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Thoughts on “giving Tuesday” – and the 15th Anniversary of ReachingU

Today, on so  called “giving Tuesday” I’m compelled to write a short note about ReachingU.  I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of this wonderful team of volunteers for a few years.  They openly give of their time and work tirelessly to open doors and provide opportunities for children and those in need of a hand.

This year’s event marked their 15th anniversary of what grew from an idea to give back and make the world a better place – starting out as a simple garage sale – to what is now a well run influencer supporting a broad swath of causes and contributing to several organizations which are approved after passing strict due diligence measures. The mission is to promote initiatives and strengthen organizations that help Uruguayans living in poverty.We promote initiatives and strengthen organizations that offer educational opportunities so that all Uruguayans living in poverty can develop their full potential.
With a number of member branches that have sprouted over the years, fundraising events held every year worldwide have become increasingly successful over time.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the NY Gala which this year honored famed Uruguayan born architect Rafael Vinoly.   His foundation also  generously contributed to the evening’s fundraising efforts.

As usual, the hours of work behind the scenes from the host chairs, committees and volunteers showed. There were several donors who contributed to the auction, including several other artists.  I had an amazing time fun time made all the better from the chance to attend with friend and colleague Angel Naula, president of Naula Workshops, meet the warm and engaging Vinoly and a chance to chat with the very cool (and gracious) Sebastian Arcelus from House of Cards and Madam Secretary.

But more important than all the fun and glitter, I’m anxious to hear the stories of how the results from the night will make a genuine difference in the lives of so many.   Feel lucky and honored…

   Please take a moment to check out their site and all they do by clicking on the logo below.  Thanks!

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Please click on the ReachingU logo above for additional info and videos. Thanks!

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ReachingU 2016 NY Fundraising Gala Auction honoring Rafael Vinoly – Angel Naula, Rafael Vinoly, Sebastian Arcelus and Anahi DeCanio

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IF WALLS COULD TALK – Mixed Media Abstract by Anahi DeCanio donated to ReachingU 15th Anniversary Art Auction

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Naula – Anahi DeCanio at eARThHAMPTONS 2016

 

 

Anahi DeCanio exhibits two abstract paintings at Huntington Arts Council – Group Exhibit at Main Street Gallery

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Anahi DeCanio, Creative Director of ArtyZen Studios and eARThHAMPTONS, has two paintings juried into a group show entitled Conversations in Color Abstract Exhibit. The two abstract paintings are entitled Pared Lateral 57 and East of Paradise. Pared Lateral 57 is inspired by the patina and layers of everyday life and paint on old walls in Uruguay, where the artist was born.  East of Paradise is part of the Sea Glass collection; a series of abstract paintings inspired by the coastal colors of the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island, New York.

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Anahi DeCanio – Pared Lateral 57 – Mixed media on canvas

The show was organized and sponsored  by  the Huntington Arts Council and will be on display at Main Street Gallery in Huntington, New York and will run from October 6th until October 22nd.   Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 14th from 6 to 8 pm.

The juror, is local artist Kerry Irvine.  She is an abstract expressionist painter. Her work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Irvine challenged the artists with the following statement

The challenge I proposed to the applicants, “As Artists we use color to communicate. This is how we bare our souls and share our deepest secrets. With color, we tell our stories. What’s your story? ” was met with great enthusiasm and a myriad of beautiful, strong, individual pieces of art.

The group includes an accomplished group of artists which promises to make this show a wonderful experience.  Besides Ms. DeCanio, Martha McAleer, Doug Reina, and Nicole Franz will have paintings in the show.   Please see the total list of artists at the end of the blog.

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Anahi DeCanio – East of Paradise – Mixed media on canvas

About Huntington Arts Council  (from their site)

OUR MISSION

The Huntington Arts Council enriches the quality of life of Long Islanders with programs and services that address the needs and interests of artists, cultural organizations and the community.

The Huntington Arts Council,  a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, promotes arts and culture generated by Long Island artists to our children and to the general population.  We work to enrich the cultural, social and economic life of the community by nurturing the professional development of artists, and by providing timely news and events via Arts Cultural News (circulation: 90,000).  Our Arts-in-Education program reaches 35,000 children annually through our partner school districts.  We also offer artistic programs and services to our more than 100 cultural organization members who encompass the broad spectrum of arts disciplines.

The arts are an important reason why Long Island is increasingly recognized as a great place to live, work and conduct business.  The arts generate jobs and wages, millions in annual direct spending, and millions more in terms of indirect spending by people drawn to attend cultural events in our community.

The Huntington Arts Council plays a leading role in sustaining the economic benefits of the arts through its promotion of activities and events in our community.   The arts create a vibrant, energized, and culturally rich community.

Since it was founded in 1963, the Huntington Arts Council has inspired and aided the growth of hundreds of art organizations and individual artists now flourishing across Long Island.  The Huntington Arts Council celebrates the diversity of Long Island’s cultural resources through sponsored activities, programs and publications that advocate cultural awareness and education.

The Huntington Arts Council is the official arts coordinating agency of the Town of Huntington and serves as the primary regranting agency in Suffolk County for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Participating Artists

Constance Blackman, Sandra Bowman, Joyce Bressler, Kathy Cunningham, Anahi DeCanio, Christine Dupuis, Alicia Evans, Baruch Farbiarz, Reg Fludd, Nicole Franz, Mary Fusco, Peter Galasso, John Greene, Rodee Hansen, Roseann Harder, Ron Janssen, Vincent Joseph, Marc Josloff,  Karen Kirshner, Deidre Klein, Julia Lang-Shapiro, Tara Leale Porter, Celeste Mauro, Martha Mcaleer, Lorraine Nuzzo, Douglas Reina, Che Sabalja, Sally Shore, and Penny Strong.

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Huntington Arts Council – Conversations in Color Abstract Exhibit

 

Come Out to Play… Matters of the heart

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Not totally certain of the exact definition of Serendipity, unless of course, you’re thinking of the fabulous frozen hot chocolate served at the namesake place in New York City.   I spoke to several friends who gave me a variety of interpretations.  But…

I’ll backtrack. I was supposed to “Come Out to Play” this past Saturday to attend a closing reception for “Abstract Women”. The group exhibit was an all women show curated by Mary Cantone, Director and owner at William Ris East Gallery in Jampesport, NY.  The show included my artwork (Anahi DeCanio), and the works of  Martha McAleer, Anne Franklin and Marilyn Weiss.  As it turns out, literal matters of the heart prevented me from from going and attending the reception.  As I was facing a few very unexpected life detours I got an email from a friend.  “Congratulations on you making the cover of The Independent!”   Yes!  There it is… My definition of Serendipity…

This was a busy social week in the Hamptons.  The always amazing landscape architect on a mission to protect us from “Come Out to Play” Mixed media on canvas by Anahi DeCaniopesticides, Edwina von Gal, had a fundraiser for her fabulous organization PRFCT Earth Project with non other than Deborah Harry as entertainment. There were beautiful horses (and people) wrapping up the The Hampton Classic and art exhibits all over town, including one curated by Pamela Willoughby and Julia Keyes benefiting ProjectMost,  a project near and dear to my heart which focuses on providing needed services for children on the East End. So I must admit it was a big surprise to see my painting on the cover. The timing could not have been better.

And last but not least – William Ris East has been in the art world for 50 years but it is brand new to the North Fork. This is a perfect time to follow the Long Island wine trail on the East and pay them a visit!  The gallery is located next to the Sherwood House Tasting Room.  So stop by to meet really nice people,  view great art and enjoy a glass of wine!

The heart matters had a great outcome and are fortunately behind me but the smile from the cover still remains!  Thanks to the team at Hampton Daze and The Independent, a wonderful source of all things Hamptons, for the smile and the cover!

To view the entire publication, please click HERE!

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ART WITHOUT BORDERS – AMERICA: North and South at Art League of Long Island

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6:30- 9:30pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY –  – 

Co- Curated by Anahi DeCanio and Lori Horowitz

July 30th – August 7th, 2016

A reception for the art exhibition “Art Without Borders – America: North and South” will be held on Friday, August 5th, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm.  The show, which runs through August 7th, 2016, will feature artwork by  local artists and Uruguayan born artists – hence North and South.  Artists include Anahi DeCanio, Lori Horowitz, Neil Leinwohl, Olga Armand-Ugon , Kelynn Z. Alder and Aurelio Torres.  

Sneak Preview:  Sunday, July 31st, 1:00 pm.  Meet the artists and enjoy a Q & A about the concept behind the show and the artwork on exhibit.

Monday August 1st – 1:00 PM – Nancy Ganzekaufer owner of Expressive Living Art and Framing will give a talk about the role of art in the home.  Topics will include art selection, the purchase of original work vs. prints, art placement and additional discussion of interest to collectors and homeowners alike.

“Art without Borders – America: North and South”, promises to be an exciting exhibit with three local artists and three artists from Uruguay featuring their latest work exploring differences and commonality in a juxtaposition of cultural currents from North and South. A blend of distinctive styles and perspectives using elements from a variety of media will be on exhibit including painting, sculpture and installation. Refreshments will be served during the artist reception. Let the art move you and dance to music from Salsa to Swing. All artwork is for sale.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Anahi DeCanio:  is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist whose artwork includes mixed media, collage, assemblage and installation.  Her work is part of private and corporate collections worldwide.   Winning numerous awards in national juried competitions for art and product design, Anahi has participated in group and solo exhibits across the US in several notable venues and museums.  Her work has been published in a number of publications, including TIME.  Anahi’s artwork has been used in several TV and motion picture productions.   Anahi, is the founder and curator of eARThHAMPTONS and Creative Director of ArtyZen Studios.  She serves on various boards and committees of 501-c3 art organizations and others.

Lori Horowitz: Lori Horowitz is multifaceted artist and lifelong supporter of the arts through teaching, arts advisory positions, working as an exhibiting artist here and abroad. She is a union scenic artist and set designer for film, TV and theater. Ms. Horowitz is currently, a curator/director of “Studio 5404,” an artists’ space, a non-profit cultural arts organization on the South Nassau /Suffolk border.  Her current series, “Burned into Memory”, is a study of personalities and environments. Sculptural images digest the posture of individuals while faces reflect their stories. In her process, “Painting with Fire”, images are burned into copper screening creating haunting shadows, translucent images and reflective imagery.

Kelynn Z. Alder: is featured in Cynthia Maris Dantzic’s book: “100 New York Painters” is an accomplished artist whose portraits have been commissioned by such notable publications as The New Yorker, as well as many private collectors. Self-defined as a “Visual Essayist with a wanderlust” Kelynn is recognized internationally for her portraits of Australian Aboriginal elders and the Indigenous of the Mexican Rainforest along with Coney Island sideshow performers.

Olga Armand- Ugon: is a well- known Uruguayan artist who assembles fragile materials, gluing, composing with them, and running a line of certain character along the stains, generating relationships and a dialogue between spaces, stains, textures, and lines. Her intentionally unfinished faces awaken the imagination, inviting the viewer to join in the emotional experience of their inner world or to complete it with their own. Olga has exhibited widely in group and solo shows including a recent exhibit at the Consulate General of Uruguay in New York City.

Neil Leinwohl:  In 1966 I left a Fine Arts Scholarship at the School Of Visual Arts and enlisted in the Army to be a photographer. Five months later I found myself in Vietnam armed with a Leica M3 and a couple of Nikons. I create art on the computer, narratives built with photographs and graphics I’ve manipulated. I also work with acrylics and oil paint sticks. Since 1970, I’ve worked in advertising, as a writer, art director and creative director. I now work on my art full-time..My art is about personal mythology, both real and conjured and the unreliable nature of memory.  I create art on the computer, narratives built with photographs and graphics I’ve manipulated. 

Aurelio Torres:  Born in Montevideo, Uruguay to a family of artists, Aurelio was raised in New York City.  His father, Horacio Torres, was an accomplished classically trained artist.  His artistic training was in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied for several years with his uncle Augusto Torres.  Aurelio’s grandfather, was the acclaimed Modernist Master Joaquin Torres-Garcia.  Aurelio’s travels have inspired him to create much of his work in natural outdoor settings.  His aesthetic sensibility is one of essential simplicity and natural, uncontrived beauty.  

Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road Dix Hills, NY 11746 p: 631 462-5400 f: 631 462-5011

Additional Info: Anahi DeCanio   561 706-1525 –  email: earthHamptons@gmail.com

                                 Lori Horowitz:    631-748-4196 – email: LoriHorowitzartist@gmail.com

                                 

eARThHAMPTONS – Earth Day Weekend – ART & DESIGN

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Anahi DeCanio, creative director of ArtyZen Studios is curating an art and design show to celebrate earth day in East Hampton.  eARThHAMPTONS Art Exhibit includes works from:  Anahi DeCanio – Jim GemakeJosh Hadar – Dan Welden – Christine D’AddarioLori HorowitzGeralyne Lewandowski – ZCI Woodworks and Michele Dragonetti.  We are very excited to also be exhibiting custom high end pieces by much sought after Naula Workshop.
Edwina von Gal, founder of Perfect Earth Project will be giving a presentation on Sunday April 24th.   Perfect Earth will having  demonstrations, games and music on the Ashawagh lawn on Saturday.
Meet award winning artists and artisans along with the best of local earth friendly vendors such as Hamptons Handpoured.   Additional activites are planned throughout both days with local purveyors of the best natural products from the East End.
Toni Germie of Benjamin Moore will be making  presentation on color and best practices which will provide CEU credits for interior designers.  The programs will also  be of interest to the general public.  Master printmaker Dan Welden will be teaching eco-friendly techniques for art print making.

Art Opening Reception
Saturday April 23 from 6 to 9
Immediatley following closing of Guild Hall Member’s Show Reception.
Free to the Public
Ashawagh Hall
780 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY
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Wishing you much to be grateful for…

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