A vegan-vegetarian café is expected to open in two to three months as part of the business at 49 Lawton Street. Sitting across the street from the Library Green, it occupies the space that had been filled by Alvin &Friends, until the eatery moved to a larger space about a block away.
Recologie will remain open, even as work on the space continues, said Judith Weber, a partner in the boutique.
The inaugural show will exhibit the works of artist Mary Ann Lomonaco, including “Mop With Hanging Beads” and “House Stories.”
Here’s a press release about it all:
Mixed Media Constructions
Mary Ann Lomonaco
49 Lawton Street, NewRochelle, NY 10801
Recologie ‘s inaugural exhibition is From the Mundane to the Magnificent featuring the art of Mary Ann Lomonaco whose “three-dimensional mixed media constructions are made from recycled, reclaimed, reconstructed “stuff” using a variety of techniques and materials. Her work is made primarily from found objects, those things most of us already have as opposed to things we purchase. This way of making art helps the environment, but it also challenges us to look at everyday objects and see their possibilities and potential – even their beauty. Her aim is to help viewers stand in a new place – to help them realize that things they see every day and consider as disposable, as trash can become something valuable, unusual, beautiful and interesting – can become art. This all began with a mop: something every woman has and uses without thinking about it”.
Lomonaco‘s approach is to de-construct ordinary objects that we use every day, reassemble and transform them to create her own “contemporary primitive art”.
Re-purposed materials which re-defines the notion of what is valuable is at the core of Mary Ann’s work and is supported by the basic mission of Recologie, a new multi-use boutique featuring Global Fair Trade and local Artisans, coupled with a Gallery and Vegetarian/Vegan Café.
The creation of Recologie Lifestyle was inspired by the rise of the global sustainability movement coupled with the need to create a destination that would provide community engagement, raising awareness and inspiring change though dining, shopping, education and the arts.
Founder Maria Cisneros of Pelham, NY along with her partner, New Rochelle’s Judith Weber, have created a multi-purpose venue designed to engage the entire community. The inaugural exhibition will open with ArtsFest on September 28th and 29th and run through December 7th. Throughout the duration of the exhibition there will be workshops for both children and adults offering opportunities to create with recycled materials. For information and calendar listings: www.recologie.com
What makes Recologie special is the focus on unique products sourced from artisans in developing countries, as well as from emerging local artists and designers, all with compelling stories. Highlighting these artisans and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their work in a museum-shop environment enriches the community and creates a connection between the artists/designers and the consumer. A growing on-line catalogue is available at www.recologie.com so shopping is only a “click” away.
Join us during ArtsFest, from 12:30 -5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, September 28th &29th for a sneak peek!!