Log In   ·   Become A Member

Hamptons-Based Gallery Empowering Women To Share Their "Collective Conscience"

Nicole Barylski

Women Painting Women explores "how contemporary women figurative artists are approaching women as subjects." (Courtesy Photo)

RJD Gallery owner Richard Demato has always been a passionate art collector, and four years ago while attending a Women Painting Women exhibition, he was inspired by the show and the blog spot of the same name (that explores "how contemporary women figurative artists are approaching women as subjects") to establish a similar exhibit at his own Sag Harbor-based gallery.

When Demato, who has four sisters, was approached by artist Terry Strickland to see if he was open to hosting a show at RJD Gallery, he was all in. The gallery owner felt there was a "great synergy" and RJD's artist roster was already predominantly female, so he gladly agreed to present the empowering exhibit.

The exhibit receives hundreds of entries. (Courtesy Photo)

"Each year we look forward to curating and hanging the Women Painting Women exhibition," said Demato. "It provides an insight into the evolving 'Collective Conscience' of contemporary female figurative painters, and reflects the changes within our own society. Their artistic introspection, paired with a dedicated internal struggle, results in the birth of artwork with a clear and timely perspective."

This year's Women Painting Women: Our Collective Conscience exhibition will debut at RJD on Saturday, October 8th.

Social media made curating the 4th annual exhibit a tough endeavor, as thanks to the power of sharing, the Gallery now receives hundreds of entries from artists that reside all over the world.

"Every serious artist is compelled to paint, and some question the source or origin of the thoughts that come to them, as they struggle with the cathartic experience of turning emotions into color and brushstrokes, and cleanse their soul," noted Demato. "Only then can they feel complete, as this is their chosen form of communication, and feeds their human need to connect."

Each year, the submissions are narrowed down to just 10 to 18 artists, many of whom attend the Women Painting Women opening reception. The 2016 celebration will bring out artists Susanne Anan, Donna Bates, Julie Beck, Melinda Borysevicz, Larisa Brechun, Kimberly Dow, Lisa Fricker, Tanya Harsch, Brianna Lee, Shannah Levenson, Hilary McCarthy, Ana Medina, Nadine Robbins, Omalix -Quizás Mańana, Buket Savci, Patricia Schappler and Elizabeth Zanzinger. Works from Audrey Bell, Candice Bohannon, Margaret Bowland, Teresa Elliott, Jennifer Gennari, Charlotta Janssen, Andrea Kowch, Rachel Moseley, Yana Movchan, Katie O'Hagan, Odile Richer, Margo Selski, Adrienne Stein, and Pamela Wilson will also be on display.

Many of the artists attend the opening. (Courtesy Photo)

"Their courage to ignore trends and simply follow this instinctual desire, creates exceptional artwork," Demato added. "We are proud to share these pieces of their soul."

The Opening Reception for Women Painting Women will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, November 13th.

RJD Gallery is located at 90 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call 631-725-1161 or visit rjdgallery.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is a banana?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Hampton Coffee Company is dedicated to making sure you have the best possible experience with our brand, whether you visit one of our cafés, our Mobile Unit, one of our wholesale partners, order through our website, or purchase our coffee on the supermark
We strongly believe that one of the most important parts of being a successful business in the community is truly becoming a part of it. Hampton Coffee Company is proud to support more than 100 different local charities, schools, and organizations each and every year. It is our pleasure to participate in events that are important to our staff and our customers.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.
We exhibit representational artists from around the world, who produce fine art of exceptional quality that challenge collectors to contemplate concepts about the artist, themselves, and our human experience. Utilizing timeless techniques in creating their drawings, paintings and sculptures, our artists have developed unique, signature styles that present a current vision of our world.

Hampton Luxury Liner
Hampton Luxury Liner was started in 2000 as a more luxurious way to travel from NYC to the Hamptons and back. The clientele quickly grew and over the years Hampton Luxury liner became the preferred method of transportation to the Hamptons and NYC for many living in NYC and the Hamptons that wanted a comfortable and affordable way to travel back and forth. In 2009, HLL was taken over by Classic Coach and things with the liner didn’t change to much for years and the owner there changed the buses to Prevost as opposed to Mercedes Setra Top Class Coaches that have always been a signature of the liner. Please call (631) 537-5800 to reserve a charter or email us at Hampton Luxury Liner. The Only Way to Ride!