Upcoming Art Bus Tours
All Art Bus tours leave from One Regency Plaza. The first Art Bus leaves at 5:30pm, and tours are free, require no pre-registration, and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more about this month's Celebrity Guides below!
this month's highlights
MARCH GALLERY NIGHT tours
(March 16th, 2017)
5:30 Celebration of Women Tour with Celebrity Guide Dawn Barrett (Staff Guide Melanie Ducharme)
The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler
Galleries of the Providence Art Club
Anthony Tomaselli Fine Art Painting
Providence Center for Photographic Arts
5:50 Celebration of Women Tour with Celebrity Guide Elizabeth Francis
URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
Bank RI Gallery
Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery
6:10 Collector’s Tour with Celebrity Guide Jennifer Huntley-Corbin
6:30 Expression Tour with Celebrity Emily Dustman
Galleries of the Providence Art Club
David Winton Bell Gallery
Anthony Tomaselli Fine Art Painting
7:00 Rhode Island Artists’ Tour
Art Prov Gallery
Rosmarin Gallery at Hotel Providence
this month's celebrity guides
Collector’s Celebrity Tour Guide Bio:
Born in NYC and raised in Southern VT & NH. I spent my growing up years acting in various productions and theaters around New England. I then moved on to study theater in college. Since then have lived all over the US: Los Angeles, the Seacoast of NH Columbus, OH (Go Bucks!) and for the past 10 yrs, Providence, RI. The beauty of New England with its stunning mountains and beautiful oceans beckoned me back.
When I first moved to RI, I created, produced and hosted a radio show on WNRI 1380am based out of Woonsocket. This was a live, 1hr show all about food! Shopping, cooking, eating. I hosted guests from all over the food spectrum. The show ran for 3 yrs. my blog became an extension of the show. It was a great way to bring my love of performing together with my love for food. I was also the Buy Local Coordinator for Farm Fresh RI. I managed the Wintertime Farmers Market when it first moved to Hope Artiste Village and helped to launch a much needed Farm to Chef buying program called: Market Mobile.
I’m now Mom to 2 great girls. One just started her sophomore yr at UArts in Philly and one started 6th grade.
I’m passionate about food, music and art. I love to cook food for family and friends. I’d host a dinner party every cook if I could! I also write about food in my blog Jen’s Dish.(www.jensdish.wordpress.com)
While cooking and eating, I love to be surrounded by great art on the walls. Great art, to me, is any piece that moves you in some way, or stirs emotion. I’ve been collecting art since I was a kid. My first piece was a hand painted 8 1/2 x 11 Valentine given to me by my Dad when I was 10. I still have it and cherish it. All of my pieces are done by someone I know or I’ve at least met. Some may even evoke a special memory of when or where I have purchased the piece. Collecting art does not have to be an expensive endeavor.
Celebrity Tour Guide Bio:
Emily Dustman from E-Squared Magazine
Emily Dustman is an artist, scientist, teacher, and author who has been published in various journals for research regarding species of conservation concern. Dustman has spent the last eight years teaching at various colleges fusing art and science in her own curriculum and serves as college course coordinator implementing STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math).
In 2015, Dustman completed a natural science illustration program at Rhode Island School of Design. Not long after, she was commissioned to paint the Turtles of Rhode Island for the Roger Williams Park Zoo, further developing them into a poster used for conservation education. She continued on to create the Turtles of Rhode Island postcard series, which can be found in numerous locations around Providence such as the Audubon Society, Rhody Craft, Craftland, and online.
With the poster and postcard series, Dustman found herself well-versed and inspired by print media and in the spring of 2016, she established E-Squared Magazine – a quarterly, print publication fusing her affinity for art and science. With the release of Issue #1 in late fall of 2016, Dustman set out to present new and ground-breaking ideas developed by artists, scientists, engineers, and the like. By blending art and science, she intended to generate questions, creative thought, experimentation, collaboration, and innovation with the hope of sparking real social and cultural change. Issue #1 was well-received with critical acclaim. "I’m proud to be a part of this art/sci magazine [that is] very meticulously put together," said Issue #1 featured neuroscientist and artist, Greg A. Dunn. Jen Long of Issue #1 commented "E-Squared has produced a work on art that is a work of art in itself. It's a feast for the eyes and the mind, and every detail including the way it feels and its freshly printed smell is thoughtful and inviting."
Dustman is currently piecing together work for issues 2 and 3 – a long and arduous process that involves a great amount of research, communication, networking, promotion, as well as the "meticulously" refined details involved in creating the publication – compiling relevant and up to date information, writing bios, layout, and so on. E-Squared is the flagship production of an eventual, wider distribution concerning the relevance of art and science and their placement in humanity's tools of necessity. Dustman aspires to witness a more developed, interactive, and effective project with E-Squared that is geared towards young readers (proceeds funding a scholarship) as well as create workshops for engaging and connecting artists and scientists or to simply inspire youth to pursue creative and technical careers.
While Dustman's stay in Rhode Island has been relatively short (3 years), she has managed to establish herself as a true innovator of the social condition already having coordinated and established several art/science workshops, her own art career (scientific illustration and installation), a magazine, and two books in progress concerning social sciences (educational establishments and development and America's ongoing/persistent, psychological struggle).
"Looking through pink rimmed glasses of an eleven-year old girl one would see shelves overflowing with slides, beakers, field guides, creatures in aquaria, clay, brushes, paint, and sketchbooks of the observed and imagined. You would see art and science, a laboratory and an art studio. From my very own life experiences, I can state with confidence that the arts and sciences do go hand in hand – they are integral to one another, and give power and richness to each other. It is my belief that the future will be reliant on this fusion of art and science." – Emily Dustman
Woman’s History Celebrity Tour Guide Bio:
Elizabeth Francis from the RI Council For The Humanities
As Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Elizabeth Francis leads the Council’s promotion of public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement and works with the Council’s board of directors and leaders in government, higher education, and cultural organizations to connect humanities resources and perspectives with challenges and opportunities in the state. Overseeing the Council’s relationship with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Elizabeth helps to position the Council’s work more broadly as well as to build public-private partnerships.
Before her role at the Council, Elizabeth was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brown University for 10 years. She earned her doctorate in American Studies at Brown, and her book, The Secret Treachery of Words: Feminism and Modernism in America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College. Elizabeth taught at Brown and the University of Rhode Island for several years, has been a member of the board of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, RI, and chaired the Grants Committee as a member of the board at RICH. As a member of the RI Commerce Corporation board in 2013-2014, Elizabeth co-authored a strategic plan to develop the creative and cultural economy. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University and on the Community Advisory Board for Rhode Island PBS. She lives with her daughter Lulu, a senior at Classical High School, in the historic Armory District of Providence’s West End.