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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 : Larger than LIFE


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of “Larger than LIFE” on Saturday, March 5th.

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With over 75 guests, we were delighted to see many new and familiar faces in attendance. Aside from the artwork, guests enjoyed great food provided by Eastchester Fish Gourmet and musical entertainment by Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

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The outstanding work of Sonne Hernandez, aka SJ Riley and Michael Thornton-Smith was further enhanced by their commentary on their artwork and creative process. Andreas Messis (Co-Founder) and Kara O’Neill (Art Gallery Director), opened the presentation by explaining transFORM Gallery’s innovative concept. Kara’s thought-provoking talk was centered around our artists’ ability to paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Sonne Hernandez approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings, evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process the paintings. Sonne explains it best, “having to come very close to the recognize the objects while everything around it disappears produces a feeling of larger than life.”  

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Michael Thornton-Smith spoke about his 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.”

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The Dandelion flower became his jumping off point into 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.

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A big transFORM thank you goes out to our two artist – Sonne and Michael.

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We’d also like to say a huge thank to those who joined us in launching “Larger than LIFE”.

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If you missed the Opening Reception there’s still time to see this collection. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase, now through May 15, 2016.

More photos from the night :

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Larger Than LIFE Opening Reception


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Opening Reception ◇ March 5th from 5-8pm
20 Jones Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

Sponsored by Westchester Magazine. 

transFORM GALLERY cordially invites you to the Opening Reception of Larger Than LIFE, March 5th, from 5-8pm, at transFORM’s New Rochelle Showroom & Gallery, sponsored by Westchester Magazine.

Photo Realistic artists S.J. RileySonne Hernandez and Michael Thornton-Smith paint life as we know it – this time depicted exceedingly bigger, more impressive, evocative and memorable.

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Brooklyn based artist, S J Riley aka Sonne Hernandez, focuses in on the details and movement of her subject. Her abstract photo-realism oil paintings evoke the viewer to both come closer and stand back to visually process her paintings. The subject matter is blown up or in movement to the point where the contents become hidden. The absence of hard lines and instead soft layered brushstrokes’ that bleed into one another give the surface a very abstract feel. Until the subject reveals itself and suddenly it’s realism.  Riley approaches her composition with her deteriorating eyes, being severely near-sighted she mimics how she sees her world around her. Having to come very close to recognize the object while everything around it disappears and from a distance how objects just bleed into one another or produce movement. The final outcome is a feeling of larger than life.

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Michael Thornton-Smith’s Dandelion 2, 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.”

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The evening will include live entertainment with Jazz Vibraphonist, Eric Katz.

His melodic doublings on vibes with the piano suggest the bygone days of the George Shearing Quintet.

He has played the vibes alongside Victor La Gamma, Andy Eulau, Pamela Sklar, Doug Proper, Lester Harper, Dylan La Gamma, and the Blue Hudson Jazz Group, among others.

 

Please RSVP to info@transformgallery.com.

 

CROSS COUNTY – YoHo Meets NewRo Opening Reception


transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, Westchester Magazine, thank all of you who attended, “Cross County – YoHo Meets NewRo”.

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We also thank our artists Catherine Latson, Ginny Fox, Alexa Grace, and John Folchi for joining us at the opening reception and taking a few minutes to speak about their artwork and creative process.

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transFORM Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill,  lead the presentation by speaking about the YoHo Studio and her inspirations behind the show. Before giving up the floor, she spoke about Pasquale Miele, who could not attend the opening, calling his work both whimsical and “Basquiat-like”.

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Catherine Latson then discussed how nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator behind her work. She has a passion for using exclusively organic and repurposed materials. Her latest collection, The Garment Series, offers an unconventional take on art and engineering of self-decoration.

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Ginny Fox revealed how she uses her hands, rather than brushes, to create clean lines. By layering and removing the paint with a white rag or t shirt, her hands become the vehicle for creating alternating fields of depth and translucent light.

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Alexa Grace spoke of her artistic journey, working with notable illustrators, such as Edward Gorey. 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 also has published adult and children’s books, to her credit.

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White Plains artist John Folchi, explained the skill behind dramatizing his cloud paintings, working from both photographs and memory he creates an emotional vista bringing a sense of levity or foreboding to his subjects.

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transFORM Co-Founder, Andreas Messis lead a group tour of the manufacturing operations of transFORM’s built-in closets and custom cabinetry facilities.

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A special transFORM Gallery thank you goes out to Jeremy Bacon for performing jazz standards throughout the night. The evening concluded when Kara honored the requests of her guests and performed a few jazz tunes for a grand musical finale.

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Take a look at the great time we had :

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YOU’RE INVITED – SUMMER ART EXHIBIT OPENING NIGHT: ALEXANDER RUTSCH


Join us and Westchester Magazine in celebrating the opening of our new exhibit in New Rochelle on Saturday, June 13th from 6 to 9pm.

Please send your RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com

transFORM Gallery announces their art exhibit for the Summer season, a retrospective of Alexander Rutsch’s work, sponsored by Westchester Magazine at the transFORM showroom and gallery in New Rochelle, NY.

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.

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.

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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 opening reception for the art exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 6 to 9pm. The night will include delicious food and wine as well as musical entertainment by Eric Katz and Charlie Rhyner. Start off summer the right way and join transFORM Gallery in celebrating the occasion and the wonderful work of Alexander Rutsch. The artwork will be on display and available for purchase through August 30, 2015.

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Eric Katz with Charlie Rhyner