For the past 11 years, RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton has partnered up with The Retreat in East Hampton to host an annual juried art show. Featured artwork is sold to support victims of domestic abuse.
This year’s show, titled “Shades of Light,” touches upon a gentle but pressing topic: Home isn’t the safest place for all of us right now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data from its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey indicates one in four women and one in 10 men are afflicted with some form of sexual or physical violence, or stalking. That doesn’t account for emotional abuse. Now, as staying home becomes the only option for survival amid a pandemic, these numbers are expected to only increase, putting the most vulnerable at risk.
“It’s a scary time for so many people right now. The Retreat is getting calls on our hotline every single day from individuals needing help, or from people who are worried about their friends and neighbors being trapped in potentially violent situations. That’s why this show is coming at just the right time,” said Kim Nichols, development director at The Retreat. “‘Shades of Light’ is a beautiful collection of art from around the world. We are grateful to Richard Demato and his team at RJD Gallery, along with all the artists that contributed.”
The pieces are hung at the gallery’s Bridgehampton location, but all works can be viewed online April 18 through May 17. Viewers can partake in online commentary. A portion of the proceeds from the juried art show sales will be donated to The Retreat to support its free services for those affected by domestic abuse. These include a 24-hour bilingual crisis hotline, counseling, residential shelter, and other programs.
Artists include Deborah Aquino, Tony Armendariz, Marianna Foster, Noelle Giddings, Jackie Gordon, Linda Harris, Jennifer Hartzler, Melissa Hefferlin, David Hummer, JuliAnne Jonker, Claudia Kaak, Margaret Minardi, Christina Ramos, Alan Richards, Marybeth Rothman, O’Neil Scott, Matthew Sprung, Tyler Streeter, Terry Strickland, Andrea Vargas, Daniela Werneck, and Anne-Marie Zanetti.
To donate, text ArtHeals to 91999. Follow all upcoming information on both the gallery and organization at @allagainstabuse and @rjdgallery. To purchase a piece of artwork, call 631-725-1161 or email [email protected]. You may also visit www.allagainstabuse.org and www.rjdgallery.com.