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Contemporary Painters (Who Just Happen to Be Women)

Kathy Burge, Donise English, Ragellah Rourke, Patty Neal, Jenny Nelson, Katheryn Holt, Kate Butler and Allyson Levy

August 16, 2012 through September 16, 2012

Is it just a coincidence, or is Carrie Haddad favoring female artists at her gallery?  Her upcoming exhibit, Contemporary Painters, features seven painters in a variety of media, and they are all women! Have all the men taken the summer off?    Do I see "gorilla boys" picketing Warren Street soon?

Not to worry.  Haddad is just up to her usual preferential treatment of the female artists.  Since men have dominated the art market for so many years, Haddad enjoys giving the women extra exhibit time to make up for it.  So, Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to announce  “Contemporary Painters (Who Just Happen to be Women)”, with new work by Kathy Burge, Donise English and Ragellah Rourke in the main galleries, and a salon-style selection of paintings in the back room by Patty Neal, Allyson Levy, Jenny Nelson and Kate Butler. 

The exhibit will be on view August 16-September 16, with a reception for the artists on Saturday August 18 from 6-8 PM.  The public is invited to attend.

"Both abstract and non-representational painting have become more and more popular with my clients," remarks  Haddad, "It's not just landscapes anymore." 

Curating exhibits is one of the most favorite tasks Haddad performs and her tendency towards "gender favoritism" is just a bias we are going to have to accept.  The all female roster of this exhibit  boasts of some serious talent.

Featured artist, Kathy Burge received an MFA from Yale and has had many successful shows with Haddad.   Her large oil on linen canvases are woven with botanical motifs in sweeping, elegant gestures.

Donise English teaches Studio Art at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Painting with melted beeswax and oil on wood panel, she makes colorful and quite post modern-looking works with a twist of attitude.  Her sense of humor is also demonstrated in the titles she assigns each painting.  

Although the imagery in her work evolves each season, the oil and acrylic paintings by Ragellah Rourke  begin with the same method of prepping the wood panel with layers of textured plaster which is then incised, sanded, and washed with color.  The result of her well worked surfaces is a bit tender, poetic and mystical.    Rourke lives in the woods just beyond Albany.

Four more artists will hang their work in the Backroom Salon.  Allyson Levy "paints" with dead flowers arranged and then covered with melted beeswax.  Jenny Nelson's abstract paintings reference the landscape, yet are more surreal than what meets the human eye. Kate Butler will be represented by one, very large and exuberant painting, and Patty Neal will be exhibiting small cityscapes inspired by the very real city of Brooklyn. 

Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.  Gallery hours are 11-5 Monday-Saturday/12-5 on Sunday. For more information please call 518.828.1915 or visit our website a


Artists in this show

Allyson Levy

Tatsoi Flowers, 2010


Tatsoi Leaves, 2010


Malus of Forethought, 2007

Rhoeashock Study , 2008


Rhoeashock, 2008

Barking Betula, 2011

Donise English

Bark Head, 2009


Herd (16 x 16), 2012

Hobgood (24 x 24), 2009

Baby Face (16 x 16), 2011

Nooch (16 x 16), 2011

Big Shanty, 2009


Greys and Reds, 2008

Red and Blue Routes/Yellow Locations, 2008

Red Things, 2009

Snowman (24 x 24), 2011

Thinking Cap (16 x 12), 2012

The Moroccans (16 x 12), 2012

Locators (16 x 16), 2012

White and White Stripes, 2008


Hostess (16 x 16), 2012

Jenny Nelson

Squeeze Box , 2012


Lights Go Up, 2011


Thinking of Flying, 2011

Round About, 2012

Katheryn Holt

Little Majorette


Runner, 2011

Kathy Burge

Untitled Drawing 1, 2012


Untitled Drawing 2, 2012

Untitled Drawing 3, 2012

Torsion, 2012

Untitled , 2012


Untitled (Green), 2012


Trace 2, 2012

Gyre, 2012

Firth, 2012

Kedge, 2012

Corm, 2012

Trace 1, 2011-2012


Lumen, 2012

Patty Neal

Building, Trees, Pole, 2012


Another Highline View, 2012


Building Blocks, 2011


Cherry on the Top, 2011


Higher and Higher, 2011


Intersection in Dumbo, 2011


Stem...Stern, 2011


Ragellah Rourke

Stardust Falling I, 2012

Stardust Falling II, 2012


The Garden Keeper, 2012


Gossamer, 2012

Indian Summer, 2012

Under a Spell, 2007

A Separate Place I, 2012

A Separate Place II, 2012

Cluster Form, 2012

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