NextActArt is the brainchild of kindred spirits who have found great meaning and satisfaction in pursuing visual arts as a second, third or umpteenth career. Its mission is to help fellow artists showcase their work and gain recognition. The vision of NextActArt’s founders, Barbara Brier, Madeline Farr and Stephanie Suskin, is to inspire later-in-life creatives to build community and realize the value of artistic expression.
The nine mixed media artists featured here are the original members of NextActArt. They met several years ago in a weekly Collage & Mixed Media course, and it soon became clear that they were of like mind: sharing resources and techniques, organizing excursions to art galleries, fairs and exhibits, and taking additional courses together. As they realized how much they were inspiring and energizing each other, they began gathering monthly outside class to keep the conversations going.
While several members of the group have participated in both solo and juried group shows in NYC and elsewhere, NextActArt's first full group show was held in East Hampton, NY in May of 2016, followed by a show in NYC’s Chelsea Art District in December of 2016. All look forward to many years of working together, embracing life as artists and encouraging others to experience the satisfaction of pursuing the arts after years of other careers and obligations.