Local Art Enthusiasts Pour Into CNR Galleries During New Rochelle ArtsFest 2011

MediaLibrary#5149A trolley traveled through The College of New Rochelle for the annual New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ ArtsFest, delivering eager art enthusiasts to the Mooney Center Gallery and Castle Gallery from September 24 – 25, 2011. The College, who sponsored the event, has participated in the ArtsFest since it began three years ago.

“ArtsFest continues to be a fantastic way for the College to support our city’s local arts as an annual sponsor and to collaborate with surrounding arts and education organizations, and local businesses. The event also encourages local New Rochelle community members to visit our galleries, and we hope they continue to visit as we add new exhibits throughout the year,” said Katrina Rhein, Castle Gallery, Mooney Center Gallery, and Gordon Parks Gallery Director.

Event participants enjoyed art exhibitions, live music, food and wine tasting, workshops, dance performances, and family activities that took place in public and private cultural venues throughout New Rochelle. A free “culture trolley” provided transportation from one event to another.

At CNR the group could visit the exhibitions “Color Buzz,” by local artist Alex Masket, in the Mooney Center Gallery and “Toward a Philosophy of the Everyday” at the Castle Gallery.

Masket’s exhibition highlights his bold use of color and his facility with unconventional media. His work is characterized by color and form as well as unrestrained limitations of tradition and contemporary tastes or schools of thought.

“Toward a Philosophy of the Everyday” is result of the work of thirteen artists: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, William Stone, Jeanne Silverthorne, Martha Colburn, Andy Coolquitt, Patrick O’Hare, Ruth Hardinger, Lisa Hoke, Heather Rowe, Jedediah Caesar, Arthur Simms, Rashawn Griffin, and Ian Burns. The exhibition was organized by Dr. Susan Canning, Professor of Art at The College of New Rochelle. It represents the philosophy of the everyday and invites the public to explore the ways in which art relates to practice and meaning of daily life.