Downtown Gallery Walk in New Ro- Jan. 25,26
23 Jan, 2014
By Loop Contributor
from the New Rochelle BID:
Five of downtown New Rochelle’s galleries are hosting a Downtown Gallery Art Walk for the public on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the BID stated, “The BID has been working to create an environment welcoming to the arts and is encouraged that we are now becoming a vibrant center for artists, artist work studios, galleries and public art. I hope that the public will enjoy the exciting art exhibits at our downtown galleries, our public art installations and of course the culinary arts at one of our growing number of great downtown restaurants. Everything is within walking distance. Park your car once and enjoy your downtown, the arts, and fine dining.”
Mahlstedt Gallery (415 Huguenot Street/914-246-0526), Recologie Gallery (49 Lawton Street/ 914-278-9350), Backstreet Gallery (43 Lawton Street/914-636-1166), Reverol & Company Contemporary Art (300 Huguenot Street/914-413-1120) and Gallery Roc (2 Division Street/914-320-2432) will open their doors to the public during the Gallery Walk. Downtown’s sixth gallery, the Lumen Winter Gallery (New Rochelle Public Library/914-632-7878) will be closed during the Gallery walk, but is showing Artist/Author Robin Miller’s “Rhythms of a Faithful Journey”, an exhibit of quilts created in mixed media is open during regular library hours.
The Mahlstedt Gallery, one of downtown’s newest galleries is celebrating its official opening in the recently restored historic 1920’s “J.A. Mahlstedt Lumber and Coal” building this month. According to Executive Director Oshi Rabin, their opening show Solstice Synergy reflects the gallery’s focus on international contemporary art and emerging artists. This group exhibit explores notions of the Winter Solstice, depicting its shorter days and longer nights through varied interpretations of light, energy and the diurnal light cycle.
Another recent addition to downtown, Recologie Gallery will feature Transformations, Paper Works by international artist Adriana Rostovsky, who creates bold dimensional wall sculptures inspired by her European memories expressed through the use of recycled magazines, papers, and postcards. The medium is in keeping with the eco-friendly theme that unites this gallery, café and retail store.
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art Gallery, selected the best new art gallery for 2013 by Westchester Magazine, is quickly becoming a regional center for talented young artists and their exciting artworks. During the Downtown Gallery Art Walk, Reverol & Co. is featuring a Group Exhibit with nine talented artists: Rafael Jaen, Sayan Ray, Noah Becker, Charlie Green, Emily Cappa, Jak Espi, Robin Tedesco, Lisa Sanders and Patrick Bancel. This eclectic group of artists has roots in the United States, Canada, France, India, Italy and Venezuela. The brush, the pencil, the stylus, the knife, the chisel and other instruments of choice will provide a panache of forms, shapes, and expressions. Some will be serious, some less so; some will be precise in line, others less so; and some will express form in ways we may not have experienced before. All however will be substantive, expressing some form of transition with respect to the past, living in the present, and looking toward the future. Backstreet Gallery, an established arts anchor downtown, will feature new oil paintings by Victoria Rolett, a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate whose sophisticated works transform ordinary spaces through the use of vibrant color, light, scale, perspective, angles and line into extraordinarily vibrant paintings. Victoria is also a graduate of the New Rochelle High School.
Gallery Roc is part of the 17,000 square feet of long term vacant upper floor spaces that the BID Artists Spaces Program has helped property owners develop for work studios for and galleries. During the Downtown Gallery Walk, they will hold open studios of its resident artists and of MODHArts Studio’s Maryana Oliynyk and David Humphrey. MODArts will also feature Power of Doodling a show by guest artist Teresa Humphrey. In conjunction with her works Teresa Humphrey, they will also host a special presentation of a CBS short video The Higher Purpose of Doodling.
Downtown has a number of public arts installations such Tidal Song by Catherine Widgery; the Tapestry of New Rochelle by Stomu Miyazaki; Flame of Knowledge by Lumen Winter; the Charles Raisen Memorial Sculpture; and the New Rochelle Walk of Fame. Recent additions to downtown’s public art landscape include Steal Away, a jazz mural by Jeff Schlanger; Patrick Bancel’s “Climate Change Billboard” a faux painted reminder of our responsibility to the planet; and three Murals by internationally known artist Dale Zeutlin. These will soon be joined by the Downtown Parade of Fleur de Lis, fifteen, five foot fiber glass fleur de lis sculptures, each to be decorated by a different artist and located on sidewalks throughout the downtown. A preview of one of the fifteen fleur sculptures will be on display at Backstreet Gallery.
Councilman Ivar Hyden noted; “I am delighted the Downtown BID, the City of New Rochelle, and the New Rochelle Arts Council are all supporting this public art initiative. The new displays of public art in our downtown show our commitment to creating a genuine arts district that will bring investment and growth to New Rochelle.”