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PHOTOS : 1st Annual NYCCDC “New Beginnings” Fundraiser


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

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“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.”

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The event was specifically centered around “Isaiah’s Room”, a flagship program that has been serving New Rochelle’s homeless population since 2009.

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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.

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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”.

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

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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.

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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.”

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

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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”.

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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”.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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

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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.

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

We look forward to working together on future events!

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Image Courtesy of Reece T. Williams

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transFORM GALLERY’s 5th Annual PAVE Exhibit


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transFORM Gallery is happy to announce their 5th annual exhibition of artwork by students in the New Rochelle High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Education Program, PAVE.

Opening Reception for “The Self”, will be held on Thursday, May 19th, from 5 – 8pm at our New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery located on 20 Jones Street. The night will include drinks and refreshments for family and friends of New Rochelle High School and gallery attendees.

The PAVE 2 visual art students will be exhibiting three self portraits each. Instructor, Alexi Rutsch Brock, explains the three types of media : “The first in makers focuses on line and pattern, the second infused glass in collaboration with Bullseye Glass Co. (Mamaroneck, NY), and the third in multimedia, using the grid enlargement technique inspired by artist Chuck Close.”

Participating artists include – 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

transFORM Gallery is looking forward to meeting this talented group of young artists!

Their quick exhibit will be on display through May 26, 2016.

About the PAVE Program:

Paving the way for our future Performing and Visual Artists by: Preparing the talented students to meet the demands necessary for their success, both academically and professionally, and by providing them with a broader knowledge, scope, insight, & balance in a comprehensive program of creative & artistic works.  Acknowledging their heritage in the New Rochelle community through a curriculum which reflects and expresses this diversity.  Viewing themselves as an integral part of the creative process. Empowering them to become leaders in the arts by developing their creativity, theatricalism, self-esteem, respect, mind and body, and their role as artists.  Upon successfully completing 5 units of credit, students will receive a PAVE seal on their High School Diploma and fulfill the State Education Department requirement for a Fine Arts sequence.

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Retrospective of Alexander Rutsch Opening Reception


transFORM Gallery broke all art opening night attendance and sales records during our Saturday, June 13th, Alexander Rutsch Retrospective reception. Understandably, this was a result of Alexander’s international notoriety and local influence as an artist.

transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill and Alexander’s daughter Alexi Brock, lead the presentation reminiscing about her father’s early background and his time spent in France where he collaborated with his contemporaries, Picasso and Dali.  These collaborations are strongly seen in several paintings throughout our gallery.

This show is a great opportunity to view museum quality work as evidenced by the mixed media portrait of Dali created during a sitting at the St. Regis, New York in 1969. Rutsch’s work is collected worldwide and we are thrilled to make it available to the local audience.

An artist in her own right, Alexander’s wife, Kathy Rutsch, also contributed ceramic arts and paintings to this show.

We think, with Alexander’s musical background, he would have appreciated musicians Eric Katz and Charlie Rhyner, for setting the mood and providing jazz entertainment throughout the night.

This unique show runs through August 30, 2015.

For more information contact Kara O’Neill – koneill@transformhome.com | 914-500-0982

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