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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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RECHARGED, REFRESHED & INSPIRED : Chocolate, Coffee & Art


The New York Design Center presents its eighth annual What’s New What’s Next, a showcase of new ideas, design, materials, and products. The most anticipated interior design event of the season will include presentations, and panel discussions with the industry’s top editors, designers, and manufacturers.

With so many exciting activities, you’ll be feigning for an energy boost – stop by suite 708 for an awesome afternoon of chocolates, coffee and art!

 Sarah Endline and her company Sweet Riot, makes all natural healthy chocolate treats and snacks in a socially responsible way. She will be providing delectable chocolates from 3-4pm.

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In addition, transFORM will be serving certified organic  Grounds For Change coffee, a Washington State coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade. This delicious and sustainable combination will keep you recharged and refreshed as you continue on through the New York Design Center’s building wide events.

As you enjoy your sweet treats, International photographer Jean Luc Mege will be hosting an informal talk centered around his high-end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which are currently on display at transFORM art gallery.

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Be sure to make your way back to transFORM for 7:45pm, as our Design Research & Product Development Director Daniel Steps, will begin his presentation on smart design solutions. This is your preview into the future of smart living in small urban spaces. Learn how new advanced hardware and materials are creating exciting designs that maximize space and function in compact apartments.

 

Anita Lobel for “Rescue Me”


Cat on Cloud

Cat on Cloud

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
7 ½” x 6 ¼”

Whales in the Ocean

Whales in the Ocean

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Cat On Elephant

Cat On Elephant

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
8 ¾” x 6 ¼”

Seagulls by the Shore

Seagulls by the Shore

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Animals on the Beach

Animals on the Beach

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “The Cat and the Cook”. Pub.1995
12” x 6 ½”

Rooster

Rooster

Ink on Illustration Board
16 ¼ x 12 ½ (Unframed)
19 ¾ x 15 ½ (framed)

 

Screen-Shot-2014-05-27-at-1.32.19-PMAll 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.”

At the opening reception of “Rescue Me”, 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.

“I have been illustrating and writing texts for picture books for children since 1965. Many of my books have been translated into several languages and published abroad.

The early pictures were usually black ink drawings. Laid on top of the drawing, on two or three separate illustration boards, an overlay of watercolor washes was prepared. At the printing press these overlays were translated into colors. Blended together this process, if cleverly manipulated, gave on the printed page from a combination of, for example, a green and red or yellow and blue printers inks, an illusion of almost, but not quite, full color. Even though my books from that era do not blaze in full color, my black and white pictures are always intricate. They and their accompanying overlays are often of real interest to collectors of graphic art created for books.

For the past 25 years or so, printing presses have become much more sophisticated. Books are now beautifully printed mostly in China or Japan. All of us in the picture book field have been liberated to indulge in full color painting. Thus I have accumulated an archive of real paintings from many books, which are truly collectable and displayable. These pictures are in demand. I have sold work to individual collectors and institutions in America as well as Japan. I have been included in group exhibitions, such as the annual exhibition of original picture book art at The Society of Illustrators in New York City, exhibitions organized by museums and educational institutions around the country, i.e., The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia: Myth, Magic and Mystery. One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration. I have had one person shows at Every Picture Tells a Story in Los Angeles, the Justin Schiller gallery in New York. In Japan my pictures have been included in several museum collections specializing in children’s book illustration. I have now decided to offer the original art from my picture books for sale.

When I was an art student I was interested in painting heroic murals. A complete reversal, a miniaturization of those visions, came to suit me better and it has served me well for many years.”

 

The Harvard Business School Club of NY at transFORM Gallery


On Wednesday, August 3rd, transFORM hosted an event for the Harvard Business School Club of New York. The HBSCNY has a rich and glorious history as one of the most vibrant alumni clubs anywhere in the world and we were very excited to welcome them to our showroom.

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“HBSCNY’s programs provide the opportunity for all alumni, at all ages and all career stages, who have graduated with a PhD, MBA or Executive Education Certificate from HBS, to work together around common passions and to add value to their lives and their community. The Club enables HBS alumni to participate and contribute in ways that balance personal and community interests, time availability and depth of commitment. New programs are created every year by groups of interested alumni to meet ever-evolving personal and community needs.”

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It was fun evening of networking and excellent conversation with the best business people as well as tasty wine and refreshments. We were thrilled to entertain the many visitors interested in our cabinetry as well as the artwork. Many guests were particularly fascinated with the work of our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege who was also in attendance.

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“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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After a short period of mingling, John O’Donnell (Co-Chairman, Art Experts Symposia) gathered the 75 guests in attendance for a little presentation. He began the talk by thanking transFORM for generously hosting their alumni event. After discussing the Harvard Business School Club in greater detail, he passed the mic over to Sarah Endline.

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Over the past couple of months, Sarah has brought many interesting groups into our showroom. As an active nonprofit board contributor to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the Billionaire Girls Club (BGC) and AIESEC Life, Sarah has many influential connections within the community — she is also married to our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege!

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“Sarah received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and is now a social entrepreneur and self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’ She grew up in a small farming township of 500 and somewhere along the way dreamed of building her own mission-based business. After years of contemplation, she founded sweetriot, a small mission-based company in NYC, which strives to build tasty little morsels in a different way for a different generation. Through Sarah’s travels, she stumbled upon cacao and knew she had to share it with others. The rioter team began testing it with their friends and learning that many did not know the true story of cacao. Discovered in the 1500’s, cacao is a magical, spiritual, and celebrated food from South America, Central America, West Africa, and Asia.”

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Guests happily snacked on Sweet Riots Cheeky Chia Seed and Crunchy Quirky Quinoa Dark Chocolate as they listen to Sarah’s presentation.

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Kara then got the chance to explain her innovative concept behind transFORM Gallery. 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 their own environments. The concept incorporates the fields of art and interior design into one location.

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Jean-luc spoke in detail about his first class, high end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display for our summer art exhibit. He specifically focused on a piece entitled “First Date With… My Future Wife” stating that the photo was taken on April 1, 2009 just 15 minutes before meeting Sarah.

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His international works have repeatedly been selected as examples in press articles and exhibitions.

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A big thank you to Sarah, Jean-luc, John and Chloris Ji (Programming Events Manager) for organizing this wonderful event. At transFORM, we enjoy opening up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new relationships. It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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We’ll be looking forward to the next event with the Harvard Business School Club of New York!

Alexa Grace for “Rescue Me”


Bird On Tiptoes

Bird On Tiptoes

Ink Brush on Paper
12" x 9"

Elephant

Elephant

Etching
12" x 9"

Upon Meeting A Fox

Upon Meeting A Fox

Silkscreen Paint on Paper
16" x 16"

You're Not Totally Alone

You're Not Totally Alone

Ink, Drawing, Thread, Paper
5.5" x 9"

Boy With Wild Cat

Boy With Wild Cat

Silkscreen on Paper
13" x 18"

Sandy with a Glass Eye

Sandy with a Glass Eye

Sand Painting on Textured Paper


 
Screen-Shot-2015-08-11-at-3.44.00-PM“Alexa Grace received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She began illustrating for The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, both Time and LIFE Magazines, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, L.A. Times, Mademoiselle, Dia Nappon Printing, etc.

She has four published books – Un Journey de Chien, Hachette, Paris, When Moma Retires, Knopf, The Baby Book, Running Press, Uncommon Wisdom, and Ariel Books. She is currently working on another children’s book for Gallimard, Paris.

Alexa artistically focuses on collage, assemblage, drawing, jewelry and ornament. Her porcelain work was first exhibited at The Graham Gallery along side Edward Gorey in 1976. She had a one-women exhibition of American Women Illustrators. She was included in The John Michael Kolar Center of Surrealist Art Exhibition.

She has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Kansas, and has given an illustration workshop at The Walker Arts Center. She was awarded a grant from Art Park, Buffalo, NY.”  

Alexander Rutsch for “Rescue Me”


Monkeys

Monkeys

Mixed Media
Solid Frame
28 x 34- Unframed

Monkey with Orange

Monkey with Orange

Mixed Media
Gold Frame
30 x 40- Unframed

Jungle

Jungle

Acrylic On Canvas
Black Frame
30 x 40- Unframed

Dog

Dog

Pastel
Antique Frame
20 x 24- Unframed

 Cats Green

Cats Green

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
22 x 28- Unframed

Purple Dog

Purple Dog

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
22 x 28- Unframed

Cats Orange

Cats Orange

Mixed Media
Metal Frame
18 x 24 - Unframed


 
AlexanderRutsh-LGheadshot-820x1093“My dreams are color and life. They soar in my head like millions of symphonies. I can never stop building dreams.” Alexander Rutsch was born in Russia in 1916 but raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After studying voice in Austria he became and opera singer like his parents, but after WWI, Rutsch’s love for visual expression propelled him to change careers. He was a painter, sculptor, philosopher, musician, singer and poet.

He was an artist of the purest breed-an artist who had no choice but to paint. He was a chosen traveler of the depths of existence; a man who followed a longing to explore his inner self and relate his findings with the energy of the universe.

The celebrated Austrian artist approached painting and sculpting as he lived life- with the eyes of a child and the hand of a poet. Constantly in the quest for rhythms of form and vibrations of color, he caught the “sparks in the shadow” and evidenced their fullest reality and beauty in his creations. While he may have attributed certain artistic expressions to “coincidence”, his inspiration came from such diverse sources as: memories, dreams, sounds, numbers, telephone poles, and driftwood. Rutsch had an affinity to vibrant colors, strong contours and rich brush strokes, which are apparent in his oils, mixed media works and ink drawings.

His work is held in the collections of H.M Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Walter Cronkite of New York, Gala and Salvador Dali, Sammy Davis Jr, Jacqueline Kennedy- Onassis, Guy Laroche of Paris, Belgium’s Museum of Liège, Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Baroness Alix de Rothschild of France.

Alexander Rutsch passed away in 1997. His friends, supporters and family established the bi-annual Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition competition for visual artist.  This program continues his belief that art transcends all of our humanity.