Artists Give Insights Into Their Work For WE BEND, NOT BREAK

Top l-r: Pastor Isaac Scott, Jil Novenski, Pat Gericke; Bottom l-r: Maureen Chen, Michael Davis, Rick Perez

The artists showing work in We Bend, Not Break have each interpreted the theme of perseverance in unique ways. This video provides a peek into the creative process of six of our artists.

Click Here to view the video, We Bend, Not Break: Artist Interviews

WE BEND, NOT BREAK—Artistic Visions of Perseverance

September 8–October 20, 2019
Artists’ Reception: September 21, 6-8 pm
Closing Reception: October 19, 6-8pm

America’s history has been faced with 400 years of perseverance starting with the Jamestown Settlement. Taking people from their homelands and placing them in shackles for the sake of sowing land is an old story but continues in other forms of bondage. We hope this exhibit will enlighten our visitors to the plight of African-Americans and other historically and currently marginalized groups. 

Nine Gallery35 and four guest artists are showing works which dramatically depict both the struggles and triumphs of oppressed peoples in a variety of media and styles: Cari Clare, Denisha Wright, Pastor Isaac Scott, Jil Novenski, Jody Leight, Kevin H. Maxwell, Maureen Chen, Michael Davis, Pat Gericke, Rick Perez, Thadine Wormly-Herndon, Valerie Lynch, Virginia Asman. 

l-r Michael Davis, Sharecropper Family; Rick Perez, Man in a Hoodie, Woman in a Head Wrap

Michael Davis’ oil on canvas, Sharecropper Family circa 1870, was painted from a reproduction of a daguerrotype or other early photographic process. Sharecropping was a form of agriculture that began mainly after the Civil War as an alternative to land grants of 40 acres and a mule in which a landowner allowed a tenant to use the land in return for a share of the crops produced on their portion of land. It was widespread in the South but fell out of favor in the  mid-20th Century when mechanized farming became the dominant form of agriculture.

Head coverings are prominent in two thought-provoking paintings by Rick PerezMan in a Hoodie and Woman in a Head Wrap. The hoodie has become an emotionally-charged article of clothing from its still strong association with the wrongful shooting of Trayvon Martin. This portrait of a white man wearing one resonates with some of the many contradictions that characterize our attitudes towards race in this country. A head wrap accentuates the sense of dignity of a proud woman. She looks ahead decisively and purposefully and with a sense of fearlessness in being able to confront the obstacles put in her path.

l-r Maureen Chen, Learning to Read; Virginia Asman, Fabric of Progress

Learning to Read by Maureen Chen is a calligraphic rendering of two quotations from the autobiography of the leading abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass. As a slave, Douglass overheard his master warning his wife against teaching Douglass to read, which made him more determined to learn on his own.” 

Virginia Asman is showing two digital collages—Fabric of Progress featuring heroes of the civil rights movement and The Struggle Continues, incorporating slogans that have inspired various groups as they seek full participation.

This exhibit is also being presented as part of the arts festival of The Community Service Society of New York (CSS)’s 2019 conference, Full Participation is a Human Right—Moving Beyond Punishment, at Community Church, October 17-19. 

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

Read more about this exhibit

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.