Gallery Night Providence Tours are completely FREE!
Tours depart from the Regency Plaza in Downtown Providence regularly (check below for tour schedule).
Reservations are not required (unless otherwise noted). Tours will meet on the first floor lounge of One Regency Plaza.
Tours are the most immersive way to enjoy Gallery Night; but they are not the ONLY way! You can also design your very own self-guided tour with the downloadable map on this website!
Looking for a little more guidance? Download this pdf map to choose from 3 suggested self-guided routes, including “Downtown”, RIC to Federal Hill”, and “Dryden to Wickenden”.
***NEW*** Accessibility self-guided tours: these 2 routes include options to stop at 7 different galleries that are completely wheelchair accessible!
Have a question about Gallery Night? Visit our Contact page for more information!
Here are the trolley tours:
Gallery Night Guide: Sally Shwartz
Celebrity Guide: Alison Bologna
1. Providence City Hall Gallery
2. URI Providence Campus Gallery
3. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
4. Bannister Gallery at RIC
On exhibit at City Hall is Dear You: Intimate New Works by DeadZest, Brianly, and Belinda Phivilay. Artist DeadZest “uses the medium of text to explore the space between silence and sound” while Brianly “take[s] the worlds he inhabits and mashes them into abstract shapes.” Phivilay’s “work creates spaces and platforms of support to help the city’s residents see the ways they are interconnected.”
At URI Providence, The United Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Arts Exhibit showcases work created through The Adaptive Arts program. Painting classes "provide a special freedom of expression and creativity for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. In some cases, this form of independence is the only means by which students can express themselves. When an original piece is purchased, not only does the artist receive 100% of that sale price but they also receive validation, a connection and knowledge that their voice has been heard.”
Haffenreffer Museum’s exhibit Sacred is Sacred examines the many stories of Bears Ears: the beauty of the land, the ways in which Indigenous peoples have come together to start a movement, the roles women and youth play in it, and how people are learning and healing through their fight to protect Bears Ears and preserve its sacrality” from “resource extraction” (oil and gas). Also on exhibit is Drone Warriors: The Art of Surveillance in which “technology [was used] to document the militarized force and police brutality…by sending their drones up and over barricades, they illuminated spaces hidden from the public, unmasked the face of force, and showed the world the beauty of the landscape that was threatened by construction and potential contamination.”
At RIC, “Kelli Rae Adams [continues her] endeavor to create a material data visualization of the current student debt crisis in the United States. As a work-in-progress showing, this exhibition serves as the debut of a long-term project entitled Forever in Your Debt.” Adams’ works “probe prevailing systems of quantifying both labor and higher education, positing questions regarding the effectiveness, sustainability and humanity of these systems.”
6:00: "POINT OF VIEW"
Gallery Night Guide: Cathy Hurst
Celebrity Guide: Bob Dilworth
1. David Winton Bell
3. Gallery Z
4. Dryden Gallery @ Providence Picture Frame
David Winton Bell: "The artwork is made in response to the plight of the saltmarsh sparrow, resident in the world only along a narrow and depleted margin of the east coast of North America and marked for extinction by the year 2050." This exhibit exposes us to a rare, endangered bird right here in our State. Perhaps this collection of art will inform our point of view on the importance of conservation and how we can support these efforts and/or at least do no further harm.
BankRI: "The lowly ball point pen sits on counters and in drawers all over the world. Most people use it to scribble a quick note or to make a shopping list. Cranston illustrator Kyle Machado has an entirely different take on this often maligned object. Machado uses an assortment of ball point pens to lovingly and carefully build textural layers and sweeping lines in his exquisite drawings." Ballpoint pens are a major taboo in the art world. Kyle is turning that taboo on its head and proving that these instruments can be used to make beautiful pieces of art.
Gallery Z: "Gallery Z will be showcasing selected Armenian artists in April, chosen from its extensive niche collection of exceptional fine artists of Armenian origin, past and current, amongst the gallery's stable of over 400 established artists of all backgrounds." This exhibit exposes us to Armenian culture and the opportunity to view the world around us through their lens.
Dryden Gallery:"In the Red Gallery (1st floor) will be the photographs of Justin Case, local photographer, DJ and all around good guy. Slice of life scenes as well as Rhode Island landmarks from a different point of view."
6:30: "Handcrafted Brilliance"
Gallery Night Guide: Betty Havrylik
Celebrity Guide: Bonnie Combs
2. Three Wheel
3. Gallery Belleau
4. RISD Museum
Copacetic Rudely Elegant Jewelry: displays unique handmade jewelry clocks and gift items in diverse media. Work is created by over 120 artists, 30 of which are local.
Three Wheel Studio: presents "Spring Tea", featuring a collection of tea bowls by potter Dwo Wen Chen. Calligrapher Rayna Lo will be on site to inscribe your personal message on a handmade tea bowl. Stop by and enjoy a cup of Taiwanese spring tea.
Gallery Belleau: is a showcase for over 65 local and nationally known American artists and craftsmen. Visitors will find creations in glass, clay, wood, metal, jewelry, paint and more.
RISD Museum: Visions and Revisions tells the story of the invention, reuse, and revival of traditional printmaking techniques throughout the history of that groundbreaking medium.
Gallery Night Guide: Barbara Carpenter
Celebrity Guide: Lisa Milich
1. RI Center for Photographic Arts
2. Jala Yoga + Art
3. Sprout CoWorking
4. Gather Glass
RI Center for Photographic Arts: “The exhibition will be a presentation of a comparison of the organic human figure with hard edged geometric abstractions. The dialogue of the two contrasting types encourages contemplation of the figure and its contextual meaning as "humanity" relative to the technological environment.”
Jala Yoga + Art Studio: “Large scale paintings combine photo-realistic attention to detail with a more abstract cropping of subject matter. Through composition, perspective and detail, Adesman’s work prompts renewed appreciation for the everyday miracle of the body.”
The Gallery at Sprout CoWorking: “Where do we go when we die? Where do we come from? Is death only a moment? What exactly IS this dream between birth and dying? "Black & Blue" offers visual metaphors to generate conversations around the transitional unknown.”
Gather Glass: Did you know that glass is made from sand? Just like people, each grain of sand has its own quality. With the right amount of heat these grains becomes molten and are ready to be shaped into a form that tells a unique story. Enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration!