Although Rod Serling will not be with us on October 20, 2016, as a tribute to Halloween, Gallery Night Providence will be honoring our city’s rich history of all things ghostly with three Celebrity Guides who produce and collect art of the horror genre.
Dolores is a patron of the arts in its many forms. While she hails from the corporate milieu of Los Angeles, her interests shifted to arts and culture when she relocated to Providence nearly two decades ago to further her education at Brown University. She began her passion of collecting works of local artists at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, of which she focused upon California coastal scenes in watercolors. Preferring unique characteristics inherent to handmade goods, she spent several years acquiring African basketry; South American and Southeast Asian pottery; Persian and Tibetan hand-knotted rugs; antique Chinese and Japanese furnishings; and, Central Asian tribal textiles. On one occasion she visited The Peaceable Kingdom on Ives and was delighted to find exquisite ethnic tribal textiles to add to her growing collection. She stumbled upon a little boutique shop on Wickenden well over a decade ago and began collecting stunning ceramic pieces from Dwo Wen Chen of Three Wheel Studio and continues to do so to this day. Her special love for art glass led her to Chris Belleau of Gallery Belleau, from whom she had collected quite a number of pieces with an eye on additional future acquisitions including custom orders.
With a corporate background in procurement at a Fortune 100 company coupled with art acquisition spanning over twenty years, Dolores has a keen eye with tremendous appreciation, and, is quite knowledgeable in purchasing the unique, creative, top-tiered quality work handcrafted by local artisans. More importantly, Dolores states:
In the realm of acquiring art, I made the surprising discovery that the most accessible, friendly, gifted, knowledgeable, and, humble artisans are right here in Providence. These people create art out of their love for their craft. They continue to grow as artists, explore outside their comfort zones, and, expand their range of offerings. These artisans use top-quality materials, hand-craft every single piece one-by-one – which makes each piece unique unto itself. While there are similar pieces, they are not identical. These are not your mass-produced products using materials of unknown origin. These are top-shelf artisan-produced goods made of the best materials available on the market today. Often time, the artist produces many pieces before choosing the best-of-the-best to offer to their clientele. They represent their own work, stand behind it, and, typically make little profit, if any, as they need to cover their operating expenses while supporting themselves. For many, it is not unusual for these highly creative folks to simply break even, if that. Aside from my personal passion for their artisanal goods, I choose to support Rhode Island local artists to help ensure they continue their awesome crafts, their survival in the market place, and, to grow my collection to even greater heights.
Jennifer is a full time artist and self-taught painter from East Providence with a background in sculpture. She attended Rhode Island College in the 90s, supplementing her art education in both England and Italy. She worked as a public school teacher for nearly two decades, and still teaches private classes to both children and adults. Mainly known for her ethereal portraits of well known individuals with a twist, Jennifer was described by art critic Don Wilkinson as “a high priestess” who creates paintings “which are expressionistic with an eye for detail (and) and eye for the eyes, the gateway of the soul.” She is an active board member on both the East Providence Arts Council (EPAC) and of Gallery Night Providence.
Since 2012, Jennifer has had multiple solo shows, recently including the University of Rhode Island Providence Gallery, The Silvershell Gallery in Providence and The Robert Hunt Gallery of New Bedford as well as having been included in multiple group shows in the Southern New England area. In addition, Jennifer had a hand in the creation, organization and launch of two new art festivals in Rhode Island this past year, including “the looff” Arts Festival and The Hunt’s Mills Festival, both of which take place in East Providence.
She has a very active following on Facebook, where she showcases the progress of paintings from start to finish. Her page can be found here: www.facebook.com/jgcahoonartist
Karen graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College masters program in Johnson, VT. She has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, as well as in Bulgaria through the Griffis Foundation/Orpheus Foundation and at I-Park Artist’s Enclave in East Haddam CT. Her work has been shown regionally and nationally in juried, invitational and solo exhibitions.
Anderson’s recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. The mixed-media paintings are colorful references to vista and memory, drawing the viewer into a personal experience of place. Her sculptural work utilizes natural materials combined with appropriated objects; her large-format drawings often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Karen Rand Anderson
“My current work is based on a personal exploration of landscape through abstraction. The paintings are energetically rendered studies, based on fragments of landscape imagery, that reflect my personal connection to beauty and place. With a commitment to intuitive mark-making and a bold palette, my intention with this work is to visually ignite memory, question, and mystery about the personal and emotional places we seek.“
In keeping with Gallery Night Providence’s July focus on paper, we are very pleased to have “Library Materials Conservator” Rachel Lapkin as one of our Celebrity Guides. Rachel will be hosting our Collectors Tour and will discuss the preservation and storage of art works on paper.
Rachel Lapkin is the Library Materials Conservator for the Brown University Libraries, a position she has held since 2011. Before coming to Brown, she was a conservator at the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library, and the Newberry Library in Chicago where she also served as a Save America’s Treasures intern, and held other training positions at the University of Iowa and Indiana University. Book conservation has allowed Rachel to learn from and participate in a community of artists and scientists, two camps of skilled craftspeople dedicated to preserving this one particular, yet ever-varied form of the human record. She thinks of books as the perfect combination of ingenuity, technology, precision and imperfection. Rachel earned her Masters in Library Science with a Specialization in Special Collections from Indiana University in 2001.
Mary in her own words,
For most of my life, I worked with language. But then a revelation came. It was something like what Georgia O’Keeffe says:
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
My artistic practice embraces chaotic Dionysian life-force even as it desires an underlying Apollonian sense of order.
These twin energies found their way into my latest long-term project, a series of icons representing Mary of Nazareth using found board and latex house paint.
I currently teach writing and popular culture at the New England Institute of Technology.
You can contact me or see my work at www.bricolage401.com.