When you think of New York City, what immediately comes to mind?
- The Statue of Liberty, of course.
- The Empire State Building, perhaps everyones second thought (i.e. everyone older than fifty).
- A walk through Central Park on a summer day. (Awesome!)
- Stevie Wonder’s song, “Living for the City”
- Sadly, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
That’s what comes to my mind. The first three thoughts are cherished memories of my first visit to this fantastic city when I was just a teenager. I have heard that Central Park is very lovely during the spring, but it was my summer vacation. The fourth thought is a popular song during my university days from one of my favorite albums, Innervisions (1973), by one of my favorite artists, the incomparable Stevie Wonder. That last somber thought? A memory from a day America will not likely ever forget.
But now I have another thought that comes to mind when someone mentions the city that never sleeps. This one thought links and combines all of the other thoughts into one name: Adka.
You say: “New York, New York!”
- I say: “Adka!”
If you scream “I love New York!”
- Then I’ll echo back, “You love Adka too!”
Andrea Jones is Adka
Though she was at one time, an emerging contemporary artist, in December 2012, Andrea Jones was recognized as an International Contemporary Master and was approved for inclusion in the International Contemporary Masters Volume VI, World Wide Art Books. Her paintings are inspired by both: the artistic traditions of her native Slovakia and by New York City.
An artist profile for Ms. Jones was featured in the May 2011 silver issue of ArtisSpectrum, an international art magazine. In her own words: “My New York paintings reflect the bold potential of this unique city and attempt to capture the Big Apples energy. I could paint New York City every day and never quite capture all it offers. New York, New York!”
New York, the melting pot populated with a multiplicity of people from all over the United States and the rest of the world. New York, the urban jungle, Times Square and all the other sites and sounds that create NYC’s one-of-a-kind magical noise and energy! This is Adka’s inspiration. This is what she sees, hears, smells, and feels. This is what touches her inner being and gives her an inner vision, which she then recreates in the form of fine art and gives back to us.
After taking her first bite of the Big Apple, this Slovakian artist adapted a fanciful folk-art style she learned in her homeland almost 5,000 miles away and has repeatedly captured and conveyed the heart, soul and spirit of this internationally acclaimed city which welcomes the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
So do you really love New York?
- Then you will definitely fall in love with Adka’s Art.
This delightful and charming Slovakian artist restored and revitalized my cherished memories of New York City and helped me see them again in a brand new light.
Contemporary artist Andrea Jones, Adka, was born in the town of Piestany, Slovakia and currently lives and works in the United States. Adka, her childhood nickname, is a common nickname for “Andrea” in the Slovak language. She moved to the United States in 1999 after a princess-like wedding at the 12th century Bojnice Castle, Slovakia. Adka has a worldwide community of admirers which continues to grow daily in leaps and bounds.
- Adka (Andrea Jones) is represented by Agora Gallery, a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York’s Chelsea art district, where her original contemporary fine art paintings can be purchased.
- Adkas fine art is recognized by others in the fashion industry. Designer Scarves by Marlena creates unique wearable art by featuring Adkas art on pure silk scarves. StreetSmartDesignzz features Adkas art on fashion accessories like purses.
For additional information and details about Adka (Andrea Jones), visit her website, Adka’s Art or Facebook fan page, Facebook.com/Adkas Art.
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“NEW YORK, NEW YORK LYRICS – FRANK SINATRA.” SongLyrics: Know the Words. Web.
Lazarus, Emma. “The New Colossus.” American Studies @ The University of Virginia. University of Virginia. Web. 07 Mar. 2012.
* Other Artists I Fancy:
Fine Art for the Home by Michelle Lohr
Native American Contemporary Artists