Tag: program


PHOTOS : 1st Annual NYCCDC “New Beginnings” Fundraiser


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

nyccdc1

“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.”

nyccdc2

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.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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”.

nyccdc4

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams  

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

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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.”

nyccdc7

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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”.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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.

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

We look forward to working together on future events!

 Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

More Photos :

nyccdc14 nyccdc15 nyccdc16 nyccdc17 nyccdc18 nyccdc19 nyccdc20 nyccdc21 nyccdc22 nyccdc23 nyccdc24 nyccdc25 nyccdc26 nyccdc27 nyccdc28 nyccdc29 nyccdc30

 

FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+EmailShare

Photo Blog : The 5th Annual NRHS PAVE Exhibit


On Thursday, May 19th, transFORM Gallery happily hosted the 5th annual opening reception for New Rochelle High School’s PAVE Exhibit. This show entitled, “The Self” featured work by the PAVE 2 visual arts class.

2

The students were joined by family and friends as well as their instructor, Alexi Rutsch-Brock, Marc Schneider, the Direct Supervisor of Music & Art, and their Principal, Reginald Richardson.

1

It was nice to see everyone come together in support of the students and view their accomplished pieces, produced through hard work and early morning classes.

3

The PAVE 2 class exhibited three self portraits each – the first in markers focuses on line and pattern, the second infused glass in collaboration with Bullseye Glass Co, and the third in multimedia, using the grid enlargement technique inspired by artist Chuck Close.

17

The students were eager to talk about their artwork, process and inspirations.

10

Artist Elza Moore was walking around the mall when she became inspired by an unusual object. “I was just hanging out when I saw a boy throwing away a skateboard. It was broken in half and I thought it would be a cool thing to work with. I offered him a few dollars and he agreed to give it to me – that’s when the creative process started. I chose to work with this object because I really liked the broken edges. I used sand because it reminded me of the grip tape on the other side of the board. I am most proud of how I mixed the black and white sand to get tones of grey.”

16

Artist Susan Hu described her process in creating ‘Through the Haze’. “I chose to work on a circular piece of painted wood as a surface because the shape combined with an off-center subject, creates and interesting dynamic within the piece. The wood/paint grabs the charcoal very well. I used charcoal because it creates a smoky, wispy look. It was meant to give the viewer a hazy and mysterious vibe. My image depicts me looking upward towards the heavens – what I am looking at and why, is up to interpretation.”

15

Like other opening receptions, the night concluded with a short talk.

7

Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director) began by thanking the 75 + guests in attendance. Andreas shared some of his own experiences as a set designer and encouraged the students to pursue their artistic passion. Kara expressed her appreciation for the high quality work produced by such a young group of artists, rivaling that of professional artists and college students, stating that “their art is a reflection of a wonderful instructor.”  

12

Alexi took the floor and thanked transFORM Gallery for hosting their 5th annual PAVE exhibit. She then expressed her gratitude towards the parents and students – “in order to participate in the PAVE program, students arrived at school at 7:15 AM with no complaints – even on those dark winter mornings. That’s a true testament to their enthusiasm for creating and elevating their art. I am so proud of them.”

11

Participating Artists – Susan Hu, Amen Hussain, Kiera Jackson, Colleen Maria, Zahra Masih, Elza Moore, Arif Ramadhan, Juliana Reiner, Sabrina Salov, Eliana Silk, Carolyn Spillane, Bethany Tallan, Aren Davey, Jose Diaz, Alaniz Elliott, Abel Gamiz, Carmen Guzman, Jacob Hocking, Shahir Ahmed, Jasmine Arias, Ashley Beaubrun, Noah Berkowitz, Siena Callegari and Elizabeth Cox

18

A big thank you to all who attended this exhibit!