Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. Statue is one of 33 by Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) in his Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens.

From Poland to Old Westbury Gardens: Sculptor Jerzy “Jotka” Kędziora

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
November 4, 2019

Because the Panel Discussion and Closing Reception for the  JERZY “JOTKA” KĘDZIORA “Balance in Nature” sculptures exhibit took place mid-October at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island’s Gold Coast, Jotka’s sculptures had a gloriously colorful setting.

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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. Tour, led by (at right) Docent LUCY JAFFE and including (at center, wearing brown hat) visitor ROXANNE BINASO, looks up at Juggler with Cudgels, one of Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures, during Closing Reception for the exhibit, held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. Tour, led by (at right) Docent LUCY JAFFE and including (at center, wearing brown hat) visitor ROXANNE BINASO, looks up at Juggler with Cudgels, one of Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures, during Closing Reception for the exhibit, held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

  • SCULPTURE TOUR

After lunch, the mild weather and autumn leaves helped make for an enjoyable tour of the bronze resin, balancing sculptures throughout the Gold Coast estate grounds.

An unexpected bonus was that the tour partly overlapped the area the annual RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is held at nights, so we saw over 30,000 (unlit) creatively carved, real pumpkins!

LUCY JAFFE, a volunteer docent, lead the tour I joined, and PAUL HUNCHAK, the Director of Visitor Service & Public Programs, lead the later tour.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION

Kedziora’s flight was delayed. As NANCY COSTOPULOS, the President & CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, gave opening remarks, “Jotka” arrived just in time for Costopulos to introduce him.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) arrives straight from his flight to the Closing Reception for his Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) arrives straight from his flight to the Closing Reception for his Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

PANELISTS:

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. October 19, 2019. Old Westbury, New York. U.S. L-R, JOANNA RAPICKA, PAUL HUNCHAK, ISABELA GOLA, JERZY KĘDZIORA (JOTKA), NANCY COSTOPULOS, SOHRAB MOHEBBI, MARIE-ÈVE LaFONTAINE, and JENNIFER LANTZAS pose for photo after Panel Discussion during Closing Reception for Kedziora's Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens, which presented the event in collaboration with The Polish Cultural Institute NY, in association with Art&Balance Foundation of Poland. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

October 19, 2019. Old Westbury, New York. U.S. L-R, JOANNA RAPICKA, PAUL HUNCHAK, ISABELA GOLA, JERZY KĘDZIORA (JOTKA), NANCY COSTOPULOS, SOHRAB MOHEBBI, MARIE-ÈVE LaFONTAINE, and JENNIFER LANTZAS pose for photo after Panel Discussion during Closing Reception for Kedziora’s Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens, which presented the event in collaboration with The Polish Cultural Institute NY, in association with Art&Balance Foundation of Poland. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

JERZY KĘDZIORA, Polish artist whose sculptures are internationally exhibited and found in museums, galleries and governmental institutions and public spaces | site: Jerzy Kedziora

IZABELA GOLA, Curator of Visual Art & Design Programming at the Polish Cultural Institute New York, in the field of public diplomacy

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. L-R, JOANNA RAPICKA, the Foreign Relations Director of Art&Balance Foundation in Poland; and sculptor JERZY KĘDZIORA; listen to ISABELA GOLA ask Kedziora questions during Panel Discussion of the Closing Reception for Kędziora's Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. Gola was born in Poland, and is the Curator of Visual Art & Design Programming at the Polish Cultural Institute NY, in the field of public diplomacy. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. L-R, JOANNA RAPICKA, the Foreign Relations Director of Art&Balance Foundation in Poland; and sculptor JERZY KĘDZIORA; listen to ISABELA GOLA ask Kedziora a question during Panel Discussion of the Closing Reception for Kędziora’s Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. Gola was born in Poland, and is the Curator of Visual Art & Design Programming at the Polish Cultural Institute NY, in the field of public diplomacy. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

JENNIFER LANTZAS, Deputy Director of Art & Antiquities at NYC Parks

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. JENNIFER LANTZAS is outdoors at the Closing Reception for Jerzy Kędziora Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. Lantzas, who was a panelist at the event’s Panel Discussion, is the Deputy Director of Art & Antiquities at NYC Parks. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. JENNIFER LANTZAS is outdoors at the Closing Reception for Jerzy Kędziora Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. Lantzas, who was a panelist at the event’s Panel Discussion, is the Deputy Director of Art & Antiquities at NYC Parks. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

MARIE-ÈVE LAFONTAINE, curator of modern & contemporary art, including “The Empty House” exhibit in Berlin

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. MARIE-ÈVE LAFONTAINE, eating lunch outdoors at the Closing Reception for Jerzy Kędziora Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. LaFontaine, who was a panelist at the event, is an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, and former curator at Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin and at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Stettin, Poland. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. MARIE-ÈVE LAFONTAINE, eating lunch outdoors at the Closing Reception for Jerzy Kędziora Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. LaFontaine, who was a panelist at the event, is an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, and former curator at Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin and at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Stettin, Poland. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

SOHRAB MOHEBBI, a writer & Curator at SculptureCenter


The event ended after the Panel Discussion and some group photos. When a visitor asked to have her photo taken with Kędziora, Jotka didn’t let jet lag throw him off balance!

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. L-R, JERZY KĘDZIORA and a visitor pose for photo at end of Closing Reception for Kędziora’s Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. L-R, JERZY KĘDZIORA and a visitor pose for photo at end of Closing Reception for Kędziora’s Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures exhibit held at Old Westbury Gardens. ( (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Along with seeing Jerzy Kedziora during the Panel Discussion, I particularly enjoyed seeing his “Charlie Chaplin” balancing sculpture during the tour, as The (bronze resin) Little Tramp made his gravity defying climb up a high ladder, complete with the technicolor background of autumn reflected in the pond behind him. 

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. CHARLIE CHAPLIN sculpture suspended over reflecting pool is one of the Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures seen during the tour part of Closing Reception for the exhibit, held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. October 19, 2019. CHARLIE CHAPLIN sculpture suspended over reflecting pool is one of Jerzy Kędziora (Jotka) Balance in Nature outdoor sculptures seen during the tour part of Closing Reception for the exhibit, held at Old Westbury Gardens. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


  • FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Old Westbury, New York, U.S. Oct. 19, 2019. The suspended sculpture is one of 33 balancing sculptures by Jerzy Kedziora in “Balance in Nature” outdoor exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens.


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Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. L-R, Dr. HARVEY MANES and GARY BARAT discuss large outdoor dragon Animodules at Animodules at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. Manes, who spearheaded the exhibit.

Farewell to Animodules, Agents of Peace, at Manes Center

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
October 11, 2019

When my daughter Laurie and I attended the ANIMODULES Farewell Reception and Founders Talk at the Nassau County Museum of Art last month, I was revisiting the sculptures, and she was seeing the artistic Agents of Peace for the first time.

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Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. LAURIE GRAB poses in front of large butterfly Animodules at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by GARY BARAT and CHANDRI BARAT, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. HARVEY MANES, who was in attendance and spearheaded the exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept.13, 2019. LAURIE GRAB poses in front of large butterfly Animodules at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE

GARY BARAT and CHANDRI BARAT, the founders of the non-profit Barat Foundation, each spoke .

Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. L-R, Dr. HARVEY MANES and GARY BARAT are at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. Manes, who spearheaded the exhibit. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. L-R, Dr. HARVEY MANES and GARY BARAT are at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk, at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE ]

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Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. CHANDRI BARAT speaks at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. HARVEY MANES, who was in attendance and spearheaded the exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. CHANDRI BARAT speaks at ANIMODULES exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE ]

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Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. GARY BARAT speaks at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. HARVEY MANES, who was in attendance and spearheaded the exhibit. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. GARY BARAT speaks at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk, at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE ]

The Manes Art & Education Center is named for Dr. HARVEY MANES, who spearheaded the exhibit and also spoke at the event.  

Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. L-R, GARY BARAT and Dr. HARVEY MANES discuss large outdoor dragon Animodules at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. Manes, who spearheaded the exhibit. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. L-R, GARY BARAT and Dr. HARVEY MANES discuss large outdoor dragon Animodules at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE ]

In 2013, Mayor Cory Booker issued a Proclamation declaring the Barat Foundation Animodules as the the official Peace Ambassador of the City of Newark, as they represent a powerful vision of community unity and peace.  

Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. Dr. HARVEY MANES is at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Garty Barat and Chandri Barat, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. Manes, who spearheaded the exhibit. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. Dr. HARVEY MANES is at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ talk, at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ RELATED IMAGE ]

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While passing a studio on my way out, I saw MERYL FEUER with an ethereal crown of paper cranes, a symbol of peace. The dozens of small birds formed the airy mobile suspended from the ceiling above her.

Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. Visitor is at ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders' talk by Gary Barat and Chandri Barat, at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Art & Education Center, named for Dr. Harvey Manes, who was in attendance and spearheaded the exhibit. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, NY, U.S. Sept. 13, 2019. MERYL FEUER attends ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk at Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art. (© Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [ DIFFERENT VERSION ]


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post Roslyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2019. L-R, Dr. HARVEY MANES and GARY BARAT discuss dragon Animodule sculpture during ANIMODULES Agents of Peace exhibit Farewell Reception and Founders’ Talk at the Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art.


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