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Bill Clinton with Christina Varga in WOODSTOCK, New York

See other LUMINARIES with Christina Varga

FRANCO VOGT 60/60 Project

Her Collective Dreams: The Passion of Christina Varga
by DB Leonard for Times Heral Record ONLINE

Woodstock Times -  Smart Art 11/12/2009 Varga girls by Paul Smart

Exhibitors on exhibit
Artworks by 9 regional gallery-owners go on view this Saturday
at Highland's Casa del Arte by Paul Smart

Showing in a sister city by Paul Smart

PICTURES from the KUNSTTIENDAAGSE in Bergen, North Holland

PRESS on VARGA Gallery and VARGA Events

The arts in these parts - An overview of the scene's 2008 highlights
by Paul Smart
Ulster Publishing - ALMANAC - January 1, 2009

CHRISTINA MEETS THE CLINTONS!!! Welcome to WOODSTOCK!



Winging it
Show of Laura Levine's bird paintings opens this Saturday at Varga Gallery in Woodstock

by Paul Smart 5/22/2008

Multifaceted artist goes for the birds
By Barbara Gallo Farrell Poughkeepsie Journal May 22, 2008

Poughkeepsie Journal - Editor Barbara Gallo Farrell
Slideshow of Muddy Cup Studio's Opening
for "18 SOLOS" curated by Christina VargaMay 2008

Times Herald Record Online
What Light Does when Nobody's Looking
By Germain Lussier Times Herald-Record May 08, 2008

RAW VISION MAGAZINE
Spring 2008 62 issue
RAW REVIEWS: All Faiths Beautiful page 65
"Christina Varga's triptych depicting Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed
combines stylised church iconography with humble materials
to create sombre figures that plead for multi-theist reconciliation."
Jack Livingston, RAW Vision Magazine

Arts Highlights: 'Science Fiction Visions'
Solo Exhibit by Ryan Cormier
"Science Fiction Visions of the Past, Present & Future"
by Germain Lussier - Times Herald Record
March 14, 2008

Her Circle E Zine
Fifth Annual Women's Show at VARGA
Sunday, March 9, 2008

Times Herald Record ONLINE
February 8, 2008
Arts Highlights: VARGA 'Women's Show"...


'Women's Show' opens Saturday in Woodstock
VARGA Gallery event attracts many artists

By Gabrielle Grilli
For the Poughkeepsie Journal - Friday, February 8, 2008
Event listing

EMERSON: Q&A with Laura Levine

EXPERT VILLAGE SERIES by CHRISTINA VARGA

Phil Donahue holding Buddy, the VARGA Gallery Mascot, and Christina Varga at VARGA Gallery
THANKS FOR INDULGING US, PHIL!

Speaking of Faith Blog - "Religion and Art"
January 23rd, 2008 entry by producer Colleen Scheck

"Varga fills the void"
Woodstock Times Article - Smart Art - by Paul Smart
1/10/08

Johns Hopkins University
Unique AVAM exhibit displays predictable message
By Patrick Kennedy

Expert Village
How to Start and Run an Art Gallery

IONARTS.blogspot.com
Keeping the Faith @ AVAM by Mark Barry

Baltimore Sun article " 'Outsider' exhibit focuses on faith"
By Glenn McNatt | Sun Art Critic

Tony Fletcher's iJamming!
"Woodstock Gets Bombed"

RAW VISION Magazine
The World's Leading Journal
of Outsider Art, Art Brut & Contemporary Folk Art


RAW NEWS:
American Visionary Art Museum
"All Faiths Beautiful" Exhibit

Featured work with image published:
Triptych of Buddha, Jesus & Mohammed
by Christina Varga


Confessions of a One Time Graffiti Artist
Reality Sandwich - August 16, 2007

Graff Connoiseurs

Woodstock Times - August, 9, 2007

The Writing on the Wall
Chronogram Magazine - Sparrow - August 2, 2007

Woodstock Goes Hip-Hop
By Tony ... 17 years in New York City is getting used to the total lack of hip-hop culture.
That absence will be partly remedied this weekend with the opening of a New York City Graffiti Art Show
at the VARGA Gallery on Tinker Street...

Highlights in the Arts - June & July @ VARGA Gallery
Times Herald Record - Dan Shaken - June 29, 2007

Talk About Culture...
Woodstock Times - Paul Smart - June 28, 2007


"Immigrant teens invited to use creativity for show"
Poughkeepsie Journal By Kathleen Murray Friday, February 2, 2007



The Grand Re-opening of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum
during Woodstock's Second Saturday cultural events February 10, 2007


"Golden Mosaic Buddha"
Chronogram Magazine cover for December
2006

With a very groovy commentary by Rebecca Wild Nelson here...


PRESS:
Hudson River Museum & Gallery Guide
"Art & About" by Peter Occhiogrosso Summer 2006
"Be sure to stop at VARGA Gallery & Studio, a small but intriguing venue with a political bent."

Ulster County Press
Arts & Living - July 19, 2006
"Hits is a Hit"

Activist Resource
May 21, 2006

Woodstock Times- Featured Arts - 5/4/2006
Pushing buttons
Anti-war performance piece provokes strong reactions in Woodstock
by Violet Snow

Woodstock Times - Editorial 5/4/2006
A way of being present
by Brian Hollander

Phoenicia Times
Protesting, Eeo-Style
Stubblefield's a True Original

by Violet Snow

Woodstock Times - April 27, 2006
"To Open Our Eyes"
Eeo Stubblefield's New Piece Part of VARGA Exhibition on Political Themes
by Violet Snow

Kingston Daily Freeman - February 13, 2006
"Another Side of Woodstock" featuring Christina Varga
by Kathryn Gill

"From The Artists Studio"
... A Neo-Byzantine Triptych"

The Wave - Rockaway, NY February 10, 2006
by Susan Hartenstein

"From The Artists Studio
... An Intriguing Women's Show"

The Wave - Rockaway, NY February 3, 2006
by Susan Hartenstein

"Women's Chorus - Varga Gallery February Events celebrate the Feminine"
Woodstock Times, February 2, 2006
by Paul Smart

"The Campus" Forbidden Iconography: Varga On Her Art
CUNY Campus Article
November 25, 2005 City College of NY
by Kenya Mitchell

Chronogram Magazine - July 05
"Faith on Earth"
by Susan Piperato

Woodstock Times
Art Extravaganza
by Paul Smart

JUXTAPOZ Magazine
Jan/Feb 2005

Kontperspectiv Webzine
Sweden Feb/March 2005

Teen People, June/July 2004
Bamboo Mural Backdrop for Scarlett Johansson
photospread

Art Times, May 2003
"Culturally Speaking"
Cornelia Seckel

Woodstock Times, October 2004
"One for Two"
featuring Pleasant
by Paul Smart

Skin & Ink Magazine, May 2004
"Woodstock: Tattoo Bash in Hippie Heaven"
by Maury Englander -

"Tattoos For Women"
Issue 62, May 2004

"Peace, Love & Tattoos" by Zac Shaw

"Fresh on the Scene"
by Paul Smart, Woodstock Times, July 2003

"VARGA Gallery & Studio Opening"
Woodstock Times, April 2003

"Let Peace be Upon Humanity"
Pure Reason, www.purereason.org

"A Word is Worth a Thousand Images"
by Enzo Husain - Idea Museum

Idea Museum
"Heaven's Doors"
by Shanti Zachariah

Tattoo Festival/ 2004
Times Herald Record Tattoo Festival Article

PLEASANT Opening

 

EW YORK

PRESS about VARGA Gallery

Christina Varga has exhibited ongoing and continuously
at the VARGA Gallery since June 2003 in addition to the following exhibits

"All Faiths Beautiful" at the American Visionary Arts Musuem
October 2008 through October 2009

Kleinert Guild's "5 x 7 Show" - Woodstock, NY December 2007 - 2010

WAAM - Woodstock Artists Association & Museum
Active Artist Board Member 2007 - 2010

American Scenes: Images of Leisure and Entertainment
Juried by Patricia Phagan - WAAM, February 2007
"Magic" juried show - WAAM, 2006

"Women's Work" - Wilder Gallery, Catskill, NY
September - October 2007

The Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia, New York 2007 - 2010

Silent Space, Kingston, NY July/August 2006

Mezzaluna, Saugerties, NY March 2006

Art Society of Kingston "Green", 2006

ASK Found Object Show, September 2005

Farfetched Gallery, Kingston, NY July 2005

Resurgence Earth & Religion Conference
Bard College - Olin Auditorium, June 2005

Joyous Lake Blacklight Art Woodstock, NYJune 2005

ASK "The Sky's the Limit" Gala, Kingston, NY May 2005

Studio 8 Gallery, Kingston, NY- February 2005

Woodstock Guild's Red Hot Show @ the Kleinert,
Woodstock, NY February 2005

Woodstock Guild's Members Show @ the Kleinert,
Woodstock, NY December 2004

Woodstock Tattoo & Body Art Festival" Propaganda & War"
Woodstock Gallery of Art Woodstock, NY September 2003/2004

Woodstock Artists Studio Tour, Woodstock, NY 2003 - 2010

Goddess Festival, Woodstock, NY


New York City Solo Exhibitions

Go, NYC 2002

Saada, Upper East Side, NYC 2001

Manhattan Theatre Source, West Village, NYC 2000

The Vault, Chaos, Lower East Side, NYC 2000

Parlay, East Village, NYC 2000

MTV Networks, Times Square, NYC 1999

Jonathan Marx Gallery, SoHo, NYC 1999

Reza Namazi Gallery SoHo, NYC 1999

Life, East Village, NYC 1999

Shine - Tribeca, NYC 1999

Fred's Beauty Chelsea, NYC 1999

NV/289 Soho, NYC, 1998 - 2000

New York City Group Exhibitions


Art Expo 2006 Jacob Javitz Center

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC 2005/2006

LadyFest East, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn 2002

Estrogenius, Manhattan Theatre Source
Washington Square Park, NYC 2000

NY International Independent Film & Video Festival,
Madison Square Garden, NYC 1999



HISTORY OF VARGA Gallery

The VARGA Gallery opened in the historic art colony of
Woodstock, New York in June 2003.

It galvanized Woodstock's art scene with flambouyance,
controversy and drive and is a MUST-SEE for any art lover.

VARGA Gallery exhibits eclectic, innovative artists
with unique works and uninhibited style.

The VARGA Gallery serves as the studio and exhibition space of
card-carrying visionary artist Christina Varga, as well as the
Hudson Valley's finest art gallery of emerging and established
visionary, outsider and self-taught artists.


Since its inception, VARGA Gallery has hosted hundreds of
exhibitions, countless performances and the most talented
visionary and outsider artists in the area.


Christina Varga, founder and owner of VARGA Gallery,
blazed the underground art arenas of New York City in the
late 1990's. She organized and publicized her own guerrilla-style
solo exhibitions in nightclubs, theaters, restaurants,
small non-profit spaces and outdoor events.


Commissioned projects include extra-terrestrial themed
works for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards at Barker Hangar in
Los Angeles, California; a three room ceiling mural for the
nightclub Chaos on East Houston Street in New York City;
a restaurant makeover at Asia Roma in Tribeca, NY;
giant spores for a Travis Bass, Inc. celebrity event
and many, many other projects.


In 1999 Varga began a tremendous work which transformed
three doors into life-sized neo-Byzantine depictions of Buddha,
Jesus and Mohammed (pbuh). The Triptych - a work in oil paint,
hand cut wooden mosaics, sand, mica and varnish -
is an homage to world religion.


It was displayed for the first time at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn,
New York for LadyFest East in 2002, and three years later at
Resurgence Magazine's Conference on Earth & Religion

exhibited at Bard College during 2005.


The triptych was on display for an audience of over 20,000
at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine during the holiday
season including the 2005 Winter Solstice Concert with Paul Winter
and the 2005 World AIDS Day events with singer Roberta Flack
and modern dance visionary Bill T. Jones.


The triptych of Buddha, Jesus and Prophet Mohammed is currently
on exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland
in the "All Faiths Beautiful" through October 2008. The fourth work in this
neo-Byzantine series by Christina Varga is a self-portrait depicting the artist as The Woman Clothed by the Sun, a biblical figure from the Book of Revelations. This work is in progress since 2002 and can be seen in detail in a series of documentary shots on this page.


Christina Varga is in the throes of "pixelation" a technique
she describes as chopping various media of all sorts into rough squares
and incorporating these squares into mixed media orchestrations much like mosaic on a grid. This technique includes materials such as canvas,
small mosaic tiles, corrugated cardboard, various papers, burlap,
brocade fabrics and more. The "Pixelations" can be seen here.

To commission work by Christina Varga please contact:


VARGA Gallery
130 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

845.679.4005

www.myspace.com/VARGAgallery

gallery(at)vargagallery.com


WORKS BY CHRISTINA VARGA

PIXELATIONS | PAINTINGS | unPOP | The VARGA Girls | BOWIE Works
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Works in Progress

VARGA's Myspace |Varga's Bio| VARGA Manifesto |Apocalypse VARGA | COMMISSION| SOLD WORK

VARGA is a flambouyant member and important credit to the following organizations:

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM)
serving on Board of Directors 2007 - 2010

Art Society of Kingston - ASK

Woodstock Chamber of Arts & Commerce

The Woodstock Guild Kleinert/James

Phonecia Arts Upstairs

Christina Varga Artist

Commissioned Works

Refurbishment of Whitehead Della Robbia Memorial,
Artists' Cemetery, Woodstock, NY 2003

Bamboo Mural Design Asia Roma, Tribeca, NYC, 2001

Nightime Ceiling mosaic - The Vault at Chaos
Lower East Side, NYC, 1999

Aliens - MTV Movie Awards, Los Angeles, CA 1998

Notable events at the VARGA Gallery include:

The 2007 NYC Graffiti Art Show
My Heart Belongs to Dada
Stick, Stone & Bone
The February Women's Show
VARGAstock
The Outdoor Art Fair
& many more shows. Check here

Our Woodstock Idols are Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Hervey White, Jean Geddes and
all the fantastic visionaries that are drawn to these Beautiful Catskill Mountains!

 

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