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Ava Rado Harte
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ava Rado Harte emigrated to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Settling in New York, Ava became involved in the art world in several capacities as a painter, photographer, filmmaker, exhibition curator, events organizer, and arts administrator at Vorpal Gallery in SoHo.
An accomplished designer, she was contracted by major local retailers, like Fendi's and Romanoff's, to develop window displays and commissioned to sculpt a large stainless steel Christmas Tree for the Lincoln Road Partnership. She studied the auction house and how it relates to the art market while working in Sotheby’s in Miami.
In 1990 she opened the RADO Gallery featuring local emerging and established contemporary artists. One of the gallery’s exhibitions “Graffiti is Art” received community attention and brought about awareness of graffiti as an art form. This sparked the development of the Environmental Working Group by the Juvenile Justice Committee’s Self-Esteem Task Force to come of with creative ideas to divert energies and the talent of the kids who deface property in Miami-Dade County to creating murals. The RADO Gallery published its first art publication in 1992 titled “The Collected Poems of Cyril Thomas” which was designed and published by Ava Rado Harte.
Drawing inspiration from all aspects of life, contemporary abstract painter Michael Gray pursues the possibilities alive within the realm of imagination.
Known for his large acrylic on canvas pieces, Gray received early accolades for his work. He was the first American artist to have a major contemporary collection featured in a professional sports stadium. The Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, commissioned 18 pieces now featured permanently in the stadium.
Gray has also shown his work in numerous locations. His pieces can be found in over 50 private collections across North America, including executives from Google, Boeing, Microsoft, and Conde Nast, as well as sports figures from the NHL.
Raised in Whittier, California, Gray developed his passion for painting while living in North Carolina. It was there that he experienced his first success. From North Carolina, he moved to the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, where his work and technique continued to evolve.
Today, Gray resides in High Falls, New York, where he explores the boundaries of what it means to be a contemporary artist, embracing the discourse in pursuit of a diversity of work, refined through experience, experimentation, inspiration, and imagination.
"In the early light of one January morning, the snow from the previous night forged a seamless blend with the white of the black-and-white patterning of the Holstein hides. That random dance of tonal pattern, so suddenly observed, became a theme that informed my artwork ever since.
Several years later, I was in San Francisco for a few days, and was fortunate enough to visit a David Hockney exhibit of polaroid joiners. I was immediately taken with the idea of collaging one or two hundred photo images into a single snapshot moment that spanned hours, days, and even locations.
In the years that followed, landscape and photo collage portraits, frequently depicting rural scenes across America, dominated my work.
In 2002, I created eleven landscape collages for the permanent collection of the newly opened Tully Health Center of Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT. During 2009-2010, my photo collage of an imagined artist studio, Align Through Time: The Painted Muse, The Pixilated Views, was exhibited in the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington."
Robert Angeloch was born in Richmond Hill, New York, April 8, 1922, to Frederick and Laura Scherer Angeloch. He served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps. From 1946 to 1951 he studied at the Art Students League of New York with Martin Lewis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and others. He also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy and privately with Fiske Boyd in New Hampshire. While a League student he won the McDowell Traveling Scholarship and visited France, Italy, Austria and England.
His prints and drawings have been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Museum of Modern art, the Wichita Print Annual, the Society of Washington Printmakers and elsewhere.
He was an artist in residence at Western Kentucky University in 1974 under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1964 to 1979 and from 1968 to 2003 at the Woodstock School of Art of which he was a co-founder.