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Photo Blog : The 5th Annual NRHS PAVE Exhibit


On Thursday, May 19th, transFORM Gallery happily hosted the 5th annual opening reception for New Rochelle High School’s PAVE Exhibit. This show entitled, “The Self” featured work by the PAVE 2 visual arts class.

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The students were joined by family and friends as well as their instructor, Alexi Rutsch-Brock, Marc Schneider, the Direct Supervisor of Music & Art, and their Principal, Reginald Richardson.

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It was nice to see everyone come together in support of the students and view their accomplished pieces, produced through hard work and early morning classes.

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The PAVE 2 class exhibited three self portraits each – the first in markers focuses on line and pattern, the second infused glass in collaboration with Bullseye Glass Co, and the third in multimedia, using the grid enlargement technique inspired by artist Chuck Close.

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The students were eager to talk about their artwork, process and inspirations.

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Artist Elza Moore was walking around the mall when she became inspired by an unusual object. “I was just hanging out when I saw a boy throwing away a skateboard. It was broken in half and I thought it would be a cool thing to work with. I offered him a few dollars and he agreed to give it to me – that’s when the creative process started. I chose to work with this object because I really liked the broken edges. I used sand because it reminded me of the grip tape on the other side of the board. I am most proud of how I mixed the black and white sand to get tones of grey.”

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Artist Susan Hu described her process in creating ‘Through the Haze’. “I chose to work on a circular piece of painted wood as a surface because the shape combined with an off-center subject, creates and interesting dynamic within the piece. The wood/paint grabs the charcoal very well. I used charcoal because it creates a smoky, wispy look. It was meant to give the viewer a hazy and mysterious vibe. My image depicts me looking upward towards the heavens – what I am looking at and why, is up to interpretation.”

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Like other opening receptions, the night concluded with a short talk.

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Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director) began by thanking the 75 + guests in attendance. Andreas shared some of his own experiences as a set designer and encouraged the students to pursue their artistic passion. Kara expressed her appreciation for the high quality work produced by such a young group of artists, rivaling that of professional artists and college students, stating that “their art is a reflection of a wonderful instructor.”  

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Alexi took the floor and thanked transFORM Gallery for hosting their 5th annual PAVE exhibit. She then expressed her gratitude towards the parents and students – “in order to participate in the PAVE program, students arrived at school at 7:15 AM with no complaints – even on those dark winter mornings. That’s a true testament to their enthusiasm for creating and elevating their art. I am so proud of them.”

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Participating Artists – Susan Hu, Amen Hussain, Kiera Jackson, Colleen Maria, Zahra Masih, Elza Moore, Arif Ramadhan, Juliana Reiner, Sabrina Salov, Eliana Silk, Carolyn Spillane, Bethany Tallan, Aren Davey, Jose Diaz, Alaniz Elliott, Abel Gamiz, Carmen Guzman, Jacob Hocking, Shahir Ahmed, Jasmine Arias, Ashley Beaubrun, Noah Berkowitz, Siena Callegari and Elizabeth Cox

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A big thank you to all who attended this exhibit!

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transFORM GALLERY’s 5th Annual PAVE Exhibit


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transFORM Gallery is happy to announce their 5th annual exhibition of artwork by students in the New Rochelle High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Education Program, PAVE.

Opening Reception for “The Self”, will be held on Thursday, May 19th, from 5 – 8pm at our New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery located on 20 Jones Street. The night will include drinks and refreshments for family and friends of New Rochelle High School and gallery attendees.

The PAVE 2 visual art students will be exhibiting three self portraits each. Instructor, Alexi Rutsch Brock, explains the three types of media : “The first in makers focuses on line and pattern, the second infused glass in collaboration with Bullseye Glass Co. (Mamaroneck, NY), and the third in multimedia, using the grid enlargement technique inspired by artist Chuck Close.”

Participating artists include – Susan Hu, Amen Hussain, Kiera Jackson, Colleen Maria, Zahra Masih, Elza Moore, Arif Ramadhan, Juliana Reiner, Sabrina Salov, Eliana Silk, Carolyn Spillane, Bethany Tallan, Aren Davey, Jose Diaz, Alaniz Elliott, Abel Gamiz, Carmen Guzman, Jacob Hocking, Shahir Ahmed, Jasmine Arias, Ashley Beaubrun, Noah Berkowitz, Siena Callegari and Elizabeth Cox

transFORM Gallery is looking forward to meeting this talented group of young artists!

Their quick exhibit will be on display through May 26, 2016.

About the PAVE Program:

Paving the way for our future Performing and Visual Artists by: Preparing the talented students to meet the demands necessary for their success, both academically and professionally, and by providing them with a broader knowledge, scope, insight, & balance in a comprehensive program of creative & artistic works.  Acknowledging their heritage in the New Rochelle community through a curriculum which reflects and expresses this diversity.  Viewing themselves as an integral part of the creative process. Empowering them to become leaders in the arts by developing their creativity, theatricalism, self-esteem, respect, mind and body, and their role as artists.  Upon successfully completing 5 units of credit, students will receive a PAVE seal on their High School Diploma and fulfill the State Education Department requirement for a Fine Arts sequence.

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com

 

Calling Artists For An Animal Themed Exhibition


transFORM Gallery will present an animal themed exhibit at our New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery on 20 Jones Street. Rescue Me will be on display from July 9 to September 10, 2016. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday July 9th, in collaboration with the Humane Society of Westchester.

 

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In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery is hosting a fundraiser for the Human Society of Westchester. Artwork, animal themed in nature, both wild and domestic, will be accepted for consideration.
 
Artists may submit original two- and three-dimensional wall-hung work, in all media, not to exceed a hanging weight of 20 pounds. Sculptures will also be eligible for acceptance.

 

The work must also meet the following requirements:

 

  • All work must be submitted via high-res photo, in 300 dpi format.
  • An artist bio, headshot, resume and price list should be attached as well. The price list must include an image of the piece with its corresponding title, medium, size and price.
  • All work submitted must be available for exhibiting for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Substitutions will not be allowed. Final work will be selected by the transFORM Gallery Committee.
  • Artists must enter their submission by the May 27th deadline.
  • Artists must also be available to attend the Opening Reception on July 9th. The event will run from 3-7pm.

 

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Artists will be notified by June 6th and must deliver their work on June 27th.

The exhibition runs July 9, 2016 to September 10, 2016.

This is an offur impawsible to refuse – send your submissions in today! :)

PHOTO BLOG : Larger than LIFE


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of “Larger than LIFE” on Saturday, March 5th.

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With over 75 guests, we were delighted to see many new and familiar faces in attendance. Aside from the artwork, guests enjoyed great food provided by Eastchester Fish Gourmet and musical entertainment by Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

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The outstanding work of Sonne Hernandez, aka SJ Riley and Michael Thornton-Smith was further enhanced by their commentary on their artwork and creative process. Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director), opened the presentation by explaining transFORM Gallery’s innovative concept.

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Kara’s thought-provoking talk was centered around our artists’ ability to paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Sonne Hernandez approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings, evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process the paintings. Sonne explains it best, “having to come very close to the recognize the objects while everything around it disappears produces a feeling of larger than life.”  

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Michael Thornton-Smith spoke about his exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously – I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers.”

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The Dandelion flower became his jumping off point into create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors.

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A big transFORM thank you goes out to our two artist – Sonne and Michael.

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We’d also like to say a huge thank to those who joined us in launching “Larger than LIFE”.

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If you missed the Opening Reception there’s still time to see this collection. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase, now through May 15, 2016.

More photos from the night :

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SJ Riley a.k.a Sonne Hernandez


Crushed

Crushed

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$900

Typo II

Typo II

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
20" x 24"
$1,800

Fast Car

Fast Car

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$1,500

Marilyn

Marilyn

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$1,200

The Queen

The Queen

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$1,200

Tigger

Tigger

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
36" x 40"
$4,500

Glimpse

Glimpse

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
5ft x 6ft
$6,500

Army

Army

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
$1,800

Crushed Back

Crushed Back

SJ Riley
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$900

Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

Sonne Hernandez
Oil on Canvas
4ft x 6ft
$4,500

Flip Side

Flip Side

Sonne Hernandez
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"
$2,500

System Preferences

System Preferences

Sonne Hernandez
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"
$2,500


 
Bio PicBrooklyn based artist, S J Riley, focuses in on the details and movement of her subject. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process her paintings. The subject matter is blown up or in movement to the point where the contents become hidden. The absence of hard lines and instead soft layered brushstrokes’ that bleed into one another give the surface a very abstract feel. Until the subject reveals itself and suddenly it’s realism.  

Riley approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Having to come very close to recognize the object while everything around it disappears and from a distance how objects just bleed into one another or produce movement. The final outcome is a feeling of larger than life.

Larger Than LIFE Opening Reception


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Opening Reception ◇ March 5th from 5-8pm
20 Jones Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

Sponsored by Westchester Magazine. 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of Larger Than LIFE, March 5th, from 5-8pm, at transFORM’s New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery, sponsored by Westchester Magazine.

Photo Realistic artists S.J. RileySonne Hernandez and Michael Thornton-Smith paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Brooklyn based artist, S J Riley aka Sonne Hernandez, focuses in on the details and movement of her subject. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process her paintings. The subject matter is blown up or in movement to the point where the contents become hidden. The absence of hard lines and instead soft layered brushstrokes’ that bleed into one another give the surface a very abstract feel. Until the subject reveals itself and suddenly it’s realism.  Riley approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Having to come very close to recognize the object while everything around it disappears and from a distance how objects just bleed into one another or produce movement. The final outcome is a feeling of larger than life.

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Michael Thornton-Smith’s Dandelion 2, began with an exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously; I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers. The dandelion flower gone to seed became a jumping off point to create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors. This is an ongoing project.”

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The evening will include live entertainment with Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

 
His melodic doublings on vibes with the piano suggest the bygone days of the George Shearing Quintet.

 
He has played the vibes alongside Victor La Gamma, Andy Eulau, Pamela Sklar, Doug Proper, Lester Harper, Dylan La Gamma, and the Blue Hudson Jazz Group, among others. 

 

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com.