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The Line, The Winter and The Wanderers Opening Reception at transFORM Gallery


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you that attended “The Line, The Winter and the Wanderers” on opening night, Saturday, October 18th.  We had a full house of not only  wonderful artwork but great people enjoying the experience.  We were happy to welcome you all and to get to know the artwork and each other a little better.  We thank The Iron Tomato of White Plains for the delicious food and desserts.  We also thank artists Stephanie Franks, Caren Sommer-Lazar, Evelyn Sadler and Cecile Brunswick for sharing their talents with us and taking a few minutes to speak about their artwork and creative process.  Take a look at all the fun we had together at the event in the photos below.

The artwork will be on display and available for purchase through Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

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Stephanie Franks


Nude in Interior

Nude in Interior

Oil on Canvas
72 x 60 in.
$5,000

After PB

After PB

Oil on Masonite
48 x 37 in.
$4,200

Honey Dew

Honey Dew

Watercolor & Graphite on Frosted Mylar
26 x 18 in.
$1,400

Pages

Pages

Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 22 in.
$1,500

Pages #5

Pages #5

Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 22 in.
$1,500

 

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“My work crosses easily between non-representation (“abstraction”), representation and states in between. The representational works carry all the ingredients of the abstract works apart from the fact of there being varying degrees of recognizable imagery. Most of my representational works depend on the act of close observation of a still life, interior space, figure or the like. When I most palpably feel the physicality of my own self in space in relation to that which I am looking at, it becomes fodder for my work. While the representational works depict recognizable elements, they also draw on close observation of negative spaces. These negative spaces (or spaces in-between things – including the space between me and those things) do not lend themselves to being “named” but they are “forms” in their own right, charged and full of energy. I strive to give voice to this energy through color, form, composition, brush stroke and all the stuff that goes into the process of making art.
I am interested in the relationships of elements in space and how those elements rhythmically flow amongst one another and the entire rectangle; as in the way dancers on stage embrace the space (and work off of it as well as one another) with their bodies in motion. That’s one of the things I want to make happen on the two dimensional surface. Whether my work is generated from direct observation or riffing off of a work of a great master (as in “After PB, in Reverse”) or a more free flowing play of color marks (as in some of the Watercolor on Frosted Mylar works), I respond to where the work leads me; and in so doing, my process can be at once a terrifying, joyous and ever-enlivening adventure.”

Stephanie Franks explores linear elements and painted forms. Each painting of Stephanie Franks might be compared to a journey, a voyage of discovery. The journey begins as paint is applied. A sense of tension permeates the whisper of atmospheric space, which is locked into place by line, form and color. Painted forms and linear elements define place and speak of the struggle engaged in during their execution.

Stephanie Franks work includes paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints as well as collages.
She has exhibited at countless venues.

Evelyn Sadler


Winter Hallucinations

Winter Hallucinations

Print Behind Acrylic Glass
48 x 32 in.
$1,750
36 x 24 in.
$1,250

Winter Dreams

Winter Dreams

Print Behind Acrylic Glass
41.5 x 32 in.
$1,750

Winter Memories

Winter Memories

Print Behind Acrylic Glass
48 x 26.5 in.
$1,950 (Matte) $1,750 (Glossy)
12 x 6.8 in.
$490 (Matte)
58 x 32 in.
$1,950 (Glossy)

Blue Storm

Blue Storm

Print Behind Acrylic Glass
52.5 x 32 in.
$1,750

Brown Storm

Brown Storm

Print Behind Acrylic Glass
59 x 26.7 in.
$1,950

Grey Storm

Grey Storm

Gray Storm
Print Behind Acrylic Glass
24 x 35.8 in.
$1,250

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“I like to paint with the camera. Through photography, I engage intimately with my surroundings and play with various techniques to create attractive and intriguing compositions that trigger emotions and contemplation.

In my Dreamscapes series, I use reflections and movement to generate a poetic effect. I discover reflections on frozen lakes, bronze sculptures, objects in a flea market or windows — everyday reflections that are often overlooked. The different surfaces, such as ice, metal, glass and water, become a medium to expose shapes, highlight textures, and show multiple layers of reality. I am more interested in evoking a mood and a sense of wonder than in documenting life objectively. Viewers are deprived of the concrete, straight-forward visuals and are encouraged to get involved in a more subjective exploration.

The creative process occurs while photographing. I do not use the computer to transform the image. I have found inspiration in some of my favorite impressionist, surrealist and abstract painters.”

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Evelyn Sadler currently lives with her family in New York. Sadler showcases the strange and snowy world while specializing in “playing with reflections to create an alternative reality.”

Caren Sommer-Lazar


Ode to Hopper

Ode to Hopper

Oil
18 x 22 in.
$975.00

Outdoor Study II

Outdoor Study II

Oil
16 x 20 in.
$950.00

Outdoor Study III

Outdoor Study III

Oil
16 x 20
 in.
$950.00

Crane Island

Crane Island

Oil on Paper
15-5/8 x 15 in.
$900.00

Harriet Sommer
 Figure in Motion

Harriet Sommer
 Figure in Motion

Oil
15 x 30 in.
$ 900.00


ROCA Woods


ROCA Woods


Acrylic
25 x 31 in.
$1,000.00

Weary

Weary

Pastel
30 x
 37 in.
$1,100.00

Our Lady of the Birds

Our Lady of the Birds

Assemblage
12-3/4 x 24
 x 4-1/4 in.
$1,295.00


Butterfly & Trumpet
 Madonna

Butterfly & Trumpet
 Madonna

Collage/
 Assemblage
12-3/4 x 17 in.
$1000.00


Madonna with Fruit

Madonna with Fruit

Collage/Assemblage
14-1/2 x 17-1/2
 in.
$1,200.00

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C.Sommer Lazar


“Creating art has been my lifelong pursuit. It is as basic and natural a need for me as breathing. As an artist I am perceptive and deeply receptive to my surroundings. The intense, integral sensitivity I experience allows me to tap into the essence of each of my selected visual interests. These include landscapes, figures, portraiture, still-life, assemblage and drawings from nature. My inner voice dictates the best way to interpret them be it in wet and/or dry pigments, drawing materials or collage materials which include natural and man-made objects.

Color… I am excited by and use a rich palette freely, always aware of the light and how it informs the dark. I paint with loose brush strokes and strive in my landscapes to make sense out of chaos. I have been accused of “seeing color where there is none”. I believe and know from experience, if you take the time to look and really see, color always exists. The challenge is capturing it before it changes.

Line… I have always been attracted to and intrigued by the use of line. I see in line. Using line gives me the ability to say much in an economical way. Line allows me to show strength, vulnerability, vitality and subtlety while getting to the core or structure of what I’m visually deciphering. I often use neutral earth colored shades of paper and charcoal when drawing. I keep the works sparse which helps exact quietude and the deep spiritual connection that exists with my subject matter. I often employ dried vegetation, cornhusks, other natural forms from nature and skeletal remains as subjects. With a deep reverence and awe for the simple beauty of bones, I see them as a representation of the essential structure that supports life itself.

Collage…I shift in to creating collage when I need a different way of expressing myself. Collage is often my way of responding to the outside world of geopolitical and cataclysmic events as well as my inner world of personal transitions. Collage is my way to use color, shape, form, type and dimensional objects, often at the same time, to enlighten, discuss and express visual commentary.

As I continue to express myself, I attempt to synthesize and distill our shared human experience into a visual context for all to contemplate.”

Caren Sommer-Lazar’s current work includes line drawings and paintings from nature and 3-D assemblages. Her outdoor studies capture the sense of the unseen, dark and enchanted wandering into unfamiliar woods. 3-D assemblages convey both tainted and innocent qualities.

Cecile Brunswick


Swirl

Swirl

Oil
20 x 24 in.
$4,000

Tangiers Boat Abstract

Tangiers Boat Abstract

Oil
45 x 50 in.
$6,500

Spring Ling

Spring Ling

Art/Light textile paint
12 x 12 x 3 in.
$2,000

Shady Building, Morocco

Shady Building, Morocco

Oil
45 x 50 in.
$6,500

Fishing Village, Morocco

Fishing Village, Morocco

Oil
50 x 45 in.
$6,500

Chefchouen Falls, Morocco

Chefchouen Falls, Morocco

Oil
28 x 30 in.
$4,500

Reflected Sun

Reflected Sun

Pastel on Linen canvas
8 x 6 in.
$850 with frame

Dancing Reds

Dancing Reds

Pastel on Linen Canvas (framed)
8 x 6 in.
$850

Japanese Lanterns

Japanese Lanterns

Oil
22 x 28 in.
$5,400

Urban Crane

Urban Crane

Pastel on Linen Canvas
8 x 6 in.
$850 with frame

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“Abstract imagery is how I physically and emotionally interpret the world I inhabit, whether it be New York City construction sites, weather-beaten poster remnants glued to billboards, or scenes experienced in exotic countries like Morocco, Mexico, Spain or Turkey.

The light, colors, architecture, music and warmth of the people I meet, leave indelible impressions which ultimately permeate my paintings.

Color and the shapes used in my paintings are primary considerations. The need to create a unified balance allowing the viewer’s eyes to flow around the canvas while stopping to rest at strategic areas is crucial to the success of the painting.

I use high quality oil paints made by Old Holland on roughly textured Belgian linen canvas. I often photograph scenes while on trips at home, abroad or local architecture and construction sites; these provide materials which, abstracted, infiltrate new works. A background as a trained singer contributes to the flow and energy evidenced in the finished painting.”

Cecile moved to New York City as a child from Antwerp, Belgium where she was born. This change made her very interested in and sensitive to people from foreign cultures. Raised in a musical family, she went on to Queens College (BA) and earned a Master’s Degree at Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs. She then took courses in film, video and photography, obtained an Associates Degree from New York University’s Adult Education Program and became a free-lance photographer. Furthermore, she went on to study at Parsons and the Arts Students League where she exchanged her camera and lenses for paints, brushes and canvas.

 

New Rochelle ArtsFest 2014 at transFORM Gallery


The New Rochelle ArtsFest brought people to the open doors of tranFORM’s gallery on Saturday, September 27th for various events in honor of this city-wide celebration of art.

Children listened as Caldecott Medal winning children’s author and transFORM artist, Anita Lobel narrated a number of her children’s books, captivating their attention with her beautifully detailed illustrations.

Many others perused the gallery, enjoying the artwork and a closing reception in honor of transFORM’s exhibit “2nd Nature: Beauty in the Ordinary”.  Check out some of the pictures from this event!

 

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