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Stand by Me

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”
-Edgar Degas

Idle Reverie  48" x 36" work on canvas

Idle Reverie 48" x 36" work on canvas ©2011 Deborah T. Colter

Next week my work will be featured at the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Owner Zita Cousens has exhibited my work since 1997.  We met when I was waiting tables and she and her husband Mike used to come in for dinner on a regular basis. They always came late after Gallery openings and the other wait staff wanted out – I always volunteered to stay. After a time Zita found out I was a painter and asked me to bring in some of my work. From the beginning she believed in me. I was working very much off the beaten path of the other local artists who primarily sell representational work. She has stood behind my artwork through all of its growth and changes without ever questioning where it was headed.

Next Saturday night my work will be up and I will walk into the gallery reception and Zita Cousens will have outdone herself in the modest space she has to present my work. For a few hours we will celebrate the exhibit and win or lose, sales or no sales, I will walk away knowing that the work is a true extension of myself, an accumulation of my own personal expression, represented by a Gallery owner who has always believed in me.

If you are on Martha’s Vineyard at all this summer, please come by and have a look.

Opening on Martha’s Vineyard July 16, 2011

Cousen Rose Gallery
Will feature the works of Deborah T. Colter
71 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557

Exhibit runs from July 16 – July 23 and work will be on location the entire summer 2011.

Opening Reception Saturday July 16, 2011 7:00-9:00pm
gallery website

On another note, I was very excited to have Mary Grauerholz interview me a few months ago and write a feature piece about my work for the Cape Cod Life ART 2011 special annual edition which has just been published. The magazine is widely availabe on the Cape and Islands and can be viewed online here as well.

Painting is available.

Different Methods of Expression

“Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”
-Pablo Picasso

I don’t generally participate in a lot of themed shows. Shows that have a specific theme are often a bit tricky for non-representational work. Interestingly enough, I found myself working this past summer on pieces for two such shows – both will open in September.

The Twitter 140 Art Show

I am pleased to be a part of the Twitter 140 show which debuts at Grandon Art Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona, with a reception this evening September 4, 2009. The Twitter 140 show is a collection of 24 international artists from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The show was the brainchild of Sheree Rensel whom I met through the twitter network. She has worked tirelessly to pull together this eclectic group of artists for this exciting and unique exhibition. Ms. Rensel states, We have organized a diverse and unique group of artists whose work reflects technology and the use of Twitter. Twitter messages have to be 140 characters or less. Therefore, all works in our show are 140 square inches or less. The same with each artist’s statement and bio. All contain 140 characters or less.” Visit the Grandon Art Gallery site to view the works of this interesting group.

Grandon Art Gallery
20 N Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Opening September 4, 2009
Exhibition: 4 – 30 September 2009



Another fascinating show that I am pleased to be a part of is taking place at The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. As stated in the open call for this exhibit: “A BOOK ABOUT DEATH is an open, unbound book produced by artists worldwide. Artists are invited to create a “page” in the form of a postcard about death – any aspect about death. Works can be of any design, personal or conceptual, color or black and white. A BOOK ABOUT DEATH takes its inspiration from the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson (1927 – 1995). Ray Johnson’s unbound “book” of the same title was mailed to his New York Correspondence School “students” and included pages in his idiosyncratic style that were funny, sad and ironic “one-page essays” on death.  With the A BOOK ABOUT DEATH project, artists are invited to plunge into subject in creating their own pages that score the dramatic final dance of death.”

deborah-colter-1Through the process of putting together a piece for this show I found the feelings surrounding the loss of a loved one to be overwhelming and complicated. There are many, many facets of this difficult subject and to create a piece that had the deepth of meaning for me was a huge challenge. The confines of the postcard format and the simplicity of typing his story lead to the piece I am contributing.

There are some amazingly powerful works in this exhibit and they are all on view at the Gallery and online. I hope to be able to get in to New York to see the Show.

Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery
537 Broadway
New York City, New York 10012 USA
Opening, Thursday, 10 September 2009.
Exhibition: 10 – 22 September 2009.

“Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.”
-Julia Cameron

*Thank you to Moshe Mikanovsky wrote an article mentioning this post! It has been published at EmptyEasel.com and on his Art Blog 9/28/09.

10/7/09 – I just found out that the MoMA (New York) now has a complete set of the works from A Book About Death. The pieces were compiled for the Museum by Deven Marriner.


Lot’s of changes in my Chicago Gallery… and a big opening to celebrate!!

Gallery KH, formerly known as Mary Bell Galleries, celebrates the opening of their luxurious new gallery space at 311 W. Superior St. with a public reception Friday, June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. www.gallerykh.com.

Mary Bell, who founded the esteemed gallery 32 years ago, has passed the torch on to Lissa Kivisto and Kristen Hagan, who will serve as co-directors of the new gallery. Shannon Rather, on staff currently at Mary Bell Galleries, also joins the team at Gallery KH. 

For its inaugural show Gallery KH presents TRIBUTE, an exhibit featuring the latest work by 27 of the gallery’s core contemporary artists. The exhibit will run through Tuesday, July 15, 2008. “Each piece we have selected for TRIBUTE is a quintessential example of the artist’s work,” stated Kristen Hagan, Gallery KH co-director. 

“We invite the public to come and explore the rich and multifarious talents of these extraordinary artists.” 

At 3,000 square-feet, Gallery KH will be double the square footage of the former space at 740 N. Franklin St.  The newly remodeled space will feature a private viewing area, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and classic loft details.  Three street-facing windows will enhance the airy ambiance of the space and create a dramatic presence for the gallery on Superior Street.  Gallery KH will showcase the work of two dozen established and emerging artists in the heart of the River North Gallery District.

The showcased artists in TRIBUTE include Scott Addis, Montréal, Canada; Miles Bair, Peoria, Ill.;Rodger Bechtold, Woodstock, Ill.; Robert Berlin, Toronto, Canada; Gary Bowling, Lamar, Mo.; Marla Baggetta, West Linn, Ore.; Amy Cannady, Indianapolis, Ind.; Ellen Cocose, Lake Forest, Ill.; Henry Coe, Parkton, Md.; Carolyn Cole, Portland, Ore.; Deborah T. Colter, Edgartown, Mass.; Mark Dickson, Denver, Co.; Lynn Dunbar, Louisville, Ky.; Peter Hoffer, Montréal, Canada; Honore Lee, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Jerry Ricketson, Tulsa, Okla.; Rick Stevens, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Carol Stewart, St. Louis, Mo.;Leslie Tejada, Corvallis, Ore.; and Mignonette Yin Cheng, Ann Arbor, Mich. Sculptors featured include:Greg Milne, Chicago; Dan McDermott, Richmond, Va; Richard Taylor, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Dennis Westwood, Stafford, England. Artists featuring works on paper include: Denise Presnell-Weidner, Sheboygan, Wis.; Victoria Ryan, Eureka, Calif.; and Seiko Tachibana, San Francisco, Calif. 

Presenting an outstanding collection of significant contemporary artists working in a variety of styles and media, Gallery KH provides exemplary service in the acquisition of fine art. Gallery KH is located at 311 W. Superior St., Chicago. For more information, visit www.gallerykh.com or call 312.642.0202.    

(Press release from : chicago artists resource.org )