Desalvo’s people in the ‘no’

Sep 02, 2017
Vito Desalvo’s “Maybe Over Lunch Means No” is a colored pencil work on paper. The artist has made comments that all serious conversations eventually lead to a confirmed answer form of “no.”

Rockland — Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main St., is hosting three exhibitions in the month of September, showcasing the work of Shawn Fields, Elizabeth Fox and Vito Desalvo. The opening reception for Desalvo’s “International People in the Know” show will be Friday, Sept 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Originally from Pittsburg, Desalvo went through art training at Carnegie Mellon University. He has lived in Chicago since the late 1970s, with a 10-year hiatus in Maine, and his current work is his reflection on interpersonal relations in today’s world. He has chosen both fictitious faces, as well as actual subjects of people in his life. Backgrounds offer no clue as to place, identity or nature of the conversations depicted. The artist only offers the finality of the implied statement.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit or call 596-0084.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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