dire outcome. Rush then began to paste the dots on her breasts as the techs had done at the radiology center. But instead of simply marking the nipple, the exercise was more akin to sculpting. The stickers become a means to map the artist’s own body. Her photograph, Days After, evocatively diagrams of this journey (shown left: Days After II, Arlene Rush).

Jose Arenas’s work (shown right: Paseo, Jose Arenas) explores dual identities, personal ritual, migration, and the displaced feeling that occurs from growing up in two countries. Jose ArenasBorn in San Jose, California, Arenas spent much of his childhood traveling between Northern California and Guadalajara, Mexico. His experiences navigating two worlds along with its complex process of integration and assimilation has informed his work in a variety of ways. By combining decorative patterns, culturally assigned symbols, and familiar abstract forms, he creates an emotionally resonant narrative that remains open to interpretation.

Jeffrey Allen PriceJeffrey Allen Price creates assemblages of recycled materials out of sponges for his maps (Manhattan Effigy, shown left). “The cartographic iconography is derived from geographical locations that I am familiar with, and are immediately recognizable locations.”- Jeffrey Allen Price. Price directly comments on personal and global consumption by using the materials that surround us in our daily lives.

Nola Romano uses directional signs, maps and iconic images in her work Turn, Rotate, Float (shown right) that relate to her neighborhoods and the people who surround her. Incorporating maps in a personally, Romano offers solace and encouragement in her Nola Romanoquirky and whimsical characters. Providing an outlet for life’s day to day obstacles, “Her characters represent a personal iconography comprised of multiple identities…” –Mary Tang; her twin daughters, her husband, and people of her past. Representing one’s interpersonal documentation of the faces and situations that we maybe timid to show the world Romano is ¬“mapping” a world full of mishaps and dilemmas. Instinctively, we all crave structure. People are innately drawn to habits, places and people that may conjure a sense of control over situations that can otherwise leave them feeling adrift from where they envision themselves to be. At the same time people also break their automaticity by changing their physical mind states, feeling drawn to the unknown maps and invisible grids that lie within.

Other artists featured are: Vincent Arcilesi, John Breiner, Maria Dimanshtein, India Evans, Kathleen Griffin, Alexis Hilliard, Roger Nelson, Keun Young Park, Margaret Roleke, Jesse Scaturro, Gigi Spratley & Jack Waltrip, Margaret Withers and Evan Venegas.

For further information and visuals, please contact Francesca at and Norma at

The exhibition runs from July 21st – July 23rd, 2017