About the Gallery
The oldest gallery on historic Federal Hill and Atwells Avenue’s only gift shop, Gallery Z is celebrating nineteen years in 2019 with an exciting new look and is also delighted to rejoin Gallery Night Providence. The gallery's main room has been opened up and is bathed in light, with exhibit paintings prominently featured in traditional gallery fashion. Fine art glass, pottery and assemblages are now showcased on their own displays.
The windows have been reorganized into four themes representative of the works inside - one dedicated to original Armenian art, per Director Berge Ara Zobian’s background; a second displays works from the rotating current exhibit; a third shows Rhode Island scenes from local artists; and the fourth is a sampling of the specialty gift items within, from among the jewelry, handicrafts, accessories and fun RI-themed objects.
Gallery Z represents over four hundred renowned fine artists of which fifty are Rhode Island and regional artists, one hundred fifty are national and two hundred are international. A gift shop set amidst the fine art, glass, pottery and handmade jewelry by local artists offers international handicrafts, small woven wool rugs, fun jewelry, art postcards, RI-themed mementoes and other distinctive finds.
June Press Release
Rome 1970s, by Stephan Brigidi, photographer
Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 30th, 2019.
Opening Reception Book Release and Signing; Saturday, June 29th, 2019, 2-4PM. Hardcover first edition of 112 pages. 57 images.
Gallery Z devotes the month of June to photographs from local, world-collected artist- photographer, Stephan Brigidi‘s latest book, Rome 1970s. A master of portraiture, these close-ups in the streets of Rome during that turbulent time convey in black-and-white and color photographs the transformation to a modern-day Italy emerging out of an old-world culture.
Stephan Brigidi, local artist and teacher of Photography and Aesthetics, has worked in Italy over forty years. In 1977-78 he received a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to study there; many other grants and fellowships ensued. He has published five books of photographs.
An architectural preservationist, Brigidi has served on numerous civic, environmental, civil libertarian and cultural institutions in Bristol and Newport, RI, as well as statewide. His works are in numerous major museums and collections throughout the U.S., in Rome and Paris.
Gallery Z represents over 400 renowned fine artists, 50 RI and regional artists, 150 national, 200 international. A gift shop connected to the main gallery’s fine art, glass and pottery offers handmade jewelry by local artists, international handicrafts, small woven wool rugs, fun jewelry, art postcards, RI-themed mementoes and other distinctive finds.
A new online shop enables viewing and purchasing the art if unable to make it into the gallery.
Gallery Z hosts a reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, twelve months a year, on Gallery Night Providence. ALL RECEPTIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Gallery Z is a member of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Gallery Night Providence. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone.