City Gallery Presents: Nancy Donnelly (glass) and Jill Finsen (paintings) “Color & Shape”

By Editorial Team on January 31, 2011


Nancy Donnelly Jill Finsen Color & Shape on East City art
Jill Finsen “Big Blue Vase” photo courtesy of CITY Gallery.

Opening Reception Saturday, February 5 from 6pm to 9pm .

Color and Shape showcases Nancy Donnelly’s elegant glass art and Jill Finsen’s whimsically primitive paintings executed in oil paint.  Fascination with texture as a component of color and shape is apparent in the work of both these artists. Allusive of the natural world, they are direct and accessible. Yet surface abstraction is paramount to the success of these art pieces—the texture of the glass complements layered textures in the paintings. These works complement each other and pull the exhibit in new and exciting visual directions. Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work and in this sense make each more complete.

Donnelly and Finsen’s works provide tension between familiarity and abstraction and at the same time question placement within imagined space. Donnelly strives in this exhibit to achieve surprisingly simple shapes. She is following Cezanne’s noted statement: “One must first of all study geometric forms: the cone, the cube, the cylinder, the sphere.” As in her previous shows, she is continuing to look for images that hold our attention, that we can come back to again and again, that lean on basic emotions and how our perceptions work. Some pieces reference nature, and some don’t, and all are both familiar and strange.

With allusions to the works of early 20th century American painters and the Fauvists, Finsen’s paintings are a journey, from representation to abstraction and from visible hues and shapes to more psychologically charged compositions.  The exhibition runs from February 5 through February 26, 2011.

In addition to the opening reception, the public will have the opportunity to view the work with artists in attendance on the following dates:

  • CITY Gallery will participate in ArtVentures on H, CHAMPS H Street Art Walk on Thursday February 24 from 5:30pm to 8pm
  • On Saturday, February 26 CITY Gallery will host a closing party from 3pm to 5 pm.

Additional information may be found at For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 202.468.5277 or City Gallery is located at 804 H ST NE second floor, Washington, DC 20002. Gallery hours are  Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm.