2018 Juried Exhibition

January 2 – 27, 2018  


Due to severe weather on the 4th, the reception was held on Saturday, Jan 27th, 4-6pm. 

Video of reception with remarks by Betty Cunningham.


Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to announce the 2018 Juried Exhibition.  It  features the work of thirty artists who represent a range of styles and a truly national reach. The work was selected from over a thousand entries by Betty Cuningham. Blue Mountain was privileged to have her serve as juror. Cuningham is a distinguished art dealer who owns/directs the Betty Cuningham Gallery on the Lower East Side. Her gallery showcases contemporary painters and sculptors including William Bailey, Graham Nickson, Phillip Pearlstein, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Andrew Forge, Rackstraw Downes, Beverly McIver, Stanley Lewis and Nancy Davidson. She will attend the opening reception on January 27.

Artists selected for inclusion in this year’s exhibition are:

Jessica Bartlet(CT), Raymond Berry(VA), Petey Brown(NY), Kyong Burke(TX), Camilla Fallon(NY), Arlene Farenci(NJ), Lisa Ferber(NY), Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko(IL), Donna Festa(ME), Beverly Gimlin(OR), Syd Glasser(NY), William H. Hays(VT), Lynette K. Henderson(CA), Marcos Hernandez(TX), Kip Kowalski(MI), Carol Ladewig(CA), Xanda McCagg(NY), Russell Mehlman(NY), Nina Meledandri(NY), Kristen Peyton(NH), Lin Price(NY), Candace Primack(OR), Natasha Rabin(NY), Joseph Salerno(VT), Elinore Schnurr (NY), Daniel Schroeder(NY), Lisa Steiner(NY), Eric Strauss(NY), Becky Yazdan(NJ), Robert Zurer(NY)

Information about the juror: Betty Cuningham:

My first art job came in 1965 when I became the girl-Friday to the Olana Preservation Committee working to save Olana, the home and studio of Frederic Edwin Church.  Just as we saved Olana, a major flood hit Florence and I became director of publicity for the Committee to Rescue Italian Art (CRIA).   Due to my background in preservation, James Biddle, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation asked me to be his assistant.  So in the summer of 1968 after completing my MA at Hunter, I moved to Washington DC joining the Trust.  I returned to NYC in 1970 and took a temporary job as registrar at Marlborough Gallery.  I was hired by Reese Palley (one of the early galleries in Soho) to be assistant to Jim Harithas.   Reese Palley closed in 1972 after a short but infamous life.   So I walked across the street to Fanelli’s and Mike Fanelli offered me the space upstairs.   In November of 1972 with the help of Belinda Ward, we opened Cuningham Ward over Fanelli’s. By 1978 the gallery became known as the Betty Cuningham Gallery. In 1982, Mike Fanelli died, and I moved uptown  to Hirschl and Adler Modern, remaining there until 1998 when I joined Robert Miller Gallery (57th Street and Chelsea).  In 2004 I reopened Betty Cuningham Gallery in Chelsea.  In 2014 we moved to Rivington Street on the Lower East Side where we reside happily now.



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