On view: Friday, September 27 - October 26, 2019 
Reception: Friday, September 27, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us for a
concert following the reception beginning at 8:00 pm! 

Featuring multiple mediums exploring both the musician, the music, and the form itself. Through paintings, photographs and more, help us celebrate this uniquely American musical form. Participating artists include: Larry D’Amico, Jerry Prettyman, Joel Trieger, Charles Seton, Ruchama Schechter, Patti Mollica, Mark Hagan, and Stone Shi.

Participating Artists Bios:

Larry D’Amico
Larry is a landscape painter and muralist. His work ranges from painterly realism to more abstract pursuits of color, light and mark making. His art work has been widely exhibited in one person and group shows in museums and galleries in New York City, the Metropolitan area and throughout the country. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his work. His paintings are in public and private collections nationally and internationally including the US Dept. of State.

Jerry Prettyman
Jerry Prettyman, studied Applied Art & Design at Catonsville Community College, Maryland Institute College of Art and Fine Art at Morgan State University. He had been employed as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for thirty-nine years for the Department of Health and Human Services in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a guest artist on numerous local, public radio programs and local television and cable television shows in Maryland, Washington, DC area. He has also given numerous lectures and presentations of his works to private groups, schools and organizations. He has been a guest juror and curator for many exhibits. His works have been exhibited in many Galleries, Museums and Public Buildings across the country.

Some of the more notable exhibits were the Smith/Mason Gallery and Museum of Washington, DC, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, Banneker Douglas Museum, Annapolis, Maryland, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, JVC Jazz Exhibition , New York, New York, The Jazz Gallery, New York, New York, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, New Harlem Renaissance Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Charles O. Taylor Visual Art Center, Hampton, Virginia, just to name a few.

 His works are also in the collections of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Joseph Haller of the Jesuits Residents of Georgetown University, Washington, DC, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Mr. Paul Pierce, Most Valuable Player of the NBA World Champion Boston Celtics in 2009 and many more.

 He has numerous commissions to his credit, his most significant being a commission after an exhaustive nationwide search by the firm of Joseph A. Wetzel Associates, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, to create and design for the Jazz Plaza at the Jazz Museum, an eighteen foot Italian Tile Floor Mural honoring legendary tenor saxophonist, Mr. Lester Young of Kansas City, Missouri.

 He has always had a love for art and cannot remember when he has not sketched or painted. As an artist he never got locked into a single style, constantly pressing the need to innovate, trying anything. He stirs things up and moves them around. You see him here, then he’s gone. He is always thinking about creating. The victory is complete when the art and the viewer embrace as one.

Joel Trieger
I am drawn to create in many mediums; some of the hats I wear are; piano technician, musician, instrumentalist, music instructor, composer, arranger, film maker, sculptor, photographer, and scrim-shaver. Born in 1958 in Newton, MA, I developed an early appreciation for the natural world, enhanced by many camping trips across U.S.A., and much exploration of animals in the wild and in zoos. By age 10, my path was diverted to music composition,  my sole creative outlet until 1999, when I stumbled upon the thrill of working with clay. I was hooked. Since 2000, I have exhibited work in New Rochelle, Katonah, Yonkers ,Pelham, Poughkeepsie (solo show), Port Chester, Larchmont, Mahopac, White Plains, Greenburgh (solo show) Peekskill, Rye, and at Agora Gallery in Manhattan. In 2010 I produced a seven part program for LMC-TV featuring about 65 sculptures and 3 hours of original music. "Sculpture by Joel" won the LMC-TV award for best series of 2011.  In 2011 I presented a solo exhibition at the Greenburgh Library, and participated in a small works show at Mamaroneck Artist Guild in 2013, where I was later juried into ceramics and sculpture in 2016. In 2015, running out of shelf space, I turned my attention to claymation videos and produced a series for my YouTube channel. Also I enjoyed collaborating with Ruchama Schechter on teapots, whistles, and collages. Together we recently presented a show of 30 original teapots at the Mamaroneck Public Library, each one  tied to an original poem. In the last three years I have participated in exhibitions with the New Rochelle Artist Association, the New Rochelle Council for the Arts, the students of the Center for the Arts/WCC, Arts Westchester in White Plains, and my portrait work has garnered prizes in many venues including Putnam Arts Council. November 2017, I taught 3 workshops in whistle-making for WCC's Center for the Arts, as part of the STEAM program, and Art Teacher's Development Day, a program I look forward to presenting at The Rye Arts Center this October.

Ruchama Schechter
Having lived for 15 years on the lowest point of the planet (The Dead Sea Israel) I became greatly inspired by its natural beauty and intensity of its overwhelming presence. I have carried this always with all aspects of my art and poetry. The art process for me should be dynamic, just the way it is in nature. I let my words in my poems and my clay work, wash over me... I am bold and brave I let my heart free,I let  my imagination reign and my creativity rule. I majored in world Literature at; Bar Ilan University in Israel. I studied art for 25 years at Westchester Community College NY, at Clay Art Center Portchester NY and took printmaking classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I love teaching ceramics, literature and languages to children and to adults.

There are many different  avenues for my creativity.  My art works include;pottery,sculpture,painting, printmaking,illustration, collage and mixed media. I am a member of  The New Rochelle Art Association, New Rochelle Council for the Arts and the Mamaroneck Artist Guild. Music is an important part of my life as well. at the present I sing  with ''Walkabout chorus'' and''Sing your Heart Out'' chorus, at New Rochelle Library, NY.

Charles Seton
Charles Seton is a 65 year old, New York-based freelance photographer, videographer and teacher. He has exhibited his work extensively around the US as well as in Russia, France, and Japan. 

His primary interest is in documenting the daily life, ceremonies, and traditional objects of cultures in over 30 countries during his 50 year career. From 1971-1978 he worked as a performance photographer and cinematographer while at Northwestern University. He photographed everyone from Odetta to Frank Zappa to Elton John to Allen Ginsberg and Walter Cronkite. 

Seton's photographs have appeared in a number of magazines here and abroad. A partial list includes: Gourmet; GQ; Kellogg World; Maryknoll; Md; Northwestern Magazine; Reader's Digest; Travel & Leisure; World; Geo(Germany); and in Japan, Lee, Trends, Canon Circle, & Ana Inflight. CBS/Sony Records in Japan has used his photographs for a series of album covers. Prints of Seton’s photographs are part of numerous corporate and private collections. 

For the past 20 years, in addition to continuing his personal work, Seton has taken the skills he has learned and taught hundreds of aspiring photographers (including some at Rye Art Center!) from novice thru professional through a series of Adult Education programs and individual instruction. In addition, he has become known as a master restorer of vintage photographs. 

Patti Mollica
Patti Mollica delights in painting the world around her in a bold, confident style, with hues that are vibrant, energetic and contemporary. Her work is known for its fearless use of color and expressive brushwork, while still blending a delicate balance between impressionism, abstraction and realism. 

Patti has been commissioned by, and is included in the private collections of American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS & RCA Records, Penguin Press and many others. Additionally, she is a Certified Teacher for Golden Paints and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., covering topics such as “Innovative Acrylic Techniques using Golden Paints,'' as well as “How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold”.

Patti’s original artwork is represented in several galleries throughout the US. Published prints and posters can be found in retail chains worldwide. She is the author of 4 Books,  "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold", “Modern Acrylics “, “Color Theory”, and “Acrylics - Getting Started”, as well as 3 instructional painting DVD’s, “Value, Brushwork, and Color Techniques”, published by Northlight Books. 

She lives in Nyack, NY with her husband - a jazz musician, their dog and 3 cats. 

Stone Shi
New York based China-born artist Schutze (aka Stone) uses the word Shi-Cun-Kuai,meaning “Shi Cun Cube” in Chinese, to describe his innovative method of oil painting. This method uses premixed oil colors to create thousands of small three-dimensional cubes on canvas to portrait icons, such as the Chinese and US currency, Marilyn Monroe, Buddha, Peking opera masks, and the cross. Schutze’s paintings, with their sculpting brush strokes, and exuberant color patterns, give the impression of abstract art from up close and figurative art from a distance. Interested in creating a perfect balance between pop art and fine art, Schutze conveys a sense of complexity and exquisity. www.stoneoilcube.com