Featured Artist at CollectiveArt Gallery in DUMBO, April 24-25

I will be a featured artist at the CollectiveArt Gallery (http://generalparticular.com/collective-art.html) located at 45 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn on April 24-25.

For those of you who have not been to DUMBO, jump on the train now – it is phenomenal and located Directly Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass (hence the name – DUMBO – duh!)

The gallery is on the top floor of a beautiful pre-war building and is filled with windows showcasing breathtaking close-up views of the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, as well as picturesque NYC skyline visuals. Within itself, this gallery’s views are artwork.

I hope to see you all there. Opening reception is April 24 from 7PM -10PM. Cocktails & finger foods to be served complimentary.

The gallery season is among us and kicking into full gear. I am very excited about this gallery because of the location and the collectors from NYC and Brooklyn who attend.

Stay tuned as May, June and July are packed with gallery showcases for me (http://danmarinophoto.com for more info) and I am chairing an Open Studio Tour in Carroll Gardens and Red Hook on May 30-31 (http://www.brooklynstudiotour.com).

Speak with you all soon (hopefully on April 24!)

- Dan

APW Art Gallery Opening – 3/6 Reception from 6-8PM

Hey everyone,

I am late getting this note out the door. My first art gallery opening of the season is upon us.

From Friday, March 6th through March 29, I will have 2 fine art photography abstracts on display. Interesting concept with this gallery; over 450 presenting artists showcasing work on 12 x 12 canvases. The gallery is large enough to hold thousands of pieces at this size. The theme of the show is titled, “World of Imagination”.

There is an opening reception this Friday evening from 6-8PM. The gallery is located in Long Island City on Van Dam Street. I will be there for a while to check out the works, meet some of the artists and catch the overall vibe.

For more details, please check out the APW Gallery website here -> www.apwarts.com!

As always, I appreciate all of your support! 2009 is going to be a great year! If you are reading this after 12PM, Happy Friday!

Stay tuned for more exciting news. I will be a featured artist on March 29 through the end of April; you will hear about this in a week or 2.

Feel free to contact me sooner for information!

- Dan

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays & Season’s Greetings! Wishing you a happy, healthy and wealthy close out to 2008 and beginning of a new year. This year has been a very exciting one for me and will lead into an interesting new year. I am planning on working on some fresh ideas and providing new products and services.

In the meantime, here is the holiday card we put out to our friends and family. Ava will be celebrating her 1st Xmas and I am looking forward to seeing the expression on her face. Having this experience at 8 months old looks to be the right time to really get into it (even if that means liking the ripping of the paper more than the gift! We will see if that is true when Elmo live makes his presence!).

Can you imagine what that 1st feeling must be like – we have all had it….I truly enjoy photography that much and each experience and encounter with clients and fine art buyers allows me to feel that as well.

Once again, happy holidays and I look forward to sharing experiences, providing updates and possibly working with you in the New Year! Enjoy and against what everyone says, “Eat and Drink Plenty!” Worry about the consequences the next day and do something about it January 1st! Just don’t get behind a wheel if the drink plenty party describes you!

Warmest (and I do mean warmest – it is cold outside in nYc!),

Dan

Brooklyn Eagle Newspaper Article

I wanted to share an article with you regarding the Gallery 364 art show opening in Bay Ridge on September 11. The show is continuing until September 30.

The story writer approached me during the show to talk about a couple of the fine art selections I have featured.

http://brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=12&id=23184

Hope everyone had a great weekend,

Dan

Outside Directly Across The Street – September 11, 2001

Hello all -

Yesterday I spent the day with my wife and my new 4 1/2 month old baby daughter. We kept it low key and spent some time at the Prospect Park Zoo before taking Ava’s first few carousel rides of her young life and then heading home. It was a great day and just spelled out so much about life and, in my opinion, on our purpose here in the is world.

For my wife and I having witnessed the acts on 9-11 in front row seats (Vanessa worked on the 13th floor on 1WTC and I worked at 1 WFC but was outside in front of Century 21 when the 2nd plane hit), being able to write this message today is a blessing and sharing time with our new baby girl puts a lot into perspective.

This September 11 was a weird one for me. The past few years I had not been as affected by the anniversary as when it had first happened. However, this year I just did not feel like myself and as we have gotten closer to the day and now past, I have had the feeling of multiple knots in pull in my stomach. I can mainly attest it to having a new baby and family now while reflecting on what we have gone through. The past 7 years have been interesting, wonderful but also tough at the same time. You do not look at the world the same anymore after being part of a tradgedy like this.

My notes today are different than an update about a gallery opening I have upcoming or a note on a photo that I wanted to share and tell you about. Today I wanted to share my 9-11 story as a way for me to reflect on where I have come from since then, and for you all to understand one person’s perspective of the day if you so choose.

I will sneak in that I am opening in Red Hook on Saturday and Sunday to anyone in the neighborhood looking for some great art, free food and drink, and spending some time enjoying life and relaxing a little.

- Dan

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Outside Directly Across The Street

Well it was very sad, tragic, and mysterious, but I was directly across the street standing in front of the Millennium Hotel; something I am still trying to get over and it is going to take a while.

I was running late this day because I had to drop off my car for service in midtown Manhattan. My normal route to work from Brooklyn involves taking the X28 express bus to the World Trade Center (in front of Century 21). I then walk across the street. go into the 4WTC, and proceed down to the mall area. I make my way to Cornucopia (usually around 8:45 AM) to grab a protein shake, and I then walk into the lobby of 2WTC to go back outside, walk across the street, and up the escalator inside the West Side Highway overpass bridge, taking me into the lobby of 1 World Financial Center.

On this day, I was taking the E train into the 5WTC. We arrived at approximately 8:45AM. I was trying to get inside the Trade Center mall area to grab breakfast and get to work, but we were being told we could not enter, and were immediately pushed as a group up the Church Street and Rector Street stairwell exit (someone people mentioned that they heard someone say a man got shot). As I was halfway up the stairs, a police officer was screaming, “Excuse me, clear the way,” as he was escorting another officer who had a jacket covering his right shoulder (looked like he got shot). Getting closer to street level, I saw people pointing and looking up, screaming and crying. As I got all the way upstairs, I saw 1WTC on fire, with a huge hole on the right side of the building, and it was truly shocking. I didn’t know what to do, so I found a spot directly on the corner of the Millennium Hotel (approx 25 feet from the front of 4WTC, 5 WTC and the WTC atrium area), and all I could do was stare at the building.

Trying to listen to what had happened, I overhead someone say that a small jet hit the building. I could not comprehend this, nor would I believe it. After a few minutes, I witnessed people taking their lives from upper floors (75+) of 1 WTC. These people chose to leap out of windows and plummet to their death, rather than being trapped and burning to death and I can’t say that I blame them. I had to see at least 25-30 people jump. It seemed like this was going on for an hour in length; however, the reality was more like 5-10 minutes. It was a truly grueling and traumatizing experience for me and will take some time to get over. One lasting image in my mind was 4 people holding hands all the way down (From where I was, I never saw these people hit the ground – I thank god for that!)

A while later the 2nd plane hits the 2WTC, another awful experience. I don’t know if the other people around me saw this the way I did (and I am extremely curious to find out exactly how they saw everything and how they are dealing with it), but the 2nd plane was not seen until it hit the 2 WTC. Basically, there was so much black smoke, smog and fire filling the air, and there was so much noise and commotion, than this 2nd plane could not be seen and was barely heard. All I truly remember is taking focus off of 1 WTC to glance over at 2WTC. The plane just seemed to appear, just become visible a few inches away from the building. I watch it on TV and say to myself, this is not how it happened and it definitely did not look this way. The plane was tremendous! (767 I think), and I saw it from the bottom, tilting to the left. Again, it just appeared from the smoky air, and within a second, it hit the 2WTC and caused a ferocious explosion.

This impact sent everyone around me in frenzy. I did not move. I was too shocked and I do not know why, but I did not want to run away; I wanted to stay and watch it. That lasted for all of 5 seconds (which felt more like 5 minutes) because pieces of the building and debris started falling and I had to get out of the way, so I ran down the Millennium Hotel block (Jay street?). People were running so hard and so fast that they literally were running out of their shoes. I eventually ended up, thankfully and surprisingly unharmed, down near J&R Music World and Pace University.

This was only a few blocks, but I had to turn around and look at these buildings and experience the fear I had run away from. The site of these 2 buildings, landmarks, on fire and in shambles was really painful to see. I was terrified at this point. After about 15 minutes, I finally ran into someone I knew from my company and we spoke about what we had experienced. He left to go home, I stayed and watched. A few minutes later, I walked towards the courthouse and sat down in amazement in the park area. While I started talking to people, I heard, then turned around and saw the 2WTC falling and ran away again from

falling debris. Standing in front of the park, I was blocked from immediately being hit by traveling debris, but had I not run, it would only be a matter of time until it made its way in my direction. As I turned around, all I could see was the antenna of one of the trade centers, and finally, I looked away and walked for a while. I had seen enough.

I ended up in a bar on Broadway and Houston Street. I wanted to get as far away as possible, but I also wanted to get in front of a TV to see what the hell just took place. It was about 10:30AM at this point, because as I went into the bar and sat down, they were showing the 2WTC beginning to fall. I sat down, watched the TV, and drank about 8 shots of Southern Comfort with others people I met. Finally, I got my first cell phone connection dialed out to my mother to let her know I was safe.

While most people tried leaving the city ASAP, it didn’t mater to me. I ended up traveling to different bars and locations to stay updated, and remain drunk. It wasn’t until 8:00PM, that I finally needed to go home, back to Brooklyn. Thankfully, the F train was running again, so I went down into the W4th Street station, jumped on the train, and went home.

Throughout that day, and for the next few days, one thing was on my mind – Why? Was I supposed to be in this building at the time, and why was I supposed to witness this. There may very well be no answer to this. Thinking long hard about this, whether I was on time going to work taking my normal route, or whether I was late from dropping off my car, I still would not have been in the building where I would be harmed. Had I been on time, I would have been in the 2WTC lobby, just about to walk out and cross the street. I would have probably seen and/or heard the 1st plane hit and ran back down Liberty Street rather than running up the escalator into 1 World Financial Center. Had this happened, I believe I would have ended up in close to the same exact spot I was because I would have wanted to watch what was taking place.

So basically, the question is, why was I supposed to be 25 feet away from the buildings, watching this major catastrophe? If I was truly not supposed to be there on this day, then why wasn’t I left in midtown, so I could not witness this tragedy in a front row seat? Again, one will never know why they were where they were on this day. I can just be thankful that I was unharmed.

Dan Marino
Brooklyn, NY

On my way to CIBC World Markets, 1 World Financial Center