Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings and ink drawings by Nell Blaine.
Friday, September 15, 7 – 9 pm
September 15 – October 27, 2017
Blaine was foremost an abstract painter, learning under Hans Hofmann in the 1940s. She immersed herself in the post-World War II New York art scene, which embraced color and gesture through Abstract Expressionism. The acute sense of hue, shape, and line apparent in her oil paintings originate in part from her early stages of art making, characteristically unabashed and intuitive. Instinct carried Blaine through her work; in 1959, she contracted bulbar-spinal polio which paralyzed her from the waist down, forcing her to relearn how to paint. She began painting in oils with her left hand, adding a genuine looseness and determination. This persistence seeped into each scene as Blaine transitioned to a representative style, her hand capturing parks and rivers outside her Gloucester home, and floral studies neatly arranged in her kitchen.

Nell Blaine, Midsummer Flowers, 1990, oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches. Image courtesy of Reynolds Gallery.

Please join us for the opening of  works by Biala and Louisa Matthiasdottir, female pioneers of 20th century contemporary art. 
September 15 – October 27, 2017
Opening Reception
Friday, September 15, 7 – 9 pm
Originating from Poland and Iceland, Biala and Matthiasdottir are unified by their Abstract Expressionist style, a keen eye, and fluid interpretation. With their own distinct styles, they capture scenes of rolling hills, floral bouquets, or a tile floor with simple brushwork and harmonious colors, imparting a sense of security and candor in the post-war age.
Featured image: Louisa Matthiasdottir, “Figure with Dog, Sheep and Houses,” N.D., oil on canvas, 12 x 38 inches. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

Please join us at the second CURRENT Art Fair at the Main Street Station, 1500 E Main St, Richmond, VA. There will be a ticketed Preview Party on Thursday, September 28 from 6 – 9 pm, while the remainder of the fair will be free to the public. CURRENT runs from Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30 from 12 – 7 pm, and Sunday, October 1 from 12 – 5 pm.

Come support the Richmond arts community and check out new works by some of your favorite artists!

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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