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1570 Gallery at Valley Manor Presents, “A Different Point of View” by David Gardner

January 10, 2024

“The act of designing and creating art has been the theme of my life.” Dave has been drawing, painting, designing, and making art for over 50 years. He was trained as an architect in Minnesota, taking many art classes at the University of Minnesota. He continued his art training at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. “Architectural education focuses on design, and to communicate a design idea, you need to use perspective drawing, composition, form, lighting, texture and color; necessary skills for the artist.” He worked as an architect and commercial illustrator for several years in Minneapolis before moving back to his hometown, Rochester, NY. He designed many buildings around New York while operating his architectural firm in Rochester for 26 years before merging with a large national firm in 2017.

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Since he retired from architecture in 2020, Dave has been on the faculty of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop, teaching intermediate drawing and beginning through advanced watercolor painting. As a teacher, he draws upon his experience, having taken classes at the MAG Creative Workshop for more than 15 years (learning from Fred Lipp, Dick Kane, Jeanne Lindsay, and g.a. Sheller.) Through the years, Dave has taken numerous workshops around the country studying with national artists such as David Taylor, Steve Rogers, Skip Lawrence, Ted Nuttall, Eudes Correia and Mary Whyte.

Dave’s primary medium is watercolor, which he prefers to use spontaneously or alla-prima. His work is ever-evolving; sometimes impressionistic, other times graphic, and many times playful and imaginative. He often focuses on buildings, a place or a memory. His favorite approach is to use his imagination to see something in a new way or to fabricate something completely.

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Dave belongs to many local and national watercolor associations. His work has received numerous local and national awards.

For purchases or more information about this show, please contact Diane Cotton,  Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102 or




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