Art & Sound Draws a Crowd to Gallery Opening Featuring Paintings by Thomas Misisco

Thomas Misisco at the Art & Sound gallery opening exhibit of his paintings, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit; Leslie Yager

Thomas Misisco at the Art & Sound gallery opening exhibit of his paintings, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit; Leslie Yager

The Byram business district was its typical hub of activity Friday night, and the formal reception for Art Powers’ newly opened “Art & Sound” at 101 Mill Street, drew a crowd to mingle and enjoy the paintings of Thomas Misisco, a Greenwich-based abstract artist.

Mr. Misisco, who uses vivid colors and counts Jackson Pollock among his inspirations, said he took up painting as a way to relax after work. Describing how the hours melt away while he has a paintbrush in hand, Misisco’s technique is reminiscent of the famous drip and splatter paintings that Mr. Pollock began to produce in the late 1940s.

In fact, Mr. Misisco admitted that one painting in the gallery was created by another painter. Pointing to a large black and white drip painting in the back of the gallery, he said Mr. Powers stumbled on it in a storage area of a Rye, NY apartment building he lived in many years ago, adding that Mr. Pollock had once lived in the building himself.

Steve Graham, Patricia Hart, Nell Barrett, Art Powers and Anne Friday.

Steve Graham, Patricia Hart, Nell Barrett, Art Powers and Anne Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

Misisco and Powers both suspect the painting is an original work of the famous artist, but to have it catalogued and authenticated is no simple process.  Still, Mr. Misisco said he has a relative who is an art collector who might help authenticate it.

“I have a real gut feeling that it is real,” Misisco said.

In fact, it was the black and white drip painting that originally sparked a conversation between Mr. Misisco’s wife and Mr. Powers in nearby Kneaded Bread in Port Chester one morning. That conversation led to the introduction of Mr. Misisco to Mr. Powers.

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The mysterious painting Mr. Powers stumbled on in a basement storage area many years ago. Jan. 8, 2016, Credit: Leslie Yager

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Guests mingle by the painting that may be an original by Jackson Pollock at the reception for Thomas Mesisco at Art & Sound in Byram on Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Guests enjoyed the opening reception at Art & Sound on 101 Mill St in Byram, Jan 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

With Mr. Powers’ new Art & Sound establishment on Mill St, local artists now have a new opportunity to share their work, and those who appreciate fine audio, video and “whole house automation” have a new resource as well.

misisco paintingMr. Misisco donated 50% of proceeds from sales of his paintings to two charities – 25% to debra of America and 25% to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

debra, which is short for the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America, is the only national non-profit dedicated to funding research and providing  services and programs for those with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

“Thomas has been an instrumental member of our Board of Directors for many years,” said Casey Fitzpatrick, Director of Events & Communications for debra of America.

“It’s very exciting to see his artwork on view for the first time, and so generous that 25% of the proceeds will go directly to helping us find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.”

Mr. Fitzpatrick said his organization worked very hard last year to produce several powerful commercials that will hopefully raise awareness for this rare disease. He said he’d love if GFP readers would visit debra.org/ItWontHurtToWatch and watch and share them with everyone they know.

“The more people that know about EB, the faster we get to finding a cure,” he said.

EB is a rare genetic disease characterized by the presence of extremely fragile skin and recurrent blister formation, resulting from minor mechanical friction or trauma, EB is not contagious. About 25,000 people struggle with the disease in the United States, and an estimated 1 out of every 20,000 live births are affected with some type of EB.

The disorder occurs in every racial and ethnic group throughout the world and affects both sexes equally.

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At the opening reception of Art & Sound featuring the paintings of Thomas Misisco, left to right: Patricia Hart, Art Powers and Georgia, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a non-profit that provides support to US military personnel and their families. The fund began in 2000 and in 2003 was established as an independent not-for-profit. Since then, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.

The organization’s efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.

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A compelling painting by featured artist Thomas Misisco. Jan. 8, 2016. Credit Leslie Yager

From 2000 to 2005, the Fund provided close to $20 million to families of US and British military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In January 2007 the Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid, a $55 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties.

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Guests mingle at the formal reception to celebrate the opening of Art and Sound on Mill St in Byram, and enjoy the paintings of Thomas Misisco of Greenwich, Jan 8, 2106 Credit: Leslie Yager

Following the opening of the Center for the Intrepid, the Fund turned toward another critical issue faced by our wounded troops: the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fund addressed this need by constructing the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE).

In 2013 the Fund launched a new campaign to extend the care provided at NICoE to more service members suffering TBI and psychological health conditions. The Fund will build up to nine “Intrepid Spirit” centers at major military bases around the country.

Mr. Powers’ art gallery is a haven for both art lovers and discerning fans of home entertainment. Art & Sound unique in that it also offers custom audio and video solutions.

Mr. Powers can be reached at (914) 774-9526.

Art & Sound Gallery Tel. (203) 813-3410.

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Frank Greenberg and Art Powers, Jan 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Left to right: Elizabeth Augustine, Ann Blumensaadt, and Robert Genna at the Art & Sound reception for Thomas Misisco, whose paintings are inspired by Jackson Pollock, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Jennifer Ashley and Frank Sclafani at the reception for Thomas Misisco’s exhibit at Art & Sound on Mill St in Byram, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Admirers of the paintings of Thomas Misisco at the reception at Art & Sound, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

 

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Audrey and Timothy Nefores at the reception for Thomas Misisco’s paintings at Art & Sound on Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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At the opening of Art & Sound, Friday, Jan 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

See also:

Newly Opened “Art & Sound” Art Gallery in Greenwich: Opening Reception Set for Friday

Anne Friday’s Photography Featured at Christian Science Reading Room

PHOTOS: Perfect Night for Art to the Ave Kick-Off

Greenwich’s C. Parker Gallery: Star-Spangled Exhibition & More!

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Weather Worth Waiting For, Fashion on the Ave is a Triumph


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