Theorems and Poems

November 3 – December 22, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, November 3
7 – 9 pm

In her first solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Theorems and Poems, Donnelly exhibits text-based stitching and geometric weavings. Alluding to the time-based process of using a loom, she weaves, unravels, and reweaves pigmented thread to abstractly convey text and form. She states, “In this exhibition, I explore the qualities of textile and woven cloth as a language that can act as both window and mirror, looking deeper into both sides of our internal human experience: systems of rationality, science and logic, and the deeper subconscious seat of wisdom and creativity.  The works represent both of these aspects, and create their own language and logic on an individual and collective level: subliminal messages that speak alone, as well as build upon each other.”

Richmond-based Donnelly received her Bachelor of Art and Design and BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, and later earned a MFA in Fiber Arts from VCU (2006, 2010). She has exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, PA; Artspace Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Light Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC; National Building Museum, Washington, DC; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA; Penland Gallery, Penland, NC; Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands; and the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; among others. She recently mounted her first solo museum exhibition at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and will be included in the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art inaugural exhibition in Richmond.

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Donnelly, History of a People #1, 2017, handwoven cotton and silk thread, dye, PVA, canvas backing, 55.5 x 28 inches inches. Photo by David Hale.
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We’re excited to announce our third pop up exhibition in Boston, MA. Please join us November 7th through the 19th at 220 Newbury Street where we’re open everyday from 11am – 6 pm. Come celebrate the temporary gallery with a public reception on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 pm.

We’re expanding our mission into Boston as we bring emerging talents and nationally acclaimed artists to our temporary space on Newbury Street.  This two week exhibition highlights our collection with works by Andras Bality, Isabel Bigelow, Nell Blaine, Nancy Blum, Sally Bowring, Steven Cushner, Andrea Donnelly, David Freed, Ron Johnson, Alex Katz, Sally Mann, Brittany Nelson, Eva Rocha, Dorothea Rockburne, Richard Roth, Joel Shapiro, Robert Stuart, Donald Sultan, Leigh Suggs, Javier Tapia, Heide Trepanier, Jack Wax, and others.

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Starting May 30, we will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5 pm. Summer hours will run until September 1.

Dear Friends,

We are so sad to share the news of Beverly Ward Reynolds’ passing this week. Bev leaves us with lives more creative and beautiful than they would have been without her.

Her mark on the City of Richmond and its creative community is indelible. Through her tireless efforts over more than 37 years, she helped to make Richmond a place where contemporary art could thrive. Her goal to “keep raising the bar,” was achieved time and again through exhibitions by nationally and internationally known artists – even when it meant taking great risks. She took great pride and pleasure in seeking out regional talent and, in her words, “building the case” for young and up and coming artists. When Bev believed in you – as an artist, friend, or employee – she took great leaps of faith, which often resulted in unpredicted success. It is impossible to imagine that this city would be the locus of creativity and art that it is today without her.

For Bev, her primary working motivation was always the relationships she built with people, evidenced by the large number of artists, dealers, collectors, and gallery friends who loved her dearly and feel her loss profoundly. With unparalleled energy, she pushed to realize the greatest potential of each day and never settled for less than the best that she and those around her could give. Her passion for life and art will be missed every day as we carry on her work.

The gallery will be open all week except Thursday, and we invite you to stop by to remember her. I am sure many of us will pause on Thanksgiving to feel gratitude for the many ways she touched our lives.

There will be a reception at Reynolds Gallery celebrating Bev this Friday evening, November 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 29 at St. James’s Episcopal Church at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (Ovarian Cancer Dream Team).

With love and thankfulness for Bev’s life,

Julia, Alice, and the Reynolds Family