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January 27, 2013
New York City meets New Rochelle in a reinvigorated half blockof Huguenot Street, home to Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art Gallery and, a door away, R. Patisserie Cafe & Tea Boutique.
|Inside the Reverol & Co Gallery|
Photo Susan Nagib - SUSA Designs
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art Gallery drew a crowd with itsopening exhibit two months ago, showcasing the stunning Billboards Hacker Project by Patrick Bancel, works that subliminally relay a climate change message.
The gallery has quickly become a much-needed local bridge between exciting artists and collectors. Reverol & Co. is the brainchild of New Rochelle resident John Reverol, a graduate of film school and former assistant at one ofNew York City’s most successful art galleries, Sikkama Jenkins &Co.
Visit the gallery soon to catch The BillboardsHacker Project; it closes Feb. 21 to make way for an exhibit o fpainting by Emily Cappa, whose work plays off the movement of everyday living.“The New Rochelle art scene has an energy — a good vibe,” Reverol said. “The seeds were planted in the artist studios at 81 Centre St. and it is growing. New Rochelle is becoming an art destination.”
Reverol & Co. isn’t the young entrepreneur’s first investment in enhancing the spirit of downtown New Rochelle. Missing the cafes of his former New York City neighborhood, Reverol, along with Jason Leonard, opened R.Patisserie Cafe two years ago. The coffeehouse quickly drew loyal customers from New Rochelle—including Mayor Noam Bramson—and neighboring towns with its menu of specialty coffees and unique tea
blends, plus French pastries delivered daily from the acclaimed Balthazar restaurant in SoHo. Other light fare includes sandwiches, cheese plates and soups.The coffeehouse, furnished with comfortable chairs and couches also acts as a gallery and music venue. “The cafe walls are devoted to artists who have never been displayed anywhere,” Reverol said. “If they do well there, we will consider showing them at Reverol & Co.” Local artists take note: The R. Patisserie Cafe exhibit changes each month and is booked for the next year.
R. Patisserie also offers “Storefront Acoustics” on the first Saturday of every month. The evening performances feature a local singer/songwriter, accompanied by a musician from New York City, performing original compositions.Once again, act fast. “Storefront Acoustics” sells out each month, reservations are needed.
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art
300 Huguenot St. 914.355.5033
Hours: Friday - Sunday, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, by appointment
Group appointments are popular and encouraged.
R. Patisserie Cafe & Tea Boutique
302 Huguenot St. 914.358.1841
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.Friday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.