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PHOTOS : 1st Annual NYCCDC “New Beginnings” Fundraiser


On Thursday, October 6th transFORM hosted the 1st Annual New York Covenant Development Corporations “New Beginnings” Fundraiser.

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“The NYCCDC was founded in 2006 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. NYCCDC’s mission is to care, build and empower the lives of the marginalized by breaking down systemic injustices in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Since its beginning, NYCCDC has joined with businesses, schools, medical and social service providers, and community organizations to provide the poor with services to help meet their housing, emotional and nutritional needs.”

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

The event was specifically centered around “Isaiah’s Room”, a flagship program that has been serving New Rochelle’s homeless population since 2009.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

The program provides, on a weekly basis, hot meals, clothing, toiletries and advocacy to the homeless.  In 2015, volunteers and donors fully supported and funded over 8000 served meals. The NYCCDC has come to understand the needs of the homeless quite well. Their volunteers have accompanied their friends to court, assisted them with obtaining legal documents, taken them to domestic abuse centers, helped move them into permanent housing, and much more. The NYCCDC volunteers are in relationship with many of the truly homeless. They help “Isaiah’s Room” stand as a stable refuge for those in need.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Guests explored the showroom while enjoying delicious refreshments prepared by the NYCCDC’s Chef Rahsaan White, live jazz and animal themed  artwork, which was on display for transFORM Gallery’s exhibit, “Rescue Me”.

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The viewers were virtually surrounded by color and image, an enveloping experience that blended well with transFORM’s custom cabinetry.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

It was great to see familiar faces, like New Rochelle’s Mayor Noam Bramson, and to meet many new ones like Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

“Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder is a fourth generation pastor, raised in Laurelton Queens, New York. As part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Holder founded New York Covenant Church (NYCC) on July 19, 1998 and has been the Senior Pastor since its inception.”

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Board member, Abbe Udochi spoke briefly about her position within the New York Covenant Community.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

She specifically mentioned available sponsorship opportunities. Whether it be a donation to the Emergency Monetary Support fund or to the weekend meal services, there are plenty of ways to show support for “Isaiah’s Room”.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Aside from transFORM, generous contributions to “Isaiah’s Room” were provided by Affinity Health Plan and Wykagyl Cleaners. In an extra effort to raise awareness, transFORM Gallery donated 10% of all artwork sales to “Isaiah’s Room”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

This wonderful “New Beginnings” event raised over $14,000 to benefit “Isaiah’s Room”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

transFORM was very excited to host their first event with the NYCCDC and to have the opportunity to meet so many great people within the local community.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

We look forward to working together on future events!

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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transFORM Gallery’s Favorites from CurateNYC


transFORM Gallery’s Art Curator, Kara O’Neill paid a visit to Elisa Contemporary Art to view the 25 artists selected by owner/curator Lisa Cooper for the Third Annual Curate NYC competition.  The 25 artists were selected from over 1,900 entries within the New York City area. Read on to see Kara’s commentary and her favorite three works as well as more information on the artists and the competition.

The exhibit will open on October 29th and run through November 23, 2013.  A special closing reception will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 5-7pm.

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Jonathan Alonso

Title: Abandoned

Medium: Photography

Kara, “I enjoyed discussing the subject matter of the photo with the photographer, Jonathan.  The eyes of the boy in the photo and his demeanor draw you in and imply a story that reaches well beyond the photograph.”

Emerging Bronx Photographer, Jonathan Alonso envisioned his photograph, Abandoned, after reading Elie Wiesel’s Night. “I decided to go back and capture a moment that I imagined.  The theme of the holocaust that came to mind were faith in GOD, and silence. I try to capture both themes in one shot”.

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Glenn Fischer

Title: Getting with it

Medium: Mixed Media

Kara, “I really love the repetition of patterns and the use of found paper materials”.

Bronx artist Glenn Fischer has exhibited his work throughout the US since 1998.

According to Glenn: “In my current work I use materials like found paper, outdated textbooks, vintage album covers and magazine clippings to construct my collages. I’m especially drawn to color, imagery and subject matter from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s and use color, line and shape to achieve different patterns in my work.

Inspiration often comes from a wide range of places. The repetition of patterns found on buildings in urban settings, woven textiles and handmade quilts all continue to influence the direction of my work.  The materials I use are meticulously cut into strips and shapes and deliberately arranged to create different patterns. Fragmented images and parts of words and phrases very often offer clues to underlying narratives…..While there is clearly a lot of control exercised throughout the construction of each piece, the creative process overall remains an Intuitive one. Materials are selected mostly based on color and I always let the materials dictate in the end where a piece of work will go.”

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Zaria Forman

Title:  Greenland #1

Medium: Pastel on Paper

Kara, “I admire the dramatic use of color and imagery in her pieces.  At first glance, they look more photographic and less like pastel drawings. They remind me of photographer, John Conn’s photographs of Antarctica.  The concept of documenting the vanishing landscape is very appealing to me.”

The inspiration for Zaria’s drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother’s (Rena Bass Forman) fine art photography.

In August, 2012 , Zaria led an Arctic art expedition called Chasing the Light aboard the Wanderbird up the NW coast of Greenland According to Zaria, “This body of work documents climate change through art. In a deeper sense, this series addresses the concept of saying goodbye on both a personal and global level.  My mother, (renown photographer) Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but sadly did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out her wishes and realize her dream.”

After my formal training at Skidmore college Zaria now exhibits extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas, and were recently seen in the set design for House of Cards, a Netflix TV series.

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transFORM Gallery is proud to support our friend, Lisa Cooper and Elisa Contemporary Art.  Lisa co-curated transFORM Gallery’s Earth Day art exhibit entitled, Re-Imagining Past Possessions, Works of Recycled Materials.  The Earth Day exhibit focused on how discarded materials are transformed into artwork.

About CurateNYC:

The Third Annual Curate NYC, developed and produced by Brian Tate & Danny Simmons in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Curate NYC is a month-long citywide festival of art exhibitions, and a permanent online showcase of New York City artists. The program builds exposure and career opportunities for local artists and markets the City’s image as a cultural hub.

Additional Curate NYC exhibits take place at:

  • Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center (NYC)

  • Westwood Gallery (NYC)

  • Local Project (LIC)

  • Gallery Brooklyn (Brooklyn)

  • Chashama (NYC)

  • Gallery at 60 Bay (Staten Island)

For information on more Curate NYC citywide exhibitions, please visit www.curatenyc.org.

Elisa Contemporary Art Hosts CurateNYC


Elisa Contemporary Art has been selected as the Bronx Gallery to showcase 25 artists selected by owner/curator Lisa Cooper from the Third Annual Curate NYC competition. The 25 artists were selected from over 1,900 entries within the New York City area. The exhibit will open on October 29th and run through November 23, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, October 29th from 6-8pm and a closing reception on Saturday, November 16th from 4-7pm.

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Elisa Contemporary Art’s 25 selected artists include: 7 from the Bronx, 8 each from Manhattan and Brooklyn, and 2 from Queens. They will be featuring artwork across all mediums including painting, mixed media, works on paper, photography and sculpture. The artwork captures moments, places, nature and cultures – both real and imagined – from around the world including West Africa, Greenland, Paris and the Bronx!

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transFORM Gallery is proud to support our friends, Lisa Cooper and Elisa Contemporary Art.  Lisa co-curated transFORM Gallery’s Earth Day art exhibit entitled, Re-Imagining Past Possessions, Works of Recycled Materials.  The Earth Day exhibit focused on how discarded materials are transformed into artwork.

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Selected artists are:

  • Jonathan Alonso | Bronx | Photography

  • Donna Diamond | Bronx | Drawing

  • Glenn Fischer | Bronx | Mixed Media

  • Robert Presutti | Bronx | Photography

  • Barnabas Quigley | Bronx | Sculpture

  • Nancy Quigley | Bronx | Sculpture

  • Rhynna M. Santos | Bronx | Photography

 

  • Alexis Duque | Manhattan | Painting

  • Elizabeth Knowles | Manhattan | Painting

  • Cheryl Koralik | Manhattan | Photography

  • Francis Minien | Manhattan | Photography

  • Enrique Ortiz | Manhattan | Photography

  • Saul Robbins | Manhattan | Drawing/Photography

  • Claudia Vargas | Manhattan | Drawing

  • Art Zamora | Manhattan | Painting

 

  • James Burger | Brooklyn | Photography

  • Jon Elliott | Brooklyn | Drawing

  • Elsie Kagan | Brooklyn | Painting

  • Jennifer M Murray | Brooklyn | Mixed Media/Painting

  • Douglas Newton | Brooklyn | Painting

  • Charlotte Thorp | Brooklyn | Mixed Media

  • Deborah Ugoretz | Brooklyn | Mixed Media

  • Zaria Forman | Brooklyn | Drawing

 

  • Yoko Naito | Queens | Photography

  • Robert Von Leszczynski | Queens | Photography

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About CurateNYC:

The Third Annual Curate NYC, developed and produced by Brian Tate & Danny Simmons in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Curate NYC is a month-long citywide festival of art exhibitions, and a permanent online showcase of New York City artists. The program builds exposure and career opportunities for local artists and markets the City’s image as a cultural hub.

Additional Curate NYC exhibits take place at:

  • Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center (NYC)

  • Westwood Gallery (NYC)
  • Local Project (LIC)

  • Gallery Brooklyn (Brooklyn)
  • Chashama (NYC)

  • Gallery at 60 Bay (Staten Island)

For information on more Curate NYC citywide exhibitions, please visit www.curatenyc.org.