Meet Celebrity Guide Rosanna Ortiz

Gallery Night Providence is honored to have this unique opportunity to offer a special arts and design tour with the perspective of  local fashion icon Rosanna Ortiz.

As the founder and president of StyleWeek Northeast Rosanna is the creative force behind all facets of business and development for this regional fashion week held in Rhode Island. STYLEWEEK Northeast is New England's premiere fashion week showcasing, designers from all over the country.

STYLEWEEK has showcased over 130 designers from all over the U.S. on its runway since it's inaugural week in 2010. STYLEWEEK is dedicated to the growth of the designers as well as the mission of being recognized as a trade event that can provide an economic spark in Northeast and beyond. STYLEWEEK works with colleges and universities to expose young talent through our SEED Student Design Competition. The parent company of STYLEWEEK is SEED: Innovation Meets Education,501(c)(3), which is dedicated to the advancement of emerging designers and their business.

Meet Celebrity Guide Pop Icon

Pop Icon has worked in the arts for over 24 years. Starting with winning multiple scholastic awards for both Sculpture & painting in the mid 90’s he decided to attend The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College and classes at Rhode Island School of Design, he devoted his time to running an art group known as Pop Icon & The Cocktail Club (changed to Pop Icon & The House of Icon after joining AA) and dedicated a lot of his time in the fight for DIY gallery shows, events, free speech and equality. 

Pop's primary focus is on post modern art that draws from the banal and kitschy elements of Pop Art with a major emphasis on color and fun. 

Pop most recently has garnered notoriety for his series of 8x9 paintings called Art pour le douloureusement ignorant; which consist of robots, skulls, voodoo symbols & musical instruments. 

Pop has shown in solo & group shows at The Warwick Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Hayden Art Gallery, The Main Gallery at The Art Institute of Boston, Gallery Z, Gallery Insane, The Brooklyn Coffee Tea House, Colo Colo Gallery, Bolt Gun Gallery, The Douglas Gallery and Gallery X.  His robots first appeared and sold out to raise money for both the Trudeau Center & Sojourner House at the Rock Girls Robots event at The Roots Cultural Center in Providence, RI & at big house parties thrown at his house. Pop now is having pop up gallery shows in New England called The House Of Icon.

Meet Celebrity Guide Carrie Decker

Employed as an Analyst, Carrie holds 3 Art degrees; Museum Studies, Art History and Fine Art. With an enthusiastic passion for the arts, she began blogging about it and that’s how was born! With this platform she shares her views and experiences about artists, galleries and museums. She is constantly traveling and exploring new and exciting art in and out of New England. Carrie is a freelance contributor to Motif magazine where she continues keeping us up-to-date on the latest trends and events around the Rhode Island art scene.  She is constantly involved with creative work and collects art from across the globe.

Meet Celebrity Guide Carolina Briones

Carolina Briones was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she studied Interior Design at the Vicente Rocafuerte University in Guayaquil. She moved to Rhode Island in 1993 with her three children. In Rhode Island, she started working in manufacturing but soon became a volunteer part of AmeriCorps, a civil society program. For the past 17 years, she had worked for the Providence Community Library, currently as a Latino Program Coordinating.

She remains involved with the community as a member of the ECAS Board of Directors and President of the Ecuadorian Association of RI. For her contributions to education and culture, REFORMA has honored her with the Estela and Raul Mora Award, RISCA with the Community Leadership Award, and the Woman Development Institute with the Extraordinary Woman Award.

She recently started her own business MACART, where she offers custom items, and is an instructor at the painting workshop “Pincelada y Vino” (Paintbrush and Wine), which is also offered as a fundraising activity for non-profit organizations. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, designing and creating jewelry.