Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to
20 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final art bus of the evening leaves at 7:00pm.

Every Gallery Night features a Collector’s Tour. On this tour you’ll meet everyday art lovers who love to collect. Catch their enthusiasm about the art they discover and the artists they meet.

Gallery Night Guides are present on every bus tour. Knowledgeable, often artists themselves, they are here to answer your questions and make your Gallery Night experience a memorable one!


Please join us in welcoming these new galleries to our organization this year:
The Handicraft ClubInner Space Outsider Art Gallery @ Share Space and Sprout RI!


DeSano Studio located at 9 Thomas Street Providence RI


Julie Brayton, a Rhode Island contemporary realist oil and acrylic painter;

Robert Dilworth, a Painting, Drawing, Design, and African American Art History Professor, and the current Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at University of Rhode Island;

Walter Harper, a scholar who studies African-American nineteenth and twentieth century artifacts and literature, fine art photography, and first edition African American literature


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20 galleries open their doors each month – there is so much to see!

Contemporary, traditional, artisan or museum! We’ve got it all. Take a peek at our members to get a taste for what we offer!

Collector’s Tours

Meet everyday art lovers who love to collect. Surrounding themselves with the art they love, collectors dive in head first, visiting galleries and artists’ studios. Listen as they tell stories of their collecting adventures and personal discoveries. Catch their enthusiasm about the art they discover and the artists they meet.

Catherine Little Bert, one of Gallery Night Providence’s founding members and the owner of Bert Gallery will be leading the Collectors’ Tour in April.

Celebrity Guides

Gallery Night offers free, carefully curated guided tours every third Thursday from March to November.

Special guests guiding this month’s tours!

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    Walter Harper leads 5:30 Collectors Celebrity Tour

    Walter Harper, a scholar who studies African-American nineteenth and twentieth century artifacts and literature, fine art photography, and first edition African American literature.

    Walter Edward Harper Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola University of Chicago where he received many awards, wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, and was elected President of his Senior Class.  After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with an Education minor Walter also earned a MA degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University and a Teacher Education Program Certificate from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Professionally Walter has worked as an elementary school teacher, child care worker, college/university admission officer, college/university financial aid officer, counselor/therapist, public health community educator, and social services agency program administrator.

    Later on Walter was admitted as a graduate student at Brown University (Anthropology Department). He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Educational and Social Worlds in Context: An Anthropological Study of an Urban Elementary School Fifth-Grade Classroom” and formally received my PhD degree during the May 2006 Brown University Commencement ceremony. During his Brown University graduate student tenure he was a Mellon Scholars Program Graduate Student Volunteer, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions Futures Project Special Research Assistant, Leadership Alliance Graduate Student Advisor, Meiklejohn Advising Program Advisor, and Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Student Department Representative/Teaching Consultant.

    In addition to this, Walter completed two graduate student teaching certificate programs and was an Honorable Mention for the Brown University Commencement President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Award.  Moreover, during his dissertation writing period Walter received a Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship to conduct a comparative study of urban children in three United States metropolitan cities (Chicago, Illinois, Providence, Rhode Island, and Berkeley, California) and Roma children in Budapest, Hungary. After graduation Walter worked as an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, Tufts University, and the University of Rhode Island and completed a three year appointment as Visiting Anthropology Department Scholar at Brown University.

    Currently he is a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University. His scholarly research interests focus on the anthropology of childhood, anthropology and United States culture, educational anthropology, ethnicity/race studies, gender, psychological anthropology, social/educational inequality, and urban anthropology.

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    Robert Dilworth leads 5:50 Contemporary Celebrity Tour

    Bob Dilworth received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. He is now a Painting, Drawing, Design, and African American Art History Professor, and the current Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at University of Rhode Island.

    The Rhode Island Foundation and the University of Rhode Island Research Council, among others, have recognized Dilworth for his work and significant academic contributions. He has shown extensively, especially in Rhode Island, in both solo and group exhibitions and his work has been reviewed regularly in the New England press as well as in Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. Dilworth’s work is widely collected, from the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, to the Fairmont Hotel Corporation, San Francisco, CA.

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    Julie Brayton painter to lead 6:30 Contemporary tour

    Julie Brayton is a Rhode Island contemporary realist oil and acrylic painter. At a young age she began drawing horses and other animals. At age 13, when a family artist friend offered to help her do her first oil painting, Julie was hooked and has been painting ever since.

    Coming from a family of fisherman and farmers, images of boats, seascapes and animals were her source of inspiration.  At that time she was very focused on relaying the details of the subject.  As time went on she wanted to explore a more creative side.

    Julie studied with independent artists but the most influential was renowned artist Ernest Principato.  Prince, as he is affectionately known, introduced her to the Cape Cod School of Art.  There she learned to paint the color of light through “Plein Air“ painting which allows you to see color more accurately and to experience live the subject at hand. She also took continuing ed courses at RISD.

    Julie’s work is now characterized by expressive color relaying the atmospheric effects of light on color. Her brushstrokes are bold with less attention on details. She focuses instead on expressive strokes to relay the feeling of the moment.

    Most recently Julie has taken this expression a step further to more abstracted realism.
    Her artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Some of that work is in the form of commissioned portraits, murals and favorite places to the owner.  Julie is also a member of the Wickford Art Association where she has participated in group shows.

2016 Gallery Map

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Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

 Starting with nine determined galleries in 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Art buses travel the neighborhoods of Providence letting people on and off at galleries, museums and historic sites. Over 10,000 people each year enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, live music and performances. The 20-year old organization works to introduce and develop relationships between local creative communities, new and old. Take a guided tour or visit the galleries on your own. Enjoy wine and cheese, listen to music and experience the wonderful art Providence has to offer.

How to!

How to do Gallery Night? Start from our info center at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites. Guided tours begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 6:50pm. Whether you take one of our free bus tours , drive, bike or walk – you’re bound to have a wonderful art-filled evening!


Theme-dedicated, guided bus tours leave at 5:30, 5:50, 6:00, 6:30, and 6:50 pm. Tours stop at approximately 4 galleries each and run about 2 hours. Limited free parking available at the Regency on Gallery Night. On-street parking is available.


Stop at our info center at One Regency Plaza and learn about the evening’s events and exhibitions. Choose what interests you most and drive directly to the galleries of your choice.


Park at any one of the many parking lots situated conveniently throughout the city and stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoying the Providence skyline and the historic city streets. Use the brochure maps to discover all the artistic amenities within walking distance.




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    KERRY MURPHY is an artist and art educator.  She works at Johnston Senior High School where she serves as Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Department.  After serving as Gallery Night’s Fundraising Committee Chair from 2013-14, Kerry joined us as President of the 2015-16 Gallery Night board.

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    Vice President

    STEVEN PENNELL is the URI Providence Campus Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture. He steps up as Vice President of the Gallery Night board for 2016.

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    DALILA ALVES is the Treasurer of the Gallery Night Providence Board 2016. Many thanks for her previous tenure as President of GNP.

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    DEBORAH CLEMONS is an educator at the RISD Museum. She develops opportunities for adult learning that emphasize artistic process and connects with the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. She continues her role as secretary on Gallery Night’s board for 2016.


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