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Nomel Arts hosts "Together Apart"

The Five Points-based creative space emphasizes connectivity

Work by Adam Pressley from Nomel Art's Together Apart


Social distancing has been hard on Buffalo artists and businesses, but Nomel Arts owner Rachel D'Alfonso is taking it in stride. Under her leadership, Nomel, located in Five Points at 445 Rhode island,  is hosting an art show called Together Apart" which features two distinct events: one digital and one physical.


The first component of Together Apart is the digital event on May 22; it will be followed by a physical event. The digital portion features an online gallery of artist submissions that can be viewed at www.nomelarts.com. It also includes a Facebook live stream featuring live painting, a picture framing tutorial by Five Points Framing, wine tasting by Fred Polone, raffles, giveaways, and music by Oats Holy Roller.


D'Alfonso says, "The response has been extremely positive; this has given me validation for creating this project. I wanted to provide a way for a collective group to work towards a common goal and feel connected even at a distance, and I think people have felt that message.


"Basically, my goal with the project is to showcase how we're all connected even while apart. I wanted to support artists and local businesses in an interactive way." Concepts of connectivity and community run through D'Alfonso's business model and are carried over into the Together Apart event.


Nomel Arts is a creative space that specializes in custom printing and one-on-one consultations. In short, if someone was looking for digital printing, canvas stretching, hi-res scanning, handmade goods, unique greeting cards, stickers, custom t-shirts, or even posters for events, D'Alfonso can help.


Submissions are closed for Together Apart, but there's still room for future involvement. "I definitely would like to continue hosting similar events in the future," D'Alfonso says. "In my opinion, we all have a need to feel connected and express ourselves and projects like this are a way I can contribute to that effort."


Follow Nomel Arts on Facebook and tune in May 22 for the digital festivities. View the artist submissions at www.nomelarts.com. Be on the lookout for the date of the physical event, which will be determined based on Western New York’s reopening schedule.


Matthew Wisniewski is a Buffalo-based filmmaker, teacher,  and writer.


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