Miriam Danar
Miriam Danar loves to photograph the beauty of both Westchester and New York City, and welcomes all inquiries. Look for her work at www.miriamdanar.com, or send her an email at mimmimac@aol.com. Though she studied realistic painting at the Art Students League in NY and secretly wished to illustrate romance novel covers, Miriam held three solo photo exhibitions at the United Nations, also showing at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art this past March, May, and June. Another opening at the Soho Gallery is slated for August 14th. Having grown up in Westchester, Miriam experienced personal tragedy when her parents were hit by a speeding car in 1985 while walking home from work. The random accident changed her family's lives forever; her mother remains a role model for people touched by devastating events beyond their control. Her strength of will is only matched by her great sense of humor. Miriam's father, known as the "Unofficial Mayor of Garth Road," was a character in his own right. Everyone knew his bright red cap and jacket as he strolled Garth Road and visited his friends at the Garth Road Inn, where "everybody knew his name." They treated him to a Sprite as he'd listen to everyone's stories with a generous spirit. Miriam dedicates all her artistic endeavors to her loving and inspirational parents. “My images are “time pieces,” stolen moments caught on the run that would otherwise be forever lost in time ... images that evoke a strong sense of place, time and mood. I am a photographic archaeologist, bringing forgotten emotions to light.” Miriam Danar embarks on daily treasure hunts for that one visual gem - the serenity of the late afternoon sun, or the comfort of small things taken for granted. As a child, her family Pentax ignited a passion to preserve these accidental moments, overlooked in the haste of our everyday. The quiet drama of the urban landscape, street dioramas, and the significant fleeting glimpse reflect the influence of painter Edward Hopper. With some nostalgia, she portrays the city as a neighborhood of the imagination, uncovering beauty in unlikely places – an abandoned lot, graffiti on a ragged wall, or that morning coffee stop. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Miriam also attended Brown University, and loves writing poetry. Norman Rockwell personally presented her with a gold star during a high school art competition. During a former  10-year career in commercial art, Miriam surprised everyone and wrote lyrics for a song that ran on primetime television for two years, airing during the Super Bowl, the Tonight Show, and on radio.  She also wrote a mock radio commercial that was featured in the movie "Supergirl."
“Seen and Noted” in Print Magazine for art direction, Miriam was interviewed on her multi-dimensional life for an online radio show in May, 2012, for the Centanni Broadcasting Network, and has several presentations of her photography coming up. She appeared on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's tv show, "Minding Your Business" this July with her images of New York City, and will be on several more shows in the near future. This entire September, "Framing at Depot Place," at the Scarsdale Train Station, will display almost 30 of Miriam's photos, and from Oct. 1 - Nov. 15, the Greenburgh Town Hall will also host a display of Miriam's work. All are invited, and all work is for sale, in advance of the holidays. Get your gift on! :)
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