Round Table Discussion: Gallery, Critic & Artist

Round Table Discussion: Gallery, Critic & Artist

Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30pm at Bert Gallery
This round table discussion explores the topic, “Who creates the art market?” from the perspective of the commercial gallery, art critic and artist. The art world is made up of a variety of factions that create and effect the market. How do you measure success in the art world—is it really about the art itself, those who create the art or the handlers of art? If an artist has a museum exhibit, does it increase the value of his or her art? Who reads the art critic’s review and what is its impact on an artist’s career? A dealer represents an artist: what does that mean? Once an artist sets an auction record, are they then ‘discovered’? Come to a round table discussion at Bert Gallery and witness the debate. Space is limited – please call for reservations.

Patricia McLaughlin: Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Johnson and Wales University and former Director of Administration for the City of Providence. Ms. McLaughlin was instrumental in creating the arts district for Providence.

Berge Ara Zobian: Owner/Director of Gallery Z
John Pantalone: Professor of Journalism and former regional editor for Art New England
Lisa Utman Randall: Arts and Entertainment Writer for the Newport Mercury
Paula Martiesian: Providence artist and co-founder of Gallery Night Providence
Nick Paciorek: Providence artist

The program is in conjunction with the Bert Gallery exhibit, Who Really Creates the Art Market – Museums, Auctions, Curators, Critics, Artists, Collectors or Galleries?, on view May 8 through June 22, 2007. Bert Gallery is located along the Providence waterfront at Corliss Landing, 540 South Water Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Open Gallery Night: June 21st. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11am–5pm, Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

About the Moderator & Panelists
Patricia McLaughlin is currently the Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Johnson & Wales. Previous experience includes serving as the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations for RISD and various positions for the City of Providence, including Director of Administration and Deputy City Solicitor. She currently resides on the board of WaterFire Providence, The Providence Center, Splendor of Florence USA and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Rhode Island Foundation’s initiative, Housing Works.

Bérge Ara Zobian is a Providence-based photographer and Owner/Director of Gallery Z, a fine art gallery that features Armenian, European and American artists. Gallery Z is dedicated to the community by presenting meaningful artistic expression that engages a diverse clientele and acting as a center for experiencing art and supporting artists by offering an intimate setting to share their artistic expression.

John Pantalone is a professor of Journalism at the University of Rhode Island and the former regional editor for Art New England. Prior, he was the editor of Newport Life Magazine and Newport This Week and arts editor for the South County Independent.

Lisa Utman Randall recently received a Rhode Island Press Association award for her arts and entertainment writing in the Newport Mercury. She was the co-founder of Island Arts, a non-profit art gallery in Newport, and spent 14 years as Executive Director.

Paula Martiesian is a practicing Providence artist, represented by Bert Gallery, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Gallery Night Providence. Other professional experience includes Curator of BankRI Galleries, Editor and Co-Publisher of Quix Art Magazine and Chairman and Founder of Center City Contemporary Artists. She states of her own artwork “I have always figured my personality was a contradictory mix of subtlety and mack truck, and my paintings are beginning to reflect that rather unlikely combination.”

Nick Paciorek is an internationally-known artist for his work done at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. He aligns himself with a new generation of Fauvists by using broad strokes of brilliant color for their emotional impact. He loves large cities with active skylines, busy streets and the relationship of one building to another.