Sue Butler, Sharon Cutts and Valorie Sheehan

May 2nd - June 1st, 2013
Opening Reception:

Thursday, May 16th 5-9PM
Art, Food & Wine
May 30th 5-7pm

Sharon Cutts, Valorie Sheehan, and Sue Butler
Show Dates: May 2 - June 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE R.I. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, join us for the opening reception for our newest exhibition featuring artists Sharon Cutts, Valorie Sheehan, and Sue Butler from 5:00-9:00pm.

For the month of May into the beginning of June, it is Gallery Z's pleasure to host an exhibition of three talented Gallery Z artists. These three women have shown their works in the gallery on numerous occasions, brightening up any show with their colorful and imaginative pieces. From painting flowers to shooting canvases with shotguns, these artists are living examples of the strength and importance of womanhood in today's culture, both in the art world and outside of it.

Sharon Cutts is a woman of many mediums. From figurative paintings in oil on canvas, to columnar paintings referencing DNA codes, Sharon's versatility and creative gifts shine. She started oil painting at the young age of 13, continued through high school, and then on to the University of Wisconsin, earning her BA in art history with a concentration in ceramics. After returning to her hometown to teach classes in drawing and ceramics, she moved to Chicago to attend law school, eventually teaching at two Chicago law colleges. She subsequently returned to the art world where she experimented with shooting her canvases with shotguns to stress her feelings about the changing culture around her. Sharon's art is a sight to behold with history behind each brush stroke or bullet hole.

"Myths, fairy tales, and legends have always served to entertain and educate as well as shape the values and morals of the listener"- Valorie Sheehan One could say that Valorie Sheehan is a true advocate of "girl-power". As a daughter, mother of daughters, sister, wife, and teacher at an all-girls school in Providence, she has always been fascinated with the way women, young or old, are shaped by today's society. Valorie incorporates "Jungian Archetypes", or reliquary figures, into her work to depict goddess myths of female power and glory. She uses her art as a form of educating, using fairy tales to instill the power of a pure heart into the young girls who hear them, doing her part to steer young women of today down the correct path.

Last, but not least, Sue Butler is the third artist exhibited in this show. A true homebody, Sue paints interior spaces familiar to her. All the objects she paints in her loose and expressive style symbolize memories and personal meaning, such as flowers sent to her, or selected containers she admires for the color and/or shape. Her color palette is bold, bright, and exciting, showing her viewers just how wonderful every-day surroundings really are. Her studio is her home, and her home lends her visions for future paintings.

On the last Thursday of every month, a participating Public Art Window non-profit organization hosts a fundraising event at Gallery Z to elevate public consciousness for their cause. This month on Thursday, May 30th, from 5-7 (Gallery Z's Art, Food, and Wine Creating Awareness for a Cause), Gallery Z will partner with Rites and Reason Theater. This group is a research component of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University, and it develops new work by playwrights of all descriptions. The trademark of this organization is its unique Research to Performance Method (RPM) of play development. Plays developed by Rites and Reason have had successful productions on Broadway and in regional and national tours and theaters. The Theatre prides itself on its partnerships and collaborations in the community. Since its founding, thousands of students have participated in Rites and Reason projects and productions, often working side by side with professional and community actors, writers, directors, designers and dramaturges. Rites and Reason Theater Webpage