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Return to Motherland Opens June 1, 2024

Return to Motherland: Mixed-Media Art by Carla E. Reyes and Jill Danenberg 

On view at Yashar Gallery, June 1 - 19, 2024 

Two artist-mothers revisit the maternal, eternal cycles of life in Return to Motherland. Yashar Gallery is pleased to once again present the work of mixed-media artists Carla E. Reyes and Jill Danenberg as they continue to explore the vast and turbulent terrain that a mother inhabits from childbirth through old age. The exhibition opens on June 1st, 2024, coinciding with  the neighborhood-wide Greenpoint Open Studios weekend event. Reyes and Danenberg join forces from different stages of life to contribute to the frontier of contemporary artwork examining Motherhood through the hands and hearts of the Artist-Mothers themselves. 

Reyes, a Queens based Colombian/Italian-American artist and educator, is a full-time working mother of two young children, trying to make space for her creative life and identity. The panels she paints are overwhelmed with color, texture, and endless, repetitive care-taking activities. Only glimpses of the mother herself appear in these scenes; the viewer experiencing the often humorous, sometimes bittersweet moments from her daily routines. Her highly textural work straddles the line between sculpture and painting, and explores the interaction between the person-made and natural worlds. The artist will also have her studio doors open for the weekend where previous bodies of work will be on view.

Danenberg, a Bronx based artist, is the mother of two grown kids with lives of their own. She explores their relationship by  both examining nature (how much is wild, what is predetermined) and cartoons. She additionally collaborates with her own artist-mother, experimenting with silkscreen and digital collage; recalibrating their relationship through their art. Danenberg was an advertising creative director when a head injury interrupted her career. She turned to art to make sense of her life and often uses humor to approach serious discourse. 

Return to Motherland will be on view from June 1 - 19, 2024 at Yashar Gallery. Yashar Gallery is located minutes from Manhattan in the urban art community of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Yashar Gallery opened its doors in April 2010, and hosts monthly rotating exhibitions featuring the professional artists from Brooklyn Art Studios in the Greenpoint Industrial Center. Visit for Yashar Gallery’s exhibition schedule and updates, map/directions, and to learn about the artists of Brooklyn Art Studios. Greenpoint Open Studios will take place the weekend of June 1-2, 2024.

Return to Motherland: Mixed-Media Art by Carla E. Reyes and Jill Danenberg 

On view: June 1-19, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1st, 3-5pm

Closing Reception: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 5-7pm

Greenpoint Open Studios Viewing Hours: Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2,12pm-6pm

Additional Viewing Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2-5pm and by appointment 


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