Curated by Kris Connell

July 13 - August 12, 2017

The Curator Gallery is pleased to present Rhode Show, a group exhibition featuring the work of three Rhode Island artists: Mary Dondero, Theresa Girard, and David Gonville.  This show is all three artists’ first time exhibiting in New York City.

Mary Dondero works with pastel and pencil in a subtle color palette to create ethereal drawings on paper. In her work, Mary explores the themes of time and memory.  Mary says of her work, “Impermanence is a major theme here.  The images provide a passionate record of a ‘singular’ moment, compounded with an acceptance of its transience.”  Mary is a professor in the art department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Her studio is in Warren, Rhode Island. She is one of the founding members of Imago Foundation for the Arts, and for the past six years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Bristol Art Museum where she is Curator and Chair of Exhibitions. 

Theresa Girard's most recent paintings reflect a confidence and purpose with paint and design. She says her work is often driven by the weight of current circumstances, feelings, or intentions. Theresa begins by energizing the surface until all of the marks have freed her of any distractions, and once energized, she simplifies the piece, looking for a soft conflict in color. Often the process repeats, developing what Theresa refers to as a fast “impulse and observation” pace. “I am continually striving for the finished work to speak louder than I can communicate verbally,” she says. Theresa lives and works in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and runs a series of workshops and artist residencies in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Florida.

In his work, David Gonville explores the texture and patterns of the ocean from a surfer’s perspective.  The compositions that emerge in David’s work reference personal experiences in the unpredictable coastal environment of the Atlantic Ocean where he surfs all year.  Many of David’s paintings combine mixed-media with oil paint, encaustic and plaster mixed with pigment. Some include more unusual materials, like glitter or roofing tar. His process involves the deconstruction and reconstruction of wood panels using common carpenter tools, revealing layers hidden below the surface.  The physical process of painting, cutting, sorting, and constructing is integral to the work’s final form. David lives and works in Warren, Rhode Island and is the co-founder of Nami Studios, a design consultancy, which he founded in 2001.

The Curator Gallery is a fine art gallery in Chelsea founded and underwritten by Ann S. Moore, the retired Chairman and CEO of Time Inc.  The gallery’s mission is to give exposure to hardworking artists, as well as to educate and expand the pool of serious, engaged collectors.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.

For more information, please contact Natalie Barkus at The Curator Gallery, (212) 243-1806 or natalie@thecuratorgallery.com