What Cheer Flower Festival 2019

You're invited to What Cheer Flower Farm's annual benefit outside at the Farm, featuring:

  • Food, drink, live music 

  • An Art Show 

  • Flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers and more flowers 

Gallery Night Patrons who are on our Trolley Tours will get into the Flower Festival for FREE!

For anyone coming not on the trolleys; Tickets start at $20 at the door -- or just $10 on their website…

More Festival Details:

If you love flowers, you'll adore our giant 18' floral wall (hello, photo-op!) plus glorious floral displays from top RI designers, including:

  • Blooming Blossoms

  • Flowers by Semia

  • Island Boy

  • Petal Gypsy

  • Robin Hollow Farm

  • Sarah Haile

  • Studio Choo East in partnership with Little State Flower Co. 

If you love art, you'll enjoy our Art Show Tent featuring exclusive new paintings and glorious photographs of flowers created by local artists in the Farm's fields this summer. (In fact, the art exhibit you'll see has been chosen as an official stop for Gallery Night Providence!)

Plus, at the Festival you will tour our flower fields and high tunnels, sip bubbly drinks, nibble on treats from top Providence chefs and enjoy live music under the stars. 

Casual Attire & Accessibility

We're flower farmers, not fashion models. The Festival is being held outside on land that includes soil, gravel and asphalt. We suggest casual attire and low heels. Yes, we will have plenty of seating under canopy tents as well as port-o-potties. The space is wheelchair accessible. 

Parking Notes

The Festival entry will be at 48 Plainfield St, at the parking lot of the central Olneyville Family Dollar, across the street from Fete Music Hall. (It sounds prosaic, but our decorating committee will make it magical for you.) 

There's also free on-street parking and the parking lot at Fete Music Hall will be available. If you live in Providence, consider taking a Lyft or Uber, or taking a RIPTA bus to Olneyville Center. If you live on the West Side or in Silverlake or Olneyville, consider walking. 

In Case of Rain

In case of dramatically inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to Fete Music Hall, which is literally across the street from the outdoor Festival entrance. So, date, parking, hours, etc will remain the same.  

Charitable Purpose

Thanks to your generosity, the Farm grows and gives away 30,000 flowers per year to hospitals, recovery centers, hospices, shelters and other vulnerable populations across Rhode Island... because like you, we believe everybody deserves a bouquet. 

The Farm is a 501c3 charity, so your tickets may be tax deductible. :-)

Special Thank you and See You Soon to Lola Rael

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Lola is the young woman with red hair

Lola Rael has been an intern with Gallery Night for the past 18 months. She came to us when she was half way through her junior year at School One. Her maturity, insightfulness and eagerness to participate has helped Gallery Night grow stronger and more diverse. She is reliable, with good follow through. She stepped up the organizations data collection and analytics. We are forever grateful and we wish her joy and excitement as she begins the next part of her life in NYC at The New School. Learn great things and bring them back to share. You will always be part of the Gallery Night family.

Accessibility Tour- August 15, 2019

On August 15th, we have a FREE accessible trolley tour that departs from The Regency Plaza at 5:45pm.

Experienced Gallery Night guide, Barbara Barnes, and celebrity guide Kim Beretta ( United Cerebral Palsy of RI) will lead this fascinating adventure!

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Stop 1 - Sprout CoWorking is thrilled to present an eclectic show for the month of August. In addition to the collection of images created by 20 artists at AS220 in our main gallery, Jide Adeleke will be back after 3 years with photos from his new series, and Marina Katayeva will display her large painted banners of tango dancers in our event space. On Gallery Night, dancers from Providence Tango will entertain us with their beauty and skill.

Stop 2 -The Red Gallery, at approximately 1000 square feet, is located on the first floor of our fabulous old New England Mill.

Stop 3 - The collection at RISD Museum currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive place for all, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex.

You belong here!

Michele Aucoin - Funeral Announcement

AUCOIN-PACIOREK, MICHELE, 57, of Pawtucket, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family and friends on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. She was the beloved wife of Nick Paciorek. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Emile L. and Anna S. (Padula) Aucoin. 

Michele graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhode Island College and was the owner of ArtProv Gallery in Providence, RI. 

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Michele is survived by her loving siblings, John L. and his wife Susan of Las Vegas, NV, Ronald J. and his wife Patricia of North Kingstown, Suzanne A. Moriarty and her husband Daniel of North Kingstown, and she was the beloved aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM from the Iannotti Funeral Home AT MAPLE ROOT, 2000 NOOSENECKHILL ROAD (Route 3), Coventry, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church, Pawtucket. Interment to follow at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. Visiting hours are Friday 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Michele’s memory to Gallery Night Providence (GalleryNight.org) or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF.US) would be appreciated.

Gallery Night Donations

Climate Crisis Influencing art around the world

Text and Photo from an article here; https://www.springwise.com/design-innovation-climate-data-ba%C5%82tyk-tower/


Artist and designer Alicja Biała used climate change statistics to shape and form six public sculptures. Titled Totemy, the nine-metre tall towers each tell a story about a different aspect of the effects of humans on the environment. 

One sculpture represents the volume of plastic produced worldwide in comparison to the amount that is recycled. Another tower compares the use of water in farming meat versus the amount used to produce vegetables. They stand in the public walkway beneath the Bałtyk tower in Poznań, Poland.

Biała worked with architect Iwo Borkowicz to produce the wooden structures and opened her workspace each weekend to host events to help share the story.

A QR code on each tower explains the data behind the visualisation, providing passersby with multiple layers of experience. The sculptures are a permanent installation.

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Email: ab@alicjabiala.com

Website: alicjabiala.com

Contact: alicjabiala.com/contact

Church Beyond the Walls: June Gallery Night 1-Time Stop

June Gallery night Press Release from CBTW:

“At Church Beyond the Walls, we believe that images have power. Most visual images of Christ, even in faith communities comprised of people of color, showcase a white Jesus. This is biblically incorrect. Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew, and so he likely would not have had blond hair and blue eyes, but rather brown skin and dark hair and eyes. His mother Mary was also a Middle Eastern Jew, and would have had features that reflected that reality. But in most of our communities of faith we are surrounded by images of a white Jesus. We want to give new face to the church in order to reflect the diverse faces of its followers around the world.

In response, we want you to submit your non-white image of Jesus or Mary. Artworks can aim to show Jesus or Mary as they would have really appeared in history or how they appear to you — of all races, ethnicities, appearances.”

More information at http://churchbeyondthewalls.org/?p=5819 

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May Mobility Self Driving Shuttles come to Providence!


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- It was a big day for six "Little Roady" shuttles as the fleet of self-driving vehicles began carrying passengers throughout Providence.

The free, experimental service now operates seven days a week with 12 stops between Providence Station and Olneyville Square.

Justin Bai, a student at Brown University, decided to hop on one to see what it was like.

"I don't drive, so it's always nice to have public transportation options," Bai said. "I was excited to test it out."

The shuttles function like any other vehicle - stopping at lights, waiting at crosswalks and breaking for any unexpected hazards such as jaywalkers. They have 30 different sensors, radars and cameras that allow them to see a full 360 degrees. A fleet attendant is also on board to take control if there is an emergency.

[Read Full Article on WPRI]

Providence Flea opens every Sunday beginning Mother's Day!

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from the pvdFlea website

The Providence Flea is an award-winning community market, returning to the Providence River Greenway for the outdoor season starting Sunday, May 12, across from 345 South Water Street, Providence, from 10 am - 4 pm, and every Sunday through September 29 (except September 15 due to a conflicting road race). Featuring the area's best local vintage vendors, artists and makers, plus community nonprofits, food trucks, and live musicians! Always free with free on-street parking throughout the city on Sundays. (Accepting vendors throughout the summer.)

SustainPVD Fair - May 18th

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collage from the Facebook Page

Save the Date! The Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, and others to host the 2019 SustainPVD Fair. This year we've teamed up with The Avenue Concept to host the fair at their creative hub in Upper South Providence.

Events throughout the day will include a Compost Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by Groundwork Rhode Island and a Rain Barrel Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. You can visit our many vendor tables for details on how to make your home more energy efficient, how to go solar, and more. You'll also be able to access The Avenue Concept's Paint Bar and contribute to their graffiti wall throughout the day!

This community event is family friendly and will include food and entertainment. It is free and open to the public, however the compost and rain barrel workshops will have a separate registration process and small fee, which include the supplies and materials for participants to take home their own compost bin and/or rain barrel.

If you are interested in getting involved with the event, sponsoring, or hosting a table, please email SustainPVD@providenceRI.gov.

To Learn More, please visit their facebook event below

New Museum in South Providence!


Reverend Robert P. Perron and Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., examine a copy of Conley's 1982 book, Providence: A Pictorial History, on the steps of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Providence. The front endpaper of this book contains a handwritten note from Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. to His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, who was named Coadjutor Bishop of Providence in February 1995.

Reverend Robert P. Perron and Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., examine a copy of Conley's 1982 book, Providence: A Pictorial History, on the steps of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Providence. The front endpaper of this book contains a handwritten note from Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. to His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, who was named Coadjutor Bishop of Providence in February 1995.


Text and montage photo by Robin M. Tagliaferri

A unique partnership has been forged between the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Harbor Foundation and the members of the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Advisory Board, who have drafted a plan to establish the Heritage Harbor Foundation Museum of South Providence History on the church premises.

A year in the making, the history museum project has been spearheaded by Heritage Harbor Foundation President, Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., and the Reverend Robert P. Perron, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.

The first history museum to be installed in an active Catholic church in Rhode Island, the HHF Museum of South Providence history will explore the period between 1868 to the end of the 20th century, and chronicle the great cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that has defined Providence’s south side since its settling.

The exhibits will showcase the contributions of those who lived in the neighborhoods south of Point Street including those of African American, Armenian, Chinese, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Ukrainian, Narragansett, and Wampanoag heritage.

The content for the HHF Museum of South Providence History will be primarily drawn from the research and writings of Patrick T. Conley, Professor Emeritus of History at Providence College, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island, attorney and author of numerous books. Conley’s 2006 publication, South Providence, a book co-authored with Paul Campbell, will serve as the foundation for the museum’s identity.   

The museum will include exhibits on thirty-two prominent natives of South Providence including Monsignor Peter E. Blessing, Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr., Governor William S. Flynn, James G. “Lou” Gorman, David E. “Davey” Lopes, Mayor Patrick J. McCarthy, Commander John A. McIntyre, Bernard T. “Slick” Pina, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, Sister Mary Reilly RSM, Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr., Attorney General Arlene Violet and Mayor Joseph W. Walsh, among others.

From the lens of a true Rhode Island institution, the museum will explore the topics of  immigration, cultural and ethnic identity, urbanization and industrialization. It will be a microcosm of a typical American inner-city district defined by waves of upwardly mobile immigrants.

Lectures, concerts, symposia and special events will be held in the main gallery of the museum, and changing exhibitions delving into the cultures of today’s residents of South Providence, who herald from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Liberia, Nigeria, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and China, will be created.

Heritage Harbor Foundation Trustees, Russell J. DeSimone and Albert R. Beauparlant will serve as project advisors and liaisons to the St. Michael’s community.  Judge Francis J. Darigan, Jr, member of the St. Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, will provide stewardship of the project on behalf of the parishioners.

Providence-based architect, Jonathan Chambers has been chosen to design the museum galleries along with interior designer, Kelly C. Taylor and graphic designer, Victor Russo. The team has begun drafting a plan to transform the church’s lower level into a multi-purpose exhibition space and community center.

Reverend Perron is presently pursuing a separate yet complementary project to install an elevator and renovate the bathrooms adjacent to the museum site. A chapel is also located in the lower level of the church. To date, there are no plans to relocate or renovate the chapel.

Strategically located on Oxford Street in the heart of Lower South Providence, St. Michael the Archangel Church, constructed over a twenty-five year period from 1891- 1915,  occupies an entire city block. It is part of a complex of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic places along with the rectory and convent (now the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence) and Bishop McVinney School, a former parish school that was regionalized and renamed in 1973.

The city block includes the South Providence Library, designed in 1930 by architect, Wallis E. Howe and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to his dedicated work as pastor, Reverend Perron is the Director of the Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Providence. He is deeply committed to his flock and embraces a ministry rich in diversity. Reverend Perron is fluent in five languages, and Mass is offered at St. Michael’s in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and Hmong (portions of the mass are also offered in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, too).

“For almost two centuries, St. Michael’s has welcomed the stranger to South Providence,” said Reverend Perron. “With open arms, we welcome people from different cultures and countries and we celebrate the diversity around us. We look forward to having a museum on our campus as it will showcase our extraordinary and diverse history.”

In 2019, Reverend Perron and his parishioners are implementing a full slate of programs and events to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the parish’s official founding in 1859.

The Heritage Harbor Foundation was founded in 1996, and its original goal was to develop a Rhode Island state history museum on the site of the Narragansett Electric Company’s South Street Power Station. A plan, devised by historian, Albert Klyberg and a team of historically minded supporters, was never realized.

In 2015, Dr. Conley converted the assets of the proposed museum into a multi-million dollar foundation over which he presides as president.

Today, the HHF promotes the understanding of Rhode Island history and instills in individuals and communities a sense of place, leading to greater civic engagement. Annually the HHF awards grants to certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seek to create programs and projects exploring topics of Rhode Island history  with intent to share the final product or outcomes with the Rhode Island public.

As the project unfolds, the HHF Museum of South Providence History will share its progress and disseminate historical essays and writings relative to the content of the new museum. The committee is considering holding a number of events to share the project with the public. The museum is slated to open in fall 2019.


For more information on the Heritage Harbor Foundation Museum of South Providence History contact Project Manager, Robin Tagliaferri at (401) 323-4090 or email rtagliaferri.hhf@gmail.com.

For more information on the Heritage Harbor Foundation visit the website: https://heritageharborfoundation.org/.

For more information on St. Michael the Archangel Parish visit the website: https://www.saintmichaelprovidence.org/.

For more information contact:

Robin M. Tagliaferri

Project Manager

Heritage Harbor Foundation

History of South Providence Museum

1445 Wampanoag Trail, Ste. 201

East Providence, RI 02915

(401) 323-4090


Fourth Annual Hacking Heritage unconference

Hacking Heritage @ Brown

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On Saturday, March 2, 9:30 am-3 pm, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage is organizing their fourth annual Hacking Heritage unconference. It is attended by a diverse group, and many of the conversations revolve around issues of community participation and engagement.  

The event website has more information, and there are -so far- 6 proposals at this website -- they will give you a sense of the range and types of session proposals that run during the day at the conference. So many real-life projects were born from Hacking Heritage sessions in which partnerships emerged. For Example; the Latino heritage/PPS partnership, which came out of a session.

Registration is $10. Hacking Heritage will be held in Room 305 on the 3rd floor of Pembroke Hall at 172 Meeting Street on the campus of Brown University.

Secretary of State "Nellie's Notes" announces new state archives exhibit

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The exhibition bearing the title; “150 Years of Big Ideas in Little Rhody.” will be showing some of the history of inventions and industries in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island State Archives, a division of the Rhode Island Department of State, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 337 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Two-hour validated parking during business hours is available adjacent to the building at Down City Parking.

Civil Rights are Human Rights: URI Gallery


Civil Rights are Human Rights: URI Gallery
Dates: 1/22 – 2/28
Opening Reception: January 31st, 2019 6-8pm

In light of Martin Luther King day, a powerful show is opening at the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery tomorrow! Opening reception to follow on the 31st of the month! Be able to go and see some wonderful work and meet the artists!

Opening Reception of Graphic Design: Konkuk University



Graphic Design: Konkuk University
Dates: 1/24 – 2/15
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24th
Bannister Gallery hours: M- F 12-8pm
Website: www.ric.edu/bannister

Facilitated by Rhode Island College Graphic Design Professor Heemong Kim, Graphic Design: Konkuk University features selected works from graduating students studying at Konkuk University in South Korea. The university’s objective is to develop creative designers aware of their social responsibilities through an understanding of humanity, society, technology, philosophy and culture.

Admission is always free. Refreshments will be provided.