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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Q. What are some of the things you love about living Uptown?

A: The feeling of being family is what I love about living Uptown. Everyone looks out for one another. Even if they are strangers, they consider themselves family. It is a blessing to be Dominican and living in Washington Heights. It’s home, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.



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Celia B. Rabinowitz – Opening Reception 9-9-11 @ 8:30 pm

The Armin and Estelle Gold Gallery is located @ the Hebrew Tabernacle

(551 Ft. Washington Avenue at 185th St)

“Transcending Bourgeois: Mediocrity or Hope?”

 By Celia B. Rabinowitz

“The only excuse for being an Artist is to make a difference”. Words uttered by 20th Century prodigy pianist and composer Glenn Gould left a tremendous impact on my life, mind and career. As an Artist I strive to go over and beyond the limitations I see in life. I hunger for more and strive to achieve this in my work. Creating art, for me, has always been a reflection of inner determination and perseverance, transcending my own personal struggles and sufferings. Art has taught me to ignore death and rejoice in life. Art also provides me with the serenity and freedom which I searched for all my life, in addition to a deeper connection to G-d. I admire greatness that I see in others and aspire to achieve wholeness in my life, body, mind and soul. For me this is the true meaning of Art.

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BY Michael J. Feeney

Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

A Washington Heights artist is using his work to encourage discussion about some touchy subjects in the largely Dominican upper Manhattan community – skin color, hair texture and self-esteem.

And it’s become one of the most-talked about and well-attended exhibits in upper Manhattan, organizers said.

M. Tony Peralta’s show – “Complejo” (Spanish for complex) – started as a project about former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa’s controversial use of cream that made his skin lighter.

Read more: Washington Heights artist’s work is ‘Complejo’ – and drawing raves.

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Click here for our recap of the exhibit.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

At the end of the day, art is nothing if it doesn’t inspire conversation and reflection. That, ladies and gentleman, is exactly what occurred yesterday at M. Tony Peralta’s Complejo exhibit held at the NoMAA Gallery. I took part in and overheard plenty of folks sharing their own personal stories of dealing with the absurd but very real “complejos” that are part of the collective experience of Latinos. The striking and deceptively simple images put together by Peralta were the catalysts for lively discussion during and after the show.

The exhibit was wonderfully curated by the Sound of Art, which made wise use of the entire NoMAA space to tell a storyline in parts. Each room built and added on to what came before. It seems that everyone in attendance took time to consume and digest each every piece and had their particular favorite that spoke to them.

The exhibit did a masterful job of showcasing relatable art. Art that stirs the soul, art that feels like you are a part of it, art that speaks to your individual narrative while simultaneously telling the story of multitudes.

You have until August 25th to take in this remarkable exhibit. Support the arts and artists in your community. Remember the motto, “Spread love it’s the Uptown way.”

 178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor (at 189th St.)
New York, NY 10040
info@nomaanyc.org | www.nomaanyc.org

Shout out to Tahiry, Juan Bago, Frank Nibbs and Eileen Z. Fuentes for their Instagram pics.

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M. TONY PERALTA: COMPLEJO from República on Vimeo.

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The Sound of Art presents COMPLEJO

New York artist M. Tony Peralta delves into controversial territory for  his new ‘Complejo’ exhibit.

NoMAA Gallery
August 4th-25th, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 6-8pm

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
The Cornerstone Center
178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor (at 189th St.)
New York, NY 10040
212.568.4396 | info@nomaanyc.org | www.nomaanyc.org

Complejo – M. Tony Peralta art exhibit from Ruben Henriquez on Vimeo.

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