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The ‘quiet icons’ of city life

The Object Image Gallery presents its second exhibit in the yearlong series, “City Images,” featuring the work of Michael Calabrese and Jo Pendola.

“Both artists,” according to gallery Director Bob Weiss, “stress not the scenic and well documented landmarks of our city but instead the quiet icons of city life.”

Calbrese passed away in 1991 and left a large body of work that centered on his love and careful observation of New York City. He was a co-founder of the Manhattan Graphics Center and studied at the New York Studio School with Philip Guston and George McNeil.

The exhibited work includes watercolors, etchings and monotypes that demonstrate his mastery of each technique. Calabrese wandered the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn presenting everyday views in an eye opening way.

Brooklyn artist Jo Pendola also interprets the city through her oil paintings. Her work is very personal and introspective and her paintings of street corners and rooftops, mostly devoid of people, show the city without the noise, dirt and action. What is left is an often-haunting view of the common place.

“City Images II” runs May 10-June 2, with an opening reception May 10 from 2-6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday evenings, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. and by appointment.

Object Image Gallery is located at 91 Fifth Avenue between Prospect and Park places and can be contacted by calling 718-623-2434 or going to their Web site,

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