Maggie Bouchard, Bill Killen, Brian O'Malley and VF Wolf
February 11th - March 5th
Opening Reception: February 18th, 5-9pm

The newly transformed Gallery Z (celebrating 15 years in 2016) is thrilled to present the second of eleven exhibits this year. This exhibit features four local artists, Maggie Bouchard, Bill Killen, Brian O'Malley and VF Wolf.

Maggie Bouchard is an artist of all mediums. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Maggie attended Bridgewater State College as a biology major. Half-way through freshman year, she switched her major to art and a new world opened up. Maggie states "I'm the only one who can make me happy, and creating is how I achieve that." Her quirky, stylized drawings and paintings are filled with personality and color. She has exhibited in various group shows at Gallery Z since 2013, and is constantly creating new work in her studio in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Maggie currently works as a professional hair stylist.

Bill Killen creates oil paintings in extreme realism, a technique using many thin transparent layers of paint on wood or canvas. His most popular and most terrifying body of work "The Zombie Horde" will be featured at Gallery Z this month. (JUST KEEP TELLING YOURSELF.... They are just paintings.... They are just paintings...) He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and continued studying drawing and painting at the Art Students League of New York. Killen has exhibited throughout New York and Rhode Island, at galleries such as AS220 and the RISD Alumni Shows in Providence and the Bottle Neck Gallery in NYC.

Brian O'Malley pursues conceptual, narrative style paintings fusing landscape and figure. He states "These pictures become more real than reality when I am at work. I have to enter into them and experience the space in order to capture the 'suspension of disbelief.' In this way, movement, memory and space all coexist." He has a BFA from the University of Rhode Island, MFA from the University of Miami, and took continuing education courses at Massachusetts College of Art. Brian currently teaches at the University of Rhode Island as an adjunct professor. He has shown extensively in the New England area in numerous group shows at the Boston Center for the Arts, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the Space at Alice and Gallery Z, among others.

VF Wolf is a painter who currently lives and works in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is employed as a night watchman at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum located in Providence, Rhode Island. VF was an officer in the Army Reserve from 2000-2007 and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and lived in both Egypt and Ireland. VF has received his Bachelors degrees in both Political Science (2000) and Art History (2007) from Rhode Island College. He has recently earned his BFA in painting (2011) from Rhode Island College. VF states" I want my art to be repulsive and attractive. I paint the ugly and disturbing, mask-like figures because I use them as metaphor to analyze the shadow that lies in every society's sub-conscious, that part of the psyche that craves violence and destruction. "

The exhibit will be held on the four new walls recently installed in Gallery Z. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, February 18th from 5-9pm. All four artists will be present. Although there are no Gallery Night official events December through March, Gallery Z carries the torch by hosting a free opening reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, 12 months of the year. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone. In addition, Gallery Z displays an ever-changing extensive and diverse selection in salon style of original Fine Art works (paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, glass, sculptures, assemblages, etchings, lithographs) from Gallery Z's deep stable of over 300 fine artists, locally, nationally and internationally renowned, along with fine ceramics and pottery, jewelry and Armenian and international handicrafts.

The adjacent "Italy" room expands the vibrant local Federal Hill Italian cultural atmosphere with "Dreamy Venice", filled with luminous handmade small Murano glass gifts (paperweights, ornaments, vessels, perfume bottles) and Murano glass jewelry (pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, watches, hair clips), all personally chosen and imported from Venice by Gallery Associate Linda Kamajian in a sparkling rainbow of colors. These are set amidst fine frt paintings and photographs related to Italy or by some of Gallery Z's established Italian-American fine artists.