A tribute to Mother Earth

Art Direction and production: Monique Allain
April 22nd 2023 - 1:30 PM / 6:30 PM
New Darlington, North Salem, NY

Each presentation lasted 5 to 10 minutes. There was a short break between each presentations, so that guests were able to connect and exchange impressions.
1:30 - Landing and gathering - Opening
2:00 - Bob Kotch and Elliot Semel - Jazz
2:20 - Leslie Connito - Visual Arts
2:40 - Regina Jehá - Documentary
3:20 - Anita Zander & Helen Houghton - Classical Music
3:40 - Alexandra Kohl - Visual Arts - Horsehair Weavings
4:10 - Edward R. Cassano - Ocean Exploration - Visualizing the Deep-Sea
4:30 - Thomas O'Brien & Charles Cecil - Indie-folk-rock originals
4:50 - Monique Allain - Visual Arts - Studio visit
5:10 - Gathering - Let's celebrate life!
The  MAKERS GATHERINGS (MGs) are private, intimate, affective and poetic situations of celebration and exchange between artists and creators. Participants with diverse backgrounds, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, dancers, performers and artists, make short presentations, talking to the public about their latest production, and sharing a little behind the scenes of their work.
I believe that what transform are experiences that emotionally touch. Art and poetry, great transforming agents, promote political, social and environmental reflections, essentials at the present moment, for the construction of a more fair and human society.
MGs are collective constructions in which friends, public and presenters, in close harmony, establish connections and expand their horizons. We all together make the spectacle happen!
Several of these gatherings were produced while I was  living in Brazil. In June 2018, the first US MG broke out in a spontaneous and uncontained way, responding to the desire to gather stimulating people, make new friends, and celebrate the moment with creation. Minimally planned, the event happened in Brooklyn and there was no record. The enthusiasm of the participants was such that it fostered the desire to make more MGs. The second one then came out in November 2018. It was amazing!
On April 22nd we had the first edition in North Salem.
Many thanks to all the MAKERS who, sharing their passions, contributed to make this event happen. Thanks so much to all people present that with their energy and affection brought so much warmth and light to the afternoon!
This NSMG was a tribute to Mother Earth! We care about the environment.
We can't wait for the next one!
Bob Kotch and Elliot Semel - Jazz
Bob (Alto Sax) and Elliot (Piano) performed two Jazz pieces: "Birth of the Blues" and "Moanin' ".
Jazz is a uniquely American form of music, both in birth and evolution, although it is now global in nature. We performed two pieces.  Birth of the Blues, outlined the early evolution of the blues form.  Moanin’ set the standard for the hard-bop jazz movement in the 50’s.
Bob Kotch - E-mail:
Leslie Connito - Visual Arts
Leslie is a New York artist who works in various media, investigating concepts of time, memory, disintegration, permanence and impermanence. Her oil paintings and mixed media art reflect everyday life and often include snippets of culture, politics, history, music, art history, and endangered species, which are painted into the images in layers. She uses symbols as narrative tools in her oil paintings, mixed media work, and encaustics. Her expressionistic work contains elements of conceptualism, surrealism and narrative art.
Leslie presented three artworks: “Cognitive Structure”,  “Lobster Rhetoric”, and “Endangered Species”. The works  are good examples of a combination of these elements.

Leslie Connito - Website:     Instagram: leslieconnitoart     
E-mail: - In the re: please put “PAINTING request” for any questions

Regina Jehá - Documentary
Regina, a Brazilian filmmaker presented a fragment of her recently released film, Frans Krajcberg: Manifesto. The film highlights the tireless struggle that Krajcberg undertook throughout his life, until his death in 2017, for the preservation of the Amazon. One of Regina's great motivations, when showing the work of this internationally acclaimed artist, is to keep his work alive, to awaken the public to the importance of the engagement and voice of each one of us in the struggle for the preservation of the environment.
Regina Jehá - Website:      Instagram: reginajeha

Fragment of the documentary Frans Krajcberg: Manifesto.

See the hole movie: (pasword: lauperfilms)
Thank you so much Regina for sharing that with us!!!!!!

Anita Zander & Helen Houghton - Classical Music
Anita (Flute) and Helen (Piano) played two musical pieces that are delicate and lyrical: “Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits” since it is such a lovely piece, with a melody that is familiar to the audience.  The second piece, "Morceau de Concours" is short and really magical in its lyricism.
“Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits”: from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, was produced in 1762 and is the oldest work of its kind. The tranquil and lovely abode of the blest where the good spirits in Hades find rest, is the setting for the “Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.”
“Morceau De Concours”: by the French composer Gabriel Urbain Faure (1845-1934) is a one-movement work, a beautiful arabesque with flowing lines that allow the performer to demonstrate her lyrical abilities in lovely waves of sound. The piece was composed while Faure was professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire and was used as a test of the flautist’s musicianship.
3:20 - Alexandra Kohl - Visual Arts - Horsehair Weavings
The artist spoke about the process of her work and how she came to using the materials.
Alexandra draws inspiration from the healing spirit, elegance, and strength of horses. She feels most at home when working with her hands, whether focusing on her craft or outdoors completing farm work. Alexandra is interested in new perspectives created from human interaction with natural materials. Through weaving, she hand-places strands of horsehair into forms that juxtapose organic and geometric.
Alexandra Kohl
Website:    Instagram: AlexandraKohlDesign
Edward R. Cassano - Ocean Exploration - Visualizing the Deep-Sea
Using images and short video captured during remotely operated vehicle (ROV) science operations Ed shared rare images of the deep-sea environment. Ed’s company Pelagic Research Services developed, owns, and operates the 6000-meter ROV System Odysseus to support science and exploration work to understand the deep-sea.
Images were collected from several research projects in Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone – about 1200 miles west of Costa Rica and  offshore  of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Edward R. Cassano - Website:      E-mail:
Thomas O'Brien & Charles Cecil - Indie-folk-rock originals
Thom O'Brien, a singer and songwriter born in Westchester, recently released his first album. He played guitar and share songs from it with us. Charles Cecil accompanied.
Thom O'Brien - Website:      Instagram: thomasarchitect
Monique Allain - Visual Arts - Studio visit
Monique Allain is a French/Brazilian/Mexican ARTI(vi)ST which supports life with peace in a sustainable environment through connections with Earth and others. She moved her art studio from São Paulo to North Salem in August 2022 and opened it.
Monique Allain - Website:      Instagram: @moniqueallain
Gathering - Let's celebrate life!
Thank you Helen Houghton for the amazing photos of the gardens and gathering!

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