Gallery Y

The YMCA Anthony Bowen’s COMMUNITY EXHIBITION SPACE in partnership with THE ART ISLAND  


The Community Collective Photography Showcase
by Creative Hands Studio

OPENING: October 17 from 6:30-8:30pm

A group photography exhibit produced by Creative Hands Studio and The Art Island in partnership with YMCA Anthony Bowen. Photographers:

Gallery Y open hours: Monday-Friday 5:30am-11pm, Saturday from 7am-7pm, Sunday from 7am-8pm

To make a donation and support Gallery Y and the YMCA Anthony Bowen’s current art programs, please email



new works by Rose Jaffe

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: August 8 - October 11

Rose Jaffe is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking and illustration. Born, raised and loving Washington, D.C., she earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan before returning home. She has painted over twenty murals in the DMV area, nationally and internationally, including Peru and Pakistan.

The content of her work is most often based upon the human form - exploring themes of political activism, female empowerment, natural healing and spiritual grounding. This series explores relationships with each other and the natural world. Reconnecting with the earth beneath us is essential to understanding the ways we can save that which allows us to live. Creating bonds with one another; family, community, lovers - is one of the most powerful ways to express humanity and grace. Rose is inspired by the vibrancy of these connections, and aims to use her art to spark conversation, contemplation, or create a moment of silence and reflection in a seemingly nonstop society.

Find her entire portfolio at

Curator website:

June 7 - August 2, 2019

All events are free and open to the public.


Tracy Monsanto

Caribbean Artist-in-Residence: June 7 - August 2

In celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month

About Artist-in-Residence: Tracy Monsanto

Tracy has been working as a professional artist for over 15 years. Her work is heavily textured and multi-layered with vibrant colors. There is warmth and energy to her work which draws you in. She completed her formal education in Bristol, England where she graduated with a Bachelors of Education with a specialization in Fine Art. She has done solo shows in Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.  She often visits with family in St Thomas and Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands. These areas offer much inspiration for her work. Tracy's work, which is intuitive, vibrant, richly textured and full of bold exotic colors, can be found in collections in several countries in Europe, the Caribbean and United States. She currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida. When Tracy is not in her art studio, she works as an art educator at a local elementary school.

Artist Statement: My exploration of mixed media continues in this exhibition.  I am fascinated by the connection between shapes, colors, and textures within a strong composition. Many times when working on a canvas I begin by texturing the surface with various mediums. From there the journey begins using the strong elements of color, shape, and composition. In this exhibition, I incorporated collaged pieces that include hand-made painted papers, Tyvek, Plaster of Paris painted embellishments along with other found objects. My Caribbean background provides continuous inspiration and is forever present in my intuitive method of working.

ABOUT GALLERY Y: The arts have a long history of bringing people together across boundaries; increasing understandings across historically unequal groups, and supporting the agency of underrepresented communities to create, maintain, and share their own stories. Artists and arts organizations are an important resource for the YMCA in building stronger connections. Gallery Y is a space to continue to foster these important conversations. Admission is free and open to the public. Art Collectors and buyers: If you would like to purchase a piece of art work, please email with the piece you are interested and your phone number.