lay · name · place · reply

On May 30, 2018

Whitdel Arts is pleased to present “lay · name · place · reply,” a summer exhibition featuring work of four artists we are excited to bring together. These artists work in a wide range of media, but all create unique landscapes of terrain, both real and imagined.

Dominique Chastenet de Géry received an MFA from Wayne State University in 2016. She shows regularly throughout the Detroit area and in California, where her family settled in the late 1950’s. In the early 1970’s Dominique spent some time in Mexico before returning to study painting and classics at UC Santa Cruz. She moved to Chicago in the late 1970’s where she enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, before ultimately moving to Detroit to raise a family. Throughout her career as an artist, Dominique experimented with a wide variety of mediums and bodies of work, including ceramics and textiles, as well as paper maché and encaustic. Now a full-time artist, working in her studio in Ann Arbor, MI, she is devoting her practice exclusively to landscape oil painting. Recent shows include: Water Sacred, at the Scarab Club, Terrain, Detroit Artist Market, and a two person show at LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA. Painting has been an integral part of Dominique’s visual vocabulary since early childhood surrounded by innumerable European and Asian artwork in France. The contrast with the United States environment, both natural landscape and artistic representations, influenced her work practically and conceptually.

Ralph Jones has been experimenting with the photographic process since the age of 10. In 2007, after concluding a 30 year career in the auto industry, he renewed his passion for photography. While traveling abroad he discovered the perception of Detroit, his hometown, was quite different than his personal experiences. For the last few years he has been documenting the city of Detroit in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people. As a result of this documentation he has set about developing a second career as a photographer, editor, publisher, exhibiting artist and educator.

Taryn McMahon’s work has received numerous awards including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and 55 Limited, Berlin, Germany. She has had solo exhibitions at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; and William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH, among many others. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University.

Trevor Naud discovered the possibilities of Xerox art while working as a receptionist in a rectory. Today, he combines photography, illustration, painting and collage to create graphic works that embrace the medium’s limitations and print quality. The follow up to his long-form visual series, Blues Build the Temple, will be released later this year as a book.

Please join us for an opening reception for the artists on Friday, June 1st, 7-10pm.

The exhibition will run from June 1st – 23rd, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Open gallery hours are during Friday evening opening receptions (7-10pm), Saturdays (noon-3pm) starting the 2nd week of exhibitions and by appointment. For more information, email JenClare Gawaran at

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