ArtsFest returning to Castle Gallery, Mooney Center Gallery


The College of New Rochelle is once again taking part in the annual New Rochelle ArtsFest, which brings local arts enthusiasts to sites throughout the city this Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29.

The Castle Gallery and Mooney Center Gallery will welcome visitors from noon to 4 p.m. on both days. On Sunday, ArtsFest will also serve as the opening receptions for the exhibits at both venues.

The free "culture trolleys" will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m., allowing art lovers to hop on and off at their leisure. For a full schedule, visit the New Rochelle Council on the Arts website at Schedules can also be found at the Mooney Center front desk.

Debris Field, which runs until November 3 at the Castle Gallery, features 17 artists repurposing everyday objects into works imbued with beauty, thoughtfulness, and even humor.

"Trash, whether saved from our own wastebaskets or salvaged from the street, comes laden with guilty associations and questionable provenance," said exhibit curator Lisa Dahl. "Yet, the very familiarity of these materials can provide us with a deeper understanding into their creative repurposing." The transformation of the practical into the sublime, she said, is "laced with a desire to change the status quo of how we perceive the products deemed disposable in our lives."

The Mooney Center Gallery will feature Sequence of Bases, an exhibit of "disordered portrait scenarios" by Raquel Echanique.

Her work, Echanique says, "disturb almost as much as they comfort us. My subjects don’t believe in gravity; they are lifted by strings that are often extensions of their own structure. Every part of their built faces seems to be knitted by a centrifugal force that enters the scene like a chaotic Prometheus."

"My distinctive visual style is characterized by circular motioned brushwork that bursts polychromatic energy. My portraits are stirred up by swirls that pull, twine, divide and modify anatomy in different directions, resulting in a sight of hypnotic relaxation."

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