BLUE artists explain their work online!

Gallery35 At Community is pleased to have had our Opening Reception for BLUE videotaped by Odelle Abney for his NYC Gallery Openings online listings. Gallery35’s video can be viewed at 

Several of our artists speak about their work and a representative piece from each artist is highlighted!


Speaking about their art on the video: Row 1—Kevin Maxwell, Denise Fryburg, Lois Ross; Row 2—Ellen Mandelbaum, Michael Davis; Row 3—Patricia Garbarini, Juanita Gilmore, John Connors

Closing Reception
June 15  6-8 PM

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BLUE Comes to Gallery35!

May 5 – June 15, 2019
Artists’ Reception: May 18   6-8PM
Closing Reception: June 15  6-8pm

BLUE is the third in a series of exhibits which move around the color wheel. Earlier exhibits featured Green (2012) and Red (2018). In this exhibit, artists explore the rich possibilities of the color blue from blue moods to beautiful blues.  

Details of artwork by (l-r) Marsha Peruo, Ellen Mandelbaum, Patricia Garbarini

A few of our artists talk about their artwork for BLUE.
Ellen Mandelbaum:
Blue Skies forever: a tour de force, huge water color painted on a huge piece of arches paper—the best that money can buy, 100% rag. I began painting with ultramarine blue then bought tubes of cobalt and cerulean and kept on painting until it was a large field of the color blue. On the top of that I imagined three houses (or three boats) and some arced lines like foliage. All in all it was great fun to paint and should also be enjoyed by all.

Juanita Gilmore:
Blue Moments – Occupy WS 2012: a blue mood describes the prevailing atmosphere during the time period of Occupy Wall Street. The blue mood was not only the frustration of people but also the expression found in literature and the arts.

Details of artwork by (l-r) Michael Davis, Juanita Gilmore, John Connors

Michael Davis:
Long Island City: a view that was painted quickly as the skyline is bound to change again soon.
Brooklyn: a blue man group of one longing to be anywhere but Brooklyn. Maybe in the East River.
View from The Highline: blue skies, smiling on me, nothing but blue skies do I see.  All the time, everywhere; not a cloud in the sky, and the Highline is sunny all day.
White Tulips on Purple: if the flower were a rose, this would be a purple prose.

Patricia Garbarini:
As In a Blue Dream: an expression of the way the artist feels when she goes to a quiet place in nature to find stillness and time for reflection. The setting in nature becomes a dreamlike sanctuary…

Virginia Asman:
Blue Dog Blue Moon: inspired by my life in the New Mexican high desert, where coyotes live amongst us.
Blue Footed Boobies: those amazing birds that I photographed in the Galapagos Islands. Their striking blue feet stand out in a stylized montage.
Bluesy Boogie: a distortion of my drawings of musicians I have encountered in various venues and locations, blended together artistically in an imaginary blues session.

Details of artwork by (l-r) Denise Fryburg, Virginia Asman, Susan Harris-Demmet

Now that you have seen some “teaser” details from the exhibit, visit the gallery to see the entire show of 30 outstanding works by 15 artists inspired by all things BLUE! 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, Ellen Mandelbaum, Jil Novenski, Jody Leight, John Connors, Juanita Gilmore, Kevin H. Maxwell, Lois Ross, Marsha Peruo, Michael Davis, Patricia Garbarini, Susan Harris-Demmet, Valerie Lynch, Virginia Asman

New Exhibit Looks Towards Spring!

March 3–May 5, 2019
Artists’ Reception: March 16  6-8pm
Closing Reception: April 27   6-8pm

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child—Marie Curie

Our gallery35 artists have looked upon the natural world and created artworks as varied as nature itself!

(l-r) Patricia Garbarini, Denise Fryburg, Michael Davis, Susan Harris-Demmet

Patricia Garbarini: The brilliant colors and the forms I saw within this gorgeous rose in New York Botanical Garden made me think of a flamenco dancer in motion–and so I titled this closeup abstract image of a rose Spanish Dancer!

Susan Harris-Demmet: This is my third painting titled Environment. After the title Environment I always add the year in which it was completed, so here we have Environment 2018. I worked on this painting on and off for 2 years. This oil painting was done while listening to music and thinking about water. As with most of my paintings, the brush strokes served as a setting to explore my feelings about my life.

(l-r) Ellen Mandelbaum, Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg

Denise Fryburg: After the Storm depicts the changing sky and landscape after a snow fall, with bright blues, pinks and oranges pushing through a winter gray.

Michael Davis: During the warm weather, I am always painting in Central Park. The Beresford and Two Paths were started in the park and then finished in the studio. The Roses and Grapes painting was done in the studio a few weeks ago; definitely a cold weather project. Since then, the roses have succumbed to time and died, but I have continued to paint them, as the shapes became very crinkly and interesting. Now I have a series of paintings I call Addams Family Flowers. Look for them in a subsequent show, maybe for Halloween.

(l-r) Virginia Asman, Marsha Peruo

Virginia Asman:  In Wings of Flight—butterflies and moths arranged on the color spectrum— is a digital montage of photos I took of the most dramatic mounted specimens of butterflies and moths I could find in a spectacular museum collection. This piece is joined by two other montages—Pining Away and Of Lilies and Lizards—inspired from my nature shots taken during a trip “down under.” 

Cari Clare: I created Future Pets from old information catchers. This is my vision of what can happen if we don’t protect Nature.

Exhibiting Artists: Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, Ellen Mandelbaum. Jil Novenski, Jody Leight, Juanita Gilmore, Lois Ross, Marsha Peruo, Michael Davis, Patricia Garbarini, Susan Harris-Demmet, Valerie Lynch, Virginia Asman

Gallery35’s INTERIORS Warms Up Winter!

January 13–March 3, 2019
Opening  Reception—January 26  6-8pm
Closing Reception—February 23   6-8pm

Our newest exhibit, INTERIORS, provides a doorway to the artists’ visions of what lies within.

John Devaney is showing two paintings inspired by the bedroom scene from King Kong (1933). In Midtown Suite, there’s a monstrous intrusion into the dreamlike, lush interior. In Midtown – The Male Gaze, the two lovers are seemingly safe insidewhile a dark terror looms just outside.

John Devaney, Midnight Suite (top)                     Yolande Heljnen, Studio

Understandably the workplaces of artists are prominent. Both Yolande Heljnen and Denise Fryburg are showing pieces titled Studio and In the Studio. And while not included in the exhibit, a detail from John Devaney’s Gallery can be seen on the show’s poster

In a different vein, Virginia Asman is exhibiting digital renditions of photographs she took of the interior of a Ra Paulette man-made cave she visited after moving to New Mexico. Ra Paulette is an American cave sculptor based in New Mexico who digs into hillsides to sculpt elaborate artistic spaces inside mountains. Since he began sculpting in 1990, he has dug over a dozen caves in New Mexico, this one a livable space with electricity and running water.

Denise Fryburg, In the Studio                                      Virginia Asman, Ra Paulette Cave

Bev Thompson’s Nightdawgs was inspired, as was Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, by a diner. Hopper’s diner (since demolished) in Greenwich Village portrays people in a diner late at night. Thompson’s diner (still in existence) gives us a similar vantage point uptown where two streets intersect at 100th and Broadway. Dogs line up at the corner of the Metro Diner, eyeing the diners inside. The exhibit gives cats equal time with a kitten taking solace in the interior of a carton in Jody Leight’s photograph, Boogie, Thinking Inside the Box.

Exhibitng artists are Bev Thompson, Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, Ingrid Sletten, Jody Leight, John Devaney, Juanita Gilmore, Lois Ross, Valerie Lynch, Virginia Asman and Yolande Heljnen.

New York City Takes Center Stage at Gallery35!












November 4, 2018  – January 13, 2019
Artists’ Reception: November 17  6-8pm
Closing Reception: January 5  6-8pm

In this exciting new exhibit, Gallery35 artists’ find inspiration in iconic sites and unexpected places around the city.

Central Park at Dusk by Patricia Garbarini is just one of the artworks featured in this exhibit. While Garbarini says,  “Dusk can be a magical time in Central Park,”  John Devaney  is excited by “the dizzying parade of faces, bodies, storefronts, and inexplicable shapes that swirl around me every day.” 

Teresa Hommel, Dahlia Bouquet

Marsha Peruo finds inspiration in “years of Manhattan’s never ending construction – sidewalk bridges, scaffolding, beams pipes, concrete….” and Teresa Hommel is intrigued by the flowers in the Union Square Greenmarket, especially the dahlia bouquets.

Ellen Mandelbaum, October Skyline

Bev Thompson, SPOT











Bev Thompson has been portraying man’s best friend at Gallery35 for the past ten years. SPOT– her latest pencil, graphite, and china marker piece—portrays a 30-foot Dalmatian dog balancing a taxi on his nose outside NYU Langone Children’s Hospital at 34th and 1st Avenue, the creation of American Sculpture, Donald Lipski.

Exhibiting are Bev Thompson, Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, Ellen Mandelbaum, Jil Novenski, Jody Leight, John Devaney, Kevin H. Maxwell, Lois Ross, Marsha Peruo, Nina Kovalenko, Patricia Garbarini, Susan Harris-Demmet and Teresa Hommel.


TIME SERVED! A NEW START Opens Season at Gallery35

September 9 – November 4, 2018
Artists’ Reception: September 22  6-8 PM
Closing Reception: October 27  6-8 PM

Gallery35 is planning an exciting lineup of exhibits for its new season beginning with another thought-provoking Social Justice Exhibit, Time Served!—A New Start. The show will present art exploring the issue of overcoming the challenges facing those released from prison who are seeking new beginnings in the larger community. The exhibit will coincide with a conference—also focusing on life after incarceration— to be held at Community Church in October by the Community Service Society (CSS), a 175-year-old anti-poverty organization that aims to “raise the floor for all New Yorkers.” The exhibit will also include the art of conference participants and other guest artists in addition to Gallery35 artists.  

(l-r) Denisha Wright, John Connors, Nina Kovalenko, Jil Novenski, Phyllis Tracy Malinow

Also exhibiting: Cari Clare,  Bobby Romo, Jody Leight,  Maureen Chen,  Pastor Isaac Scott, Sylvia Hernandez, Teresa Hommel, Valerie Lynch.

FORM & FORMLESS: Figurative to Abstract at Gallery35!

May 5  – June 9, 2018
Artists’ Reception  May 12  6-8 pm
Closing Reception  June 9  6-8 pm

Our final exhibit of 2017/2018, Form & Formless, will feature contrasting styles ranging from figurative to fanciful, representational to totally abstract.

For figurative artist John Devaney, “The gesture of figures is always prominent for me: how movement shapes both the figure and ground. I try to capture a sense of fluidity, an interplay between the seemingly solid objects and the space around them, whether in my paintings of swimmers, city crowds, buildings, and still life.”

Another representational artist, Teresa Hommel, is showing images of leaves and grass, and rocks with moss and/or lichen, where the key feature of the work is the composition.

Of Woman Dancing, Ingrid Sletten explains “In my experience the spirit has shape and texture and an almost metallic quality about it; my dancing figure shows this in her essence.”

Virginia Asman has stretched her ability to work abstractly using the magical tools of the digital media to transform her southwest imagery of a chile ristra, a coyote and a skull.

Abstract work by Susan Demmet-Harris will complement the realistic renderings of three models painted by Kevin Maxwell at Chelsea Classical Studios and Lois Ross’ painting, Still LIfe.

Of special interest is Bev Thompson’s sculpture Ghost Dog (stone carving), which will be presented in photographic form.

Also exhibiting work are Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, John Connors, Juanita Gilmore, Peter Robinson, Valerie Lynch, and Yolande Heljnen.

Denise Fryburg and Pat Gericke: An Artist’s Journey

An Artist’s Journey
April 7- May 5, 2018
Artists’ Reception: April 14—6-8pm

Gallery35 is pleased to present this season’s second two-person show featuring the work of two of the collective’s artists.

Pat Gericke and Denise Fryburg both have used their art to chronicle their years of artistic development. The two, who studied together ten years ago,  have followed very different artistic paths. Denise has studied and worked as an artist continuously throughout her life. Pat interrupted her early artistic endeavors to pursue a different career and later returned to creating fine art. This exhibit showcases their evolving artistic processes. 

Pat Gericke is presenting a culminuation of different approaches with still lifes, figurative and landscape works, each piece representing a lesson in developing a visual eye. Besides being a resident member of Gallery 35 and living in Murray Hill for over 35 years, Pat is also an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, sitting on the Art Committee, as Vice Chair, , jurying member applications, exhibition entries as well as hanging the art work. This summer she will be studying with Julien Merrow Smith, in Provence, in the South of France. 

Denise Fryburg’s work features a unique look into her creative exploration, from her early twenties until the present. Fortunate enough to meet wonderful mentors along the way, she has been immersed in the pursuit and study of classical drawing, the magnificent world of color and the timeless disciplines of painting and rendering.  Denise shows her process and also reveals her journey into other popular and immediate art forms.  She is endlessly inspired by the last words of Michelangelo, “I am still learning,” and looks ever forward, with great anticipation, toward the creative road that awaits her.

PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS: Rick Perez and Yolande Heljnen

PEOPLE, PLACES  & THINGS: March 3- April 6, 2018
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: May 10    6-8pm

Gallery35 is pleased to present this review by fellow artist, John Devaney, of the work of Rick Perez and Yolande Heljnen in People, Places & Things at the gallery.

The current two person show of figurative painters, Rick Perez and Yolande Heljnen, is a rare opportunity to see two sides of the figurative portrait process. Perez’s serene, even majestic, figures play an impressive counterpoint to the lively, tonal work of Heljnen, who often mounts pages from her notebooks with studies of people, interiors and landscapes. Her pages have the immediacy of the on-site reporter’s sketch, but they are fully developed in tone and mood. Her earth tones, using a limited palette, manage to convey many more colors than one actually sees. These are vignettes, but I was reminded of the spare yet rich tonalities of  landscape painters and portraitists such as  the modern realist, Antonio Lopez Garcia.

The subjects in Perez’s work, while diverse in age, physique, and costume, share a contemplative grandeur. One can see the cool finish of the French Academy, but there is a rich range character in the expressions, and poses—from the almost heroic stance of a man in Asian silks to the demure yet proud head-on pose of a young woman in a white dress. 

This exhibit is a celebration of a steady and searching gaze at the beauty and variety of the human form. There’s just enough contrast in the two approaches here to give a sense of what goes into such a process.   —John Devaney

This exhibit will run for just one month and well worth a visit to Gallery35. Meet the artists at a reception on March 10th, 6-8pm or by appointment.

It’s All RED At Gallery35!











RED—January 14—March 2, 2018
Artists’Reception: February 2  6-8pm
Closing Reception: March 2,  6-8pm

Gallery35’s newest exhibit, RED, celebrates a color long treasured by artists!
From the Venetian masters Titian and Tintoretto to van Gogh, who blended it into many shades in dozens of paintings, artists sought out the properties of Mexican red, which is extracted from the tiny cochineal insect, a small parasite that feeds on the prickly pear cactus. Carmine, van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1885, using another name for cochineal, is the “red of wine and is warm and lively like wine.”from Elisabeth Malkin’s article, “An Insect’s Colorful Gift, Treasured by Kings and Artists”, NY Times, Nov. 27, 2017

And now, during these cold winter months of 2018, nineteen Gallery35 artists are exhibiting works featuring various degrees of this wonderfully warm redness!

Painted from life, Rick Perez’s portrait of the NY actress known as Waltrudis “attempts to capture the beauty and poise that so impressed me about her when she sat for me.  The red color of her sweater very aptly symbolizes the passion and devotion which are clearly driving forces in her profession and in her life.”

Yolande Heijnen is also exhibiting portraiture while Peter Robinson is showing his photograph of a sunset he captured from his apartment window when the sky was ablaze with red.

John Devaney’s painting is part of a series of swimmers that have morphed from human figures to animals, and to mythical creatures,  and back again—with no particular progress intended, just an ongoing impulse to embody the sensations of motion, flow, weight, mystery, and paradox.

Pat Garbarini’s work features the rich red color of a tree at The New York Botanical Garden in addition to a purely abstract work expressing the richness of the color. Red is also paramount in Virginia Asman’s original drawings of Southwest icons, recreated and painted digitally.

Bev Thompson’s Red Barn depicts a country holiday amongst the hay and holly with the photographer’s Best Canine Friend, Sealyham Terrier, Mollie Mae.

Also exhibiting are Beth Barry, Cari Clare, Denise Fryburg, Dianne Martin, Ellen Mandelbaum, Ingrid Sletten, Jody Leight, John Connors, Pat Gericke, Teresa Hommel and Valerie Lynch.

Enjoy the details shown below of some of the exhibited art; then, come see the complete works! We hope they will warm up your winter!

TOP: Beth Barry, John Devaney, Denise Fryburg, Pat Gericke, Patricia Garbarini, Rick Perez. BOTTOM: John Connors, Ellen Mandelbaum, Virginia Asman, Bev Thompson, Yolande Heijnen.