Nancy Nikkal 's first Upstream solo is a vibrant mix of color, energy and elegant formality.  This month we also showcase two new artists: Antonio Alvarez and Madlyn Goldman.  Alvarez' abstractions are built by allowing the material to determine the direction.  The resulting work is both muscular and luminous with color.  Goldman's small, intensely imaginative constructed worlds are both witty and evocative.


April 26th through May 20th.  Opening reception Sunday April 29th 2-5 pm.


Nancy Egol Nikkal

Duality / Assembly


Duality/Assembly is about doubles and putting things together. Every work explores abstract geometry with triangles, circles and squares that are paintings on canvas or painted papers in collage.  Many works are diptych collages on wood panel, where two unique works in the same size but with different abstractions sit side by side like fraternal twins. I use every tool and found image source: painted papers, magazine images, text and paint.


The artist's motivation for every collage is to create order from disorder. Every painting is about relationships and the spaces we share. Every work is a personal commentary on contemporary culture, and a personal reaction to clutter, consumption, celebrity and omni-present media. Each work asks the viewer to participate in an active way and assemble new meaning. The audience is also part of the assembly.


- Nancy Egol Nikkal


Antonio Alvarez

Recent Paintings


I have been painting a long time, since childhood.


At this moment I am interested in Abstraction and experimenting with letting the medium (in this case, acrylic) behave over the surface of the canvas with a minimal degree of interference on my part.  The medium has its own character.  I let it express itself as freely as my "ego", my aesthetical consciousness, allows me.  The works are the result of a partnership: the medium becomes, in a way, my partner in the process of making paintings.


- Antonio Alvarez


Madlyn Goldman

Recent Work


Mixed media abstract collage is a perfect medium for a "collector" like me who values recycling and enjoys rummaging through flea markets and junkyards.


Using discarded teabags, old dress patterns, aged book pages or peeling wood scraps gives me great pleasure. The challenge is to combine these disassociated materials and give them new life together. I like experimenting with different mediums.... mixed media on paper as well as 3D sculptural wood assemblages.


My creative style is process oriented with shape, line, texture, and pattern providing the foundation, and each action informing and influencing the next one.  I work spontaneously and intuitively adding, subtracting and assessing until the piece comes together. Creating art is like putting a puzzle together,

and I continue to explore the endless possibilities.




Nikkal, Blue Triangle, Diptych,  Painted Paper Collage (L) & Acrylic (R) on Panel, 24 x 32

Goldman, Cigar Buddy, Mixed Media

with Found Objects

Alvarez, Tabula Rasa. Acrylic on Canvas, Diptych, 48 x 24, 2017

Nude with Serpent, by Alan Hart, oil on paper, 20 x 16 inches, 2007



April 2018

Cecily Spitzer

Paul Greco


March 2018

Black, White & Grey

A group show


February 2018

Photography Takes Over

Juried Exhibit


January 2018

Juried Small Works Exhibit

Juried Exhibit


December 2017

Into the Light

Gallery Artists Group Show


November 2017

Eleanor Goldstein

Rachel Weatherford Whitlow


October, 2017

Mia de Bethune

Luis Perelman


September, 2017

Dorothy Ehret Hines


August 2017

Red Circle Photographers


July 2017

Paper Works 2017


June 2017

Susan Steeg

Daniel van Benthuysen


May 2017

Mitch Goldberg

Susan Richman


April 2017

Sondra Gold

New Artists


March 2017

Art in This Time

a group exhibit


February, 2017

Photography Takes Over


January, 2017

Small Works Show


December, 2016


an Upstream group exhibit


November, 2016

Ed Lessing

Group Show


October, 2016

Louise Cadoux

Madeline Wilson


September, 2016

Paul Greco,

Cecily Spitzer


August 2016

Red Circle Photographers


July 2016

Works on Paper


June 2016

Enrico Giordano

Upstream Group Show


May 2016

Jo Zalon Meer

Rachel Weatherford Whitlow


April 2016

Dave Rappaport

Joan Rappaport


March 2016

Gallery Artists

Group Show


February, 2016
Photography Takes Over

Annual Juried Show


January, 2016

Small Works

Annual Juried Exhibit


December 2015

Group Show

The Spirit Within


September, 2015

Allen M. Hart Retrospective,





at the Affordable Art Fair


Few artist-run galleries exhibit at major metropolitan art fairs. In the Fall of 2016 Upstream was an exception.


Five of our artists were accepted to exhibit here.

Low Tide, by former member artist Monica Bradbury, oil on canvas, 30 x 15 inches, 2008






Studio Tour










Small Works


Upstream Group

Cecily Spitzer

Upstream Group

Nancy Nikal


PaperWorks 6

Red Circle Photos


Phyllis Familigetti

Susan Richman

Upstream Group


Small Works


Upstream Group

Paul Greco

Upstream Group


Enrico Giordano

PaperWorks 6

Red Circle Photos


Louise Cadoux

Mitch Goldberg

Upstream Group


January 5 - 29

February 1 - 25

March 1 - 18

March 22 - April 15

April 19- 22

April 26 - May 20

May 24 - June 17

June 21 - July 29

Aug. 1  - Aug. 26

Sept. 6 - Sept.30

October 4- 28

November 1 - 25

Nov. 29 - Dec. 23



2018 Calendar


Most solo shows are self-contained within either the Main Gallery or the Second (West) Gallery. Occasionally the Gallery will host a single group or solo show that uses both galleries. These include most of our juried shows and retrospectives.


This calendar will be updated as appropriate. Meanwhile Gallery patrons and visitors are also encouraged to fill out the email form on this page to receive our monthly email  newsletter which provides more timely specifics as each show approaches.

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