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Upper East Meets Lower East in a Celebration of Art in Manhattan

Upper East Meets Lower East in a Celebration of Art in Manhattan

Ms. Capshaw, 69, who has been painting for about 15 years, started creating portraits in 2016 of homeless youth and those living on the edge in Los Angeles. Since then, she has traveled to other cities to paint young people as part of the series.

Each painting, 64 inches by 44 inches, portrays the subject staring directly at the viewer at eye level, mostly unsmiling, against a black background representing a lack of refuge.

“I think the night is when you really realize that you haven’t a shelter,” Ms. Capshaw said.

In 2019, three of the paintings were selected as finalists in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s juried show, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and were shown on a national tour.

Ms. Capshaw does not sell her work, but all the other pieces from the 78 galleries represented at the show will be on sale, priced from about $10,000 to $5 million, said Maureen Bray, the ADAA’s executive director. Tickets to the Art Show are $20 until Oct. 25, then $30. Students are half-price at the door and children under 12 are free.

Every ADAA member is invited to submit a proposal to the fair; half of those displayed are selected by all those members who submitted proposals and half by the Art Show committee, which is made up of members, Ms. Bray said.

Jameson Green, 31, an up-and-coming artist from Hudson, N.Y., was one of those chosen for the first time. His work, nightmarishly cartoonish and filled with symbols of the nation’s violent past — such as nooses — brings to mind the work of the cartoonist Robert Crumb and is also influenced by the German artist Max Beckmann.

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