Westhampton Resident Steven Colucci
is debuting his new exhibition "Sounds of Color" at the National Arts Club
at a holiday benefit for the American Cancer Society
and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge
. The show features artwork from Colucci as well as the legendary Andy Warhol
's "Imaginary Friends" exhibition. The evening will also feature a special performance by Shea, who is performing his hit holiday single "The Christmas I Met You."
Colucci who is the protégé of the mine Marcel Marceau has been involved with the arts since a child. Before painting he had a long career as a ballet dancer. Colucci said about his artwork, "The paintings are basically extension of movement. That movement translates to this show."
Part of proceeds donated will go towards Camp Adventure on Shelter Island for termanillly ill children through the American Cancer Society. Coluccci said, "It is a great experience for a child who is terminally ill to be able to go see the Quogue Wildlife Refuge." He continued, "The exhibition is a great honor from the National Arts Club and I'm totally honored to be next to Warhol that night."
Coluccci painted the artwork featured in the collection at his outside studio which is on the ocean on Dune Road in Westhampton. When asked if his artwork is inspired by the Hamptons he quoted officer Brian who watches him paint everyday saying, "Steven don't you see how it affects you, how wild and free your body is when you paint, your dancing. Your moving your body it's almost like it's a choreographed ballet." Coluccci didn't want to say the environment influences his paintings but with a view like his, it's hard to resist the beautiful backdrop. He did say he enjoys the environment and the light he paints in and as he says, "The feeling of being free in the wintertime on the beach". He went on to quote Jackson Pollock
who has had an influence on his career saying, "Sometimes reality creeps into your mind and you can't take it out." For those not able to see the show at the National Arts Club, Coluccci plans on moving the artworks featured to the Hamptons during the summer.
If you happen to be attending the holiday benefit you will enjoy a special performance from Shea who was dubbed the Prince of Christmas. His recently released new album "Every Day's Christmas," features original Christmas songs. After thinking about different Christmas traditions Shea was inspired to comprise original Christmas music for the 21st century with a modern feel.
He was excited to be part of the event saying, "I wanted to do something that gives back to the community, its something that inspires me especially now during the season of joy." A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his new album "Every Day's Christmas" (www.shealive.com
) will be donated.
For more information on the Quogue Wildlife Refuge visit quoguewildliferefuge.org
. For more information on the American Cancer Society visit www.cancer.org
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com