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  • “No Man’s Land” a new show at Chazan Gallery

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    On October 18, 2016 • By

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    The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present No Man’s Land, a two-person exhibition of works by Theresa Ganz and Millee Tibbs, from October 20 to November 9, 2016.  An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, October 20, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The public is invited.

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    Theresa Ganz
    Serpentine 1, 2015

    Theresa Ganz takes photographs as source material for composed landscapes.  Traditional landscape tends to suggest vastness and the conquering vision of man over nature, or conversely nature’s awesome greatness and the smallness of man.  Ganz’s work seeks to undermine these dispositions, offering instead a more myopic and ambiguous vision. The viewer is never afforded enough distance to gaze out, but is confronted with a maze­like and internal world of warped detail and impenetrable surfaces. When photographs are cut and pasted together, they are freed from the logic and context by which we usually understand them and our minds must attempt to assemble a new whole from marooned parts. Ganz’s work blends influences of 19th  century Romanticism, with an interest in the relationship of the individual to the natural world, and 21st  First World lived experience which happens less and less in the physical body encountering the actual world, and the natural world is under grave threat. Romanticism and later Transcendentalism promised spiritual experience through communion with nature. In a time of catastrophic environmental degradation this seems impossible, yet the longing remains. Is it still possible that an intuitive response to natural beauty can lead us somewhere profound? In a digital, dematerialized world can objects still have aura? Is it still meaningful to stand in a room with art works? These questions haunt and motivate Ganz’s work.

    Theresa Ganz was born in New York City in 1980.  She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo­based collage, installation and video. Her work has shown nationally and internationally at, among others, The Datz Museum of Art in Korea, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and at various commercial spaces in New York and San Francisco. Her work will be included in the 2016 DeCordova Biennial. Her work has also been featured in print publications including Mousse Magazine, Outpost Journal and Magazine Gitz. She was the 2015 winner of the ArtSlant Prize. She is a founding member and director at Regina Rex in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she is faculty at Brown University.

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    Millee Tibbs
    Impossible Geometries (White Sands), 2014

    Millee Tibbs is interested in surfaces and their relationship to what lies beneath – the discrepancy between what we see and what we know. Tibbs is drawn to photography because of its ubiquitous presence in our culture and its duplicitous existence as both an indexical representation of reality and a subjective construction of it. Photography presents an illusion as if it were reality. A piece of the world is frozen, flattened, and miniaturized in the time it takes a shutter to open and close. This sleight of hand offers a subjective construction as objective evidence. Tibbs is interested in the space where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously.

    Tibbs uses physical alterations to photographic images of the American West to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image and the mythologies contained therein. This work reassesses larger-than-life landscapes from an analytic point of view. It is in opposition to the concept of the landscape photograph as a consumable object, and questions the aesthetic framework that propagates expansionist myths – the dramatic vistas of inaccessible, uninhabited landscapes that became the visual codes that define the genre. Through the physical manipulation of the paper on which iconic images are printed, Tibbs draws attention to illusionistic artifice and the rhetoric imbedded in this.

    Millee Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality.  Tibbs’ exhibition venues include the Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Blue Sky Gallery – Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL; the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Licoln, MA; Brown University, Providence, RI; and Notre Dame University, IN.  Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, Blue Sky Books, and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.  Tibbs’ work is in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, and the Portland Art Museum, and Fidelity Investments. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and LPEP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tibbs grew up in Alabama, completed an MFA at RISD in 2007, and is an assistant professor of photography at Wayne State University.

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  • Gallery Night Becomes Night Gallery!

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    On October 16, 2016 • By

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    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.

    Left to right, Gage Prentiss, Carmen Marusich, Niels Hobbs, Stephen Gervais.

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  • Work by David DeMelim at BankRI

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    On October 13, 2016 • By

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    BankRI Galleries present:

     “A Day in Havana: Photographs by David DeMelim,”

    October 6 through November 2, 2016 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

    There will be a Gallery Night reception on October 20 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

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    If you look closely you can see the camera, nestled quietly in the angle of his left arm.  It’s almost always there ready for the moment, a constant presence in the life of photographer David DeMelim.

    He came by his interest in photography naturally – his dad is a printmaker and his family enjoyed traveling and taking pictures. One day, the teenage DeMelim wandered into a junk shop that happened to have a box of cameras for sale.  The cameras intrigued him and so, with his own money, he bought the assortment of cameras.

    “The purchase of that collection, a large box of twenty or thirty cameras, opened up a whole variety of possibilities,” DeMelim recalls. “I learned that like a painters array of brushes, each camera has specific characteristics that effect how you shoot and the type of image you can capture.”

    DeMelim’s photographs don’t look like other photographs.  They exist on the fringes of photography, somewhere between printmaking and painting.  Saturated color fields, high contrast abstracted shapes and lack of detail mark his work. “Born a hundred years or so earlier,” DeMelim says, “I have no doubt I would have been a painter.”

    While familiar with the earliest iterations of photoshop, for DeMelim most of the magic happens at capture.  Unlike others who take a photograph with a standard digital camera and adjust the images in their computer, DeMelim shoots his images with a camera containing modified software designed especially for him.

    At one time DeMelim worked in the print industry.  The digital explosion was just beginning and he was lucky enough to be able to work with software designers to create software that helped him realize a very specific photographic vision.

    Digital cameras today treat every bit of information equally, every single pictoral detail perfectly delineated.  That’s not how the human eye sees.  When we look at a scene, we immediately distinguish what we personally think is important.  That is what DeMelim does.

    “Like items are grouped together and treated as one for the purpose of analysis,” DeMelim explains. “In this way contrast is adjusted to clarify the image, removing unnecessary information and providing clarity and focus to what I feel are the important picture elements.”

    The photographs exhibited here at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery are a mixture of DeMelim’s high contrast work and other more traditional photographs taken on a recent trip to Cuba.  In Cuba,  DeMelim simply recorded his experiences.  The resulting photographs display both the grandeur and the decay of this beautiful country.  The rich colors, unexpected architecture and sumptuous compositions practically sing out.

    “I wanted to show the rich diversity [of Cuba],” DeMelim explains,  “not just the old cars.  It was such a fascinating place, full of contradictions and unexpected juxtapositions. With so much to see and discover it was hard to focus on any one thing for very long, a true case of visual overload … rich colors, textures and patterns with everything in motion, even the buildings.”

    The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

    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.

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  • The Inspirational Story Of Alexandra Suarez

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    On October 6, 2016 • By

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    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sprout Gallery will be showing works by Alexandra Suarez, one of the featured stops on Gallery Night‘s Spanish speaking tour with Rebecca Flores.

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    Alexandra Suarez was born into a Colombian family divided by political ideology. When she was born, her uncle on her mother’s side was a five star general fighting against the leftist groups. And her paternal aunts were part of those leftist groups. War made family reunions very awkward to say the least.

    She was exposed to art at a very young age because her father is a painter and graphic designer and her mother is very creative. Her favorite toys were art supplies and her toy store was the art store. She started her creative expression as a Fashion Designer for several years in Los Angeles and in 2003 decided to follow in the footsteps of her father and pursue an art career which has been met with much success and positive feedback. She has been selected to participate in many art exhibitions around the United States, has been featured in Art and Collector magazines and is constantly working towards the expansion of her career and the development of her artistic expression.

    Alexandra fuels her inspiration by travelling and living in different places, amongst them Bogota Colombia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and currently has fallen in love with Providence, a city which she describes as poetic.

    In 2013 she was diagnosed with cancer, her battle with this illness only fueled her urge to create, to make a mark and to realize that in her life and in her heart, there is only love, family and art.

    Her new approach to life, her work and art career is strong, fearless and determined to continue, to never give up, because in this strength she finds LIFE.

    In addition to Alexandra’s work will be shown the works of Kristen Avitabile, Jim Bradley, Kimberly Saltz, Lizzy Synalovski and Sonny Walker.

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  • Ann-Marie Gillett at BankRI Gallery

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    On September 13, 2016 • By

    Ann-Marie Gillett exhibits drawings made of tape at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 1 through October 5, 2016. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm.

    BankRI Turks Head Gallery

    “Transformations in Tape by Ann-Marie Gillett,”

    September 1 through October 5, 2016 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in Downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

    There will be a Gallery Night reception on September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

    Ann-Marie Gillett exhibits drawings made of tape at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 1 through October 5, 2016. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm.Ann-Marie Gillett exhibits drawings made of tape at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 1 through October 5, 2016. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm.








    It wasn’t a very promising beginning.  The young girl sat quietly in art class as a stern woman held up a picture. The children were asked to duplicate the image and the child who came closest was deemed “the best.”  That was the extent of the early childhood art education of Ann-Marie Gillett.

    Gillett was not content with copying other people’s artwork. “Even as a young kid,” Gillett says “I “felt compelled to make things with my hands.”  She grew up with a love of making things and a love of teaching.

    After graduating from Rhode Island College with a degree in art education, Gillett taught for three years in the Attleboro public schools.  She took a break to raise a family and went on to teach at Wheeler School.  After a thirty-year career at Wheeler, Gillett retired last year eager to devote all her considerable energy to making art.

    Gillett, a Rhode Island native, now lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts in a rural corner of suburbia. Birds build nests in the doorways, deer and wild turkey wander through the yard and all manner of creatures are neighborhood friends.  Nature practically spills onto the threshold.

    It’s nature that informs Gillett’s work, but it is her method of working that best defines her.

    Originally a fiber artist, she began working with the batiking process on gourds she grew in her garden.  Normally in batik, wax is used to create images and patterns.  The parts of the fabric that are waxed resist the dye; the parts that are left unwaxed absorb it.

    On the gourds, Gillett substituted tape for the wax.  When she removed the tape from the gourds, she didn’t throw it away. “I was pulling off all these red triangles from the gourds,” Gillett explains “and my leg would be covered with little pieces of tape.  The tape was still tacky and I thought, why can’t I put these pieces of tape on paper?”

    Today Gillett paints the tape different colors, cuts it into a multitude of shapes and lines and uses it to create her intricate and lyrical drawings.  She can cut a piece of tape as thin as a single hair.

    At the moment, Gillett is working on two different themes – gravity and nests.  The Gravity series is inspired by the life cycle of the garden. “Eventually vibrant plants wither, droop and drop to the ground,” Gillett explains.  “Aging is a force of gravity that pulls on us.”  These line drawings are abstracted images of what Gillett imagines gravity to look like.

    The Nest series features more realistic interpretations of birds’ nests.  Like the birds that build their nests twig by twig, Gillett uses hundreds of delicately cut pieces of tape to build hers.  The complexity of the nest is a contrast to the quiet, serene environment of the backdrop.

    “This has been the busiest year,” Gillett says reflectively.  “Now I can get up in the morning and make my own work.  That’s my job and that’s a privilege.”

    The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

    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.

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  • States Of Incarceration, At URI Providence

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    On September 9, 2016 • By

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    URI Providence Feinstein Campus Arts and Culture Program and

    Brown University John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities present

    States of Incarceration, August 29 – September 24, 2016

     Gallery Night Reception on Thursday, September 15, 5-9pm with interactive pop-up performances and continuous screening of Denali Tiller’s documentary on children of incarcerated parents, Sons and Daughters of Incarceration.

    States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multi-media exhibition on the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States.  It was developed by faculty and students at twenty different universities across the country and was designed by the Brooklyn-based architecture firm Matter Practice with graphic designers Pure+Applied.  The exhibition will travel to the home cities of each of the contributing universities from April 2016 – October 2018, with stops at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA; the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs.

    Brown University’s contribution to this traveling exhibition came out of History Professor Amy Remensnyder’s “Locked Up: A History of Prison and Captivity,” taught both at Brown and at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston in the fall of 2015.  A group of on-campus students in this class developed the panels Brown submitted.  In addition, the exhibition comprises close to twenty panels on incarceration; they tell personal stories, give historical context, analyze particular prisons and reveal the human face of this national trauma.  The US has the largest prison population in the world, with 2,306,117 men and women currently incarcerated, giving us the second-highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.

    In addition to the States of Incarceration panels, the Rhode Island exhibition includes local artwork that addresses the issue of mass incarceration.  A collection of paintings and a series of screen-printed T-shirts made by youth in the Rhode Island Training School and by Providence youth artists was contributed by AS220, whose youth program works to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.  Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) lent sixteen portraits of the students in this year’s graduating class, each of whom has a parent who is currently or has recently been incarcerated; these students receive financial support from the organization to attend private or parochial schools in the state (photographer: Peter Goldberg).  Denali Tiller is showing a selection of powerful film stills from her documentary, Sons and Daughters of Incarceration, which follows the lives of children in Rhode Island with incarcerated parents.  The exhibition also includes artwork by Jordan Seaberry and selections from “Voices From Within” a literary magazines that were produced in the 1980s-1990s by male and female inmates at the Department of Corrections’ Facilities under the direction of long-time warden Roberta Richman.

    For more information, visit  www.brown.edu/statesofincarceration; be a part of the conversation about the issues raised by this exhibition on Twitter at #StatesofIncarceration.

    URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Lobby Galleries

    80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903

     Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9-9, Fri. & Sat. 9-4, Closed Sundays and Holidays
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    For Information call 401-277-5206  uri.artsandculture@gmail.com or visit web.uri.edu/prov/arts

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  • Origins And Identity, At The Atrium Gallery

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    On September 5, 2016 • By

    Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

    As part of Gallery Night’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we are so pleased to include “Origins And Identity”, the 15th annual state Latin American art exhibit, on September 15, 2016.

    Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

    Curated by Artist, Gallery Night supporter and Celebrity GuideLiliana Fijman.

    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.

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    Carmen Oliveto

    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.






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    Evans Molina

    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.







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    Nilton Cardenas

    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.






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    Tamara Diaz

    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.

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  • The Big Picture Show At The Art Club

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    On August 23, 2016 • By

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    Be sure to check out the Providence Art Clubs first “Big Picture Show”.  Featureing large scale works by the Art Club’s exhibiting artist members, works in this exhibit are all a minimum of 30″ x 30″ and a maximum of 72″ x 72″ including the frame. Works utilizing watercolor paper will be a minimum of 22″ x 30″ unframed.

    This show also includes the works of some of our Gallery Night ProvidenceCelebrity Guides” and alumni.

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  • Thank You To RISCA

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    On August 12, 2016 • By

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     Gallery Night Providence, RISCAPlease join Gallery Night Providence in thanking the Rhode Island State Council On The Arts for our recent grant, making it possible to continue our mission in promoting the arts in Providence.

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    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.

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  • Dolores Rovnack Is Back

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    On August 6, 2016 • By

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    Back by popular demand, for Gallery Night August 2016, we have Dolores Rovnack leading our collector’s tour.

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    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.

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