Ashe Street Residency Cottages Open During Walk on White
Thursday January 15, 6-8pm
January Artists-in-Residence will be featured during this month’s Walk on White at the Ashe Street Cottages. The public is invited to stop in at 607 Ashe Street on Thursday, January 15 from 6-8pm to enjoy a glass of wine and meet muralist Christine Heller, painter Vincent Pomilio, and pianist and composer Thomas Kotcheff.
Christine Heller is a painter and installation artist based in Cooperstown, NY, who creates murals around the country. Christine’s early interest in dance has led to a life long focus on the figure, and currently her influences are modern, hiphop and street dancers, and the murals of Diego Rivera and Thomas Harte Benton.
As part of her residency, Heller will spend the month creating a 10’ x 60’ mural at the Montessori Charter School of Key West. Her intention is for the mural to reflect the energy and vibrancy of Montessori’s students and teachers. Heller most just completed a 10’ x 40’ mural in Denver with a grant from the City of Denver’s Graffiti Eradication Program.
Artist Vincent Pomilio works in all painting media, on canvas, paper, or wooden panels. His work is largely abstract, and he uses the natural world as his guide. His paintings evolve through a series of layers, each one rubbed, sanded, or burnished with tools. An exhibition of Pomilio’s work will be featured at the Lemonade Stand Gallery, 318 Petronia Street from January 21-January 30, with an opening reception on January 21 from 6-8pm.
Thomas Kotcheff, a composer and pianist from Los Angeles, will also spend the month creating new music in Key West. Kotcheff was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Hermitage Prize by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has received commissions from The Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee, Peabody Camerata, Trio Appassionata, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Alpha Walker Music Studios, and Sandbox Percussion.
On January 28, Kotcheff will present Matched, a piano concert taking place in a beautiful private home. In this intimate, salon-style performance, Kotcheff pairs newly composed 21st century pieces with masterworks from the classical piano repertoire. The evening will include the Florida premiere of Kotcheff’s own Other Roads as well as selections by Charles Ives, Jordan Nelson, and Frederic Rzewski. Tickets are $25/$20 mbrs and are available at tskw.org.
Entry to the Residency Cottages is through the gate at 607 Ashe Street. Studio Artists at the Armory and 610 White Street will also have their doors open, with a wide variety of work on display.
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