Dabbert Gallery Opens New Show, Announces Move

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BY PHILIP LEDERER SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUN 2, 2017

The first Friday of the month has arrived and with it a new exhibition from Dabbert Gallery. Entitled Summer Showcase, the exhibit highlights gallery mainstays such as Robert Baxter and Barbara Krupp alongside works from some of the gallery’s newest member artists like Victoria Mayol and Peter Esdaile. Summer Showcase will also be one of Dabbert Gallery’s final shows in the present location on Palm Ave., as the gallery has announced it will relocate, come August, just down the block to new lodgings.

Opening tonight with a reception at 6pm—and in light of the incoming move—Summer Showcase almost feels like a celebration, with six sculptors, 20 painters and more contributing. Soothing and atmospheric oils by Dabbert regular Bill Farnsworth and sweeping, fantastical landscapes from local favorite James Griffin remind viewers of the respected name Dabbert Gallery has built and maintained at its current location, while Mayol’s dreamlike compositions and Esdaile’s endlessly interpretive and myth-inspired contributions highlight the group’s growing diversity. A seeming microcosm of the whole thing, Krupp, who has long wowed buyers near and far with her signature style, unveils more from her latest series and a stark departure from previous work.

The exhibit, which also features work from William Suys, Yuqi Wang and William Jerdon, runs through September 30, during which time Dabbert Gallery will make its move from the current location at 76 South Palm Ave. down the street to 46 South Palm Ave., where Hodgell Gallery sits presently. The move will garner an additional 400 square feet for the gallery, which David Dabbert, who owns and operates Dabbert Gallery with wife Patricia, looks forward to working with. The final measurements haven’t been made, but he estimates a roughly 35 percent increase in usable space. “And we can display that much more artwork,” he says.

The new location also brings a contemporary feel with white walls, tiled floors and more open space, though Dabbert says plans are still formulating regarding how much to keep and how much to revamp. “It’s exciting because it’s a fresh start and a chance to do something a little different,” says Dabbert. “But it’s going to be a lot of work.”

A spokesperson from Hodgell Gallery regarding the future of the glass gallery was not available for comment.

Pictured: "Shaman" by Peter Esdaile. Image courtesy of Dabbert Gallery.

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