Summer 2015 Exhibition: Expressions

June 7 - July 26, 2015

The Pomona Cultural Center is pleased to announce the Summer 2015 Art Exhibition, Expressions, featuring acrylic paintings, archival prints and wood panel carvings by Simon Jeruchim and woodcarvings and wood, copper and metal collage sculptures by Marty Kossover. (Above image: Cultural Center Exhibition Display)

The fundamental inspiration of each artistís vision is the abstract human form and the expressions, which depicts love, beauty, and contentment. Visually comprehensible and exploring the way in which art communicates, their images give form and substance to the inner sense of self. The subject matter of their work and the ideas expressed in the artistsí creation become alive in their imagination and style. Together they deepen our interest into the awareness of sharing and clear communication to help transform both the human spirit and create a better world.

Marty Kossover began sculpting while on active service with the army in Korea. Although he has worked with wood, metal, and stone, he prefers wood because it breathes and feels more intimate. He prefers his work to be "gutsy" rather than pretty. Woodcarvings in this exhibition focus on human form and shape. "I feel happiest when I go into my studio, open the lights, put on classical music and let three hours seem like five minutes. The ideas come from the material and my imagination."

Simon Jeruchim is an artist residing in Pomona, New York. Born, raised, and educated in France, Simon graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Paris, and has attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has displayed his artwork in galleries throughout Rockland County, and has permanent collections in the Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library in Springfield, Illinois, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Currently, Simon and his wife Cecile, both Holocaust surviors, have both spoken about their experiences, and are the proud parents of two daughters and grandparents of six grandchildren.

2015 Summer Concert | Saturday, July 25, 2015, 7:30PM

The Chiku Awali African Dance Company of Rockland, Inc. brings the sound of drums and the excitement of African dance to our Rockland County community. Alexandreena Dixon, a retired New York State prison warden from Suffern, founded Chiku Awali as a not for profit organization in January 2003. She did so to promote African dance and culture in Rockland County. Ms. Dixon says there is intrinsic value in African dancing. It is physically challenging, offers excellent cardio vascular activity, increases flexibility and coordination, and improves the attention span. The Companyís name, Chiku Awali is a combination of Swahili and Ibo that means charterer and joy. Thus, the name represents the joy of a new adventure. West African dance tells a story. Some of the dances performed by Chiku Awali include Lamba and Funga which are dances of welcome. The company children perform dances such as KouKou and Gundi, celebration dances for a good fishing catch, Hohoro, A dance symbolizing the chore of washing clothes, and Samba which has its roots in the African, South American diaspora. The women perform the dance Sounou, to show off their dancing ability and beauty. The dances Soli, Kassa, and Sinte are dances about the coming of age done by the community. Drummers and their drums nurture the heart and soul of dancers. Chiku Awali cultivates this craft through the Chiku Awali Obibini Asafo of Drums, which means the African Society of Drums in the Twi language of the Asante of Ghana. The big drum, the Dun Dun maintains the bass, while the jembe players keep the various parts of the rhythm.