Meet Celebrity Guide Charlie Hall

We are very honored to have comedian, writer, social activist, artist, and RI institution Charlie Hall return as one of our Celebrity Guides on our September 21, 2017 Gallery Night Providence.

Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is a versatile comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political activist. In 2012, Charlie was the first person inducted into the newly-established Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. His induction was the culmination of over thirty years of laugh-making through a variety of avenues including stand-up, writing, theater, and art. He is a true Renaissance man, and some say, a Rhode Island icon.

Charlie started his stand-up comedy career in the early 1980s and quickly rose through the ranks to become a New England headliner. His clean, clever style lead to national TV appearances on Star Search, The Joan Rivers Show, Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, America’s Funniest People, The MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour, and many more.

His cleaner style of stand-up humor also made him a favorite to open-up top acts like those of Jerry Seinfeld, Chicago, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Sam Kinison, Frankie Valli, Reba McIntire, Charlie Daniels, Jon Stewart, and Englebert Humperdink. Actually, Charlie has opened-up for more headliners at the famed Warwick Musical Theater than any person, ever.

In 1992 Charlie created a bunch of song parodies, political musings, and localized skits that became the longest running show in the state’s history. It was appropriately named the “Ocean State Follies.” He followed that with a Bay State version called “Mass Hysteria” and co-created a local sketch show on NBC-10 called “Rhode Bytes.” For years Charlie also ran the “Rhode Island Comedy Festival,” as well as booking and managing several comedy venues, including Perwinkles, Rhode Island’s first comedy club.

In 1993, 1997, and 1998 Rhode Island Monthly Magazine voted “Ocean State Follies” as the state’s Best Comedy Show, and in 1994, 1995, and 1996 the magazine voted Charlie Rhode Island’s Best Comedian. He is truly our state’s Good Humor Man!

This multi-talented Rhode Island School of Design grad is also an award-winning political cartoonist and a TV news courtroom artist. On the more serious artistic side, he has completed numerous wall murals throughout New England. Charlie is also the publisher of two cartoon books on life and politics in Rhode Island called Hot Sketch and Hot Sketch 2.

Charlie grew up in the Elmhurst section of Providence and attended Classical High School where he played hockey. As an adult, he made the long trek to North Providence where he resided for many years in proximity to the Louisquisset Golf Club. Here his considerable talent as a golfer is often exhibited.

Charlie now operates the trendy paint party company called “Drink and Dabble,” where he teaches wanna-be-artists how to do a two-hour painting while they snack and sip cocktails at the area’s top restaurants. Bachelorhood has afforded Charlie ample time to spread his ample talents throughout both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Now, if all of this was not enough, in 1995 Charlie penned the words for a song called “Rhode Island’s It’s For Me” (inspired by second cousin Buddy Cianci) that is now the official state song of Rhode Island.

Meet Celebrity Guide Rebecca Flores

Gallery Night Providence is very pleased to announce the return of Celebrity Guide, Rebecca Flores to host this year’s bilingual Spanish speaking tour, on September 21, 2017.

More about Rebecca, in her own words;

Rebecca Flores is one of the most prominent and leading influence of our time. Acknowledged as the women with vitality, Rebecca is a business consultant, renowned artist, Internationally acclaimed novelist, poet, speaker, educationalist, producer and TV personality who have been an artist for most of her life and gallery owner, for years people have been collecting her art and used as a means for fundraising to help raise funds for causes. She is of Puerto Rican ethnicity who was born on June 18, 1957, in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and the oldest of 8 children. Rebecca considers herself a Nuyorican artist and poet. She remembers living through the artistic expressive sounds of dance moves and tunes of the hip hop era, salsa era, the spoken word, along with graffiti art and writing during the 70’s and up to the mid 80’s at a time when the Puerto Rican migration and movement was materializing steadily and prompt, she witnessed how the transformation in neighborhoods characterized the exertions of cultures to preserve their significance and value. In spite of this, she took in consideration the mayhem of perseverance and respect over the years that came with independence and those who wrote about it, including both her parents being poets themselves, her father an artist and how this did not stop them from surviving. At age 10, Rebecca had an affinity for painting and writing compositions that won her first award in writing in elementary school. As a young girl growing up poor in the South Bronx she had dreams and a fascination for the arts, although she helped raise her siblings, she still kept her passion alive. She knew in her heart that one day her love for painting, poetry and speaking along with her other talents would later be the Spiritual highlights of her foundation. In 200l, 2002 and 2003, Rebecca exhibited her art and was a speaker at the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce during Business Med Week in Providence. In the same year, she was warded the Community Merit Award for her community participation in the arts at the Providence State House, where Senator Patrick Kennedy and other community leaders presented her with numerous accolades. Her daughter Natasha Love, recited the Stars Bangle Banner. The following year after the loss of her father she wrote, illustrated and self-published her first book, Elements of Life – Elements de Vida. Later, Rebecca was involved with the Rhode Island School of Design Art Committee, writing for the schools’ Museum’s Hispanic photography exhibition, which entailed speaking on behalf of the Latino artist and interpreting for the artist. During that time she joined the Writer’s Circle, and the Women’s Guild. Shortly after, an opportunity for hosting television came to play. Rebecca now broadcasts and produces her own TV program on Public Education and Government (PEG), Rhode Island Stations. In 2007, she was a guest art exhibitor and speaker for The Girls Inc., at the Latina & Empowering Symposium, in Hartford, Connecticut and also the Guest Artist/Speaker at the Connecticut State University, in Hartford. Rebecca also had the privilege to exhibit her art, speak and recite her spoken word poetry at The Community Renewal Team, Inc, Hartford, CT., for “Grandmothers raising children Again” and for Johnson and Wales University for the Latino Business Networking Evening Event in Providence. She also performed her spoken word poetry at the Rhode Island Black Repertory Theatre Entitled “An Evening with Rebecca.” Since the loss of her daughter in 2008, Rebecca’s art and language, and measures of life continue to arouse our spirits, essence and the vitality of our mind by energizing, healing our heart and soul in a therapeutic form. 2010, was a year of greatness when she received a call from Daniel Padilla, the Executive Director of the Francisco Oller Museo de Arte, Bayamon, Puerto Rico who asked her to come and exhibit her work and speak to the Scholars on violence and education. She was greeted by dignitaries and received applauds from the people of her heritage with a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place in her honor with her son Joshua Elijah, after her uplifting speech of the tragic loss of her daughter and how her son controls her life with his blessing, strength and courage. Ms. Flores continues exhibiting her art and speaks to the world with her spirituality. Her aim in life is to inspire every age especially the younger generation to embrace life and realize that they can account for its change in an expressive manner and belief. Currently, Rebecca is studying voraciously, mastering her degree in art therapy, mentoring high school students and working with women and underprivileged youth as a Therapeutic Artist and Poet in hopes of improving and enhancing physical, emotional, social and psychological awareness. She is surrounding herself with knowledge and wisdom in the area of her culture on Puerto Rican Literature.

 

Meet Celebrity Guide Rich Watrous

RI artist Rich Watrous has, over his 35+ year creative career, explored many aspects of the arts, as a designer, art fabricator, sculptor, painter, art advocate, curator and creative industry consultant.  Just some of his venues have included vanity publishing, architecture, puppet theater, art gallery ownership, non-profit arts management, furniture design, restaurant design, and landscape design.

As owner of Trees of Life Art Fabrication Company for over 28 years, he has been involved in large and small sculpture projects around the world, with construction and fabrication of public art projects, creative spaces and large scale murals. As an art manufacturer he has created wooden dolls, jewelry, furniture, corporate awards, and high relief sculptures. As an artist he works in wood, foam, metals, fiberglass, 3D printing processes, and plastics.

Watrous is recognized as an active, vocal advocate for the arts, and other creative industry endeavors,  throughout Rhode Island, & the Southern New England area. His interests as a Creative Industry Consultant include maker community developments and small creative businesses inspired by artists/designers. Watrous focuses much of his efforts in the city of Pawtucket, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Pawtucket Art Festival executive board/committee.

Watrous is the founder & creative contact for DAWN, a Southern New England art, artist, and creative industry support network based in East Providence. Watrous operates the DAWN At The GRANT Gallery & Community Space, Main St, Pawtucket.

Watrous also founded STUDIO 55, a micro-fabrication space/maker community, and the River Rocket Initiative Org. (River Rocket RI) to develop further maker/creative start-up communities.

He is the former curator for art exhibits as well as a former ambassador for the organization PeaceLove Studios, located in Pawtucket. In 2012, Watrous was the Director of the Wickford Art Festival and oversaw its 50th Year, Golden Anniversary Celebrations.