Aviva Y Sakolsky
Making art is a driving force in my life; I create to connect more deeply with myself and with others. Sometimes when I see an image that strikes me, I will photograph it for later reference, sometimes the images come from within. Often, I approach the work from the perspective of reflection and personal restoration of mind and spirit. I enjoy studying and delighting in objects and places that bring a sense of calm, beauty and serenity, but other times I want to express a question or even a quest. There are times when I hope to speak to the “self” living inside all of us by illuminating a feeling or point of view I hope to express, and then share it with others.
I have exhibited my visual art in many group shows since 1973; including juried exhibits in CT, NJ and NY. I studied at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack and earned my B.A. in Fine Arts from SUNY Albany. I attended the graduate program in Fibers and Fabrics at Montclair State College, and earned permanent NYS certification in Art Education. I attended Long Island University, graduating with high Honors with a Masters of Science degree in Special Education in 2001. I painted under the tutelage of Paul Tappenden for two years at the Garner Arts Center. Over the years, I have taught art on many levels from nursery school through senior citizens.