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COWBOY RAY KELLY at WINDOWS ORCHARD GALLERY MAY 1-13

'Cowboy' Ray Kelly opened a show of new sculptures at Windows Orchard Gallery on the Lower East Side last week (show is up until Sunday).  According to curator Gregory de la Haba, “As a young art student he was Motherwell’s favorite bartender. As a young artist he was Rothko’s painting assistant for three years during the building of the Rothko Chapel in Houston. As a young man he founded the Rivington School and No Se No social club/art gallery on NY’s Lower East Side where everyone from Debbie Harry to Keith Haring stopped in for the one dollar beers and when, in the 1980’s, he turned empty, needle infested, lots into welcoming sculpture gardens for all to enjoy. He is a living legend, one who helped transform our great city into the art center that it is, especially on the LES when no one, no one, except crazy, broke, artists wanted to be there.”