Born in Connecticut, raised on New England, Gellatly has been living and working in Miami for the last 5 years. He has exhibited throughout New England and New York in both solo and group shows, and has continued that practice in Florida. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, and numerous state Individual Artist Grants; CT, MA,. He has also been the recipient of several full fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center (twice), to the Millay Artist Colony, NY, and was granted a 2 year project-residency at the Deering Estate, Miami, FL. Gellatly has also been working as a freelance illustrator for the past 25 years, and has taught art intermittently throughout the years to every academic level and ages.
Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.
The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.
Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.