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Partners Create Pop-Up Art Gallery

East Norwich has a new pop-up store open now through July, called the At-Home-Gallery. It celebrates a partnership between an emerging artist, Jill S. Krutick, and Zia Zaman, owner of Heirloom, an antique European and Oriental rug showroom, which he recently relocated to Locust Valley. Shaman offered Krutick the use of his store located at 6306 Northern Blvd. near the intersection of Route 106, opposite Chas. Rothmann’s Steakhouse. The two have partnered before at art shows.

“The opportunity to partner again is because Zia moved to a new location at 21 The Plaza in Locust Valley in view of the LIRR station (he just had his grand opening last weekend). Zia invited me to do a solo exhibition in his East Norwich gallery until his lease expired. What an amazing opportunity,” said Krutick.

They have partnered on projects in Bronxville, at her Open Studio shows in Scarsdale and at his Locust Valley showroom, where several additional works are on view with his collection of antiques and fine antique rugs.

At the East Norwich studio, there are some fine antiques and modern rugs, together with about 40 original oil on canvas paintings. Managing the gallery is Krutick’s mother, Edwina Krutick, who many advertisers in the Oyster Bay area will remember as a sales associate for Anton Community Newspapers for many years, and now retired.

Krutick is showing her collection titled “Celebration of Spring” with original oil on canvas works that emphasize vibrant colors and a variety of textures. Heirloom has selected a collection of modern rugs to feature in At-Home-Gallery to enhance the oil paintings and create an exciting home décor presentation. The exhibit will be available for public viewing in June and July and by appointment. A reception, including a wine tasting, will be hosted at the At-Home-Gallery on Sunday, June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. with the artist.

About Jill

Jill S. Krutick, 51, born in Roslyn, has been passionate about painting all her life. Having built her first career as a top ranked media executive and investment analyst of entertainment and leisure companies -- while raising two children -- Krutick is now focused on creating value on the canvas in a career without boundaries.

Influenced by her love of art masters both old and new, such as the Impressionists Van Gogh, Monet and modern abstract painter Gerhardt Richter, Krutick has developed a body of work that is both abstract and vivacious.

“An exploration of my works should reveal as much about a viewer’s emotional state as it does mine. The oil painting may be abstract or it may be representational, but what makes the painting come to life is the interplay of light, colors, textures, shapes and spaces,” Krutick suggests.

Since turning her full attention to art, Krutick, has had numerous solo and group art shows. In 2013, she was juried into the Liz Afif Gallery Sea and Sky Exhibit in Philadelphia. She had a solo video studio show in the North Hall Gallery of Splashlight; she was written up online at Artsicle, and named a “Trending Artist.” Krutick was recently selected by Katonah Museum’s curator to participate in an ArtsWestchester show. In addition, she was selected by Partner’s International and A.T. Kearney, two well-recognized NYC consulting firms, to have several of her works in residence.

Krutick is on the Board of Control of the Art Students League and is an active member and fundraiser for the National Academy of Recorded Arts & Sciences (NARAS).

For more information about Krutick and her artwork, visit jskartstudio.com.

About Heirloom

Zaman has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia to search for rugs as well as to gain more knowledge about the ancient art of rug making. Over the last 25 years, he has worked hard to build a network of interior designers and private clients with which to share his passion.

He said, “We work hard to find the perfect fit between our client’s space and their personal tastes. This is accomplished by utilizing our own ever-changing inventory as well as rugs and antiques consigned to us by our extensive network of private clients.”

It is a family business. His father was an avid collector of rugs and antiques and his mother came from a long line of rug traders in northern Afghanistan. His son Zach has grown up in the business and graduated from Boston University’s School of Management. He has completed certifications in Fine & Decorative Art Appraisal at Pratt University and Interior Design & Architectural Studies at Parsons University and is a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).