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Photos : “Rescue Me” Closing Reception


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank everyone who attended the closing reception of “Rescue Me” on Saturday, October 1st. You all helped make a chilly, damp day bright and cheery.

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We especially appreciate the artists, experts and volunteers who joined us along with the Humane Society of Westchester and Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue.

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In addition to the delicious food provided by Eastchester Fish Market, there was plenty of entertainment throughout the day. Beverly Royal (HSW Events Coordinator) and Melanie Pre (HSW Staffer) invited alumni and ambassador pups Lexi, Monty and Milo, as well as cuddly kittens, Keira and Tuxedo Buttercup.

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Also in attendance was Dewey, the three year old Abyssinian guinea pig.

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Volunteers Erica, Adrienne, Lyde and Nancy stood close by to provide detailed information on adopting/ fostering pets.

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Licensed Veterinary Technician Jennifer Angell – Greene, offered expert advice on how to select and train your pets. Jennifer grew up in upstate NY where she raised show horses, rabbits, and sheep. She received an AAS from SUNY Delhi and attended Mercy College for pre Veterinary medicine. Jennifer has spent ten years in private vet hospitals including the Animal Medical Center and three years as a technician and hospital manager at Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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A special thank you goes out to Deanna Mancuso and Ronnie Mullaly of LOHR for traveling to Westchester County with Carmella – the indoor therapy pony. As the founder of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Deanna offers a permanent sanctuary to unwanted, abused or neglected animals, and provides them with a safe haven where they would never again experience the situations that led them to the LOHR in the first place.

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Carmella spent the day exploring transFORM’s showroom while guests mingled and admired the work of our 17 exhibiting artists.

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“Rescue Me” represented both wild and domestic animals, from lions, tigers and bears, to cats, dogs and roosters – created in a variety of mediums. Exhibiting artists included, BF Sheperd, Nicole Molinari, Miriam Schulman, Susanne Reece, Bruce Whiters, Laura Yager, Amelia Jones, Alexander Rutsch, Kathy Rutsch, Jesse Sanchez, Alexa Grace, Anita Lobel, BA D’Alessandro, Pasquale Miele, Lubomir Tomaszewski and Gina Kingsley.

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Suzanne Hockstein, Bronx-based singer-songwriter and mixed media artist, lead children’s drawing and painting classes. Suzanne has over 20 years of artistic experience, working with children from pre-k to 6th grade. She creates a comfortable, open-ended environment where artists can explore the provided materials and medium in their own way.

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In addition to the crafts table, transFORM offered face painting and yummy treats for children of all ages.

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We are very proud to announce that we have now raised over $900 in support of the compassionate care and treatment of animals.

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Thank you everyone for coming together to make this happen. It truly was a (p)awsome event!

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You’re Invited : Closing Reception of “Rescue Me”


transFORM Gallery Presents the Closing Reception of “Rescue Me” : A Juried Exhibition & Fundraiser

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transFORM Gallery announces their event for the Fall season at the transFORM Showroom & Gallery in New Rochelle, sponsored by Westchester Magazine. transFORM Gallery will be hosting a closing reception for their Summer art exhibit, “Rescue Me” on Saturday, October 1st from 3-7 pm at 20 Jones Street. This will be another fundraiser for the Humane Society of Westchester with kittens and dogs as well as a rabbit and indoor therapy pony from Lucky Orphan Horse Rescueyes, the pony wears a diaper! 

  • Closing Reception – 16 artists from across the region & a gal from Idaho!
  • Kittens, Dogs, Rabbit, Therapy Pony & Presentation by Jennifer Angell-Greene
  • Crafts Table, Face Painting, Child & Adult Friendly Treats
  • Wine & Media Sponsor Westchester Magazine + Food from Eastchester Fish Gourmet
  • $10 Minimum Donation for Adults & $5 Minimum Donation for Children (12 & Under)
  • Entry Fees + 10 % of all artwork sales will be donated to the HSW & LOHR

“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. transFORM Gallery was pleased to welcome the new work of B.F. SheperdNicole Molinari, Miriam Schulman, Susanne Reece, Bruce Withers, Laura Yager and Amelia Jones to their juried exhibition. “Rescue Me” also featured artwork from transFORM Gallery’s standing artists, Alexander Rutsch, Paula Barragan, Jesse Sanchez, Kathy Rutsch, Alexa Grace and Anita Lobel. BA D’AlessandroPasquale Miele and Lubomir Tomaszewski contributed to the sculpture portion of the show, while Gina Kingsley added four fused glass pieces.

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The closing reception will include a therapy pony, dogs, kittens and a rabbit. There will also be a presentation by Licensed Vet Technician, Jennifer Angell-Greene. Jennifer has worked in private vet hospitals for 10 years including the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She also spent 3 years as a technician and hospital manager at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Jennifer will be providing guests with expert advice on how to select & train their pets.

transFORM Gallery welcomes guests of all ages. If you are a bit weary of animals, don’t stress. The event will also include a crafts table and face painting as well as child and adult friendly treats.

Wine and Media Sponsor, Westchester Magazine + Food from Eastchester Fish Gourmet.

There will be a minimum donation fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. Money generated from the entry fees as well as 10% of all artwork sales will be donated to the Humane Society and Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 3.52.30 PMAbout 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.”

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 3.52.54 PMAbout Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue: Lucky Orphans opened their barn doors in 2008, they have helped many horses, along with some sheep and goats, find a more promising and meaningful future. It is the goal of LOHR to not only save these wonderful animals, rehabilitating them and rebuilding their trust in people, but also to use their stories of struggle, overcoming adversity, building trust, leadership, and teamwork to create an understanding and inspiration in children, young adults, and the community.  Today, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is dedicated to not only providing a forever home for these magnificent creatures, but also to educating the community and focusing on strengthening the relationship between children and animals to build a more compassionate future.

Please RSVP to rsvp@transformhome.com.

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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Nicole Molinari


I've Never Been In A Pet Shop and I Don't Think I Ever Will

I've Never Been In A Pet Shop and I Don't Think I Ever Will

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NicoleMolinari-HeadshotNicole Coco Molinari is an artist who currently resides in West Hartford. She is originally from the town of Yorktown in Westchester County New York.

Nicole graduated with the Outstanding Artist Award from Lakeland High School in 2013 and is currently obtaining her BFA degree in Painting as well as a Minor in Illustration, at the Art School of the University of Hartford. She has been juried into the previous as well as current Goldfarb shows.

The show honors a guest curator from surrounding museums and galleries who then pick only two students to win the Award; Nicole Coco won in 2015. Her experience of art displaying consists of a number of shows throughout her high school years as well, including the Katonah Museum of Art, Young Artists Exhibition.

Her work primarily focuses on Portraits of humans and animals, and her main mediums to work with are oil paints and watercolors. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page: Nicole Coco Molinari.

Calling Artists For An Animal Themed Exhibition


transFORM Gallery will present an animal themed exhibit at our New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery on 20 Jones Street. Rescue Me will be on display from July 9 to September 10, 2016. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday July 9th, in collaboration with the Humane Society of Westchester.

 

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In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery is hosting a fundraiser for the Human Society of Westchester. Artwork, animal themed in nature, both wild and domestic, will be accepted for consideration.
 
Artists may submit original two- and three-dimensional wall-hung work, in all media, not to exceed a hanging weight of 20 pounds. Sculptures will also be eligible for acceptance.

 

The work must also meet the following requirements:

 

  • All work must be submitted via high-res photo, in 300 dpi format.
  • An artist bio, headshot, resume and price list should be attached as well. The price list must include an image of the piece with its corresponding title, medium, size and price.
  • All work submitted must be available for exhibiting for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Substitutions will not be allowed. Final work will be selected by the transFORM Gallery Committee.
  • Artists must enter their submission by the May 27th deadline.
  • Artists must also be available to attend the Opening Reception on July 9th. The event will run from 3-7pm.

 

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Artists will be notified by June 6th and must deliver their work on June 27th.

The exhibition runs July 9, 2016 to September 10, 2016.

This is an offur impawsible to refuse – send your submissions in today! :)