Liliana’s statement, As an artist and as an immigrant I focused on how origins and culture influence the visual Art form; how do intangible feelings, language and traditions become tangible through the “magic” of creative hands? How does an artist become an artist by simply doing? I invite you to ponder these Questions as you focus your eye on each one of these dedicated artist’s, works, and think about each artist’s roots and their choice of visual language
There is a guest artist from Argentina Carmen Oliveto. Carmen’s work was done especially for this exhibition. She was inspired by Italo Calvino ‘s book: INVISIBLE CITIES. Each work is named after one of the cities Calvino created in his book. As well as local Latino artists Evans Molina, Tamara Diaz, and Nilton Cardenas.
Carmen Beatriz Oliveto an Argentine artist living in the province of Neuquen, she studied at the prestigious National Art school Pridiliano Pueyrredon. She specialized in the areas of drawing, composition, and painting. She has been an active professional at the Art School Manuel Belgrano for 22 years.
Evans Molina, with an outstanding knowledge of his roots, Molina takes you to the magical world of Afro Cuban folklore and shows you the serene and proud beauty of the Cuban people.
Nilton Cardenas, pictorial images polarized by the feelings, memories and nostalgia of identity: He has a passion for his country and it’s original aesthetic, folkloric and mythological, paintings, drawings and murals offer us a pictorial language popularized by the feelings, his memories and nostalgia of identity.
Tamara Diaz, this selection of art examines the constant changes of roles that one plays in their life and what it takes to maintain it. Some of the works depict healers and/or those who may be suffering. The Virgincita, the patron saint of Mexico, often appears to provide guidance and comfort. The tropical colors often helps to transform the difficult subject matter.
State Arts Council Announces First Round of Grants for FY2017
State funding for the arts contributes significantly to Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life, according to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) as it announced its first round of grant awards for the 2016-2017 season. Grant recipients in 2015 reported that over $134 million was spent by arts organizations and artists in that year in projects funded by the State Arts Council, and over 5 million individuals and visitors participated in grant-funded activities during that year.
The latest round of grants have been funded through an appropriation from Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island General Assembly and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. They support projects by individual artists, arts organizations, schools and educational organizations in communities throughout the state.
In their first round of grants for this year, the State Arts Council awarded a total of $777,212 to 139 non-profit organizations, schools and individuals for art and arts programming across Rhode Island in this latest round of grants. It received 302 applications with requests totaling $1,774,825 from artists, organizations and schools throughout the state. Grants ranged in size from $90,140 to Trinity Repertory Company for operating support, to $500 for several small community-based projects throughout the state.
Governor Gina Raimondo, in congratulating the artists, organizations and schools receiving support from the State Arts Council, noted that, “these grants invest in our economy and the livelihood of our communities. They generate jobs, attract tourist dollars and help provide for a quality education for all Rhode Islanders.”
“We’re particularly pleased with this round of grant awards,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Programs in arts education and projects that support the work of artists contribute to the economy and vitality of life in communities throughout our state.”
Examples of projects supported in the current round of grants include:
A $5,000 grant to Peace Dale Elementary School, in collaboration with South Kingstown CARES and GEAR Productions, will produce “From the Ground Up”, an original, multi-disciplinary performance that allows the entire learning community to explore earth science subjects through the arts, keyed to Next Generation Science Standards.
A $2,900 grant will go to Smart Test, an after-school collaborative based at Pleasant View Elementary in Providence, to expand its “Hip Hop Science” program. Teaching artist Edgar Viloria will help students use their own body movements to explore basic scientific principles of motion and demonstrate concrete examples of scientific laws in a 20-week program.
A $6,200 grant will go to Connecting for Children & Families to augment its after-school arts programming at Woonsocket High School, now in its seventh year. The program will include components in Theatre, Visual Art, Jewelry, Dance, & Fashion Design taught by roster teaching artists. The program helps enable students to demonstrate proficiency in one or more arts forms as part of graduation requirements.
Coggeshall Farm Museum, Inc. of Bristol will receive a $1000 grant, where this summer Master basket weaver Elwood Donnelly will present three public weaving workshops, a public demonstration day, and work with the Coggeshall staff to help incorporate the traditional stills of basket weaving into the museum’s interpretation.
Newport Art House will receive a $1500 grant to support The NewPorch Live Sessions. This live and video series will capture emerging musicians performing on porches and semi-public spaces throughout Newport. The project will remix spaces, highlight the volume and diversity of local talent, and recognize the contemporary artist’s contribution to Newport’s cultural value while subtly infusing it with public time-based art.
Educational Center for the Arts & Sciences (also known as Teatro ECAS) of Providence will receive a $2000 grant to support their plans to launch a summer camp in theater arts for students ages 7-12. In the fall, they will present the United States premiere of the Dominican play “I am Minerva”, which inspired the U.N. International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. The play will be presented in English and Spanish, students from the summer camp will participate, and promotional material and outreach will include study guides for local schools. For a complete list of grant recipients go to the Arts Council’s web site at www.arts.ri.gov/grants/recent
About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
Last year’s Gallery Night focus on paper was such a success, we’ve decided to bring it back, July 21, 2016. A variety of paper-related activities will be taking place around town.
Paper Connection International will be joining us for Paper Night, owner Lauren Pearlman and her staff will be available to discuss paper making and the many types and origins of Asian papers and the Paper Connection Gallery will be showing recent works by Julie Brayton. Paper artist Liliana Fijman will be a special guest at SproutRI, Liliana will be giving a presentation about paper in the arts.
And the Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame will be giving a demonstration on archival matting and hinging.
So come on out Thursday July 21, 2016, check out our website to see what else is going on, and to be really up to date “LIKE” us on FaceBook.
at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.
There will be a Gallery Night reception on July 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music and light refreshments. Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 401 574-1330.
MEET THE ARTIST – JOHN FAZZINO
For the first ten years of his professional life, Providence artist John Fazzino was a self-described “glorified paper-pusher floundering around in an insurance company.” He had grown up in Portland, Connecticut, isolated from creative endeavors.
Fazzino was in his mid 20s when he met an all around Renaissance artist named Mickey Sequenzia. Sequenzia introduced him to a whole new creative world. In the cooperative studio Wesleyan Potters in Middletown. CT, Fazzino learned how to hand build ceramic pieces and throw on the potter’s wheel.
“It was a life changing moment,” Fazzino says. “I was so unhappy in the earlier part of my life and so unsure of what I was going to do.” The only thing Fazzino was sure of was that he didn’t want to spend another ten years working for an insurance company.
He moved to Rhode Island in 1983 with the hope of attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Fazzino was thirty years old when he took his first class at RISD, twelve years older than most of the students in his classes.
“I learned so much from RISD,” Fazzino says. “I was taught how to see differently and how to think more deeply.” Because he was so much older than his fellow students, Fazzino was able to fully concentrate on his ceramic studies and he worked constantly, taking as many classes as he could in several different fields. After graduation, he attended Swain School of Design (now the University if Massachusetts Dartmouth) in New Bedford and earned his MFA.
Like his mentor Sequenzia, Fazzino is an all around Renaissance man. He is a ceramist, watercolorist, teacher and gardener. He teaches ceramics at the Steelyard in Providence and the Art Exchange in Cranston. In his home, he teaches yoga. In the summer, he designs and cares for client gardens. If finances are tight, he rents one of his bedrooms out on airbnb.
At the BankRI Turks Head Gallery in July, Fazzino will exhibit ceramics and watercolors.
Fazzino takes an abstracted approach to the watercolor medium, loosely directing the paint to form spiral-like shapes that almost look like watery fireworks mid-explosion. He credits RISD professor Victor Lara for encouraging experimentation and exploration in the then unfamiliar medium of watercolor.
Fazzino’s ceramic pieces, like his watercolors, are experimental and very personal in nature. When he was a student at Swain School of Design, Fazzino decided to combine his love of ceramics with his love of the garden. He hand builds unusually shaped structures that function in a garden setting even as they satisfy as sculptures. Strong colors, unusual shapes and a very earthy feel characterize the ceramic sculptures. They have a ruin-like quality, ancient and modern at the same time. Birdbaths, fountains, fluted bowls, vases and benches are just some of the sculptural pieces Fazzino makes.
Visit johnfazzino.com to view more of his work. The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.
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.
Also on view are sculptural works by Christian Gonçalves…
My goal as an artist is to develop my imagery through an aesthetic experience. My objective is to explore facets of being through the phenomena of visual language. Art is the vehicle to explore the nature of being and express it in a symbolic form. Using art as a language allows me to express ideas and themes in a visual idiom of form, texture, and color.
I have come to regard my work as a manifestation of a conversation with “the other self.” The other self is what some might call the subconscious, or the spiritual, or the metaphysical. I approach making art in the same manner of someone engaged in automatic writing, channeling the imagery into a structure, or composition. Sculpture requires the use of forms and objects of aesthetic value, so I begin by making multiple objects or acquiring a multitude of found objects to use as a vocabulary. The object or form must be particular and have a strong presence or visceral element in its appearance, evocative of something familiar, or iconic. I do not always recognize or realize the meaning of work immediately. Often it is after some time has past or a conversation with a viewer, that the meaning becomes apparent.
I view art making as a necessary part of being. Creating is a way to feel relevant. Art is a language, which I use to explore and encode meanings of subjects and topics I find difficult to express in written or verbal language. The ideas I express are of the rational and irrational, the emotional, the absurd, the obscene, and the spiritual. The use of art as language allows me to express ideas and themes in particular idiom, which cannot be said in any other language.
We are very excited to have the J Schatz Gallery join us on Gallery Night Providence. Located in the historic Weybosset Mills Dye House, down in Olneyville. Owners Jim Schatz and Peter Souza have lovingly transformed this long neglected building into a polestar of creativity.
So please stop by and welcome Jim and Peter to Providence and see their crafting facilities, they love showing you around and explaining how things are made…
and admire the completed fruits of their labor, ranging from tableware, lighting, custom tiles, decorative house wares, and the most remarkable bird feeders…
The J Schatz Gallery is located at 46 Dyke St. in Providence, right next to Wes’ Ribs, open Monday-Friday 10:00AM- 6:00PM and by appointment on weekends.
Julie Brayton, a Rhode Island contemporary realist oil and acrylic painter will be leading the 6:30 Contemporary Celebrity Tour; 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 leads the 5:50 Contemporary Celebrity Tour; Rich Watrous, a designer, art fabricator, sculptor, painter, art advocate, curator and creative industry consultant leads the 5:30 Collector’s Celebrity Tour.