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PHOTOS: Coffee, Chocolate & Art at WNWN 2016


On Thursday, September 22nd transFORM and their Media Sponsor, Aspire NY Metro, participated in the New York Design Center’s 8th Annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at 200 Lexington Ave.

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The celebration included over 80 participating showrooms featuring product introductions, informative lectures, book signings and soirees. The building wide event drew in over 7,000 people, giving them the opportunity to view new ideas, designs, materials and products. This year also marked the New York Design Centers 90th Anniversary. From Thom Filicia and Jamie Drake to Wendy Goodman and Amy Astley, the building was filled with the industry’s top designers and editors – there was even a special visit from Hillary and Donald!

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With so many exciting activities, guests were fiending for an energy boost. transFORM happily welcomed visitors into their showroom for a refreshing afternoon of chocolate, coffee and art.

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Sarah Endline and her company Sweet Riot, makes all natural healthy chocolate treats and snacks in a socially responsible way. Among the assortment was Sweet Riot’s Kickin’ Coconut  & Crunchy Quirky Quinoa dark chocolate bars as well as lightly roasted Cacao nibs. transFORM supplied Grounds For Change coffee, a Washington State coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade. This delicious and sustainable combination allowed guests to refuel and recharge as they continued on through the New York Design Center’s building wide events.

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In the early evening, transFORM Gallery hosted an informal artist talk with International Photographer Jean-Luc Mege. The discussion was centered around his high-end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display throughout the gallery. 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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Artists Rachelle Krieger, Catherine Latson and KellyAnn Monaghan also had the opportunity to speak about their exhibiting work.

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Rachelle’s paintings are part of numerous private and corporate collections and can been seen in public spaces throughout the United States including at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, the Ritz Carlton in DC, the Marriott Marquis in DC, and the Texas State Bank in Dallas. Rachelle’s work reflects the nature preserves, seascapes and woods near her home in Port Washington, NY. More recently she has taken and exciting directional turn into bold and dynamic abstractions of nature and nature’s forces.

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Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series” offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious.

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KellyAnn Monaghan uses landscapes and urban landscapes as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air and movement. She attempts to see past the structured architecture into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. There is emptiness and solitude in the spaces she paints; yet they have a quality of human presence through the atmosphere and illumination.

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While enjoying coffee and sweet treats, the attentive audience asked interesting questions and added to the commentary.

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transFORM Gallery was especially excited over the sale of Jean-Luc’s first class print, “Grand Central Terminal”.

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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 it in their own environments. – a quality that’s highly regarded in the design industry. Interior design and decorating have a need for the energy, mood and life that is brought into a space by original artwork.

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Throughout the day transFORM Gallery provided industry partners, tastemakers and more an opportunity to discover a variety of mediums from painting and sculpture to mixed media and photography.

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Our NYC designers were also available throughout the event to provide interested guests with one-on-one tours of the showroom.

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In honor of “What’s New, What’s Next”, transFORM introduced their Multifunctional Men’s Apartment, which included a horizontal wall bed, custom wardrobe & dual-purpose desk.

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Featured in Desert Oak and Dusk Frake from Shinnoki and finished with Red Port High Gloss and Black Leather accents, transFORM’s newest installation features an array of custom cabinetry for added storage.

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After a brief introduction from Andreas Mesis (Co Owner) and Donovan Malloy (Marketing Director), transFORM’s Design Research & Product Development Director Daniel Steps, began his presentation on smart living in small urban spaces. “Tackling the Trend – Living Large in Tiny Homes and Micro-Apartments” explained how new advanced hardware and materials can create exciting designs that maximize space and function in compact apartments.

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transFORM enjoyed being introduced to and getting to know new members of our design community.

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Thank you to all that came to the event – we look forward to seeing you there again next year!

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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.”

 

Bella Kotak


Let Go (2014)

Let Go (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$4,500
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$1,800

New Queen Rising (2015)

New Queen Rising (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
50" x 50"
$5,000
Also available in:
19.75" x 19.75"
$2,000

Breathing Light (2014)

Breathing Light (2014)

Original photo print under matte glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

Winter's Dream (2014)

Winter's Dream (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
60" x 40"
$6,000
Also available in:
23.75" x 15.75"
$2,400

A River Flows In You (2015)

A River Flows In You (2015)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
32" x 18"
$3,200
Also available in:
12.5" x 7"
$1,250

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Original photo print under matte glass
40" x 30"
$4,500
Also available in:
11.75" x 15.75"
$1,350

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200

Summer Lingers (2014)

Summer Lingers (2014)

Original photo print under acrylic glass
30" x 30"
$3,000
Also available in:
11.75" x 11.75"
$1,200


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Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, and conceptual artist based in England. Her work celebrates the ethereal state of nature coupled with the femininity, beauty, and strength of women. Bella’s creations are like stepping into a story, fairytale-like land where magic is found in the most ordinary of locations. A place where free spirited, independent, beautiful, strong-hearted characters come to life. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world.

 

 

Bella’s main inspiration comes from, nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world.

“I’ve been taking pictures since the day I discovered my Dad’s camera and claimed it as my own. I began teaching myself Photoshop in 2007 and it wasn’t long before I began to combine the two interests realizing that together they created an amazing and limitless way to tell stories.

Growing up in sun kissed Kenya I was surrounded by color and wild untamed natural life. Since moving to England I now appreciate and long for the beauty of natural bold colors and warm tones.

An aim I gave myself as a teen was to try to travel to a new place every year and so far a few of the places I’ve visited are Japan, Vietnam, Bali, Europe, Morroco, India and even managed to go up into the Arctic Circle. Every new place and experience has a tale to tell and creates stories in me that I try to capture and express.”

 

‘the Fanciful World’ Opening Reception


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 Opening Reception at the 7th Heaven Design Party, Sponsored by IDS, NY Chapter

Please RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’, February 4th, from 5-8pm, at the New York Design Center’s 7th HEAVEN DESIGN PARTY, sponsored by the Interior Design Society, NY Chapter, in conjunction with 200 LEX’s 7th Floor Showrooms. The evening will include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Artists, Bella Kotak and Catherine Latson, draw their inspiration from the natural world creating mystical and breathtaking environments, fanciful garments and sculpture – drawing the viewer into an enchanting land via sight and touch.

 

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About Artist Bella Kotak – 

 

Fashion and conceptual photographer Bella Kotak says her main inspiration comes from, “nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, my beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world. Most of my images are pieces of several shots and for that to happen, I have to catch those moments in camera. Everything you see in a final image was captured on camera, just at different times. I bring the best storytelling qualities of different photos together to create one fully realized picture. I begin by going through the images and making selections and notes of different pieces of the image I like, for example, her face in one photo, her body language in another, the flow of fabric or how the smoke curled in this picture, and so on. Once I have a collection ready I open everything up in PhotoShop and meticulously begin to piece the puzzle together until the image I see emerge is the one I could already see when shooting. Once I have the composition finished, it’s then I begin with color toning and clearing up any distracting details. ”

 

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About Artist Catherine Latson – 

 

Sculpture and scenic artist Catherine Latson’s “Garment Series”, offers and unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. “Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are re-imagined in moss, sea urchin shells, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on it’s head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

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About the 7th Heaven Design Party – 

We cordially invite you to experience 7th Heaven. Join us on February 4th, from3pm – 8pm to explore and celebrate the spirit of great design on the 7th floor at 200 LEX.

All of the showrooms on the Seventh Floor of the New York Design Center will be open and full of surprises to make your evening magical. Each showroom will be presenting their own innovative designs, unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences. The evening will also include a performance by Jessica DiMauro Dance Company.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of New York’s finest furnishings and catch a warming drink with wonderful company on a cold winter’s night.

 

Catherine Latson


Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Root, Goose Nagoire Feathers,
Coque Tail Feathers, Peacock Swordtail
Feathers, Vintage Fabric and Lace Remnants
5' H x 4' - Hem Diameter
$9,750

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Shells (collected on the coast of Maine), Deconstructed Bodice, Tulle, Wood, Veneer, Whale Bone, Antique Tatting Threads, Cotton Batting
24" x 34" x 24"
$7,200
(installed with stand)

Dancing with Death

Dancing with Death

Pheasant, Goose & Duck Feathers, Ribbon, Wire
56" H
$9,750

Magnolia Tie

Magnolia Tie

Preserved Magnolia Leaves, Coque & Biot Feathers
17" x 4" x 2"
Plexi Box Frame : 23" x 11" x 3"
$2,000

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

Tapioca Root, Thread, Wooden Skewers, Broken Toggles
5" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

Pine Fern, Kimono Fragments, Thread
7" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

Muslin Remnant, Vintage Silk, Paper Cord, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

Canvas Remnant, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

Corset Remnants, Thread, Paper Moire, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

Used Stick Matches, Toggles, Wooden Skewers, Tulle
7" x 4"
$150 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

Victorian Corset Remnants, Rabbit Fur, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

Peacock Feather Bits, Corset Fragments, Piano Hammers
11" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

Wheat, Bear Grass, Piano Hammers, Frabric, Thread
10" x 5"
SOLD

Tweed

Tweed

Preserved Pine Fern, Hemp, Thread, Silk Cord, Antique Hat Netting, Fabric Remnants
25" x 15" x 3"
(Plexi Box Frame:34 x 24 x 4
$4,900

 Featherhead

Featherhead

Goose Feathers, Seaweed, Raffia, Bamboo Umbrella Parts, Silk Cord, Seed Pods, Antique Hat Netting, Nails, Threads
30" x 28" x 3"
(Oak Box Frame: 37 x 33 x 4
SOLD

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock Feather Tips, Paper Moire,Magnolia Skeleton Leaves, Paper, Antique Upholstery Fabric
14" x 33" x 6"
(Plexi Box Frame: 39 x 20 x 7
$4,900

Hoop Chandelier #2

Hoop Chandelier #2

Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Wine Barrel Hoop, Basket Reed, Wrought Iron Hardware
42" W x 22" D
$1,900

Lodge Sconce

Lodge Sconce

Bittersweet Vine
65" x 24" x 16"
$3,400

Sister Vine

Sister Vine

Bittersweet Vine
42" x 16" x 11"
$1,250
(installed with preserved greens)

Improbable Umbrella

Improbable Umbrella

Grapevine, Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Bamboo, Umbrella Frame
38" Diameter
$700

 

Catherine Latson Fine Art Documentation

“The building blocks of the natural world are endlessly interesting. No ocean or forest is bereft of ideas. I am drawn to organic “stuff” and spend my time gathering, dismantling, reassembling, and innovating with the things I find. Whether it is the grace of a vine’s curve, the architecture of a conch shell, the brocade surface of a sea urchin, or the cascading nature of amaranths, the intrinsic properties of my medium take the creative lead. I reach for the asymmetrical, the imperfect, the corroded, and decomposed. Those are the makings of good stories. My work does not preach. Nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator.

The Garment Series offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on its head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

Michael Thornton-Smith


 

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 24"
$2,200

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Canvas
50" x 50"
$7,200

Dandelion VI (2015)

Dandelion VI (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

White Orchid (2015)

White Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Purple Orchid (2015)

Purple Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Orchid III (2015)

Orchid III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Orchid IV (2015)

Orchid IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Dahlia I (2015)

Dahlia I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony I (2015)

Peony I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony II (2015)

Peony II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia II (2015)

Lobelia II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia IV (2015)

Lobelia IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

MTS-Headshot“I was raised in Cornwall, and grew up in the English countryside. My earliest sketches were studies of his surroundings, locations that I felt moved to record. I have been influenced by the tradition of British landscape painting, particularly in my early works.”

Michael Thornton-Smith, began with an exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously; I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers. The dandelion flower gone to seed became a jumping off point to create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors. This is an ongoing project.

My paintings express a response to my perception of nature, to the transient acts of weather and the tenuous beauty of spontaneous cloud formations, captured in a fleeting moment. Traveling has been a source of inspiration for my work, taking me throughout the British Isles and Europe, and later through North Africa and East Africa. There is a body of my work that celebrates these experiences.

Sometimes I work from numerous studies, not always from the same location, but all with a view to a larger work. I love the skies, the source of light and the constantly changing barometric configurations. The expansive, magical thunderstorms over the savannah, the atmospheric conditions and their effect on the terrain; and more recently, the alluvial landscapes of the Hudson River Valley and the Long Island Sound.”