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transFORM Gallery Hosts The New Rochelle Arts Collective Meetup

Last Monday, transFORM Gallery happily hosted the third meet up for the New Rochelle Arts Collective.

This young group added some excitement to our Monday by organizing a “Pillow Panel Talk”. Guests were encouraged to bring their own seating for a causal yet engaging conversation.


The panel consisted of Maya Menon – manager at Backstreet Gallery and MAC board member, John Reverol – Owner of R. Patisserie Cafe and Tea Boutique, Theresa Leghorn – President of the New Rochelle Council of the Arts and our very own Kara O’Neill – transFORM’s Art Gallery Director.


Kathy Rutsch started the night by speaking about her late husband Alexander Rutsch who is currently showing at transFORM Gallery. Kathy graciously donated 9 Alexander Rutsch coffee table books, which were raffled off during the meet up.


The panel discussed the role of the arts in building social and cultural capital. The audience participated by adding creative ideas and thoughts on the topic, as well as discussing cultural events in New Rochelle.


After a clip from Chris Gethard’s YouTube video, Gristmill Distilleries of the Adirondacks, generously offered samples of their organic and locally sourced corn whiskey. Guests mixed their spirits with fresh lemonade while enjoying light refreshments – a perfect combination on a hot summer night.


Thank you to the NRAC and everyone for making this such a well attended event. It was truly a great night filled with interesting conversation, compelling thoughts and creative people.

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Irish Meetup: Daniel O’Sullivan’s “Ireland through Dreamlike Eyes” Presentation

We were happy to welcome two New York City Meetup groups to our NYDC showroom. The Irish in New York and The Irish / British Genealogy Groups convened last Thursday, June 11th, to hear Dublin artist, Daniel O’Sullivan talk about his “Ireland” series of paintings.

transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill and Daniel O’Sullivan lead the discussion on Ireland’s past, present and future. While enjoying wine and light refreshments, the attentive audience asked interesting questions and added to the commentary.

Speaking of his experiences, Daniel’s art captures both the tradition and uniqueness of Irish culture, subtleties often lost to the tourist or non-Irish Native.

A special thank you to all the guests in attendance for making this Meetup so enjoyable.

Here’s feedback from our guests:


“It makes me nostalgic for Ireland- again. A lovely evening out with great companions. Great art. Great artist presentation. Great food & wine. What could be better?” – Karen


“Loved the exhibit and the demonstration rooms, perfect for New York apartments!” – Marcia


“…Thank you so much for inviting us into your beautifully thought out space. It was gorgeous!”– Karen


“Wonderful in every way – the artist, his art and talk, host, environment, people…really enjoyed it!” – Erin