Huntington Arts Council is proud to present DEC The Walls an Exhibition Featuring NYSCA Decentralization Grantees. Opening Reception July 27, 6-8PM. Exhibition runs from opening through August 18, 2018. All at the Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743. FREE all are welcome.
DEC The Walls brings together our Exhibition and Decentralization Regrant Programs. We will showcase six artists grantees whose work span the artistic spectrum. Kendra Mace Clark: Performance Artist, Dancing, Lucienne Pereira: Visual Artist, Napoleon Revels-Bey: Performance Artist, Music, Nichelle Rivers: Visual Artist, Chanika Svetvilas: Visual Artist and Tonito Valderrama: Visual Artist.
The Huntington Arts Council proudly administers the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization grant program. Long Island Arts Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC) of the New York State Council on the Arts and with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. DEC is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, making possible the perseverance of extraordinary arts and cultural activities throughout the Long Island region, reaching both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The six artists in this exhibit have each received a DEC grant.
Kendra Mace Clark is a Dance Educator recognized for creating customized arts-integrated curricula for elementary schools and community agencies across Westchester, NYC, and Long Island. Clark is a recipient of the 2017 Creative Individual grant, for ProjectPAUSE, a creative place-making with the Village of Southampton. ProjectPAUSE is a memorandum to embrace outward stillness for inner movement. Southampton residents learned about the Project at PAUSE booths at four central locations where they submitted PAUSE Memo Cards that share when, where, or why they indulge in a pause. Residents were able to enroll in a dance workshop to physically experience the internal richness of the human body. The public was able to audition to perform in PAUSE, attend an open rehearsal to contribute in the dance-making process, and/or partake in the final exhibit, dance performance, and Q&A at the Southampton Cultural Center.
Lucienne Pereira is a Brazilian multi-disciplinary artist working with painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and community murals. Her work has been exhibited in the USA and Europe. Pereira is a 2016 recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Individual Artist grant. Her project was an installation at the Art League of Long Island. The concept of the piece was about the migration, journey, and struggle for adaptation. One part of the installation, a wall piece “Journey” was interactive. People could leave a written message (poem, song, thoughts, experiences) that would be transferred to pieces of wood on the wall during the exhibit. Members of the community participated during the making by simulating an installation. During the exhibit teens of the community center Tri-CYA visited the exhibit, we discussed and they expressed their interpretations.
Napoleon Revels-Bey, founder of Arts-In-Education Programs, “Al Andalusia to Dizzy” Revels-Bey Music, and a non-for-profit arts agency Nassau Performing Arts, Inc. The John and Alice Coltrane Foundation , LI Arts alliance board member. Dedicated to performances/ residencies and education, in the tri-state. Revels-Bey was the recipient of the 2017 Creative Individual grants. The aim of his project, the UMA Festival was to build arts and literacy in the community. He had local vendors setup around the Show, mobile Painters, writers, crafts, food vendors. The festival consisted of a series of concerts at Uniondale HS Jazz Knights, Choir, Community folk dance, The Friends of the Coltrane Home, and “Al-Andalusia to Dizzy” Ensemble.
Dr. Nichelle L. Rivers, a multi-media artist and educator, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Her bold and vibrant depictions are not only inspired by her culturally rich childhood, but also by such iconic art figures like Faith Ringgold, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Dr. Rivers currently serves as the Director of Grants and Funded Programs in the Roosevelt Union Free School District and the founding President of the P.O.W.E.R Foundation, an advocacy and empowerment organization that works with LGBTQIA youth, at-risk student populations and local faith and community-based organizations in the Nassau and Suffolk County areas. Dr. Rivers was a recipient of the 2017 Creative Individual grant and worked with other anti-violence and racial justice groups to educate and raise awareness to the pervasive violence and lack of inclusion and laws that impact the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Her project is taking place to convey a new understanding of the invisible people whom have lived for years among yet are afraid to reveal themselves for fear of some sort of retribution. Dr. Rivers journey includes honoring transgender victims of fatal violence by painting a portrait of them and telling their story.
Chanika Svetvilas is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary artist whose conceptual work takes multiple forms including installation, video, audio, and performative actions. Svetvilas grew up in the Southern Tier of New York State and is currently based in Plainsboro, NJ. She has presented her work nationally including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY; ABC NoRio, NY; Denver International Airport, Denver, CO; and Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, to name a few. Svetvilas is a 2016 recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Individual Artist grant. This project created two site specific multimedia installations documenting individuals who self-identify with mental health difference. The work was presented at two galleries that included stories shared by students and community participants.
Tonito Valderrama is an environmental artist and educator from Southold, NY who has found a calling in blending two passions of art and nature together. “I have truly found that art does not have to be a lonely and self-centered endeavor, but a gift to share and educate the world with. I have been creating environmental installations that bring to the public’s attention issues such as local endangered species, deforestation and human impact. The best part has been inviting and collaborating with the community and students in building many of these sculptures. Art is a collaboration in human interaction and energy for everyone.” Valderrama was the recipient of the 2017 Creative Individual grant. His project, “The Great Nest of Creativity” was a public, interactive and environmental art event that took place in June 2017. It was located on the lawn in front of the Heckscher Art Museum where the community was invited to participate in a one of a kind nature installation project celebrating our feathered friends. Valderrama began by teaching a nature talk about local birds using real nests, eggs and feathers as visual resources.