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. 

Tours for May 18th, 2017 Gallery Night

5:30 Rhode Island Maker-Spaces & Artists Tour (Celebrity Guide Mike Ryan)
Join Mike Ryan, editor of Motif Magazine (a local publication that focuses on arts, entertainment, and alternative news) on an Art Bus tour visiting four exciting creative spaces around Providence. The Art Bus will go to J Schatz’s new studio filled with their newest “Wonder-Certified” ceramic designs, then visit an exhibition of painting, drawing, and photography featuring four local artists at Sprout. The tour will make its way to a live glass-blowing demonstration at Gather Glass and finally view locally-made jewelry downtown at Copacetic. Staff Guide (and featured artist at Sprout!) John Housley.

  • J Schatz
  • Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery
  • Gather Glass
  • Copacetic

5:50 Tour for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Celebrity Guide Peter Geisser)
This Art Bus tour, led by Peter Geisser (an activist for education and the arts) and accompanied by a signer, will visit four exhibitions around Providence. The Art Bus will see the video and photographic work of Pierre Huyghe and Gabriel Martinez at David Winton Bell Gallery, then make a visit to see some of the world-class treasures of the RISD Museum. At Anthony Tomaselli’s Historic Fleur de Lys Studio you’ll see a selection of his newest landscape paintings, and the tour with conclude at the exhibition Art of Pace: Reflections of Grace at the Providence City Hall Galleries. Staff Guide Kate Champa.

  • David Winton Bell Gallery
  • RISD Museum
  • Anthony Tomaselli
  • Providence City Hall Galleries

6:10 Collector’s Tour with Celebrity Guide Hillary Salmons
This tour, led by Hillary Salmons, executive director of PASA (Providence After-School Alliance, which brings the arts to youth through after-school programs) will start at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, where a special exhibition highlights stories of enslaved and indentured Rhode Islanders from the 17th-19th century. The Art Bus will make its way to a collection of contemporary artwork in a variety of media displayed at ArtProv, organized around a common subject of horses, then to Gallery Z to check out fashion collections, and conclude at the  URI Feinstein Providence Campus Galleries which features an assembly of over 350 student artworks at the show “PS2017 and the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island.” Staff Guide (and featured artist at Gallery Z!) Richard Bradley.

  • John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage
  • ArtProv Gallery
  • Gallery Z
  • URI Feinstein Providence Campus Galleries

6:30 Spotlight on Technique: Weaving & Glass Art Tour
On this tour, the Art Bus will bring you to Providence’s Fox Point, where you’ll see fair-trade weavings newly imported from Myanmar at Peaceable Kingdom and a selection of beautiful locally-made glassware at Gallery Belleau. The Art Bus will then head to the West Side for a live demonstration of glass-blowing at Gather Glass and a visit to Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery, see “A Bouquet and Two Buoys,” an exhibition of new work by artists and weavers at Flying Shuttles Studio. Staff Guide Ted DiLucia.

  • Peaceable Kingdom
  • Gallery Belleau
  • Gather Glass
  • Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery @ ShareSpace

7:00 Rhode Island Artists’ Tour
This tour starts at BankRI Gallery, which features Wendy Ingram’s solo show of paper landscapes. Then you’ll visit the historic studio Fleur de Lys studio featuring new paintings by Anthony Tomaselli. Right next door, the tour will view the work of six local artists in the exhibitions “Natural Selections,” “Another View” and “On the Verge” at the Galleries of the Providence Art Club. Finally, the Art Bus will stop at Dryden Gallery, where a Members Show of the Art League of Rhode Island is on view. Staff Guide Anthony DiPalma.

  • BankRI Gallery
  • Anthony Tomaselli
  • Galleries at the Providence Art Club
  • Dryden Gallery


Special Additional Stop for May: At the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, check out the exhibit "If Jane Should Want to Be Sold: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island" open 5-9PM on May 18th for Gallery Night. 


Peter Geisser (Tour for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Peter Geisser, now retired, was the K-12 art teacher at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf from 1973-2003. Geisser teaches art education majors at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and gives workshops and lectures on art and special education nationally. He co-authored with Maura Geisser a chapter in NAEA’s best selling publication: Reaching and Teaching Students with Special Needs through Art. Geisser created and directed the award winning “Circle of Clay” project for VSAarts RI at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, and his stained glass commissions are in churches, hospitals, homes and buildings around New England. With colleague Mika Seeger he has made stoneware/porcelain sculptural-mosaic murals; one with students at the RI Training School for which they were awarded the ¡CityArts! Providence 2013 Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice. He is a founding member of the Access Advisory Board of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is a founding member and Past President of the Special Needs Issues Group of the NAEA. Geisser is a Past-President of RIAEA, and is currently NAEA’s Eastern Region Vice President. He received: an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the RI School of Design 1997, the 2008 RI Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts and the 2012 NAEA Marion Quin Dix Leadership Award. Geisser is an active force in Art, Education and Access locally and nationally.

Mike Ryan from Motif Magazine
Mike Ryan is the publisher of Motif Magazine, a local favorite dedicated to the arts and entertainment in RI and surrounding areas, and to bringing readers alternative local news about subjects of all kinds. Motif was founded in 2004 to help bring to light some of the amazing music, arts and culture happening around Rhode Island that was escaping coverage by the media.

Since December 2012, Motif has been published by Mike Ryan, who is focusing on making the listings and coverage as comprehensive as possible – online and on paper. Motif is a free paper, dedicated to bringing as much arts and entertainment information to you as possible.

Hillary Salmons, Executive Director of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA)
For 12 years Hillary has led the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), a public-private non-profit organization whose mission is to expand and improve quality after school, summer and expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence. She is responsible for PASA’s community engagement, management, planning, and long-term development and sustainability. Hillary has worked closely with three mayors, five superintendents and over 100 community groups to manage a high quality after school system that has served 12,000 middle school youth – connecting 35% of Providence’s middle school youth and 300 high school youth each year  to real hands-on learning experiences that are steeped in youth development practices. Hillary has been a national advocate for building quality after school systems having hosted 4 annual City Symposiums in Providence inspiring 40 cities to  replicate components of  PASA’s systems model, as well as an active leader of the Every Hour Counts board. 

Prior to PASA, Hillary led the Health & Education Leadership for Providence (HELP) coalition of the city’s non-profit colleges and hospitals that focused on improving the health and education of the children of Providence. While there, she worked to establish numerous systemic health and education initiatives which continue to this day. Hillary worked in Japan for 8 years with Refugees International, as well as in New York City as a deputy director at CAMBA, a Brooklyn community development organization. She has an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of the Learning Community Charter School and is President of the Workforce Board’s Youth Council. 

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