Did you know there was a center for holography twenty minutes from midtown Manhattan? I didn't until an NYSS member forwarded me info about it. And if you've got deep pockets, you can give someone a unique gift this holiday season: a holographic portrait. (I hope my Secret Santa is reading this).
For $1,000 you can have a holographic portrait made by Ana Maria Nicholson, a world-renowned holographic portraitist, whose studio was at the Museum of Holography in New York for many years.
She's made portraits of such well-known figures as crooner Tony Bennett, TV news anchor Walter Cronkite, alt-rock idol David Byrne, feminist, author and publisher Gloria Steinem, architect Philip Johnson, 1980s graffiti artist Keith Haring and author George Plimpton.
Holocenter, the Center for the Holographic Arts was established under the directorship of Ana Nicholson and the late Dan Schweitzer, two well known holographic artists, to promote the development and dissemination of the art of Holography. To this end, the Center offers an Artist-In-Residence program, small exhibitions of interesting, current holographic work, traveling exhibitions, a series of talks, and will maintain a web site with news and developments.
The Artist- In-Residence Program is at the heart of the Center's activities. A number of artists each year are selected by a jury of Art professionals based on submitted proposals. Holographic and non-holographic artists are invited to contact the Center for guidelines for proposal submissions.
The Center, located at 45-10 Court Square, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101, is a not-for-profit organization funded in part by the Shearwater foundation.
For more information, their website is www.holocenter.org, call 718-784-5065 or e-mail HOLOCENTER@mindspring.com