WILLIAMMAXWELL FINE ARTS is a commercial gallery and sculpture garden specializing in contemporary art and located within a Victorian carriage house and grounds, c.1850, in the artist and historical district of Peekskill, New York.
exhibition space is dedicated to the presentation of unique and original
works of fine art by emerging and established artists. Those selected for
exhibition are challenged to produce new works of art on a small scale,
appropriate for the gallery's dimensions and aesthetic. All exhibits in
this gallery will feature two artists in a "face to face" relationship
that produces or continues a specific visual dialog. The seasonal calendar
includes four to six shows that presents artists from many geographic locations
to the audience in upper Westchester County. These various works of art
are offered to the community as fresh, clever and contemporary responses
to a diversity of content within an assortment of artistic media and presentation
MAXWELL FINE ARTS also maintains a satellite gallery at 121 Restaurant and Bar in North Salem, NY that extends its exhibition areainto Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties as well as the southern Connecticut area.
Studios and Print-Making Project Contribute to Creative Enclave in Town.
Maxwell Fine Arts is run by the husband-and-wife team of William C. Maxwell
and Dana DeVito. Their gallery is a converted 1850 carriage -house behind
their 1859 Victorian home on Main Street. Mr. Maxwell maintains his own
painting studio in a loft space above the gallery while Ms. DeVito's studio
is on the third floor of their home.
Their gallery philosophy is to exhibit small and affordable work so anyone
can become a collector. They will specialize in two-artist exhibitions,
and each artist will be asked to create work that relates to the other
artist. The resulting exhibition leads to a visual dialogue between the
two artists' work. Mr. Maxwell and Ms. DeVito see this as a way of opening
up the visual language of the art they exhibit to a broader audience.
Mr. Maxwell and Ms. Devito decided to locate their business in Peekskill
after visiting the city on an open studio day, when most of the city's
galleries are open to the public. "We both met a number of artists
who moved from New York City to Peekskill, which is what we were considering,"
said Ms. DeVito. "We saw that the city of Peekskill was extremely
supportive. We were very optimistic because Peekskill was a small community
that was bringing itself back. We both had a good feeling about living
Mr. Maxwell went on to say, "We started in a loft space a few blocks
from here, and after about two years, we decided that we liked Peekskill
so much that we would invest in the house and studio we own today. The
community is very much behind us. It's not just the support from the artists'
community. We also have the support of the businesses and residents who
all seem to like our gallery."
This community support is important to any artist, and it seems that there
are many ways artists can give back to the community, Ms. DeVito said.
She said that Mr. Maxwell is on the board of the Peekskill Arts Council
and she is on the Visual Arts Committee for the Paramount Center for the
Arts, which shows art films, stages concerts and offers a gallery upstairs.
Having a gallery and a studio in Peekskill and being in an artists' community
have other benefits as Well. "It's our whole social life," Ms.
DeVito said. "For me, I made a lot of my friends through the Paramount.
These are the people we get together with to share ideas. I really feel
a strong sense of community here."
Excerpted from The New
York Times, Sunday, June 3, 2001