‘Believe,’ and RJD Gallery, Rooted in The Retreat

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Select images of 2018 Hamptons Juried Art Show finalists.

In 2009, Richard Demato opened the doors of RJD Gallery to locate and cultivate donors with one major goal in mind: to help The Retreat, a safe haven for families in crisis and survivors of domestic abuse.

That mission continues through the annual Hamptons Juried Art Show, this year titled, “Believe,” opening Saturday, April 13, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bridgehampton gallery, located at 2385 Main Street.

“Over the past decade, hundreds have artists from around the world have participated in the show, many of them doing so specifically to support the work of The Retreat,” according to a press release. “Demato believes the show is one way for artists to ‘empower and support children and women, to achieve a better life and world to live in.’”

Artists may submit works through Friday, March 1, to be judged by Demato and gallery staff on technical quality and its strength in supporting The Retreat and empowering survivors.

“When you continue to have the hope that with earnest intention, and effort, we can change things that need attention in the world, for the betterment of all,” Demato said in a statement. “That there is a better life for those that become aware, and elect or grasp, that they deserve and can have a better life.”

The entry fee is $50 per piece, which will directly benefit The Retreat, as will 50 percent of all sales. The show will remain on view until May 19. For more information, call (631) 329-4398 or visit allagainstabuse.org.

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