Fifth anniversary marked at Chace-Randall Gallery

By Dick Sanford
Chace-Randall gallery owner and director Zoe Randall celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business with a champagne reception Saturday night for friends, customers and several of the artists whose work is currently hanging in her Andes gallery.

Randall founded Chace-Randall Gallery in 2005 in one of the hamlet’s original Main Street Victorians. Wanting to make the building’s history part of the gallery experience, Randall, and husband Tom Lavazzi, named it for the former residence’s original owner, George E. Chace, who built the house in 1878.

Chace-Randall Gallery is a salon style fine art gallery comprised of four distinct viewing rooms, lit by ample natural light, antique chandeliers and professional track lighting. The walls are warm in hue, and furnishings are spare, though elegant and comfortable. The gallery’s six yearly exhibitions range from the solo show to group exhibitions and run six to eight weeks each. In addition to each featured exhibition, the gallery hosts a revolving group show of permanent exhibiting artists.

Originally from New York City, Randall has a background in critical and creative writing. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature and taught in the City University system for five years.
While living and writing in Savannah, GA, during the late 1990s, Randall reviewed for Art Papers (Atlanta) and Women in Performance (NYU), and had a weekly art column in The Savannah Morning News and Connect Savannah.

After relocating to the Catskills, Randall had a successful run as director of the Enderlin Gallery, Roxbury, where according to one critic, Randall “single-handedly raised the bar for the quality of art galleries in the Catskills.”

“The most exciting and satisfying part of my business over the past five years,” Randall said Saturday night, “is placing my artists’ work in people’s homes where they will appreciate it and love it. It isn’t just about the sale,” she went on to say.
Looking to the future Randall said, “I want to continue to represent a small number of artists who grow larger in resume.”

Among those artists she represents who continue to “grow larger in resume” are Rimer Cardillo, whose show, “Unique Works on Paper,” hangs concurrently at Chace-Randall and the Kiscell Museum in Budapest, Hungary and Christi Scheele, a landscape painter for whom Randall sold one of her paintings to the Queens Museum of Art for the highest price of any piece of art sold through her gallery. Both artists were in the gallery Saturday evening.