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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, July 22, 2024


March 8, 2002 – An exhibition of paintings and an installation work by St. John artist Janet Cook-Rutnik opened Friday in the town of Seaside in the Florida Panhandle.
The show, collectively titled "On the Other Side of Dreams," has now traveled from Albany, N.Y., where it was inaugurated at the Rathbone Gallery last Oct. 25, to the Fondo del Sol Visual Art Center in Washington, D.C., where it was on exhibit during February, to the J. Proctor Gallery in Seasida.
Cook-Rutnik will be at the gallery for the welcoming reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 15. The show will hang through the end of March.
Seaside is a planned resort town that has won awards for its architecture and design. Cook-Rutnik said she is excited about showing her work there — and at the J. Proctor Gallery for the first time. "Seaside celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and is going strong," she said, continuing win "accolades for its success in eliminating cars from the main center of the town and creating an urban discipline based on scale, proportion and climate without sacrificing aesthetics or individuality."
The Proctor Gallery had a Virgin Islands connection that led to Cook-Rutnik being invited to exhibit this month. It has previously had solo shows by Donald Laurent Dahlke, a former St. Croix resident who continues to work and exhibit annually in the territory.
Dalhke, in fact, will be one of the gallery's two featured artists for May, with a show titled "Three Ways for Sunday."
Cook-Rutnik's work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the mainland. She has represented the Virgin Islands in international exhibitions in Santo Domingo; Cuenca, Ecuador; Havana, Cuba; France; Germany and Washington, D.C. Her work currently can be seen in "The Heart of Africa," a curated show of work by Virgin Islands artists on view at North Carolina A&T University, and in the "Between the Lines" show at Jamaica's National Gallery.
She has helped to organize and will take part in a Noche de las Galerias ("Gallery Night") collective exhibition of Virgin Islands paintings at the Museo de las Americas in Old San Juan that will open on Nov. 5.
Locally, her work can be seen at the Blue Turtle Gallery in Charlotte Amalie, at Frames of Mind Gallery in Cruz Bay, or by appointment at her Guavaberry Farms studio on St. John.
For more information, call Cook-Rutnik at 776-6809 or visit the Cook-Rutnik Art and J. Proctor Gallery web sites.

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