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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!
Show of Laura Levine's bird paintings opens this Saturday at Varga Gallery in Woodstock
by Paul Smart 5/22/2008
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
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
Johns Hopkins University
Unique AVAM exhibit displays predictable message
By Patrick Kennedy
How to Start and Run an Art Gallery
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
Confessions of a One Time Graffiti Artist
Reality Sandwich - August 16, 2007
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...
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"
May 21, 2006
Woodstock Times- Featured Arts - 5/4/2006
Anti-war performance piece provokes strong reactions in Woodstock
by Violet Snow
Woodstock Times -
A way of being present
by Brian Hollander
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
Art Times, May 2003
Woodstock Times, October 2004
"One for Two"
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
by Shanti Zachariah
Tattoo Festival/ 2004
Times Herald Record Tattoo Festival Article
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:
130 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
WORKS BY CHRISTINA VARGA
PIXELATIONS | PAINTINGS | unPOP | The VARGA Girls | BOWIE Works
Works in Progress
VARGA's Myspace |Varga's Bio| VARGA Manifesto |Apocalypse VARGA | COMMISSION| SOLD WORK
Art Society of Kingston - ASK
Woodstock Chamber of Arts & Commerce
The Woodstock Guild Kleinert/James
Phonecia Arts Upstairs
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
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!