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Look Close See Far

Look Close...See Far

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Global Fusion Art presents…

“Look Close…See Far”

Friday, November 7th, 2008, 6 – 9 PM

The Spark
161 West 22nd Street (6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY, 10011

As the US presidential elections loom near and the fate of our nation is on everyone’s mind, it is the perfect time to take a closer look at what we hope to see in our and proceeding generation’s future. Global Fusion Art presents selected work by artists revealing existing realities and exploring new possibilities. Among the exhibited work, the collaborative project “Living” presents images from a variety of cultures and societies expanding our perception of living in a world, which embraces unity and peace.

For this event, artists have pledged 10% of sale price of artwork and event proceeds will be donated to Action Against Hunger, dedicated to combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and food shortage. Their on-site staff of experienced professionals and technical experts in the fields of water and sanitation, food security, public health, and nutrition - work to restore dignity, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world.
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Global Fusion Art is a collective of multicultural artists and communities committed to support cross-cultural understanding through visual arts, music, performance and multi-media.  We seek to raise awareness of the global community and promote individuals and organizations that provide humanitarian services across the world. 

Participating Visual Artists:

Farhana Akhter, Liz Derickson, Neil Enggist, Leandre Jackson, Chandini Pinilla, Anisa Rahim, Juan Carlo Suazo, Maryann Sussoni, Margo Vallone, Ellen Woods


Performance:

7:00 pm – Sitar music by Anjana Roy with Eric Alabaster playing the Tabla.  A second generation musician and teacher, Anjana studied the sitar with masters in India and has performed in many local and international concerts. Eric is a drummer, composer, tabla player and a music educator who has performed widely including Broadway, TV and Radio. Anjana and Eric will be performing two compositions in Raga Begeshri.

Wine and Light refreshments will be served.  Admission $10 Suggested

Artists pledge 10% of sale price of artwork and event proceeds will be donated to Action Against Hunger, dedicated to combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and food shortage.
 
 
About our Participating Artists: 
 
Anisa Rahim, Liz Derickson, Leandre Jackson - "Living" a collaborative project presenting images from a variety of cultures and societies around the world. These images are dedicated to what we view as the “art of living”. We have been working on the this open-ended project for the past two years and it includes photos from Cape Verde Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Mexico, India, Venezuela, France, El Salvador, Jamaica, and of course the U.S. A small portion of the exhibition is on loan and hangs in the office of a Philadelphia law firm. 
 
Neil EnggistNeil Enggists work intends to illuminate the strands that weave together the dynamic of existence, creation and cessation.   Though the web is ever fluid, inchoate, and multidimensional, patterns arise--moments embodying a universal synchronicity.   Using forms that reach through and beyond personal and culturally specific significance, I paint to open these moments.  www.neilenggist.com
 
Chandini Pinilla - Originally from Mysore, India, Chandini's work expresses  a surprise in recreation of nature through the use of light and shade.  Che creates various types of testure, woven patterns, strokes and multiple layers of paint, bringing out the connection between the shapes and space creating a unique composition. She has exhibited internationally in various major cities and her works are in many collections in India and abroad. 
 
Tania Sen -  Tania works on a wide range of medium, oil, acrylic, Venetian plaster, mosaic, tiles and glass to name a few.  Her topic of work includes Dance, Yoga, Indian Mythology and Equestrian themes as well as compositions requested on any given theme.  Among her recent commissions are: an oversized mural on the theme of Coney Island Park at the Somerset Hills YMCA.  It is done in acrylic on drywall.  Oil on canvas compositions based on “The Nutcracker”, ballet production for the Broadway Dance Theater and Dance Express, Warren, NJ.    
http://iconsbytaniasen.blogspot.com
 
Juan Carlo Suazo -  Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Juan remains deeply attached to his native country and its influence in every aspect of his artwork. His work has been represented by the Latino Arts Community, including solo exhibitions at Cemi Underground, NY; Taina’s Touch Arts Connection, NY; River Bank State Park, NY and Colalex Gallery, NY.  Juan Carlo is currently working with papier-mâché making his own version of Vejigantes (Puerto Rican carnival masks), incorporating natural products with recycled products. www.jcsartesanias.blogspot.com
 
Maryann Sussoni -  Born and raised in the South Bronx to a Puerto Rican mother and Peruvian father, she is a prolific artist who is never at a loss for new ideas.  She is a painter, photographer and musician. The use of powerful brushstrokes with a zen like sensibility can be seen in her abstract paintings. View her work...
 
Margo Vallone -  Margo Vallone was born into a family of traditional Korean artists who share a passion for creativity, expression and respect for their Asian heritage. In addition to her Korean descent she is also Chinese and Irish. She graduated from Rutgers University in NJ with a B.S. degree in English.  Although Margo took formal fine art classes during college, Margo's most valuable learning experiences stemmed from drawing alongside her mother, Chung Soon Fwhang-O'Dwyer.  As it was these special memorable childhood moments that created an artistic influence and encouragement that even today, continue to help Margo expand her own creative mood and sharpen her artistic skill set. 
 
Ellen Woods - Ellen Yung Woods is an artist raised and influenced by an Asian-American family of artists, Ellen has always explored and appreciated creative expression. She has studied drawing and Oriental brush painting with her mother Chung Soon Fwhang O'Dwyer, calligraphy with Marion Andrews and Joseph DiMare at theSalmagundi Club in New York City and with watercolors with Lorraine Niemela in New Jersey. Ellen takes an active role in helping support the local arts within her county by creating and executing fundraising events that help drive awareness and fund both artistic growth and appreciation. 

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