March 29th, 6:00 p.m.

Motorgate Gallery Opening for 2017 Scheduled

Peter McCarthy
Tad Sudol (left) and Erica Spencer-EL (second from right, holding a child) join the artists for Motorgate Gallery Opening 2016.
Tad Sudol (left) and Erica Spencer-EL (second from right, holding a child) join the artists for Motorgate Gallery Opening 2016.
Photo: Deborah Julian / © Roosevelt Island Daily

It's very hard... no, impossible to find beauty in poured concrete, the traditional building material providing shelter for cars on Roosevelt Island at Motorgate. But the combined energies of RIOC and the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association has done the next best thing, upgrading a cold parking garage with the warmth of art.

To our knowledge, there isn't another like it in the world.

Mural sized works of art are created on the lawn south of Rivercross, each year during Fall for Arts. All supplies are provided by RIOC.

The murals stand for weeks, gracing the space just above the Meditation Steps, as autumn fades into winter.

(See a photo exhibit of the works being created for this exhibit.)

But life does not end for the art, then. RIOC preserves the murals for the Motorgate Gallery, situated on the concourse and extending upstairs into the parking areas. Today, RIVAA's Tad Sudol is working with RIOC's Erica Spencer-EL to select new additions harvested from the 2016 festival.

"RIOC and RIVAA are excited to present this year’s additions to the Motorgate Gallery, selected from the 2016 Fall For Arts Festival’s Mosaic Vignettes: Scenes of New York City, which presented R.I. residents and NYC based artists the opportunity to design their own visions of New York City, using diverse elements, often creating a collage of images," says RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, herself an avowed lover of art, no matter where it's found.

Everyone is invited to the opening, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th. Refreshments and live jazz are promised.

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