On Tuesday, May 14, Greenwich House’s Center on the Square welcomed hundreds of Village residents to the opening reception of Greenwich House’s annual 20 Over 60 Art Show.
The one and a half week long exhibition first began as the 12 Over 50 Art Show in 2008 and was hosted by The Caring Community at 20 Washington Square North. In July 2012, Greenwich House took over operation of this and two other Caring Community Centers in order to prevent closure of three senior centers. As such, the show was adapted to include 20 artists over the age of 60 from the breadth of Greenwich House’s cultural programs and celebrate the continuity of arts programming in the heart of Greenwich Village. This year, the number of artists expanded to 23.
“The seniors who participate in the show have a long history of arts experience in New York,” explained Aura Levitas and Ingrid Edwards, the show’s founders and curators for the past five years. “We began this show in an effort to highlight the older artists in the city who are exploring new mediums and channels of creativity as they develop and grow both as artists and NYC residents,” the pair chimed. Levitas and Edwards first met while working together as dancers on Broadway, appearing in the first production of Sweethearts together in 1946. Since their initial meeting, the two women’s friendship and artistic abilities have grown and matured for more than a half a century of living in New York.
Many of the show’s participants have been involved in community arts for at least a decade and their submissions provide for an interesting and compelling variety of forms and styles. All the artwork on display was available for sale,with 40 percent of the proceeds donated to Greenwich House in support of senior arts programming.