Dreyfoos senior makes unique art of 7,800 pipe cleaners in 16,000 pieces

Zachary Rapaport, an 18-year-old senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, poses for a photo with the moving installation he created at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.
Zachary Rapaport, an 18-year-old senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, poses for a photo with the moving installation he created at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.

Countless hours and thousands of pipe cleaners have gone into the largest art exhibit of Zachary Rapaport‘s career so far.

The 18-year-old Dreyfoos School of the Arts senior created the kinetic (moving) art installation that’s on display in the art gallery at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens through March 24. It’s made of 7,800 white pipe cleaners in 16,000 individual pieces wrapped around more than 250 feet of wire.

A rotating device made of scrap objects, including bike gears, a wheel, clotheslines, pulleys and wood moves the piece. Rapaport, of North Palm Beach, combines art and engineering in his creations.

“Especially being at Dreyfoos, where I’m in this community of academics and art, I’ve been able to explore both,” he said. “The two really go hand in hand.”

He estimates he devoted a few hundred hours to preparing for the installation, which also includes 3-D paintings of aquatic life, digitally-manipulated drawings stacked into 3-D art and photography from the Galapagos Islands.

The National YoungArts Foundation recognized Rapaport as one of 170 emerging young artists. The honor nominates him to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts. He’ll find out if he’s been selected in May.

“That form of recognition would be incredible,” he said. “It’s really a testament to the devotion my family and teachers have had to my art-making process.”

Retired arts school dean teaching free audition workshops

If your teen’s New Year’s Resolution includes pursuing his or her acting dreams, this event might be a step in the right direction.

The Eissey Campus Theatre, 11501 Campus Dr. in Palm Beach Gardens, will host a free audition workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4. It’s geared for students ages 12 – 18. Students are permitted to prepare a monologue to get feedback.

Beverly Blanchette, retired dean of theatre at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, will give students advice about preparing for auditions for arts schools, theater, colleges and conservatories, television and film. She will also cover the Dreyfoos and Bak School of Arts audition processes.

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Beverly Blanchette, retired dean of the theatre department at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, is shown in her office in front of a wall adorned with head shots of her students in 2009. She’ll teach a free audition workshop Jan. 4. (Eliza Gutierrez/The Palm Beach Post)

For additional information, call college’s Education Office at 561-207-5910.