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Flash Sketch Mob Finale: A Digital Display

by Bill Batson

On June 16, 90+ artists came to Nyack to create a composite landscape portrait of the village. The often solitary act of making visual art was transformed into a public performance as part of ART WALK, an annual arts festival.  Professionals and amateurs, adults and children stood 12 paces apart along a half-mile stretch of Broadway to capture every inch of this busy river village thoroughfare.  This experiment in collective craftsmanship created an extraordinary work of collaborative art.  The combined effort of almost 200 hands produced feelings of unity and wonder in their wake.

The work of the Flash Sketch Mob is presented here in a slide show curated by Kris Burns with a sound track provided by Nyack resident and professional composer John Gromada.  There is also an alphabetical index by name and image.

A local multimedia artist, Burns produced Hopper Happens, a public art program that was the featured event of last year’s ART WALK and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Edward Hopper Arts Center. Her tribute to Hopper, that unfolded over weeks and included readings; flash mobs and projections inspired the Flash Sketch Mob.  The process of converting the work of the Flash Sketch Mob into a captioned and coherent slide show has been herculean.  This project would not have been possible without the vision and talent of Kris Burns.

Gromada, a composer who recently won a Drama Desk Award for outstanding sound design for Gore Vidal’s Best Man, joined the Flash Sketch Mob with wife Barbara Cohig and their daughters.   The sound track for the Flash Mob Gallery includes four works: The Old Masters, Bow Music, Prelude to a Kiss Act II and Toby and Andrew.

The Flash Sketch Mob will now be transformed into a Flash Sketch Map.   The artworks will be combined to create a digital street-view map of Nyack.

The Flash Sketch Gallery contains the work of over 90 artists (and one poet), but none of this would have been possible without the efforts of  44 volunteers who shared their time and unique talents to accomplish this goal.  Without these volunteers and generous support from the Village of Nyack and several not-for-profit organizations and local businesses, this community art event would not have been possible.

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Thank you for making last year’s dream a June 16, 2012 reality.

Bill Batson,
Organizer, Flash Sketch Mob

The Flash Sketch Gallery

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Ashley Allen

 

Regina An

 

Grayce Arlotta-Berner

 

Drew Bakke

 

Sue Barrasi

 

Teresa Berasi

 

Christine Berlingeri

 

Brittany Bloise

 

Chris Brophy

 

Charlotte Buck

 

Lenore Buonocore

 

Teresa Capra

 

Barbara Caress

 

Aniela Cohig

 

Barbara Cohig

 

Lenka Corcoran

 

Megan Cowan

 

Debbie Cracovia

 

Beth Curtin

 

Heather Douglas

 

Anna Duffy

 

Leigh-Anne Eagerton

 

Ben Falchuk

 

Gary Falkenstern

 

Daniel Galas

 

Laura Gerry

 

Trine Giaever

 

Joseph Giannella

 

Anabel Goa

 

Johanna Goodman

 

John Gromada

 

Sylvie Gromada

 

Alison Hack

 

Morgan Hack

 

Janet Hamlin

 

Cathy Heider

 

Isabel Heider

 

Gary Hipp

 

Hank Hodges

 

Mary Hodges

 

Michael Houghton

 

Stephanie Hughes

 

Laurence Hybel

 

Solange Hybel

 

Stephanie Joyner

 

Stephanie Joyner

 

Tracy Kachtick-Anders

 

Les Klein

 

Les Klein

 

Lynwa Kreimann

 

Sandy Levine

 

Cass McVety

 

Poku Mensah

 

Michael Meyerowitz

 

Andrea Narciso

 

Max Nunes

 

Michelle Ordynans

 

John Papastathis

 

Ivan Pazlamatchev

 

Carol Porter-Maurer

 

Sharon Quayle

 

Bill Rauschenberg

 

Tara Rigoletto

 

Candice Robins

 

Samantha Rokicsak

 

Allan Rosenberg

 

A Roufa-MD

 

Vera Rulon

 

Natalie Russell

 

Thalia Sakos

 

Cynthia Shaw

 

lorena Shaw

 

Michelle Solomon

 

Max Solomon-Frye

 

Carrie Steindorff

 

Clyde Stevens

 

Clyde Stevens

 

Ella Stevens

 

Roger Stevens

 

Andy Stewart

 

Talia Stewart

 

Ken Strange

 

Susan Strange

 

Donna Timm

 

Thalia Tsakos

 

Joe Tuttle

 

Zacha Tuttle

 

Savana Vida

 

Valentina von
Wierderhold

 

Vivienne von
Wierderhold

 

Dan White

 

Bill Whitehurst

 

Rebecca Wilson

Untitled Poem

By Diana Wilkins

Remember the brick/ red/ dusty/ a story that has too many/ words not/ enough time/ this is what/ we/ think we remember/ before pavement/ and bell towers/ cobblestone like sin/ tells time/ poems not spoken/ we are/ the spoken/ the un-written verse of yesterday’s punctuation/ this is untold/ told over again/ again, over/ over/ like erected building/ handmade plaster/ too many semi-colons later/ I sit here/ looking for that 4-leaf clover/ the wish in between the sedimentary/ rock/ and top of sky/ sprouted with tree branches/ this reminds me of/ us/ her/ them/ the un-told story/ a love/ lost/ forgiven and re-found/ there is a love letter below the brick/ stamped/ waiting for/ you/ I/ go ahead/ open your eyes/ tell me/ what it speaks/ re-tell this/ differently

Special thanks to some of the people who helped turn a good idea into a great event.

Nyack Mayor Jen Laird White Valerie Nivar
Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart John Papas
Kim Cross, Executive Director, Nyack Center Hal Parker, The Corner Frame Shop
Paulette Ross, P.Ross Boutique Ivan Pazlamatchev
Barbara Atwell Carlo Pelligrini, Amazing Grace Circus
Sue Barrasi Sylvia Petersen
Kris Burns Ann Pierre-Jean
Barbara Caress Wendy Pierre-Jean
Giveler Durandisse Jim Politi, Nyack Village Administrator
Annie Edwards Richard Quinn, Nyack Village Theatre
Joseph Giannella Ryan Robert Richardson
Jan Haber, The Nyack Villager Angie Sampath, Nyack’s Little Schoolhouse
Ellen Hilburg Matthew Seig, Rivertown Films
Nicole Hines Shantel Sellers
Andrew Hurst Betty Smith, CustomShirtPlace.com
Tracy Kachtick-Anders, Vincent’s Ear James Vital
Glen Keene, Esq. Shameeka Webb
Brooke Malloy-Ortiz Andrew Wellington
Loraine Machlin Jack White
Poku Mensah Mary White, Nyack Village Clerk
Pam Moskowitz, Nyack Farmer’s Market Ray Wright
Jane Newman Dave Zornow, NyackNewsAndViews.com

Bill Batson produced the world’s first “Flash Sketch Mob” in Nyack, NY on June 16, 2012. He is an artist, activist and writer who draws and sketches the Nyack Sketch Log each week on NyackNewsAndViews.

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The Nyack Sketch Log is sponsored by The Corner Frame Shop at 40 South Franklin Street in Nyack, NY.




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