Hullaballoo Collective

What Is All the Hullaballoo About?

I am participating with the Hullaballoo Collective in a group exhibition in Chelsea in NYC this summer.

Hullaballoo Collective is a diverse group of artists who first came together through social media. We presented a salon style exhibition at the Fountain Art Fair (March 9-11, 2012) during NY Art Week at the 69th Regiment Armory at 25th Street and Lexington Ave. We say “Hullaballoo utilizes collective strength and intrepid individuality. Outsider, emerging, veteran; we are thinkers, and we are makers. We are artists. We are part of the egalitarian zeitgeist, the energy that underlies the new century and that uses new tools to reach broad audiences.”

 The view below is a peek into the 2nd Hullaballoo art show.

a view into the PSPS gallery


The exhibition is titled JOIE de VIVRE (August 2-19, 2012) and is installed at PSPS  Paul Seftel Project Space , 548 W 28 St., NYC 10001, 3rd floor.

The opening reception was August 2, 6-9pm. We say: “Seeking Joie de Vivre is a theme in our daily lives as visual artists. Embracing joy, inclusiveness, and unity, while respecting artistic diversity is our collective “work in progress.” The viewer is invited to seek connections, associations, unexpected dialogues and individual discoveries in this artistic diversity.”

The image below is a view of the reception.

Hullaballoo reception at PSPS

Thanks to Paul Seftel for including the Hullaballoo Collective in his gallery exhibition calendar.

Thanks to Bernard Klevickas for being the point man in pulling this show together. Thanks to the many others in the Collective who were important to the success of the show.

Thanks to Marianne Barcellona for taking the images in this post (except for the reception, taken by Phil and Colleen .

Thanks to Bernard – again – for asking me to be the lead person for the installation. I had a great team of volunteers to help. Everyone thinks the show is a wonderful success.

Following are images that show the installation.


When you install a large group exhibition, you have to look at all the works that will be included before any work is placed or hung. This exhibition included many large sculptures that would dominate the central floor space. The works hung on the walls had to be visible beyond the sculptures, and every work in the show had to be integrated into the whole ensemble.

I saw the yellow bee and thought “he” was very inviting and needed to be seen by everyone as soon as they stepped into the gallery. The painting was installed first and the large free-standing sculpture in painted metal was placed in its space in relation to the art hung on the first wall. The mirror sculpture arrived later.

The yellow bee is the first to go up

The image below is a close up view of the works hung with the first painting. We worked hard to find the right works to  compliment the bee. The next image below is a view around the corner. Notice how the sculpture with the mirror reflects the art works on the opposite wall.

the first wall installed
A view around the corner

We moved pieces one or more times. Nothing was fixed in it’s place until the last work was installed.

The image below shows a wall with large works. Some are hung very high. The following image shows Bernard standing in the gallery. I remember he was most of the time balancing on a ladder, reaching up to install a heavy or a large work.

another installation view
Bernard Klevickas

The following image shows the art that the public sees from the hallway. We selected a large work with people because we felt it would draw people in. Notice how diverse the installation is (definitely salon style). The next image shows a close up view of 3 walls as you enter the gallery. Notice all the texture. Notice the yellow sculpture installed on the floor.

So much art to install

The image above is a front view of the entry wall. The blue dimensional work was moved from another wall. It overhangs my own 2 collage paintings (titled Musical Notes 1 and 2). There’s a lot of work in this tiny alcove space, but it all works well together.

As the show was installed, I checked out sight lines. I wanted to see how each work looked in relation to other works that are nearby and across on other walls. When I install art, I want to direct the viewer’s eye (and the viewer should not even be aware of it). I want to keep the eye in motion – moving around the space like a dance.

The images that follow include a view from inside the office into the main gallery space. Notice the hanging sculpture in front of the glass wall. The next image shows the installation of works on the last wall – a very delicate wall that we were asked not to put too many nail holes into. And the final image is the guest book with very creative signatures. See is you can read who’s signed our book.

view from the office out to the gallery

Hullaballoo guest book

I regret I didn’t know all the names of the artists whose work you’ve seen in this post. Following are the names of everyone included in the Hullaballoo Collective JOIE de VIVRE exhibition:

Ellen Alt, Cecilia André, Sharon Appel, Marianne Barcellona, Fran Beallor, Richard Brachman, Gulsen Calik, Pamela Casper, Ursula Clark, Barbara Coleman, Yvette Cohen, Colleen Deery, Molly DiGrazia, John Erianne, Patricia Fabricant, Robin Feld, Elaine Forrest, Robin Gaynes-Bachman, Beth Giacummo, Theresa Greenberg, Norma Greenwood, Bette Klegon Halby, Sarah Haviland, Aimee Hertog, Eileen Hoffman, Sandra Indig, JORDAN!™, Robin M Jordan, Bernard Klevickas, Melissa Kraft, Liz-N-Val, Barbara Lubliner, Janie Milstein, Adrienne Moumin, Nancy Nikkal, CJ Nye, Nancy Oliveri, Walter O’Neill, Katherine Papadopoulos, Cade Pemberton, Jeffrey Allen Price, Elisa Pritzker, Peggi Pugh, Jacqueline Rada, Julie Scott, Joyce Silver, Regina Silvers, Cigdem Tankut, Linda Tharp, Shira Toren, Grazia Vita

Thank you for your comments about this wonderful show.

6 thoughts on “Hullaballoo Collective

  1. Nancy, your post gives wonderful insight into how a show is carefully put together, with nice installation photos to demonstrate the thought process. As another member of the Hullaballoo Collective (mine is the mirror sculpture “Kneeling Isis”), I appreciate all your effort–and your excellent collage work!

    1. Thanks. Marianne Barcellona, also a member of the Hullaballoo Collective, took the wonderful installation photos. I love the way your Kneeling Isis mirror sculpture brings everything into sharp focus. It adds so much flavor to the exhibition.

  2. Nancy – Thanks for this excellent write up of the installation process. I am another appreciative member of the Hullaballoo Collective. Mywork can be seen in the photo of Bernard Klevickas – Bernard is on the left of the photo and my three paintings hang one on top of the other on the right.

    You did a great job hanging a lot of wonderful work in a small space and you did it in such a way that the space actually looked bigger! And each artwork was complimented by those around it. And it was fun to hang our work together again at the Fountain Art Fair 2013.

    1. Thanks Fran. I think the artists and the Hullaballoo Collective shows just keeps getting better. Don’t you?

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