“…Through Feb. 28, a selection of her paintings at HCC Dale Mabry’s Gallery 221, Farming, Family and Folk Art: Ruby C. Williams & the Bealsville Story, offers a welcome entrée into Ruby’s world. The selection of 60-plus paintings, organized by Gallery 221 curator Katherine Gibson, who has known Williams and championed her work for nearly 20 years, is particularly delightful for a couple of its curatorial devices. For one thing, Gibson has collected nearly 30 of Williams’ portraits of quirky personalities into a “community choir” for visitors to peer at while perching on a church pew. Lazy Sam, a red-collared snail of a man, sits not far from Bonnie bon Bonnie, a nattily dressed woman who is a recurring character in Williams’ work. Between them stand two men painted on boards whose captions read 'My name is Had' and 'My name is Enough.' For another, an audio soundtrack of a StoryCorps interview recorded by Gibson and Williams in 2009 loops in the background. This sounds like a distraction, but it was not during my visit; rather, the undercurrent of the interview generated a poignant sense of sitting in the gallery with Ruby….”
"…Gallery 221 is a small space next to the library, not a high-profile venue, and director Katherine Gibson said she was honestly surprised when Labauvie agreed to the show. He said he liked the feel of the space and that it was on a small college campus with lots of students. She didn't crowd the room. A single free-standing sculpture is centered in the middle of the room, bracketed by two large drawings pinned to opposite walls..."
"...It is a coup, yet not surprising, to have this installation at Gallery 221. Labauvie has a background in philosophy, art history and literature. Bringing this show to an audience mostly composed of Community College members is mainly about education, but also about the artist's egalitarian attitude towards art. Katherine Gibson has been steadily pushing and shaping her HCC Dale Mabry space into a first-rate venue for the arts, becoming one of the best in the area. For Labauvie, Gibson's curation brings a resonant balance between the space and his work, one that is world-class and would stand up in any of the arts capitals around the globe."
Review excerpt from Art Taco regarding Film on Film, works by Nancy Cervenka, shown above.
"... On these [walls], Cervenka had a site-specific installation. Very biomorphic conical forms emerged and disappeared back into the wall-panels, sometimes jumping from one to another, or diminishing only to connect with another. The effect for me was one of connections and the parabolic aspects of life. Lyrical, gentle, and rich with expression, the installation added a new dimension to Cervenka's work. From afar, they seemed to be living things, crawling, boring through, emerging and vanishing, and above all, persisting. Congratulations to Nancy Cervenka, HCC Dale Mabry, Kathy Gibson and the Student Government for a first-rate show..."
Danny Olda, Executive Editor, Art at Bay | Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, shown above
"On the floor of the gallery near a wall in vinyl lettering is a quote from the exhibiting artist: 'I began speculating about the color of my daughter’s skin even before she was born.' There is nothing exceptional about this sentiment from Edgar Sanchez Cumbas - it is shared by many parents. However, in a way, it acquires a new meaning in the gallery setting, when Cumbas is not only speculating about color as a father, but also as a painter. The thought sets the tone for this fascinating solo exhibit of the Tampa painter’s work…."
"Gallery 221 features Tampa native Josette Urso, who is now based in New York and shows her work internationally, so this is a coup for 221. It's an example of how Katherine Gibson, the gallery's director, has invigorated the exhibition schedule using her many contacts…."