Deborah T. Colter

My paintings come into existence through the combination of synthetic polymer paints, torn or cut up bits of collage, painted papers, marks of the hand, drawn or scribed, on canvas and paper. I seek a balance of energy, an order among chaos, a continual give and take that teeters between equilibrium and the breaking point.

In my process I coax the various mixed mediums into a compelling visual language. Creating something out of nothing and nurturing its transformation into a piece that is alive with energy, color and intrigue is my main objective.

To my eye, a painting needs to have rhythm, balance, harmony, life, and a spark of magic. My work is an exploration of non-objective abstraction that I find to be authentic and gratifying.

 

2017        

Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Featherstone Francine Kelly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Inaugural “BIG”, invitational group show.
Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts, "Splash", group show with gallery artists.
Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut, & Albany, NY

2016         Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut, & Albany, NY
Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts, "She Only Wore White", group show with gallery artists.
Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
The Sharpe Gallery, Kennebunk, Maine

2015        

Eisenhauer Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts
Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
C. Parker Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut
The Sharpe Gallery, Kennebunk, Maine

2014        

Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Art Gallery H, Tubac, Arizona
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
C. Parker Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut

2013             

Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
 
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
   
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
    
Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    
Art Gallery H, Tubac, Arizona
    
Ugallery, San Francisico, California

2012             

Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gallery KH, Chicago, Illinois
Art Gallery H, Tubac, Arizona

2011              

Spring Affordable Art Fair, New York, New York,  represented by Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Gallery KH, Chicago, Illinois
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 

*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts

Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2010 

*Gallery KH,  Chicago, Illinois, "Surface Elements", two person show with Charlotte Foust
Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York, "Mixed Media", invitational group show
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Gallery KH,  Chicago, Illinois , "New Work by Gallery Artists"
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan
Red Door Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

2009       

Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, "A Book About Death" Project New York, New York
Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, invitational group show, "Vineyard Artists' Abstractions: Creating New Perspectives"
Gallery KH
, Chicago, Illinois
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, group show, "Small Wonders"
Water Street Gallery
, Douglas, Michigan, group show, "Heavy Metal, Metalwork and Abstractions"
Red Door Gallery
, Richmond, Virginia
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, solo show

2008      

Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Gallery KH, Chicago, IL
Gallery KH, Chicago, Illinois, "Tribute" inaugural show with Scott Addis, Miles Bair, Rodger Bechtold, Robert Berlin,Gary Bowling, Marla Baggetta, Amy Cannady, Ellen Cocose, Henry Coe, Carolyn Cole, Mark Dickson, Lynn Dunbar, Peter Hoffer, Honore Lee, Jerry Ricketson, Rick Stevens, Carol Stewart, Leslie Tejada, and Mignonette Yin Cheng, Sculptors featured include: Greg Milne, Dan McDermott, Richard Taylor, and Dennis Westwood, Artists featuring works on paper include: Denise Presnell-Weidner, Victoria Ryan, and Seiko Tachibana.
Red Door Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, Solo show, "Mixed Messages" Showing concurrently with Allison Compton
Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, group show, "Playful Objects" with David Adix, Byron Gin, John Gutoskey, Stephen Hansen, Jesse Hickman, Aletha Israels, Kim Krumrey, Karen Shapiro
The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

  1.   *Gallery KH,  Chicago, Illinois, "Surface Elements", two person show *Mary Bell Galleries, Solo show, "Mechanics of Memory", Chicago, Illinois
  2. The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
    *Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    Water Street Gallery, Group show, "Paper Cuts", Saugatuck, Michigan
    Mary Bell Galleries, Group show, "Abstractions" with Mark Dickson, Carolyn Cole, Tim Christensen, and Rick Stevens, Chicago, Illinois
    Jules Place, Boston, Massachusetts
    The Belushi Pisano Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
  3. *The Broome Street Gallery, New York, New York
    Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
    *The Belushi Pisano Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    Jules Place, Group show, "Inner Vision!", Boston, Massachusetts

 

2005        Angelico Fine Art, Menlo Park, California
The Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
The Symmetry Gallery, Ltd., Troy, Michigan
ArtExpo Atlanta, represented by Grigoropoulos Ltd., Chicago, IL

2004  The Symmetry Gallery, Ltd., Grand Opening Show, Invited Artist, Troy, Michigan
Shaw Cramer Gallery, Invitational Group Show, Vineyard Artists working with Paper and Paint, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Relics of the Nest: Illusion and Memory , Collaborative Group Show Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
"Ordinary Spectacle", Invited Artist, Feature Show, The Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
"Seeing Red", Group Show, The Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
*Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

2003             "Small Works", Group Show, works under $500
RISD/WORKS Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
"In Delicate Balance", Invited Artist, Feature Show, works on paper Colonnade Gallery, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire
The Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

  1. "Matter, Dream, and Thought: A Symposium on the Works of Gaston Bachelard," Invitational Show, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas, Texas
    Relics of the Nest: Illusion and Memory, Collaborative Group Show, The Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    Olga’s Picks: “Vineyard Galleries Show,” Collection of works curated by Olga Hirshorn, Featherstone Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts,
    * Cousen Rose Gallery, Two Person Show, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts


2001         " The Poetics of Space," Collaborative Group Show, Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
* New Work, Two Person Show, The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
“Women at Work: Making Art”, Invitational Group Show, Vineyard Playhouse, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

  1.    Featherstone Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Multi-media Invitational Group Show
    *" Small Work, Discreet Directions," Two Person Show, Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    *" Pieces and Paths," The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, Massachusetts, Two Person Show with Albert Alcalay
    Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
     
  2. MAML Invitational Exhibit at C3TV Gallery, Hyannis, Massachusetts, Invitational Group Show
    * " Impressions of Land," Two Person Show, The Field Gallery, West Tisbury
    Cafe Moxie Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    * Cousen Rose Gallery, Two Person Show, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts,
    Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

 

  1. Featherstone Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Mixed media Invitational Group Show
    * Cousen Rose Gallery, Two Person Show, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    Chilmark Library, Chilmark, Massachusetts

 

  1. Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
    All Island Art Show, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

 

  1. Hermine Merel Smith Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts

 

  1. The Vineyard Gallery, Edgartown, Massachusetts
    Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

Corporate & Private Collections

 

  • Central National-Gottesman, Purchase, New York
  • Kokino LLC, Stamford Connecticut
  • Equity Residential, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Yale New Haven Health, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Manion, Gaynor & Manning LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Katz, Nannis & Solomon, PC, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Vell Executive Search, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts
  • Scripps Network, LLC
  • Innosight, Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Cambridge Trust Co., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Conner, Strong & Buckelew, Marlton New Jersey
  • Acadian Asset Management, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Bright Horizons, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Torys LLP, New York, New York
  • Advent International, Boston, Massachusetts
  • LEK Consulting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Verizon Experience Center, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • SAS Corporate Headquarters, Cary, North Carolina
  • Alchemy Properties, New York, New York
  • Integrated Financial Services, Waltham Massachusetts
  • Publications International, LTD., Lincolnwood, Illinois
  • D’Novo Lean Gourmet Restaurant, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Radisson Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nothing Plain About... this Jane!, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Conner Strong Companies, Inc., Marlton, New Jersey
  • Gunderson Dettmer, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • FM Global Insurance, Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Tufts Dental School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Himmel Hospitality Group, Post 390 Restaurant,  Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tokio Millennium Re Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda
  • Cisco System, San Jose, California
  • Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Partners Harvard Medical International, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Anika Therapeutics, Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Boston Residential Group, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
  • SemCams, Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts
  • J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Wells Fargo, San Francisco, California
  • Cousen Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
  • Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
  • Get Connected, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The McCormack Firm, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Old Mutual (US) Holdings, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lourie & Cutler, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Driscoll Insurance, Norwell, Massachusetts
  • Wolf Greenfield, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ernst & Young, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Axis Communications, Washington, DC
  • Archon Group, A Division of Goldman Sachs, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, New York, New York
  • Adobe Systems, San Jose, California
  • Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, California
  • Hale & Dorr, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Biogen Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Walker Marchant Group, Washington, DC
  • Urban Investment Association, Boston, Massachusetts

 

  • Numerous Private Collections, Respective of privacy

 

 

 

 

Bibliography (*Reviews)





Karla Araujo "Look Again: Artists Changing Styles", Martha's Vineyard Arts & Ideas Magazine Spring , 2014

Karla Araujo "Cold Comfort: How Three Island Artists Found Inspiration in Winter", Martha's Vineyard Arts & Ideas Magazine, Summer , 2017

* Karla Araujo "Deborah T. Colter’s extraordinary abstract view", Martha's Vineyard Times, July 10, 2013



CK Wolfson "Deborah T. Colter's abstract landscapes", Martha's Vineyard Times,  July 22, 2011



Mary Grauerholz, "Deborah T. Colter" Cape Cod Life 2011 Special Arts Section, June 2011



* Tamar Russell, "Deborah Colter: Design for painting", Martha's Vineyard Times, July 2010



*Diane R. Gunter "Mixed Messages | Deborah T. Colter - Red Door Gallery" Urge February 17, 2008



Karla Araujo, "Art: For Love or Money", Martha's Vineyard Times, June, 28, 2007

*Amy Simcik Williams, "Art: Between Chaos and Harmony" The Martha’s Vineyard Times, July, 28, 2005

* C.K. Wolfson, “Artists Discuss Joint Exhibition in Program at Dragonfly Gallery”, Vineyard Gazette, September 27, 2002.

* Laura D. Roosevelt, “Five Artists, One Nest: Group Show at The Dragonfly”, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, September 26, 2002

C.K. Wolfson, “Deborah Colter: One Woman’s Life as Collage”, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Artscene Artist Profile, July/August 2001

“Five Artist’s Explore The ‘Poetics of Space’ ”, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Artscene News, July/August 2001

* Hollis L. Engley, “Art Exhibit Explores Poetics of Space”, Vineyard Gazette, August 24, 2001

* Mary-Jean Miner, “Creating Space For Art”, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, August 23, 2001

Melissa Massello, “Art, Art, and More Art”, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, May 31, 2001

Agricultural Fair Supplement Cover, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, August 16, 2001

Diane Nicholls, “Gallery Show Is a Study in Abstraction”, Vineyard Gazette, July 14, 2000

Jane Friend, “Brand XXIX, Works on Paper Catalog”, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, California

Lois Ramirez, “Collage Artists of America Open’99 Catalog”, Brand Galleries, Glendale, California

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Sarah Haight, “Saturday Stroll Highlights Art Galleries of Oak Bluffs”, Vineyard Gazette, July 24, 1998

Vineyard Gazette, Edgartown, Massachusetts, Six “Town column heads”

Rhode Island Review, Providence, RI, Review of student works, March 1981

Creative and Mental Growth (Instructional Text), Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York

 

 

 

Education

1981
     Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts