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The Harvard Business School Club of NY at transFORM Gallery


On Wednesday, August 3rd, transFORM hosted an event for the Harvard Business School Club of New York. The HBSCNY has a rich and glorious history as one of the most vibrant alumni clubs anywhere in the world and we were very excited to welcome them to our showroom.

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“HBSCNY’s programs provide the opportunity for all alumni, at all ages and all career stages, who have graduated with a PhD, MBA or Executive Education Certificate from HBS, to work together around common passions and to add value to their lives and their community. The Club enables HBS alumni to participate and contribute in ways that balance personal and community interests, time availability and depth of commitment. New programs are created every year by groups of interested alumni to meet ever-evolving personal and community needs.”

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It was fun evening of networking and excellent conversation with the best business people as well as tasty wine and refreshments. We were thrilled to entertain the many visitors interested in our cabinetry as well as the artwork. Many guests were particularly fascinated with the work of our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege who was also in attendance.

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“Jean-Luc Mege covers, illustrates and immortalizes scenes from around the world. He has a rare ability to tell a story through his photographs. The force of the narrative comes from a unique path: Jean-Luc’s eye is imbued with great empathy, an unprecedented tenderness and an innate sense of composition.” 

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After a short period of mingling, John O’Donnell (Co-Chairman, Art Experts Symposia) gathered the 75 guests in attendance for a little presentation. He began the talk by thanking transFORM for generously hosting their alumni event. After discussing the Harvard Business School Club in greater detail, he passed the mic over to Sarah Endline.

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Over the past couple of months, Sarah has brought many interesting groups into our showroom. As an active nonprofit board contributor to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the Billionaire Girls Club (BGC) and AIESEC Life, Sarah has many influential connections within the community — she is also married to our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege!

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“Sarah received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and is now a social entrepreneur and self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’ She grew up in a small farming township of 500 and somewhere along the way dreamed of building her own mission-based business. After years of contemplation, she founded sweetriot, a small mission-based company in NYC, which strives to build tasty little morsels in a different way for a different generation. Through Sarah’s travels, she stumbled upon cacao and knew she had to share it with others. The rioter team began testing it with their friends and learning that many did not know the true story of cacao. Discovered in the 1500’s, cacao is a magical, spiritual, and celebrated food from South America, Central America, West Africa, and Asia.”

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Guests happily snacked on Sweet Riots Cheeky Chia Seed and Crunchy Quirky Quinoa Dark Chocolate as they listen to Sarah’s presentation.

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Kara then got the chance to explain her innovative concept behind transFORM Gallery. Unlike the traditional art gallery format, where art is presented on blank white walls, our artwork is hung in home-like settings, making it easier for the client to visualize their own environments. The concept incorporates the fields of art and interior design into one location.

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Jean-luc spoke in detail about his first class, high end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display for our summer art exhibit. He specifically focused on a piece entitled “First Date With… My Future Wife” stating that the photo was taken on April 1, 2009 just 15 minutes before meeting Sarah.

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His international works have repeatedly been selected as examples in press articles and exhibitions.

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A big thank you to Sarah, Jean-luc, John and Chloris Ji (Programming Events Manager) for organizing this wonderful event. At transFORM, we enjoy opening up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new relationships. It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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We’ll be looking forward to the next event with the Harvard Business School Club of New York!

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Photo Blog: “Rescue Me” – A Benefit Event For The Humane Society Of Westchester


On Saturday, July 9th, transFORM hosted a fundraising event for the Humane Society of Westchester, bringing in over 100 guests to our New Rochelle Showroom and Gallery.

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The opening reception “Rescue Me” featured 16 artists from across the region, plus a gal from Idaho. The animal themed show represented both wild and domestic animals,  from lions, tigers and bears, to cats, dogs and roosters – created in a variety of mediums.

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Back in April, transFORM Gallery extended an open call to artists for animal themed artwork. After receiving dozens of applications, the transFORM Gallery committee made their selections for the upcoming show and were pleased  to welcome the new work of B.F. Sheperd, Nicole Molinari, Miriam Schulman, Susanne Reece, Bruce Withers, Laura Yager and Amelia Jones to our juried exhibition.

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“Rescue Me” also featured artwork from transFORM Gallery’s standing artists, Alexander Rutsch, Paula Barragan, Jesse Sanchez, Kathy Rutsch, Alexa Grace and Anita Lobel.

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B.A. D’Alessandro, Pasquale Miele and Lubomir Tomaszewski contributed to the sculpture portion of the show, while Gina Kingsley added four fused glass pieces.

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In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery teamed up with the Humane Society of Westchester, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating living environments that are not just shelters, but a transitional home for stray, lost, abandoned, injured, and abused animals, until they can ultimately be placed in loving permanent homes. Through promotion of successful pet adoption, animal population control, and public education of animal welfare issues, HSW advances our belief that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment.

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A big thank you to Beverly Royal, Keri Sershen and HSW volunteer Sheila, for bringing some furry friends to the opening reception. Guests of all ages enjoyed playing with foster kittens Yankee, Doodle and Grayce as well as Doggie Ambassadors, Lexie and Sweetums.

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Local pups, Bandit and Cooper added to the great animal vibe of the event.

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Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill started the artist’s talk by thanking everyone for coming out and supporting the artists, the gallery, and most importantly the Humane Society.

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“10% of the proceeds from the sale of all the artwork, not just animal themed, will go to the Humane Society, along with money generated from the pony rides and carrot and dog biscuit sales.”

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She then turned the floor over to our pony ride sponsors, Lower West Side Homecare and SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon.

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The two companies worked together to provide $5 pony rides for guests throughout the day. Hillary Sheperd owns and operates SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon with her husband and exhibiting artist, Forrest (B.F.) Sheperd – “We do dirty jobs. We may have a super storm Sandy, a hurricane or a fire but typically we’re dealing with the children who put a “GI Joe” down the toilet of a 3rd floor town house and cause a top-down river rain throughout the home. On what could be the worst day of your life, we try to save your sentimental items, we take care of the things that matter most. We get you back in your home and back to your life.”

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Lucia Pons of LWS Homecare explains her family owned business best, “We are a licensed home care company. We take care of newborns all the way up to the aging and elderly. We have physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, visiting nurses and aids that can assist you at home or in the community. We prevent people from going into a nursing home and get people out of the nursing home from New York City to Dutchess County.”

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After learning more about our sponsors, Kara brought the focus back to our exhibiting artists by asking each of them to describe the inspiration behind their animal themed work …

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Jesse Sanchez – “My cat is my inspiration, he was a rescue who opened up a whole new thing in my life. He’s a great pal, a great companion. I started looking at animals a lot differently. I started thinking more about animals and how valuable their lives are. My cat feels love, he feels pain and he’s my main inspiration for painting animals… plus I had mice so he helped with that too!”

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Bruce Whiters – “I spent a lot of time working in Lancaster County, PA. I was fascinated by these animals that were all over the place and I realized that cows are really moving art, especially black and white cows. There are no two the same and they are a painting themselves.”

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Forrest Sheperd – “It’s not that I love animals, it’s that I hate vegetables…kidding.  As far as the animals go, their ultimately home. Never in my life have I been without an animal in my family. Right now we have a small menagerie and at times a large menagerie. They have always been there. The image, the form, the undivided attention that animals provide – I have found my landing.”

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Gina Kingsley – “I love animals and sometimes I think I may love animals more than humans. I’m the kind of person that cries over roadkill. I’m very passionate about animals… and glass!”

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B.A. D’Alessandro – “I usually take some shapes, mostly triangles and I start putting them together and stuff happens and fortunately an owl occurred. That’s when I decided to submit my pieces to the show.”

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Nicole Molinari – “My family’s always had pets, they’ve always been a part of my life so what better inspiration. I love realistic paintings.”

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Amelia Jones – “I’m exhibiting in a style of chinese brush painting. There’s a whole genre within that style of bird and flower paintings, so one of my paintings is a bird and flower painting. One is a painting that I made for my cousin’s baby and it’s a homonym of her name, Mazie Bee. So, the corn and bees were created for her. The baby panda is more of a whimsy painting because I just like pandas.”

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Anita Lobel- “All the paintings that are in this show are the exact same size as they appear in my books. I didn’t always like doing animals, I used to prefer doing people in costumes, but being a children’s book illustrator, I had to learn to like doing animals. I’m still not good at dogs but eventually my husband and I acquired cats. I then really learned the psychology of a cat. The cat I really love, hence my two cat books Nini Here and There and The Cat & The Cook. I also love drawing pigs. Pigs are easy, you can dress them up or dress them down. Horses not so much.”

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In addition, Anita hosted a “Meet and Greet” book signing with a large selection of her children’s books, including Caldecott Honor Winner, “Taking Care of Mama Rabbit”. Guests really enjoyed speaking with her and having a personal message written in their Anita Lobel book.

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Maria and Pasquale Miele, owners of Saccone’s Pizzeria – New Rochelle’s go-to place for specialty pizza, amazing soups and homemade Italian ices – generously donated catered food for the event.

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Pasquale Miele is also one of the exhibiting artists showing fanciful wooden animal sculptures and oils on board and canvas.

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#TBT | Entrepreneurs Organization (NYC Chapter) + AIESEC at transFORM Gallery


On Thursday, June 16th, transFORM hosted an art show for the Entrepreneurs Organization of New York, a peer-to-peer network of influential business owners.

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The Entrepreneurs Organization is a global business network of 11,000 + leading entrepreneurs in 157 chapters within 48 countries. The New York Chapter contains over 230 active members and nearly 10,000 employees.

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As former members of the NY Chapter and Co-Founders of transFORM, Andreas Messis and Stuart Reisch, were excited to welcome many familiar faces to their NYDC showroom.

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They even gave a brief introduction on their affiliation with the group.

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Exhibiting artists Jean-Luc Mege and Rachelle Krieger also provided narratives for their beautiful artwork, which was on display for the opening reception of transFORM Gallery’s Summer art exhibit.

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During the past twenty-five years, Krieger’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in over twenty cities throughout the United States, including the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery located on the Upper West Side.

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Jean-Luc Mege began his career as a professional photographer in 1989. With an intense human sensitivity, he captures more than just photographs. When Jean-Luc takes his camera, it is to tell you a story… or to bring you in his particular universe.

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Throughout the night, guests enjoyed wine and culinary treats while mingling with participating EO members.

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A big transFORM thank you to EO’s, Sarah Endline (CEO & Chief Rioter) and Damon Gersh (President of the NYC Chapter) for their help in organizing the event.

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Additionally, we’d like to thank their respectable spouses, Jean-luc and Rachelle, for adding vibrant color and powerful image to our gallery.

In the following week, transFORM hosted a Stakeholders Reception for the AIESEC US and AIESEC Life.

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The non profit organization caught wind of our successful EO show and asked if they could hold their annual national board meeting at transFORM – of course we obliged!

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The AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-led network, creating positive impacts through personal development and shared global experiences.

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The organization brought in over 65 people, including AIESEC newcomers, alumni affiliates and multi-million dollar board members.

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The group enjoyed tasty refreshments as they browsed through the gallery in-awe of Jean-luc’s photography and Rachelle’s oil paintings.

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At transFORM, we open up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new connections within the community.  It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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With that said, we’d like to thank Sarah for organizing another great event.

We are already looking forward to the next one!

You’re Invited – “Rescue Me” : A Collaborative Event With The Humane Society Of Westchester


transFORM Gallery announces their art exhibit for the Summer season, “Rescue Me”, a juried show and fundraiser in collaboration with the Humane Society of Westchester at the transFORM Showroom and Gallery in New Rochelle, NY. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, July 9th, from 3-7pm at 20 Jones Street. The show will be on display from July 9th through September 24, 2016.

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Opening Reception will include work by 15 artists from across the region & a gal from Idaho! 10 % of all artwork sales will be donated to The Humane Society of Westchester. $5 Pony Rides from 4PM – 6PM sponsored by LWS Homecare & SERVPRO, food provided by SACCONE’S Pizzeria of New Rochelle and a DOGS & KITTENS MEET & GREET. $5 – $10 SUGGESTED DONATION FOR ENTRY. 

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 In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery extended an open call to artists for artwork animal themed in nature – both wild and domestic. After receiving dozens of applications, the transFORM Gallery committee carefully made their selections for the upcoming show…

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 12.22.01 PMtransFORM Gallery is excited to welcome the work of Forrest (B.F.) Sheperd, Nicole Molinari, Miriam Schulman, Susanne Reece, Bruce Withers, Laura Yager and Amelia Jones to their juried exhibition.

Additionally, “Rescue Me” will feature artwork from transFORM Gallery’s standing artists, Alexander Rutsch, Gina Kingsley, Paula Barragan, Jesse Sanchez, Pasquale Miele, Lubomir Tomaszewski, B.A. D’Alessandro, Kathy Rutsch, and Alexa Grace.

 

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com. 
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About the Humane Society Of Westchester:

The Humane Society of Westchester, founded in 1911 as the New Rochelle Humane Society, is a non-profit “organization dedicated to creating living environments that are not just shelters, but a transitional homes for stray, lost, abandoned, injured, and abused animals, until they can ultimately be placed in loving permanent homes. Through promotion of successful pet adoption, animal population control, and public education of animal welfare issues, they advanced our beliefs that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment.”

 

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!

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