Jean at a gallery opening

Jean at a gallery opening


My hands are drawn to creative expression in clay, both in sculpture and in the garden. I also love the immediacy of watercolor and the transparency and vibrancy of the paint.  I am inspired by the natural beauty of Woodstock, where I have owned a home for 25 years, and am stimulated by the cultural vibrancy of my native NYC, where I maintain an apartment.  I sculpt in the city and paint in the country.

I have been studying and making art since the 1970’s concurrently with pursuing a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  In 1985 I became the founding CEO of Weston United, a not-for-profit organization based in Harlem which provides housing and services for homeless individuals with mental illness and other behavioral disorders.  I was able to bring my creativity to the workplace, by developing the innovative employment programs Urban Gardens, Visionary Bookstore and Gallery M.

My muse has been calling me; I retired in June 2016 in order to dive more  deeply into art.  I am studying sculpture with Rhoda Sherbell at the Art Students League and previously at the National Academy Museum & School.  I am studying watercolor at the Woodstock School of Art with Staats Fasoldt and Richard Segalman.  I have been showing work in galleries both in NYC and the Hudson Valley. In 2017 I have begun to experiment with abstraction and the medium of pastel.

Sanctuary Interview

Read a Sanctuary Magazine interview with Jean Here.https://www.sanctuary-magazine.com/interview-jean-newburg.html

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