Sunday, November 30, 2008

if ARTwalk: Salon I & II: December 11- 24, 2008

For exhibition installation images, click here.

Dec. 11 – 24, 2008
an exhibition at two Columbia, SC, locations:
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady Street
if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln Street

Reception and ifART Walk: Thursday, Dec. 11, 5 – 10 p.m.
at and between both locations
Opening Hours:
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
& by appointment
Open Christmas Eve until 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 255-0068/ (803) 238-2351 –

For its December 2008 exhibition, if ART Gallery presents The Salon I & II, an exhibition at two Columbia, SC, locations: if ART Gallery and Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. On Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5 – 10 p.m., if ART will hold opening receptions at both locations. The ifART Walk will be on Lady and Lincoln Streets, between both locations, which are around the corner from each other.

The exhibitions will present art by if ART Gallery artists, installed salon-style at both Gallery 80808 and if ART. Artists in the exhibitions include two new additions to if ART Gallery, Columbia ceramic artist Renee Rouillier and the prominent African-American collage and mixed-media artist Sam Middleton, an 81-year-old expatriate who has lived in the Netherlands since the early 1960s.

Other artists in the exhibition include Karel Appel, Aaron Baldwin, Jeri Burdick, Carl Blair, Lynn Chadwick, Steven Chapp, Stephen Chesley, Corneille, Jeff Donovan, Jacques Doucet, Phil Garrett, Herbert Gentry, Tonya Gregg, Jerry Harris, Bill Jackson, Sjaak Korsten, Peter Lenzo, Sam Middleton, Eric Miller, Dorothy Netherland, Marcelo Novo, Matt Overend, Anna Redwine, Paul Reed, Edward Rice, Silvia Rudolf, Kees Salentijn, Laura Spong, Tom Stanley, Christine Tedesco, Brown Thornton, Leo Twiggs, Bram van Velde, Katie Walker, Mike Williams, David Yaghjian, Paul Yanko and Don Zurlo.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Artist's Statement: Jeff Donovan

Dream Boater, 2008
Ceramic, wood, and paint
22 x 24 x 14 in.

In 1957, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was born, and I've been trying to recover from it ever since. As art therapy was part of my early treatment, I began making art at an early age, four as I recall.  Some would argue that it hasn't been very effective and that at this point I should consider another treatment option, but it turns out it's highly addictive and attempts to curtail it have only made things worse. So I've painted myself into a corner, literally and figuratively speaking. Recently, in an attempt to break the cycle of addiction, I've ventured from painting into the world of ceramic sculpture.  This seems to be having a somewhat positive effect, but it remains to be seen if there is any real improvement in the patient.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Biography: Jeff Donovan

Loving Cup, 2007
Acrylic and oil on canvas
24 x 24 in
$1, 450

Jeff Donovan (b. 1957)

            Columbia, S.C., painter and ceramicist Jeff Donovan (b.  1957)has been a fixture on the Columbia art scene for more than three decades. He has exhibited widely throughout the Carolinas, including at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Museum of Art and the Columbia Museum of Art, which in 2009 acquired his sculpture Dream Boater.  His work also is represented in the Mark B. Coplan Collection of South Carolina Art, the Ron Porter – Joe Price Collectionand other private and corporate collections. 
            Donovan’s 2010 retrospective, Jeff Donovan: Three Decades/Twenty Years, organized by if ART Gallery and accompanied by a catalogue, presented close to hundred paintings, drawings and sculptures. His 2011 solo exhibition Gray Matterswas at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios in Columbia. In 2011, he participated in an international residency and exhibition in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
            Donovan was included in 2012 in 100 Southern Artists, a book about artists in seven Southeastern states.He was born in Millford, Del., and studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., and the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C., at the latter with Christina Cordova. 

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Inventory: February 15-26, 2008

Thread Counting, 2007
Ceramic, paint, pastel
21 x 26 x 1,300 in
$5, 300

if ART
presents at
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, S.C.

A Group Show of if ART artists

Feb. 15 – 26, 2008

Artists’ Reception: Friday, Feb. 15, 5 – 10 p.m.

Opening Hours:
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 –

For its February exhibition, if ART presents The Inventory, a group exhibition of artists from if ART Gallery. The show will consist of many new works by if ART artists as well as older pieces from the gallery’s inventory.

Included in the show will be work by Columbia artists Jeff Donovan, Mary Gilkerson, Marcelo Novo, Anna Redwine and David Yaghjian. Other South Carolina artists include Carl Blair, Jeri Burdick, Phil Garrett, Bill Jackson, Peter Lenzo, Dorothy Netherland, Matt Overend, Edward Rice, Tom Stanley, Christine Tedesco, H. Brown Thornton, Leo Twiggs, Katie Walker and Paul Yanko. Furthermore, the show will present work by former South Carolina residents Tonya Gregg, Eric Miller and Andy Moon. Also included are California collage artist Jerry Harris, Dutch painter Kees Salentijn and German artists Roland Albert, Klaus Hartmann and Silvia Rudolf.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Resume: Jeff Donovan

No Outlet, 2007
8 1/2 x 7 x 6 1/2 in

Jeffrey Donovan 

BORN: 1957, Milford, DE


1975-77 Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FLA


The Inventory: A Group Show of if ART Artists, Columbia, SC

Construction Crew III, if ART Gallery, Group Exhibition, Columbia, SC

Humans, if ART Gallery, Group Exhibition, Columbia, SC
Configuration, Figurative Ceramics Concentration Group Exhibition, Penland School of Crafts Gallery, Penland, NC

Good Art In A Home, an if ART Exhibition, Columbia, SC
Solo Exhibition, Etheredge Center Art Gallery, University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC

Columbia Contemporary: Columbia Visual Artists Invitational, Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, SC
Good Art In A Home, an if ART Exhibition, Columbia, SC
South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC
Figuration: An International Group Show, The Jackson Gallery, Aiken, SC

Paper – Papier – Papyrus, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC
Anatomically Incorrect: A Solo Exhibition, Fresh Pastabilities, Columbia, SC

Galleria 2003, an Osmosis group exhibition, Sumter, SC

Hub City Juried Art Exhibition, Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
Expressions, Mendenhall Gallery, Davidson County Community College, Lexington, NC
3 x 6, Second Osmosis Group Show, Hyman Fine Art Center, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC

Against The Grain, First Osmosis Group Show, Blue Pony Gallery, Charlotte, NC
3 x 6, Second Osmosis Group Show, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC

Against The Grain, First Osmosis Group Show, 80808 Vista Studio Art Gallery, Columbia, SC, and University of South Carolina Lancaster, Lancaster, SC
The MUSE @ Gallery 701, Group Show, Gallery 701, Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, SC
South Carolina Arts Commission Juried Show, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

South Carolina Arts Commission Juried Show, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Columbia Artists’ Guild Group Show, Longstreet Theater, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC


1983, Certificate of Distinction, South Carolina Art Commission
1982, Purchase Award Blue Cross Blue Shield


Blue Cross Blue Shield, Columbia, SC
Les & Elizabeth Case, Columbia, SC
Mark Coplan Collection of South Carolina Art, Columbia, SC
Rob Dabney, New Orleans, LA
Allison Davis, Columbia, SC
Dawn and Michael Dickins, Georgia
Barbara & Roger Fisher, Columbia, SC
Heidi Darr-Hope & Stuart Hope, Columbia, SC
Sara June Goldstein, Columbia, SC
Georgia Lake, Columbia, SC
Peter Lenzo & Virginia Scotchie, Columbia, SC
Moxies, Columbia, S.C.
Virginia Newell, Columbia, SC
Tom Ogburn, Charleston, SC
Lindsay O’Neil, Columbia, SC
Ron Porter & Joe Price, Columbia, SC
Wim Roefs & Eileen Waddell, Columbia, SC
Tracy & Lars Seiler, Columbia, SC
Laura Spong, Columbia, SC
Robert Sox, Columbia, SC
Linda & Bill Stern, Columbia, SC
Jeff and Regina Tobin, Columbus, Ohio
Milagros Valentin, Columbia, SC
Robin Waites & Michelle Baker, Columbia, SC
Ella & Tristan Weinkle, Columbia, SC
Brenda & Rick Wheeler, Columbia, SC
Lynn and Tim Williams, Mount Pleasant, SC

Represented by:

if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC, (803) 255-0068,