The Studios has decided to close our galleries and suspend all public programs through Thursday April 2. This also means the exhibitions slated to open at our First Thursday in April have been postponed. We will do our best to post updates to our schedule as needed. Read a letter from the director.


Amanda Church, Paula De Luccia, Beth Kaminstein, Lauren Olitski, and Leslie Parke

Sanger Gallery

This exhibition has been rescheduled to November 2020 – see details at the button below.



Leslie Parke’s circles are drawn simply by moving her arm, without compasses or other tools. Watch the quick video below showing how she created “Conversations with Giotto” (2018), an homage to Giotto’s drawing of a perfect red circle to show his skill to Pope Benedict XI.

Amanda Church, Paula De LucciaBeth Kaminstein, Leslie Parke, and Lauren Olitski are five female artists who had connections to Bennington College in the ‘60s and ‘70s and also, more recently, to the Florida Keys. Lauren Olitski’s father, the renowned color-field painter Jules Olitski, moved to Islamorada in the late 1970s, where he lived and worked until his death in 2007. Paula De Luccia, and her husband, painter Larry Poons, lived and painted in Islamorada for 20 years, up until the 1990s. Leslie Parke’s brother also lived in Islamorada, and Amanda Church over the years has regularly visited Beth Kaminstein. As essentially abstract artists, they share a relationship to a common core of a visual language.

Amanda Church’s paintings use a flat, velvety-smooth surface to convey hard-edge, pop abstracted allusions to the body in landscape. Paula De Luccia’s paintings are also large scale, as well as raw and colorful, and she adds other materials to the surface to create textures beyond the canvas. Beth Kaminstein’s ceramic works’ wide surfaces create large areas of color achieved through high-fired glazes. Lauren Olitski challenges the standard rectangular frame of abstract work by adding pieces to change the shape of her 10-foot-long paintings. Leslie Parke’s paintings have a brilliant ground with lines that at once seem to define, dissolve, and merge shapes.

sponsored by The Perry Hotel