A collaboration of nine Rhode Island-based artists will display nearly 40 works of art on the cafe’s walls. A portion of the proceeds will help the families of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which was the site of a mass shooting during Shabbat services on October 27, killing eleven and injuring seven more.
On a trip to Newport last fall, this columnist met artist and gallery owner David Chatowsky, coordinator of the Tree of Life exhibit, and arranged to bring the artists to Forest Hills.
“My mission as an artist is to bring people together through art to create a better future,” said Chatowsky.
Joining him in displaying works will be Anthony Chatowsky, Mary Chatowsky Jameson, Mary Johnson, Matt Kieron, John Klippel, Elizabeth O’Connor, Scott Moran, and Sarah Seaman.
“When I first heard about the Pittsburgh massacre, I became very sad and felt compelled to help,” Chatowsky added. “It is my belief that we are all part of a human family, and when a part of this human family is hurting, I feel it is everyone’s responsibility to help.”
The oil paintings Chatowsky will showcase are images of his memories of the fields and forests he explored in his youth.
“I started this series of paintings four years ago to bring the peace and harmony I felt as a child back into my life,” he said.
Patrons of Red Pipe Cafe will see art showcasing several types of media
“My sister Mary Chatowsky Jameson focuses on marine botanical prints, in which works are created by pressing seaweed into watercolor paper, very similar to how you press flowers,” Chatowsky said. “My father Anthony Chatowsky creates art by printing fish on Japanese rice paper, a technique known as gyotaku.”
Chatowsky opened his first gallery in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 2016, followed by a second in Newport last year. His third gallery is scheduled to open on Block Island next month.
He has permanent mural installations at the Florida Museum of Natural History, owns art galleries in Florida and New York, and has humanitarian art exhibits in Los Angeles and Boston.
His produces a television show called “Painting Time with David Chatowsky,” as well as writes and publishes illustrated short stories. Chatowsky first discovered his talents in elementary school.
“Teachers would look at my artwork and tell me I was talented,” he said, adding that his parents fostered his love of art. “They are great people and always strive to do what is right.”
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