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Distributed June 2, 2005
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June 11 through July 10, 2005
Bell Gallery Presents Its Summer Exhibition: in and around us

Six artists who live and work in New England are represented in the David Winton Bell Gallery’s summer exhibition, in and around us, through July 10, 2005. The exhibition and an opening reception Friday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. are open to the public without charge.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The David Winton Bell Gallery presents its summer exhibition in and around us, a group exhibition featuring the works of six artists working in New England. The exhibition runs from June 11 through July 10, 2005, with an opening reception Friday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Allison Paschke, Thekla, 2004
epoxy resin, 8” x 8” x 8”
(image courtesy of the artist)

“The exhibition title, in and around us, refers to the phenomenal world around us – visible appearances, shapes and colors – and the psychological and emotional world within us,” said curator Vesela Sretenovic. “All of the exhibited works engage both worlds – ‘in’ and ‘around’ us.”

The exhibition features diverse artworks in media ranging from drawing (Olivia Bernard and Jessica Rosner) and painting (Peter Crump) to sculpture (Jamey Morrill) and installation (Jehanne-Marie Gavarini and Allison Paschke), Sretenovic said. A number of works recall minimalist interests in primary shapes, colors and the surrounding space (Crump’s large abstract paintings); modular structures (Morrill’s cool yet unsettling tire pieces); and light as material (Paschke’s series of transparent, cubical structures made in resin).


Jessica Rosner, Diary Project, p. 26, 2004
color pencil, ink and graphite
(image courtesy of the artist)

Other works, like Bernard’s nine-foot oil-stick and pastel drawings, use vigorous brush strokes, intense palettes and lush surfaces to evoke emotionally charged abstract expressionist paintings. By contrast, Rosner’s drawings from her Diary Project (in progress) are small and meticulously executed in ink, color pencil, gauche and watercolor. Drawn on the pages of her old diary, they are erasing her written narratives of the past with her imaginary illustrations from the present.

Gavarini’s colorful sculptural objects combine fabric, batting and various accessories and share the fantastic or surreal sensibility of Rosner’s drawings. Some of her highly individualized works are free-standing (Romeo and Matilda); others hang from the ceiling (Ecstasy) or are spread across the walls and floor (Strange Attractors). When amassed, they create a physical environment or a situation that is at once cheerful and somber, lively yet lonely. Hence, they touch on both worlds ‘in’ and ‘around’ us.


Peter Crump, Spectrums, 2002
acrylic on ultralight fiberboard, 60” x 85”
(image courtesy of the artist)

Artists represented in the show include:

Olivia Bernard, who lives and works in Leverett, Mass., and New York City. She received her B.A. in art history from Brown University and her M.F.A. from Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. Her work has been widely shown in the New England area, including galleries at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and Smith College, as well as in New York City galleries. Bernard is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Sculpture from the Artists Foundation in Boston; the Merit Award from the New England Women Exhibition in Northampton, Mass., and the Sculpture Prize from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Peter Crump recently moved from New York to Providence where he now lives and works. He holds a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in Paris and has exhibited his works in the United States and abroad, including galleries in New York, Los Angeles, St. Tropez, France, and more recently at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Jehanne-Marie Gavarini is a French-born artist living in Boston and teaching at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell. She received her B.F.A. from the University of California–Berkeley and her M.F.A. from University of California–Davis. Gavarini’s work has been featured nationally and internationally, including at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Del.; Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.; Tufts University Gallery in Boston; A.R.C Gallery in Chicago; Centre culturel multimédia in Bourogne, and Urban Multimedia Arts Festival in Belfort, France. She has received numerous awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, and Alliance Française in San Francisco.

Jamey Morrill lives and works in Providence, R.I. He holds a B.F.A. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., and an M.F.A. from Indiana University–Bloomington. Morrill has shown his work mostly in the Midwest, including galleries in Indiana, Kentucky and Chicago. Most recently he had solo exhibitions at NAO Project Gallery in Boston and Gallery Agniel in Providence.

Allison Paschke lives and works in Cranston, R.I. She received a B.F.A. in studio art from the University of California–Santa Cruz and another in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. She holds an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomsfield Hills, Mich. Paschke’s works has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Newport Art Museum in Newport, R.I.; Wheeler Art Gallery and Providence Art Club in Providence, R.I.; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomsfield Hills, and Vermont Clay Studio in Montpelier, Vt.

Jessica Deane Rosner lives and works in Cranston, R.I. She received her B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art and later studied natural science illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her works, mostly prints and drawings, have been shown at the Center City Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sarah Doyle Gallery in Providence, R.I. and at galleries in Boston and Brooklyn. She has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center.

The David Winton Bell Gallery, located on the first floor of List Art Center, 64 College St., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (401) 863-2932.


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