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Ariel Churnin
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Early Spring at The Battery 2018
Early Spring. This may sound funny, but until I took Dr. Iversen's Herbaceous Perennials course at Farmingdale State College, I did not know that there was an early, mid and late season for every season, and that you could break these periods into months as...
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Late Winter at The Battery 2018
This winter, I began working as a garden intern at The Battery Conservancy. The park we now know as The Battery did not originally exist as a park; in fact, the green space between Bowling Green, State Street and Clinton Castle is landfill.  The original Ba...
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Begin Again: Collages and Watercolors 2017
After years and years, finally, a studio! Well, it's not a studio in Bushwick but rather a well-lit room in my home. My husband, who is also a painter, has a studio on the opposite end of the apartment. It has been a struggle finding the motivation and disc...
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Wreath Making in Brooklyn
Towards the end of 2017, I secured a temporary position making Christmas wreaths, garlands and swags at a nursery in Brooklyn. Mind you, I already had two jobs, but horticulture in New York slows down towards the end of November and pretty much grinds to a ...
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Portraits of the Resistance: African American Leaders and Thinkers
Nearly a year ago (I am posting this in January 2018), I painted a series of portraits of African-American men and women whose work inspired me. Angry and depressed from the recent election, I hoped to channel some of my feelings into paintings. The series ...
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Ideas, Not People: What the Trump Campaign has Revealed
To all my friends and family in California, New York and in other areas of the country that are so upset about the election: please do not vilify Trump supporters. My little brothers told me that many of their high school classmates in San Francisco think t...
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Late summer and early fall in the gardens
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