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Rita Barros, her life and art in the Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel. It’s where Andy Warhol made “Chelsea Girls.” It’s where Dylan Thomas died. So did Sid Vicious’ girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.  It’s where the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Patti Smith all made music. And it’s also photographer Rita Barros’ home.   In 2011, the hotel ceased taking reservations and ramped up renovations. Long-time residents, like Rita, were able to stay, but in 2012, the renovations created hazards, like flooding. That’s when Rita turned to Manhattan Mini Storage to protect her artwork. Rita’s work lies between documentary and self-reflection. Beginning from a strictly subjective point of view, Rita...

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Gabriel Shuldiner featured in Manhattan Mini Storage’s Art Exhibition

A native New Yorker, Gabriel J. Shuldiner was born and raised in the borough of Manhattan. He holds a BA from New York University and an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design here in New York. Interested in the beauty and order that follow chaos, mishaps and accidents, Gabriel J. Shuldiner incorporates found objects and diverse castaway materials as departure points in his unique exploration of 21st century painting and object making… working within self-imposed restraints and recurring themes. He creates wall sculptures with the hope to of creating a visceral reaction to his jetblack “voids” of...

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FRESH OUT OF STORAGE: Meet the Artists- Eliot Lebow

Originally from the Washington, DC area, Eliot showed signs of artistic talent at a very young age. “When I was five-years-old my parents gave me coloring books. But I threw them away and drew angular shapes on blank paper and colored them in instead.”  At six-years-old he had already started to incorporate perspective into his drawings. He has been fascinated with abstraction ever since. At age 11, he was accepted to the highly regarded Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC where his formal art training began. He studied at Corcoran through high school and graduated college with a major in painting and...

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FRESH OUT OF STORAGE: Meet the Artists- Susan Natale

Susan Natale, a visual artist and sculptor, believes mixed media assemblage is a great way to document the stories she must tell. Her work tells eternal stories filtered through contemporary culture. Susan re-purposes personal archives, found objects, and acquisitions to create visual narratives with a social conscience. Her foundation in painting allows her to maintain a framework and passion for color and composition. For a while, she used the front half of a large storage unit as her studio. “I painted there, enjoying climate control, clean restrooms, CNN on the free wifi and coffee.” From that unit, she participated...

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Two Spooktacular Halloween Parties for Kids!

The frost is on the pumpkin! (Well, actually not — it feels more like summer outside lately.) But no matter the weather, the season of the witch is upon us, and that’s why Manhattan Mini Storage and our sister companies are bringing you and your kids not just one but TWO fantabulous and free Halloween parties… at two different locations… on Friday, Oct. 28th! Hosting Halloween for neighborhood kids is nothing new for us; we’ve been doing it for years at our Upper Manhattan/Inwood location, and we’re back at it again this year. But now we’re adding a second...

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