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  • Our April artist W. Ralph Walters has been hard at work. Painting....

  • and designing his exhibit space!

  • S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "The Little Things : new work by W. Ralph Walters".

  • Things look a little worn and beat up this month. Maybe reading the artist statement will inform us.

  • "I used to find an unsatisfactory response when wanting to discuss problems in a relationship, and I also used to be meek enough that I'd back down, chalking the problem up to being just a Little Thing. Each Little Thing was treated like an isolated incident instead of part of a whole, a free floating satellite, untethered to the relationship itself. That willful ignorance made me miserable, resentful, and angry, and as it did, I doubled down on compartmentalizing each Little Thing in an effort to “fix” things. Because of this, I stayed in an unhappy relationship and made things worse. Each painting is a Little Thing, a part of a whole you can't see because I've compartmentalized them, separated them from each other so that the overall picture isn't clear. The building falls into disrepair as a result."

  • Dirt and disrepair....

  • Burnt and torn.

  • Dot takes high ground in her effort to guard each little thing.

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Even though every little thing is separated, they still seem to speak to a larger picture.

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • The mess and spills continue...

  • not leaving much that's edible.

  • Floors become dirty...

  • and spills are left unattended.

  • Although the room is left to be desired, the paintings really are beautiful.

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Upstairs is the same.

  • Where we find gallery assistant Dorrie...and some stale cookies. yuck.

  • Good thing there are tissues here.

  • We are feeling moved by all these pieces and parts paintings.

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Ummm....ewww....

  • Ewwww.

  • Ewww and No!

  • Empty chair.

  • Full walls.

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • Untitled acrylic on balsa, 2016 $22

  • As you might have guessed...each piece is a small part of a larger painting. Thank you W. Ralph for letting S.Dot Gallery be the place where you showed us your bravery.

  • And let us all remember to take care of the small things, they are just as important. XO