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Shane Dorey, Glass Sculptor ~ Zach Prosser, Painter
Shawndavid Berry, Sculptor/Painter ~ Mandy Howe, Painter

"Naturally Abstract" is an exhibition of work by four artists inspired by their shared creative experiences interacting with and honoring nature.

Shane Dorey is a glass artist who began his career at Thames Glass in Newport. He has traveled from Hawaii to North Carolina and Corning, NY to work and study glass sculpting. His current focus is "on skulls, shells and animal forms."

Zach Prosser’s series of colorful acrylic paintings "presents my love of the Ocean State. I have taken inspiration from the coastal cities and beaches and reimagined these scenes within my realm of abstract creativity."

Shawndavid Berry rescues felled tree limbs and gives them a second life by his gorgeous carvings. "My sculptures are made from trees I have known since my youth and hand carved in my final tribute to them."

Mandy Howe’s luminous prints and paintings "are inspired by the landscapes around me. I am fascinated with depicting the spaces between tree branches as shapes that flatten the picture plane. I want to create a surface that implies depth as well as the multiple perspectives and time frames we experience moving through nature."

Nov-Dec show card


Shane Dorey

I have always loved nature. The delicate patterns and mysterious designs have always captivated my imagination. My work is technically challenging and seeks to explore the interconnectivity of all biology. My current focus is on the skulls, shells and animals forms. What is left behind. Not only are they potent symbols of mortality but they also reveal how closely related we are. Even animals as different as horseshoe crabs and deer have similar traits. All of these shapes hold us together and define our forms. It begins to feel like we are all the same thing just in a different pattern.

The Art of Shane Dorey

Kelpie
Blown glass
Kelpie
12"w x 15"h x 10"d; $700
For You
Hot sculpted glass
For You
6"w x 12"h x 6"d; $550
Hunter
Blown and hot sculpted glass
Hunter
12"w x 18"w x 12"d; $1200
Masculum
Hot sculpted glass
Masculum
3.5"w x 5"h x 3"d; $350
Feminam
Hot sculpted glass
Feminam
2.5"w x 7"h x 2"d; $350
Tidemark
Blown glass
Tidemark
17"w x 11"h x 5"d; $450
Ancient Vessel
Blown glass
Ancient Vessel
4"w x 5.5"h x 6"d; $250
Steadfast
Blown glass
Steadfast
4"w x 8"h x 10"d; $450
Dumuzi
Blown glass
Dumuzi
16"w x 14"h x 17"d; $1600
Gate
Hot sculpted glass
Gate
7"w x 13"h x 7"d; $800
Wander
Hot sculpted glass
Wander
2.5"w x 11"h x 4"d; $200
Anatomica
Hot sculpted glass

This beautiful piece echoes many of Dorey's other pieces in this show, combining the ethereal with the physical. A graceful heart made of deep royal blue glass poses with its arteries flung upwards. It suggests to me a heart that has leapt joyfully out of whichever body it once dwelt within, to soar up, up and away! At the same time, the heart, so different from the fanciful red symbol that we use on Valentine's cards, looks here close to its real-life counterpart: a small, vivacious animal, the essential polyp of life that beats within the cage of our chests. The sight of this object, so intensely blue, so fragile, is a poignant reminder of the fragility and preciousness of all existence. - MP

Anatomica
$1200
Passing By
Hot sculpted glass
Passing By
22"w x 18"h x 9"d; $950
Sight
Hot sculpted glass
Sight
9"w x 18"h x 10"d; $1000
Ika
Hot sculpted glass
Ika
$700
Psychopomp
Blown glass
Psychopomp
3"w x 15"h x 6"d; $325
Extra Large Oak Leaf
Blown glass
Extra Large Oak Leaf
8"w x 4"h x 10"d; $225
Extra Large Beech Leaf
Blown glass
Extra Large Beech Leaf
8"w x 2"h x 12"d; $225
Medium Aspen Leaf
Blown glass
Medium Aspen Leaf
4.5"w x 1"h x 6"d; $85
Large Aspen Leaf
Blown glass
Large Aspen Leaf
8"w x 1.5"h x 7.5"d; $125


Zach Prosser

I am a contemporary artist residing in Warwick, RI. I have been creating and experimenting with acrylic paint for 6 years. My struggle with anxiety drove me to find an outlet; somewhere I could calm my thoughts and find inner peace. Putting those emotions and energy into my artwork allowed me to find who I am while simultaneously progressing and developing techniques that define my unique presence in the art world. I Transition through different series frequently. Through my journey my work has taken on ideas of dream-like landscapes, visual energy and pop art. The series displayed presents my love of the Ocean State. I have taken inspiration from the coastal cities and beaches and reimagined these scenes within my realm of abstract creativity. Some pieces give off feelings of serenity and stillness while others depict the energy of rough tides and storms.

I have studied with and been inspired by Providence artists Bob Dillworth and Anthony Tomaselli. I am self-taught with no education in art other than one abstract workshop. I exhibit primarily at art festivals around the state in hopes to not only allow others to view my work and relate to it in their own way, but also to inspire others to create, be different, and stand out in the world.

The Art of Zach Prosser

Anchored
Acrylic on canvas
Anchored
24" x 48"; $575
Voyage
Acrylic on canvas
Voyage
36" x 36"; $550
Alone at Sea
Acrylic on canvas
Alone at Sea
24" x 36"l $500
Industry
Acrylic on canvas

This elegant composition in black, white and grey merges the rigid buildings and awkward angularity of cranes with a glorious free-flowing drizzle of pure white on the surface of the painting. The fine white lines straddle the scene like a web, owning it in a way that the land-bound constructions in the distance cannot. It symbolizes (for me) the artist's gaze, darting this way and that, plucking at the city, taking only what he wants from it, leaving the rest. The noise, the stink and struggle of urban life are subtracted, leaving only the abstract pattern of dark and light, angles and solids. - MP

Industry
36" x 48"; $650
Distant Calm
Acrylic on canvas
Distant Calm
30" x 40"; $550
Into the Sunset
Acrylic on canvas
Into the Sunset
30" x 40"; $550
Fog by the Bay
Acrylic on canvas
Fog by the Bay
36" x 48"; $650
Rough Tide
Acrylic on canvas
Rough Tide
36" x 48"; $650
Harbor Lights
Acrylic on canvas
Harbor Lights
16" x 40"; $450
New Beginnings
Acrylic on canvas
New Beginnings
24" x 36"; $500

Shawndavid Berry

I am a self taught sculptor, painter and woodworker, exhibiting as a member at the DeBlois Gallery.
Self taught through written text and applied understandings from working in multiple trades.
I attempt to express motion and link formal designs inside my abstract work.
This exhibit features sculptures made from trees I have known since youth and hand carved in my final tribute to them.

The Art of Shawndavid Berry

Just on the Horizon
Oil on canvas
Just on the Horizon
36"h x 48"w; $325
Pondering
Two alternating views
Pondering
Spalted maple and epoxy; $325/SOLD
Catstretch
Catstretch
Air-dried white mulberry; $300
Time
Two alternating views
Time
Maple; $525
Mulberry Sculpture
Mulberry Sculpture
Mulberry wood; $2500
Safety Pin
Two alternating views
Safety Pin
Spalted maple; $150
Nymph Taking Flight

This piece is visible in the Gallery's window. From a distance, it looks like a leaping flame, golden orange. Up close, it reaches up and away from its constraining base, a marvellous study of motion in stillness, as if the wood is dreaming of setting itself alight. For me, it echoes in microcosm Bernini's marble sculpture, "Apollo and Daphne". In that famous piece, the nymph strains to escape the god's caresses by turning into a laurel tree. In Berry's inspired carving I feel we can see the nymph already transformed into wood, now straining away from the Earth itself. No longer in fear but with longing to merge with the Absolute. - MP

Nymph Taking Flight
Maple crotch; $325
Suspended Thought
Suspended Thought
Cherry burl; $400

Mandy Howe

My art is always inspired by the landscapes around me. Most of the linoleum block prints were done from little views in my yard or walks taken nearby during the Covid Quarantine. At that time I found it very difficult to immerse myself in my painting process. But I could design, carve and print lots of linoleum blocks. I added details to the prints with acrylic, which slowly led me back to painting again.
I am not interested in reproducing what I see literally. Instead I want to translate what I see into paint and paintings. I love color: mixing colors, applying color, and describing things with color. I use big brushes, flat brushes, round brushes, fan brushes; palette knives, charcoal sticks, pencil stubs; sponges, stamps, and fingertips. They all create different marks and textures that are similar to what I see in nature.
Spaces between tree branches become shapes that hint at a flattened picture plane. With a vague horizon line I want to create surfaces that imply depth as well as the multiple perspectives and time frames we experience moving through nature. In the two Triptychs, “ Walking with Mattie” and “Around the Reservoir” it is all happening at once!
Other paintings help me process my responses to the climate change I can feel happening all around me. I am fearful for our future and mourn all we are losing now.
“Rim Fire near Yosemite 2020” and “Shoreline Series #15”, attempt to describe these changes. I have to include mention of this when I try and describe the beauty and intensity of the natural world.

The Art of Mandy Howe

Shoreline Series #15
Mixed media

Howe captures the swirl of the water and salt scent of the moment when a bird, riding the wind, might survey the tide's harvest looking for something to eat. It's a wonderful evocation of the random generosity of the ocean – the garbage that we discard, returned to us "enriched" with shell fragments, with shredded seaweed – presented as if from a seagull's point of view. All the elements in the piece are in motion, even the small black sticks along the lower edge, which appear to float above the sand. We can sense the tide pulling away, exposing more sand, more treasures. We hold our breath, hovering with the wind in our feathers, beak half-open, eyes bright with hope. - MP

Shoreline Series #15
36" x 36"; $300
Walking with Mattie, triptych
Linoleum block print with India ink
Walking with Mattie
12" x 36"; $200
Below Hanging Rock
Acrylic and collage
Below Hanging Rock
12" x 36"; $150
Around the Reservoir: Dawn
Acrylic
Around the Reservoir: Dawn
18" x24"; $300
Rim Fires near Yosemite 2020
Acrylic
Rim Fires near Yosemite 2020
18" x 24"; $300
Summer Path
Acrylic
Summer Path
16" x 20"; $300
Fall Colors
Acrylic
Fall Colors
16" x 20"; $300
The Woods Around Here
Acrylic
The Woods Around Here
18" x 24"; $300
Rainy Snow
Acrylic
Rainy Snow
16" x 20"; $150
Spring Green
Linoleum block print with acrylic
Spring Green
12" x 12";$200
Touch of Fall
Linoleum block print with acrylic
Touch of Fall
12" x 12";$200
Fall Leaf Prints
Linoleum block print with acrylic
Fall Leaf Prints
12" x 12";$200

The Member Artists of DeBlois Gallery

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Ron Caplain

Berlin 2019
Digital photography
Berlin 2019
20"h x 24"w, $200
Art Rug IV
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug IV
$550
Art Rug II
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug II
$550
Art Rug VI
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug VI
$550
Art Rug I
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug I
$550
Art Rug III
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug III
$550
Art Rug V
Wool hooked rug
Art Rug V
$550

Valerie Debrule

2020: Had a Lot on My Mind
Collage/acrylic
2020: Had a Lot on My Mind
12" x 15" framed, $275
: I tried to use rose-colored glasses this year, but my eyesight was 20-20.
Delta Diva
Collage/acrylic
Delta Diva
12" x 15" framed, $275
The Delta "starts in the lobby of the Hotel Peabody in Memphis and ends at Catfish Row in Vicksburg, Mississippi." The music of the Delta, however, is heard all over the world.

Meredith LeBlanc

Just Breathe
Oil on canvas
Just Breathe
24" x 24", $225
Black Pansy
Oil on canvas
Black Pansy
12" x 12", $125
Purple Pansy
Oil on canvas
Purple Pansy
12" x 12", $125
White Pansy
Oil on canvas
White Pansy
12" x 12", $125
Johnny Jump-Ups
Oil
Johnny Jump-Ups
5" x 7" with stand, $40
Lotus
Oil
Lotus
5" x 7" with stand, $40
Geranium
Oil
Geranium
5" x 7" with stand, $40
Dahlia
Oil
Dahlia
5" x 7" with stand, $40

Fran Leyenberger

Frida

Beautiful Frida, with her unibrow! Leyenberger’s porcelain sconce makes the Mexican artist’s radiance visible: a light bulb allows her to literally shine from within, her skin glowing ivory-rose. Her face has become so well-recognized that we do not need to see her eyes and nose.
Yet we could also ask: has the real person, the warm, breathing presence and the physical pain she endured during her life, been replaced by this glowing symbol? Have her smouldering dark eyes, with their searching gaze, the mouth with the faint mustache and the intense expression - have these been obscured by our idolization of her? Leyenberger’s clever erasure forces us to seek out what is not there. To see beyond the mask. To find the light within. - MP

Frida
Porcelain table sconce, $175
Nantucket
Nantucket
Porcelain table sconce, $175
Newport Art Museum, Griswold House
Newport Art Museum, Griswold House
Porcelain table sconce, $175

JR Lynch

Soul
Color photograph
Soul
4½"x6½" framed with matt in 8"x10" black frame, $75
Dawn
Color photograph
Dawn
8"x10" framed in black frame, $75

Lisa May

Floral Mirror
Cast paper
Floral Mirror
$125
Pagoda Mirror
Cast paper
Pagoda Mirror
$175
Piggy Bank
Cast paper
Piggy Bank
$75

Karen Nash

Les Flammes d'Enfer
Styrofoam scrap collage
Les Flammes d'Enfer
$150

Michael O'Donnell

Brubeck
Acrylic and graphite on panel
Brubeck
20" x 17", $300

Manjula Padmanabhan

Blue Streak
Soft pastels
Blue Streak
9" x 12", $75
Juvenile Seagull
Charcoal
Juvenile Seagull
$70/SOLD
Indian Corn
Charcoal
Indian Corn
$70

Virginia Stone

Cardinal Law
Watercolor, Prismacolor, permanent marker
Cardinal Law
$150
St Francis and the Birds
Watercolor, Prismacolor, permanent marker
St Francis and the Birds
$150

Marion Wilner

Daylilies I
Acrylic ink
Daylilies I
$175
Daylilies II
Acrylic ink
Daylilies II
$175
Daylilies III
Acrylic ink
Daylilies III
$175
Daylilies IV
Acrylic ink
Daylilies IV
$175

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