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The GalleryExhibiting at Miller White Fine ArtsOur Location and Hours2016/2017 Exhibitions
Welcome to Miller White Fine Arts!  Founded and directed by Susan Reid Danton, the gallery’s name features two family names of enduring importance to Danton.  Dorothy Canning Miller, first curator of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, was Danton’s great aunt.  Miller’s niece, Edith Canning White, is Danton’s mother.  Both women led remarkable lives that were richly influenced by art, bequeathing to Danton a life-long desire and ability to follow in similar footsteps.  The gallery’s name is a heart-felt nod to those two resolutely aesthetic lives.  Additionally, you will find Danton’s personal narrative on Dorothy Miller here … A Single Drop of Blood … enjoy!

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At Miller White Fine Arts, the cornerstones of our representation include a discerning eye, appreciation for fine aesthetic sensibilities, a fierce commitment to the artist, and avoidance of blind loyalty to conventional standards in collecting art.

Two overarching initiatives define our mission.  Foremost is the discovery of innovative fine art through discovering the artist who makes it.  To us, the two are inseparable.  We are noted for our success in bringing the highest integrity and quality to our representation, coupled with an abiding talent in producing some of the most eminent exhibitions of contemporary fine art on Cape Cod.  Next but not least is the careful cultivation of the artist/collector relationship into one of mutual relevancy, wherein the purchase of artwork raises the aesthetic of a new owner’s life and contributes to his or her legacy.

We represent a diverse collection of two and three dimensional artworks in a variety of aesthetic traditions and media, specializing in abstract art, as well as narrative, color field, representational and figurative, land and seascape, cubist, collage and assemblage.  When advising collectors, our predominant advice is against a prejudicial favoring of the industry’s prevailing school of thought as to what ultimately constitutes the value of art; foremost, we encourage collectors to acquire artworks that invoke an aesthetic, personal engagement over ones that appear to be financially lucrative investments.

Our responsibility to artist and collector is to empower both, each to establish in the other an essential personal value, independent of popular norms and preconceptions, through the making, representation and acquisition of fine contemporary artworks.

We thank you for your interest in Miller White Fine Arts, and look forward to assisting collectors, both seasoned and emerging, in search of beautiful and compelling works of fine contemporary art.

Gallery Inquiries:  Susan Danton, Director, at 508-360-4302 or srdanton@comcast.net.

Exhibiting at Miller White Fine Arts

Miller White Featured Artists

Miller White Fine Arts formally represents a community of artists, samples of whose work may be viewed on individual pages under Meet Our Featured Artists, located on the top menu bar of this site. Additionally, to provide further opportunity for interested parties to familiarize themselves with our artists’ work, we retain multiple samples in inventory for additional viewing in our Back Room. Please do not hesitate to request a private showing, at your convenience.

Invitationals

The emergence of a fine artist’s career into a self-directed, cohesive experience of making and selling art is a multifaceted process that has no clear parameters other than one must present one’s art for public scrutiny. Generally speaking, the frequency, intensity and duration of exposure is a reliable formula for a successful emergence. At other times, it is simply the right exposure.

A crucial aspect of the mission of Miller White Fine Arts is to represent emerging artists, whether they are at the beginning of their exhibition career or, in spite of a number of forays into the realm of public opinion, are as yet seeking the awareness of potential collectors. We will typically offer multiple showings of an artist’s work, however, our overarching goal is that the right respresentation for each artist is ultimately discovered.

The aesthetic potential of a cooperative showing of art benefits not only the emerging artist but is to the collective benefit of all who participate. Likewise, synergy implies that when efforts are combined, the effect of that interaction is greater than if those same efforts were applied in solitary. With its group invitationals, Miller White Fine Arts seeks to create a synergistic force within its own space, as well as Cape Cod’s art community at large. We host four to six invitationals each year, dynamic shows that bring together our own leading artists and those who are emerging for a six-week duration.

Individual Exhibitions

The scrutiny of the spotlight is essential to the professional growth of an individual artist. At no other time is this scrutiny more straightforward than during a solo presentation of his or her work. Miller White Fine Arts hosts approximately eight exhibitions each year for gallery artists whose own work occupies a portion of our multifaceted venue for a six-week duration. Solo exhibitions may take any number of forms, including a retrospective of the artist’s career, a focus upon a particular body of work, a collection of works in a variety of media, or a selection formed under various categories, including theme, occasion, creative methodology/ association, or social/cultural significance.

Submission for Representation

We look forward to meeting you, sharing your work, being of assistance and, ideally, walking the path of emergence with you. As such, Miller White Fine Arts will review any and all requests for exhibition opportunities and will make every effort to provide them, if and when they arise. Please contact Art Director Susan Danton at 508-360-4302 or srdanton@comcast.net with your request, a personal narrative and jpegs, and she will make her review in as timely a manner as possible.

Our Location and Hours

OUR LOCATION: Miller White Fine Arts is located at 708 Route 134 in South Dennis. Please follow these directions to find us:

FROM ROUTE 6: Take exit 9B to drive North on Route 134, toward Route 6A. Go through the traffic lights, with the Dennis Police Facility on your left and Agway on your right. Number 708 is also known as “Garden Court,” and is the next righthand driveway after Agway. MWFA is located in the rear of the building, through the garden gate.

FROM THE NORTH SIDE OF ROUTE 134: After you pass Airline and Jasmine roads, SLOW DOWN! Garden Court is the next lefthand driveway.

 

GALLERY VISITS:

The Gallery is open year-round. Scheduled hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. All other times, we are open by appointment.

Fact of Life: On rare occasions, family events occur that interfere with established calendars. If you are planning to visit during the times listed above, please refer to our Facebook page prior to your visit for scheduling updates, which will be posted as soon as they arise. Or, you may contact Director Susan Danton at 508-360-4302 or srdanton@comcast.net.  Thank you for your consideration.

SPRING 2017 INVITATIONAL

EXPRESSING FREEDOM: Transcendence Through Art

Freedom of expression is key to the development, dignity and fulfillment of every person on the planet. It is the ability to state your frame of mind respectfully and peacefully, and allow others that same right. The importance of this is self-evident yet, tragically, masses of people are today prevented from doing so by forces outside of their real or perceived control.

When I think of the relationship between artists and society — and for me the question is always what it could be, rather than what it is — I think of the word “transcendent.” It is a word I never use in public, but it’s the only word I can come up with to describe what I think about the role of artists. By transcendent, I mean that the artist transcends the immediate. Transcends the here and now. Transcends the madness of the world. Transcends terrorism and war. The artist thinks, acts, performs music, and writes outside the framework that society has created. The artist may do no more than give us beauty, laughter, passion, surprise, and drama. I don’t mean to minimize these activities by saying the artist can do no more than this. The artist needn’t apologize, because by doing this, the artist is telling us what the world should be like, even if it isn’t that way now. The artist is taking us away from the moments of horror that we experience everyday — some days more than others — by showing us what is possible. But the artist can and should do more. In addition to creating works of art, the artist is also a citizen and a human being … What most of us must be involved in — whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do — has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world.” ― Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War and Other Essays, 2003

By virtue of Howard Zinn’s words above, the artists of this exhibition have given us images and words that reflect his conviction that there is no greater catalyst for change than that which art provides. By allowing their works to act as agents of their own ideals and values, the artists hope to inspire others to freely, respectfully and peacefully do the same.

Guest Artists: Kenneth Lockwood, Anita Loomis, Tom Odell, Joyce Pommer.
Guest Poets: John Bonanni, Mary Ellen Redmond, Albert Starkey, Lauren Wolk

Friday, April 28: Gallery Talk and Community Art & Word Projects start at 4-5pm, prior to Opening Reception 5-7pm

For those who would like to view the show prior to the typical crush of a public reception, come to our gallery talk. Meet the artists, hear the poets and examine the theme of Freedom of Expression, together. Viewers will then become active participants by expressing their own ideals for freedom on two community-based murals through inspired words and images. Drawing and writing materials will be provided, and no prior artistic experience is required — only a love for freedom and a willingness to share it! So that the gift keeps on giving, the action and testimonials will be memorialized for sharing on social media for an infinite audience to enjoy, learn from and pass forward — until the world is free and at peace.

In partnership with ArtSpring Cape Cod and ArtWeek Boston

Exhibition Dates: April 28 – June 9

 

HOLIDAY 2016:  SAVING GAIA: THE SEVEN THUNDERS

MWFA artists and guests visually interpret a film script to create a film trailer

Miller White Fine Arts Gallery is excited to offer an exhibition that breaks down the barrier between still and moving images in a significant and surprising project.  The exceptional creative talents of more than twenty artists will exhibit their visual interpretations of a film script written by acclaimed screenwriter, Rory Marcus.

The Seven Thunders is a thrilling sci-fi adventure in which young heroes must save all life on the planet while genetically engineered suprahumans attempt to destroy the earth’s atmosphere by accelerating global warming.

The artists will express their deeply felt feelings about the dangers to the planet through artworks in oil, print, collage, and photography in their individual styles.  These stunning images will then become the visuals for the short trailer for the film, produced by Marcus and shown at the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Based on science and written by Marcus more than ten years ago, The Seven Thunders is an odyssey of extraordinary youths that reveals an astonishingly prescient scenario of the risks for our future that we can see unfolding today.  This exhibit will raise questions that artists and scientists will address in gallery talks throughout the term of the show.

November 4 – December 30

FIRST ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, November 4th from 4 to 7 p.m.

CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, January 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Special Guests: 

Dave McGlinchey, Communications Director of Woods Hole Research Center; Ed DeWitt, Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod; Ian Ives, Director of Massachusetts Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary; Susan Starkey, Climate Justice Activist with the Green Sanctuary of the Barnstable Unitarian Church; and Natalia von Hausen, Director of Cape Cod Green Drinks.

For details on this show, please visit https://www.facebook.com/MillerWhiteFineArt/

 

FALL 2016 – BOSTON INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS SHOW

Miller White is thrilled to participate in the 20th anniversary of the esteemed Boston International Fine Arts Show, held annually at The Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts.  The BIFAS is widely regarded as one of the most anticipated events on the city’s arts calendar, catering to new and seasoned collectors alike.  Miller White will be located at Booth #3.  Produced and organized by Fusco & Four, LLC.

October 20 – 23 with an October 20 Gala Preview to benefit the BOSTON ATHENÆUM

 

SUMMER 2016 FINE ARTS INVITATIONAL

Paintings and sculpture in the abstract and figurative traditions by our own roster of artists plus guests:  Forman Fine Arts (hand-crafted jewelry), Grace Hopkins (abstract photographs) and Milisa Valliere (abstract paintings).

July 15 – August 26

Artists Reception: Thursday, July 21st, 5pm to 7pm

 

In Conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of Cape Cod Museum of Art…

AT THE CROSSROADS:  SIX NARRATIVES AT THE INTERSECTION OF IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY

At the Crossroads features six Cape Cod-based artists delving into different social ecosystems represented by the Natural World, the Family, the Village, the Odyssey, the Mask and the Friend. The linking common theme is how identity and community interact and are ultimately preserved, archived and displayed for a dialogue.

The curator, Susan Danton, suggests that the question “Who are you?” has never been more relevant nor more difficult to answer than it is today. Through the plethora of electronically transmitted information available in the blink of an eye, each of us is unrelentingly hounded by the many competing forces that want to define us as “them.” Often, the din results in an internal split consciousness, which discord then provokes conflict within our relationships. There is indeed a certain glamour intrinsic to the sheer immediacy of information flow, but there is also a resident danger in the crisis of glibness it creates. In other words, to answer the above question, we must discover where we end and others begin.

At the Crossroads offers the viewer an opportunity examine these junctures, as well as revolutionize his/her self-awareness in relation to them.

July 7 – August 28

Hope McClennen Gallery, Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, East Dennis, MA 508-385-4477

Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th, 5:30pm to 7pm

Artists Panel Discussion & Reception: Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30pm to 8pm: Moderated by Christopher Busa, Editor, Provincetown Arts Magazine 

 

WINTER 2015/SPRING 2016:  Miller White Fine Arts in the Connector Corridor Gallery at Cape Cod Hospital

Paintings in the abstract and figurative traditions by the Miller White roster of artists.  The Corridor Gallery is located on the main level, through the front doors and immediately to the right.  The show will enjoy an extended eight-month engagement through July 2016.  Curated by Susan Danton

 

ALL OPENING RECEPTIONS OCCUR AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF EACH SHOW (Friday) FROM 5PM TO 7PM (unless otherwise noted), AND ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.