Donald Gerola, American

Donald Gerola studied Physics at The University of Dayton, Ohio. The year 1974 was pivotal in opening a doorway to an artistic path – his heartbeat and life commitment defined! After several years creating graphic super murals in New York City, he pioneered a signature sand fresco technique on canvas and board.

In 1980 Don began to incorporate his engineering background by completing a monumental water fountain -- computer controlled with laser beams and jets of flaming gas. Then came two twenty-five foot mobiles that were the centerpieces of the Washington, D.C. and New York International Art Expos.

Gerola’s Water Street Sculpture Garden, in Milford, PA, was the next chapter in his creative development. This indoor and outdoor gallery was a showplace of modern paintings, steel sculpture, and water systems. The Garden remained open for fourteen years.

In 2006, Donald’s heart brought him to Rhode Island. Here he is fabricating both intimate and monumental kinetic wind sculptures. His dream is to chase the wind, probe the laws of gravity, and impact the world of sculpture.

Select Works & Exhibitions

2013 Exchange Terrace lnstallation, Downtown Providence, Ongoing Project approved by City and Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Providence, RI
2012 Weaving the Blackstone River at Slater Mill. Public, Art Installation, City of Pawtucket, RI
2011 Monumental Garden Weaving, Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show, Providence, RI.
2010 Four Sculptures on Hope Street, Public Installation: Providence, RI
2009 Pinwheel: Monumental Kinetic Steel Sculpture, Exchange Terrace, City of Providence, RI
2009 Monumental Sculpture: Winner Harbor Arts International Large Scale Works Competition, Boston, MA
2009 Finalist for a gateway monumental sculpture, Boston Public Library, Mattapan, MA
2009 Debbie D: Monumental Kinetic Steel Sculpture, 10.000 lbs, Courthouse Center for The Arts, Kingston, RI
2009 Steel Grasses: Featured Artist, Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show, Providence, RI
2008 Eiffel Tower: Monumental Sculpture, City of Pawtucket acquisition for one of the nation's oldest house, circa 1686
2008 Struggle in Steel: half-hour documentary on Donald Gerola, Public Broadcasting Corporation, PBS New England
2008 Hummingbird: Monumental Kinetic Sculpture, Public Art Installation, Town of Hyannis, MA
2008 Twelve Steel Sculptures: Installation, Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
2008 Three Steel Sculptures, Hirshorn Re.action Competition: Annmarie Gardens & Arts Center, Solomons, MD
2008 Aerometer, Fire Dragon with weaving, and Wind Auger: Monumental kinetic installation, National Seashore, Cape Cod North Truro, MA
2008 Monumental Steel Sculpture: On loan, National Memorial site of Dr. Seuss, Springfield Art Museum, MA
2007 Wind Rotor: Monumental Steel Kinetic Sculpture, on loan, Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket, RI
2007 Eight Sculptures: Featured Artist, Guest Speaker, Rhode Island Flower & Garden Show, Providence, RI
2007 Invited Guest Speaker: Discussion on Public Art, Providence Rotary Club, Providence, RI
2006 On the Move: Biographical Article, Providence Monthly, December 2006
2006 Owner of Art Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings and Intimate Sculptures, Newport, RI
2006 Sculptures Exhibition: New York Art Expo, New York City, NY
2005 Twelve Steel Sculptures: On loan, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
2004 Water Street Sculpture Garden: Owner, designer, builder, Milford, PA. Artist life project of the Historic 1860 Upper Mill gatekeeper’s house, pond and waterfall: Four buildings, 3-acre garden, twenty sculptures and weaving (2004-1990)
1988 Donald Gerola: A Portrait of the Artist, Karin Mullane, New Jersey Goodlife Magazine
1978 Gerola Art Galleries: Owner/Artist, Manhattan, NY and Edgewater, NJ, 4,000 sq.ft.,paintings, mobiles, and fountains (1978-1990)
1985 Space Receptor: 25' x 10' x 6', Multi Media Mobile Installation, fiber, aluminum, steel, wood, glass and sand; Center Piece, New York International Art Exposition, New York City, NY
1983 Multi Media Mobile Installation: Center piece 30' x 8' x 4', fiber, aluminum, steel, wood, glass and sand, International Art Exposition. Washington, DC
1980 Ninth Volume Water Sculpture, Two on the Town, Televised coverage of first computer controlled-water sculpture in the U.S. CBS and New Jersey Public Television
1980 The Ninth Volume: First computer controlled-water sculpture in the U.S. 25' x 12' Multi media consisting of concrete, wood, steel, bronze, copper, high-tech electronics, lasers and fire
1980 Finalist, International Water Sculpture Competition, New Orleans, LA
1978 Supergraphic Mural: Underwriters Laboratories, Melville, Long Island, NY
1977 Supergraphic Mural: Hayworth Office Systems, New York, NY
1977 Supergraphic Mural: Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
1977 Sand Fresco Paintings: Permanent collection of Schering-Plough Corporation, Madison, NJ
1976 Supergraphic Mural: St. Johns Lutheran Church, Clifton, NJ
1974 Supergraphic murals and Sand Fresco Paintings: Private clients, NJ, NY (1974-1978)

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