The Rye Arts Center will host its annual gala “A Vision In Rye” on Friday, May 12 at Doral Arrowwood
in Rye Brook
. The event will honor Bob Clyatt, a sculptor who has been instrumental in The Rye Arts Center’s Public Art Initiative, and Brigitte Loritz, a watercolorist who has taught at The Rye Arts Center for more than thirty years.
The gala is our primary fundraiser to support our extensive network of outreach programs. A selection of these activities include in-school programs that bring arts education into hundreds of classrooms; partnerships with Head Start, the Don Bosco Community Center, the Community Resource Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich to provide arts education to at-risk youth; free specialized dance classes for seniors who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease; and $25,000 in scholarships for The Rye Arts Center arts classes and lessons.
Organized by committee members and staff, the gala is led by co-chairs: Fiona & Ozgen Dogan, Lisa & Robert Miller, Judith & Bill Passannante, and Nicole & Rob Weber.
In addition to cocktails and dinner, the event will include live music, live and silent auctions. The auction items which include week-long getaways, event tickets, and everything in between will be available for advance online bidding.
There will be a mini-art sale of works by both honorees Bob Clyatt and Brigitte Loritz, and arts activities including mini-sculptures with Terry Taylor and a community painting with Nestor Madalengoitia. Comedian, Kim Berns will conduct “red carpet” interviews for a new show on RyeTV, Rye Witness News with Kim Berns.
About the Honorees:
Bob Clyatt was born in Oakland and lives and works in Rye and Chelsea, NYC. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Santa Fe and New York as well as group shows around the world. His sculptures are in permanent collections of the Burchfield-Penney museum in Buffalo, NY and Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia in Italy. His work has been reviewed in numerous art publications and featured in the NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Fox News and other national media. Bob spent 8 years in formal study of sculpture, centering on his years at the Art Students League of New York under the guidance of Barney Hodes. At The Rye Arts Center he curated Beyond Rodin: Contemporary Figurative Sculpture and has been the driving force behind The Rye Arts Center’s Public Art Initiative.
Brigitte Loritz was born and educated in Switzerland and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In the United States, she attended Parson’s School of Art & Design, and has studied under such prominent watercolorists as Ed Whitney, Jane Carlson, Arnie Lindmark, Janet Walsh, Mel Stabin, and Diane Faxon. She has won numerous awards and has exhibited throughout New York, Connecticut, and Switzerland. Her paintings are in private collections around the world. She has taught at The Rye Arts Center for more than 30 years. She conducts workshops in transparent watercolor and mixed media classes for adults and children in various schools in Westchester County.
The Rye Arts Center Gala A Vision In Rye is sponsored by Julia B. Fee | Sotheby’s International Realty, RJT Motorist Services, and Serendipity Labs.
Chairs: Fiona & Ozgen Dogan, Lisa & Robert Miller, Judith & Bill Passannante, Nicole & Rob Weber
Laurie Batal, Rebecca and Cameron Brooks, Jane Canning, Wonda Clyatt, Bonnie Cotnoir, Fred and Barbara Cummings, Suzanne Davies, Elissa DiGiulio, Barbara and Paul Elliot, Milena and Gustavo Fernandes, Anthony Francella, Marilyn and Robert Gasparini, Duncan and Laura Hennes, Lynn and Paul Ingrassia, Robin Jovanovich, Dolly Kacha, Suzanna and Andrew Keith, Diana Keller, Gary and Julie Killian, Laura R. Lavan, Amy and Shaun Lawrence, Suzanne Luckey, Didi McCormick, Candice Miller, Eileen and Richard Neiman, Carole Nelson, Richard and Lisa Pell, Margaret Pinsker, Laurie and Rob Platek, Anne and Don Pollard, Nonie and Chris Reich, Jane Riley, Sian Roath and Richard Lloyd, Paula Schaefer, Kathy Szabo, Ray Tartaglione and Buffie Duncan, Sally Tobin, Paul and Linda Tyler, Annette and Jan Veltman, Alison and Bob Wise