RJD Gallery Comes Through for The Retreat

Pictured Above: “Crown and Crows” by Daniela Werneck, Watercolor on Clay Panel.

The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton got a head start on virtual exhibitions a few years back when its original gallery space, which was in the Sag Harbor Cinema building, burned down.

The gallery estimates that 75 to 80 percent of its sales are online, which is part of the reason it is confidently rolling out a virtual version of its 11th annual benefit exhibition for the domestic violence advocacy group “The Retreat,” scheduled to open April 18.

The exhibition, “Shades of Light,” is an homage to a place “where hope begins and violence ends, and where ART reveals the illumination within each of us, always shining through us, and as the theme of artwork chosen for this very special juried art show,” according to the gallery. This exhibition had over 300 entries with 20 exceptional pieces chosen. 

All pieces can be viewed online here.

When asked by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine earlier this moth how artists could best respond to the pandemic, here was some advice from the gallery:

“Everyone should continue to work, maintain a routine, and understand that this current situation will pass. Stay connected to family, friends and clients; support those that are losing funding, like our non-profits…. Things will eventually return to normal but we can maintain our businesses by keeping in touch with our customer base and the public.”

“It’s a wonderful time to enjoy art from the comfort of your home,” they added. “One can purchase art and do research safely and enjoyably at home for new artists, purchase art at better prices to add to your collection, and grasp the daily pleasure of your viewing it as an integral part of your life at home.”

More information about the show is online at rjdgallery.com, and more information about The Retreat is online at theretreatinc.org.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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