Check out Aussie art at the Affordable Art Fair with $10 off, thanks to Van Rensburg Galleries

The AWNY community has been hugely supportive of the annual Affordable Art Fair in New York, so when Van Rensburg Galleries reached out with a $10 OFF discount offer, we couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you.

Van Rensburg Galleries are based in Hong Kong, and show mainly Australian artists. At the Affordable Art Fair Fall 2016 (this week!), they are planning to feature work by Gus Leunig (son of our infamous cartoonist Leunig) & Charlie Sheard (established Australian artist, with an up and coming show at the Drill House, The Australian National University).

They will also hold the work of George Raftopoulos who makes prolific statements about identity and placement; Janet Parker Smith, with surrealistic mixed media work; Sophie Gralton, whose nostalgic paintings give glimpses of our childhood; Mitchell English; Beulah van Rensburg; emerging artist Nancy Liang; as well as other international artists.

Take a peek at the work via this downloadable PDF catalogue or online at www.vanrensburg-galleries.com.

Affordable Art Fair – $10 OFF ticket offer

With huge thanks to Van Rensburg Galleries, AWNY members are invited to attend the 2016 Affordable Art Fair Fall Edition, which begins this Thursday. The offer allows a $10 discount for one person for one day. (Tickets are usually $18 – score!)

When: During the Affordable Art Fairs’ public hours which are:

Thursday, Sept. 29; 11am-6pm
Friday, Sept. 30; 11am-8pm
Saturday, Oct. 1; 11am-8pm
Sunday, Oct. 2; 11am-5pm

Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion,125 West 18th Street, New York
Buy Tickets: Simply click on the link below, enter your information, click on“Continue” and either print out the ticket or show the barcode on your mobile device upon entering the fair! You can process twice for two tickets. https://www.microspec.com/etic/aafnyf16/10VANRE 

A big thank you to Van Rensburg Galleries for the kind offer – and don’t forget to swing by their Booth (downstairs, 1.18) and say hi, and thanks in person!



Event Review: Watching the Sun Set on Summer 2016 – Rooftop Drinks at the MET

Written by Laura O’Loughlin


On Friday, September 9, AWNY members gathered on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to revel in one of the last warm evenings of the season. With many Aussie and Kiwi women returning to the city at the end of the summer holidays, we were delighted to welcome a number of new faces in addition to the usual suspects.

The Met Rooftop Bar is one of the best places from which to view our adopted city, with views across Central Park to the West Side, and Downtown over the south end of the park to the city beyond. It is not open late; the café closes at 4:30pm Sunday through Thursday and at 8:15pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Entrance is included with your museum ticket, so wander through the first floor (getting lost midway is half the fun) until you reach the elevators at the rear of the museum. The vibe and dress-code is casual, with everyone from weary museum-goers to photography buffs to the after-work crowd drinking in the sunset and a limited but decent selection of cocktails. The early close makes it something of a destination spot and an absolute hit for out-of-town visitors.

Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)” is the full title of the large-scale installation by British artist Cornelia Parker, currently on show atop the Met. Film aficionados will immediately recognize it as a scaled-down recreation of the Victorian Mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, “Psycho”. The rough cladding, salvaged from a red barn in Schoharie, N.Y. and peeling paintwork of the barn sit in stark contrast with the sleek marble and steel of the museum. Viewed in this setting, this symbol of rural life is both amusing and unsettling, a jolt of pop-culture and a melancholic reminder of days gone by.

The star of the Met Rooftop was still the view, treating us to a spectacular sunset as the late summer sun transformed the city skyline. “Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)” is on show until 31 October. Take a trip uptown before it, and the warm evenings, transition out.

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Counseling & Photography go hand in hand for Susie Lang in this week’s AWNY Startup Story

Susie Lang has combined her two lifelong passions, photography and counseling into two wonderful startup’s in New York. Susie has a private counseling practice, working with individuals and groups. She is also a professional Photographer and has lived in New York since 2004 with her husband.

Susie is a valued AWNY Committee member and is also hosting two group sessions in October – The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York.

Tell us about these businesses and what inspired you to begin.

SUSIE LANG COUNSELING: www.susielangcounseling.com

I have been in the Caring Profession since 1975.  In Australia I was a Registered Sick Children’s and General Registered Nurse in Adelaide, and the Manager of the YWCA Child Care Center in Darwin.  Throughout the 1990’s in the UK I worked in Women’s Centers offering women low cost, long term services – counseling, childcare, women’s health issues, legal support and computer training.  I also worked in a center for women who experienced domestic and relational violence – here the women were offered counseling, emergency and safe re-housing, emotional, legal and financial support.  I had a small private practice.  When I arrived in the USA in 2004, I was employed as a Psychological Consultant with a company in Arizona which dealt with Identity Theft.  In 2009 – 2011 I worked alongside the family caregivers at the NYC Chapter for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Throughout my personal life and my career I have been fortunate to have women in my life whom I have felt inspired by.  I have never forgotten their “way of being” – being available, supportive and present to me throughout my life.  I realized that at an early age I didn’t have enough wisdom, presence, life experience, personal growth development and healing to go into the counseling/psychotherapy field as a younger woman.

My husband and I arrived in NYC in 2004.  Being in NYC I found my previous work experiences in Australia and the UK didn’t cut it.  It felt easy to simply give up on the notion that I could “make it” in NYC.  As a requirement to become licensed as a counseling therapist, I needed to go to University to get a MA (Mental Health Counseling and Wellness), degree in order to practice.  Since 2012 I have been in Private Practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

I am passionate about my therapeutic work, gaining much experience in my intimate and professional work with clients.  It is one of my life’s joys.

SUSIE LANG PHOTOGRAPHY:  www.susielangphoto.com

In growing up on a farm in rural South Australia I shared a camera with my 4 brothers.  Luckily for me they weren’t interested in using the camera that our father bought for us, so I began to experiment with film photography. My inspiration came from John Sprod, a well-known and much-admired South Australian portrait photographer who traveled throughout the State, to photograph families in remote areas. He “knew” how to work with us, as small children.

I traveled to the UK in the early 1980’s, where I was accepted to the four London Colleges of Photography. I chose to attend Watford College where I received a BA in Design, majoring in Photography. I was awarded the prize for Portrait Excellence from Kodak in 1986. I have continued to photograph with a passion, receiving positive feedback from many who have seen my work.

In 2005, I switched from film to digital photography. I have always referred to my photographic work as my “creative outlet”. It is in contrast to the intense and intimate work I do in my counseling field.

In 2013, I created my photographic website – this has been a massive personal step, stating that I was ready to show the world that I love what I do.  Photography offers and gives me great joy.  I simply come alive!

I am passionate about connecting with people in both professions.

As I like to say, it is my “art of connection”.


Do you find that the synergy of these businesses overlap?  

Yes!  In the Summer of 2014, I was talking to a woman, also a photographer, who said to me, “What sets you apart as a photographer?”  I had never been asked this before.  In considering my psychotherapy training, my passion in photographing and my ability to connect with people, and after many hours of processing, thought and conversation with close allies I began to realize that I have an “art of connection” in my two fields of work.

In counseling, I am very present with each client, listening intently to them, empathizing with their experiences and offering unconditional positive regard.

In photography, I am able to “see” and be with a person, as if there is NO camera between us.  The synergy is electric to me, and in this, I trust that there is mutual connection with those whom I am working with.  Counseling clients continue to return with greater self-awareness and a willingness to delve deeper into their own self-understanding and self-awareness.  Photographic clients delight in images of self – I often hear their “WOW” factor being expressed!

What has been your “Aha / I’ve made it in the USA” moment?

I continue to strive towards this “aha” moment and I never take this for granted.  It is a very competitive world out there, and I am up against lots of others in the same fields.  “Aha” moments come with my connections I make with my clients.  They are often brief moments in time, and I have learnt to really feel and acknowledge them each time this joyous experience happens.

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Event: The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York: 2 dates, Oct 14 and 18

Making your move to New York opens up the possibility of many mixed emotions and feeling – some expected, some not!

“Do you feel the struggles and isolation of relocation?”

“Are you feeling homesick, missing all things familiar?”

“Do I actually want to be here, when things feel so challenging?”

Feeling alone in your adjustment is a part of any transition – take this opportunity to explore experiences that are common to all of us, and yet sometimes feel so isolating when going through them.

This small and intimate event is facilitated by Susie Lang, who will offer information about;

  • Emotional and Psychological impact of Relocation
  • Cultural Shock
  • Definitive Loss and Ambiguous Loss

This event is a little different; the focus will be a “hands-on”, interactive experience, where courageous sharing and empathic listening will be the biggest part of the event.

There are 2 events to choose from:

You are welcome to attend either event, please note the morning program is designed to be more available to Mum’s and Dad’s and small children may be in attendance.

AM Session – Mum’s and Dad’s

When: Friday 14th October at 10AM – 12PM
Where: Anita’s Apartment in Harlem, W138th & Frederick Douglas Blvd (8th Ave)
Price: $15/$20 members/non-members
Included: Comfort Foods & Drinks Provided
Subways: B/C train to 135th (front carriage for 137th St exit)
Buses: M10 bus & M2 Buses

Book Now
for the AM session


PM Session

When: Tuesday 18th October 6:30PM for 7PM Start
Where: TBD (Downtown Manhattan or Union Square)
Included: Comfort Foods & Drinks Provided
Price: $20/$25 members/non-members

Book Now
for the PM session

Meet Susie Lang

Susie LSusie Lang (LMHC & NCC) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She is in private counseling practice, working with individuals and groups.

Susie is also a professional Photographer and has lived in New York since 2004 with her husband.

With her many life transitions, she realizes the importance of paying attention to (in particular the more challenging parts) the emotional ride that occurs with each transition – making her move to New York has proven to be more challenging at times in ways that she didn’t anticipate! It seemed to open up the possibility of many mixed emotions – some expected, some not.



Faces of AWNY: Hannah Collins

Hannah Collins shares her experiences of living and working and New York. She is currently working as a Marketing and Communications Associate at Community Resource Exchange, non profit consulting firm that helps build sustainable organizations and drive social change in urban communities.

Tell us why you moved to NYC?

I came to New York for a month long holiday in October / November in 2015. I loved it so much that by the start of December I had booked my ticket back here and started planning a move for April. My friends will tell you that I’ve always talked about moving to New York, but I am not sure if that’s true. My favorite shows growing up were Friends, Sex and The City, and Seinfeld, so maybe they influenced me more than I know!

Where in Australia are you from?

I’ve lived the last 11 years in Adelaide, but before that grew up on a farm outside of a tiny town of 3,000 people that was eight hours drive from Adelaide … a far cry from the cramped apartments and people filled streets of NYC!

Favorite NYC brunch spot

Juliette’s in Williamsburg or Jane on West Houston both have great food at affordable prices in nice settings. If you are looking for a great value bottomless brunch (and don’t mind if the food is a little basic) then Williams and Bailey in Williamsburg has $15 bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s between 12 and 4 every Saturday.

Favorite NYC cocktail spot & cocktail of choice

I can’t go past Night of Joy for delish and cheap ($6 between 4 and 8) and the rooftop is really cute. A new bar opened up in Battery Park near where I work, a cuban inspired prohibition-era themed cocktail space upstairs at Pier A and their stuff is amazing. Plus they mail a postcard anywhere in the world for you as part of the experience. I tend to go for anything light and citrusy as a cocktail of choice.

How did you get into your job in NYC?

I work in a communications role for a nonprofit consulting firm in FiDi, Community Resource Exchange, or CRE. I worked in the nonprofit sector in Australia, so a lot of the communication roles I was applying for were in the nonprofit sector here, which I think helped to get me a job really quickly. I hit the ground running and started applying for jobs literally less than 24 hours after landing, which I also think helped. And I paid a designer friend to make me a custom resume template, which I think was the kicker to helping me find a job! I wasn’t one of the lucky ones who had a job before I came over, but just figured I’d be able to get one. That blind stubbornness has seen me through.

What do you like about being part of AWNY?

I love the events they hold – they aren’t repetitive or your normal networking experience – and you always meet someone new. I like the online community it fosters; you can always find an answer or learn something new from their social media.

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