NRHS PAVE Student Competition

transFORM Gallery’s NRHS PAVE Student Competition & Exhibition

The transFORM Gallery in New Rochelle hosted a week long, American Idol style competition June 7th through the 14th for twenty five 9th and 10th grade students and one Senior in New Rochelle High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Education Program, PAVE.  Through July 29th, the Gallery is displaying over fifty acrylic landscape paintings, ceramic relief tiles and other sculpture created by students.  The winning artists and works are: Selin Selman who took Best in Show with her sculpture “Bubbles”, Kristen Kaufman’s sculpture “Feet” won 1st place, graduating senior C.J. Senerchia’s sculpture “Quiver” won 2nd place, and Danny DaSilva’s painting “Heaven in Your Eyes” took 3rd.  Freshman Danny DaSilva described the experience as “Very cool, this is my first Gallery showing and the Gallery shows (my paintings) actually hanging as if they were in someone’s home.  It’s a lot better than the Cafeteria.”

Instructor Alexi Brock had her students mix paints and create their own colors to re-imagine two unique and contrasting

versions of a landscape for their paintings.  When asked why he selected the landscape he did, Da Silva responded, “Because I feel like any paradise you want has some resemblance to either the beach, or the mountains or the clouds, it’s not just one person’s point of view.”  Winners Selman and Kaufman selected their favorite two dimensional pieces from their past portfolio and took them to the next dimension as ceramic relief tiles.  Senior C.J. Senerchia’s sculptures are in his own free form style, allowing him to personally develop each piece in a unique and incremental way.

The students’ artwork was judged by a panel of professional artists that selected six works for a final round of voting.   Votes were cast by over five hundred students and faculty as well as the general public on Facebook, at the gallery and on the gallery website, where the students artwork can also be seen.  The judges were Katrina Rhein, Director of the Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, Ruth Epstein, renowned New York floral and landscape painter, and Lubomir Tomaszewski, sculptor and former professor in Dept. of Design at the University of Bridgeport.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the High School work of the very talented and prolific C.J. Senerchia while he is still creating in our community and view work from the other exceptional up and coming artists in New Rochelle before the end of July.