Exhibit at The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center opens September 27, 6-8pm

“Home is where the heart is”, a collaborative art installation within a doll house pulled from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. The exhibition is
in conjunction with the Earth Manual Project and Disaster Preparedness in Constructed Environments 
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Parsons School of Design
2 West 13th St, Ground Floor, New York, NY
September 27, 2018 - December 12, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Curators Andrew Cornell Robinson, Jim Osman

Gallery Travels lists HAPTIC/OPTIC for March!

Hope you can come to the CLOSING PARTY for H A P T I C / O P T I C at Equity Gallery at 245 Broome Street, Saturday from 4-6! Featuring the work of Emily Berger, Fred Bendheim, Miriam Ancis, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Hovey Brock and myself.

GALLERY TRAVELS lists HAPTIC/OPTIC for NYC gallery guide in MARCH.

Great review of my work in the BROOKLYN RAIL!

"Of all the Site:Brooklyn artists, it’s Letven who comes closest to charting a viable new path for abstraction. Light and heavy, flat and full all at once, her work uses color not just to imitate space but to play with the very idea of it, to marvelous effect.

But it was her laser-precise paper cut-outs which left me thinking hardest. By consciously juxtaposing patterns drawn from technology and nature against each other in a highly stylized manner, all while employing high-tech implements, Letven seems to be interrogating humanity’s relationship to the world from which it sprang, discovering forms which blur the distinction we tend to make between ourselves and our ecology."

Follow the link to read the rest of this great review of my work in the Brooklyn Rail.

New installation for exhibit, Approaching Vibrancy, curated by Mary Birmingham and Sarah Walko of The visual arts center of NJ.

Approaching VIBRANCY, opens March 15, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018

On March 15, 2018 from 6-8pm, Morris Arts will host a free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s nineteenth exhibit, entitled approaching VIBRANCY.  For this occasion, the Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with guest co-curators, Mary Birmingham and Sarah Walko (both from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey), selected works by 39 outstanding New Jersey women artists (culled from over 1,000 submissions!). 

Focused on presenting the diversity of women artists working in this region, the exhibit will include art by Olga Alexander (Glen Ridge); Caren King Choi (Secaucus); Andrea Brooke D’alessandro (Toms River); Kate Dodd (East Orange); Shari Epstein (Long Branch); Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern (Shrewsbury); Asha Ganpat (Montclair); Suzan Globus (Fair Haven); Marsha Goldberg (Highland Park); Ellen Hanauer (Livingston): Susan Hockaday (Hopewell); Suzan Laura Kammin (Newark); Jill Kerwick (Fair Haven); Donna Conklin King (Roseland); Michelle Knox (Keansburg); Parvathi Kumar (Bridgewater); Pat Lay (Jersey City); Jean LeBlanc (Newton); Wendy Letven (Clifton); Sue Ellen Leys (Maplewood); Betty McGeehan (New Providence); Anne Q. McKeown (Secaucus); Deborah Guzmán Meyer (Montclair); Perri Neri (Highland Park); Katie Niewodowski (Jersey City); Carol Nussbaum (Short Hills); Erin O’Brien-Kenna (Bloomfield); Laurie Riccadonna (Jersey City); Sherry Beth Sacks; Lisa Sanders (Newark); Theda Sandiford (Union City); Fran Shalom; Jessica Skultety (Phillipsburg); Amanda Thackray (Newark); Marianne Trent (Bedminster); Claudia Waters (Montclair); Lisa Westheimer (West Orange); Gail Winbury (Westfield) and Barbara Wisoff (Summit).


"Collage As Matter: Art & Real Estate," a group exhibition of nine artists presenting a broad and individual interpretation on the theme of "collage." The collage genre is a perfect fit for the walls of 100 Eleventh Avenue, 16C, the unit that is currently on the market for sale. The inventive design of prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel is showcased in this exhibition. His signature use of asymmetrical and unpredictable window placement with the surprise element of framed "postcard photos" of New York City's skyline plays with the concept of collage. The paradoxical statement of massive buildings, seen through the north and east windows of 16C, reduced to overlapping geometric shapes, colors, and cropped block forms, while the collage pieces on its walls takes on the reality of matter. The exchange and interaction of role-playing in this exhibit creates a unique perspective on art and architecture. 


Miriam Ancis
Leslie Lalehzar
Jim Osman
Fred Bendheim
Wendy Letven
Al Wasserman
Nanette Carter
Karen Nielsen-Fried
Josef Zutelgte

March 11, 2018 – April 1, 2018
Reception: Sunday March 11th | 3:00 – 6:00pm
Viewing hours on the following Sundays: (17th, 24th and 4/1) | 3:00-6:00pm
Viewing hours on Thursday evenings: (15th, 22nd and 29th) | 5:00-7:00pm
Additional viewing by appointment

Leslie Lalehzar

Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Brokero: 212.810.4970 | m: 917.847.4067leslie.lalehzar@sothebyshomes.com


March 2- March 31, 2018

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd, 6 - 8 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7 PM and Saturday, 12 - 6 PM.

Equity Gallery is pleased to present haptic/optica group exhibition featuring the works of Miriam AncisFred BendheimEmily BergerHovey BrockWendy Letven, and Karen Nielsen-Fried.  

The artists featured within haptic/optic explore perception, sensation, and awareness through the haptic and the optical, two disparate, yet corresponding elements in the process of seeing and the comprehension of visuals.

The BIG small SHOW

THE BIG SMALL SHOW brings works by over 100 artists from across New Jersey and the NY metropolitan area together at Drawing Rooms, the Jersey City art center. This survey of painting, drawing and three dimensional works completed in the last two years is opening with a weekend-long reception.

Sat, 3-5p: 1/27/18, 2/3/18, 2/10/18

Drawing Rooms
180 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Gallery Hours
Fridays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Making as Thinking

Studio Montclair
February 9 – March 29, 2018.

Studio Montclair Gallery
127 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. 

All are invited to the opening reception on Friday, February 9, from 7 to 9 pm .


Curator Todd Lambrix, “As an artist and a professor of fine arts, I am often at odds that art-making begins with the thought and ends with the work. My practice flows in the opposite direction and I am often drawn to works in which the concept grows from the making. As I sorted through the member registry I was continually drawn towards pieces that had this kind of physicality to them. They had a direct decisiveness that was at the same time searching for an answer. As I chose them I could almost see the process or feel the emotion propelling the making. This making seems to function as both the process and the thinking and the resulting works have a layered, open flexibility to them. For me, the notion of making as thinking suggests we are working through a problem rather than illustrating an idea. It suggests we are not sure of exactly where we stand.”

Participating artists:
Alaine Becker, Mona Brody, Kathy Cantwell, Nora Chavooshian, RitaMarie Cimini, Lorraine Deprospo, Alison Golder, Alyce Gottesman, Sheila Grabarsky, Beth Heit, Linda Brooks Hirshman, Michelle Kurlan, Wendy Letven, Susan Lisbin, Maria Lupo, Madalyn Marcus, Natalya Tali Margolin, Theda Sandiford, Katie Truk, Becky Yazdan

Personal Identity Matter

01/30/2018 - 02/10/2018

Personal Identity Matter 2018

Opening : Reception for the Artists is on Tuesday, January 30th from 6 to 8 pm

Open Monday and Tuesday by Appointment; Wed to Friday 12 to 6pm; Saturday 1 to 6pm
549 West 52nd Street, 8th Floor (Between 10th and 11th Avenue) | Phone: 212.581.1966 | E-mail: INFO@GALLERYMC.ORG

Participating Artists: Junko Yoda, Ryota Sato, Toshihisa Yoda, Yoichiro Yoda, Robert Dandarov, Slavica Janeslieva, Emily Berger, Fred Bendheim, Hovey Brock, Karen Nielsen- Fried, Lorenzo Sanjuan, Miriam Ancis, Wendy Letven, Daehee Han, Iksong Jin, Jihyun Jung, Jiyoung Gong, Jungwon Go, Kim Taebok, Lydia (Eun Young) Lee and Misol Choi

Between the Color

Site Brooklyn

Opening Reception – Friday, January 12, 2018 6-9PM

Emily Berger / Hovey Brock / Karen Nielsen-Fried / Miriam Ancis / Fred Bendheim / Wendy Letven

As the title suggests, the six abstract artists in this show rely on color as a primary constituent in their pictorial gambits for engaging the viewer. The risk, as is always the case with color, is to short-circuit the viewer’s experience with a reflexively pleasurable experience that is pleasing but goes no further. The artists whose art skews toward sculpture—Miriam Ancis, Fred Bendheim, and Wendy Letven—have less to worry about on that score given how three-dimensional works assertively engage the viewer’s space. The artists whose work principally addresses painterly issues—Emily Berger, Hovey Brock, and Karen Nielsen-Fried—all rely to a greater or lesser degree on the illusion of space to move the viewer’s experience of color in their work beyond the simply decorative. Yet, all six artists bring in color to their work as metonymic rather than metaphorical propositions, which is to say that color in these artists’ works are part of something larger in the works themselves rather than indices to something beyond the works.

No surprises here, as abstract art since Minimalism has never strayed far from the viewer’s actual experience of the object. Which brings us to the ellipsis in the title itself, as the word “between” requires a pairing, but here has only one element—color. The other element, or elements, do not get named, because the artists in this show are interested in leaving open that “something larger” that color introduces in each work. Certainly that could include the viewer’s actual experience, as Minimalism would have it, but could also include the viewer’s memories that color his or her experience, what happened that day in the news, the weather, and all the other myriad influences that color our perceptions. Consider color as not only the opening gambit for these artists but their axial metaphor for encompassing how the experience of the object intuitively shifts over time according to a number of influences that defy ready normalization, as summed up in color’s extraordinary sensitivity to light and mood. Each artist brings his or her own series of operations to bear on this process.

Sculpture for Summit Public Art in New Jersey

Working on a commission for Summit Public At this month. The piece will be installed by September 23, in time for their Gala Fundraiser in downtown Summit, NJ.