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Photo Blog: the Fanciful World Opening Reception


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Invite a trope of modern dancers to perform, bring over an international photographer jetting in from London, deliver a Westchester artist making gowns from feathers and sea urchin shells, place glowing orbs, cherry blossoms and french pussy willow branches throughout the showroom and you get a 2016 7th Heaven Event & Fanciful World Art Opening that had jaws dropping and minds spinning.

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transFORM Gallery, and our event sponsor, IDS New York, thank all of you who attended our Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’ on Thursday, February 4th.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

The spirit of great design was shining, both within our walls and at the adjoining 7th Floor showrooms. All of our wonderful neighbors at the New York Design Center were open and full of surprises, making the night even more magical.  

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

A big shout out of thanks to Jessica DiMauro and the DiMauro Dance Company for giving us two fantastic performances. Their professionalism and modern dance added to the event, allowing our guests to experience a different type of entertainment.

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

It’s safe to say this collection of artists has taken the Gallery to the next level by showing their exemplary use of style and creativity.

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Exhibiting 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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(Exhibiting Artists, Catherine Latson & 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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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

Sculpture and scenic artist 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 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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It was truly a spectacular night with truly spectacular visual and performing artists.

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(DiMauro Dance Company, Catherine Latson, Kara O’Neill, Bella Kotak, Andreas Messis & Stuart Reisch)

Thank you everyone for coming together to make this happen!

If you missed the opening there is still time to see our amazing collection. Artwork from the ‘the Fanciful World’ will be on display and available for purchase, now through April 24, 2016. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed!

More photos from the Fanciful World :

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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(Photo by @wanhattan via Instagram)

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(Nicholas Doyle Photography)

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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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(Courtesy of Robert Stevens)

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Alexa Grace


 

 

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“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.”

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.”

John Folchi


Cloud Study 1

Cloud Study 1

Oil on Canvas
14" x 26"
$600

 Cloud Study 2

Cloud Study 2

Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"
$600

Cloud Study 3

Cloud Study 3

Oil on Canvas
16" x 16"
$600

Cloudscape 5

Cloudscape 5

Oil on Canvas
22" x 16"
$600

Cloudscape 10

Cloudscape 10

Oil on Canvas
22" x 14"
$600

 Cloudscape 11

Cloudscape 11

Oil on Canvas
20" x 18"
$600

Cloudscape 13

Cloudscape 13

Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"
$600

 Cloudscape 14

Cloudscape 14

Oil on Canvas
24" x 16"
$600

Cloud Series 3

Cloud Series 3

Oil on Canvas
20" x 12"
$600

Cloud Series 6

Cloud Series 6

Oil on Canvas
24" x 20"
$600

Cloud Series 16

Cloud Series 16

Oil on Canvas
14" x 16"
$600

Landscape with Clouds

Landscape with Clouds

Oil on Canvas
35" x 23"
$800

Landscape with Clouds 2

Landscape with Clouds 2

Oil on Canvas
29" x 19"
$800

 

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“I have been painting since 1967. My first teacher was my father, William P. Folchi, who taught me the basics, such as anatomy, the technical skills of mixing and applying paint, and the ability to paint from life in the open air. He brought me to all the finest museums and galleries in the city, where I was introduced to my next set of teachers, the old masters and the contemporary innovators. My third major instructor was my professor, Theo Stavropoulos, an extraordinary Greek artist, whose work is too little known and recognized today. With this foundation, I constructed my own path on the artistic journey.

When someone asks me what I paint, they are frequently surprised by my response, “everything.” More specifically, I am an artist in the realist tradition, but my subjects have long ago crossed all boundaries, from figurative street scenes, to still life, to landscapes and clouds to my most recent works, paintings of the pavement that we walk upon each day and do not notice.

But there is a consistency to the subjects. All are encountered in our everyday existence, whether they are the fire escapes and water towers of the urban scene, the markings on the sidewalk, or the majestic trees that line the lakes of the Northeast.

I earlier said that I am on an artistic journey, one of exploration. But there is no final destination, or “find” at the end of the journey. There is only discovery along the way. Looking at my work, I hope the viewer will make the discoveries with me.”

You’re Invited – Fall Art Exhibit Opening Night : CROSS COUNTY YoHo Meets NewRo


Join us and Westchester Magazine in celebrating the opening of our new exhibit in New Rochelle on Saturday, September 26th from 5 to 8pm. Please send your RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com

transFORM Gallery announces their art exhibit for the Fall season, a group show called CROSS COUNTY – YoHo Meets NewRo, sponsored by Westchester Magazine at the transFORM showroom and gallery in New Rochelle, NY.

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Yoho (Yonkers Artist Community) members’, Ginny Fox, Alexa Grace and Catherine Latson travel the “Cross County Parkway” for transFORM Gallery’s ‘s New Rochelle group show with Scarsdale artist John Folchi and New Rochelle artist, Pasquale Miele.

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This Saturday art opening corresponds with the ArtsFest, a weekend celebration of New Rochelle’s Arts and Culture, September 26 and September 27th, 2015.

The opening reception for the art exhibit will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 5 to 8pm.

Join transFORM Gallery as we celebrate this collection of artists from both sides of Westchester County. The artwork will be on display and available for purchase through January 9th, 2016.