Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Karen Stackow at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Karen Stackow exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through February 1, 2015.
            Karen is showing a series of pyrographic works entitled Fire Spirits. She has created images with a wood burner on weathered shingles, cedar scraps, and rounds cut from downed trees on her property. Karen describes herself as a “daughter, friend and lover” of Mother Nature and these pieces form a heartfelt testament to that relationship. Karen sighted a mountain lion on her property and this event had great impact on her attunement with the natural world. Her portraits of animals and trees in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery reflect a deep appreciation of the spirit that lays beneath the surface. To look at them is to be reminded of the importance of the wild in our lives.

            Karen has a long history as a community artist in Rhode Island. In fact, just across the bike path from The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is a striking mural she did ten years ago. It is made up of mirror mosaics and found objects – including a bike or two – embedded in cement. Karen says, “I use to be a ‘cement-head’!” She is also the creator of other cement and mosaic pieces along the bike path.


            You can find Karen’s work for sale every Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the South Kingston Farmers Market in the Peace Dale Mill.

You can also check out her Etsy Shop:
Visit her website:
And look for her on Facebook:

Hey, Christmas is coming! Get on it!

* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
·      A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 1”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
·      A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org) and  Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net).
·      A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
·      A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
·      A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.

Rhonda LaPorte is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at rlporte@my.uri.edu to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

John Kotula, "Honeysuckle #1"
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! The Gallery will be closed today, but Friday from 1-5 and Saturday 10-4 we will be open. John Kotula's "Into the Garden" and Jason Smith's "Myths & Revelations" is on display until December 20th. Both artists will be giving a talk on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm.
Jason Smith, "Revelation: 12" (Detail)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Support Art in South Kingstown



Dear Friends of Hera,

It has been a good year at Hera Gallery. We are settled in our new home at 10 High Street, we have worked to have more of a community presence, we have begun to give back to our community, and we have continued to bring high quality contemporary art to our community. We are grateful for the support we receive from you, our Friends of Hera that make much of this work possible.

In 2013 artist member John Kotula, along with other local artists had an idea to make birdhouses to raise homelessness awareness. We decided to turn this idea into a fundraiser and invite artists and other community members to create birdhouses that were auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Gallery, The Welcome House, The Johnnycake Center, and the Education Exchange. The community participation was wonderful resulting in over 70 unique birdhouses, and our decision to donate 10% of our future fundraising to local non-profits. Since then we have raised funds for the Domestic Violence Resource Center, and currently we are planning our late fall/early winter fundraiser to donate partial proceeds to the Johnnycake Center in Peace Dale.

Perhaps you stopped by our booth at Festival fete on Main Street in Wakefield in October. Maybe your child made a button at our table at the Downtown Merchants Halloween Parade festival or your grandchild had their artwork in our annual children’s exhibit, did your high school student participate in our portfolio reviews geared toward helping students applying to art schools? Maybe you joined us for our first annual Friends of Hera thank you party.

Let’s not forget about the art. “Paint” and ”Landscape at the Edge: Contemporary Views” two national juried shows brought work from all over the country to our town. Hera’s 40th anniversary show, exhibiting (enter in #of artists here) from the history of Hera, 19 on Paper a group of new England artists interested in making and exhibiting high quality works of art of on paper, Saunderstown Weaving school’s 40th anniversary exhibition and member exhibitions by our talented artist members also made this an amazing year to view contemporary art in our community.

As we finish up the year and move into 2015, we would like to continue to give back to the community that has supported us in the ways we know best. Bringing amazing art to our viewers, using art to raise funds to help others, and through using our combined expertise and knowledge to contribute to our community. Your generous contributions have made this possible. Your continued financial support helps to keep the arts alive and thriving in Wakefield/South Kingstown and allows Hera Gallery to continue to do the work we have been doing for 40+ years.

Thank you.
Mara Trachtenberg
President

Contributions large and small are greatly appreciated and help to support the cultural life of our community. Donate via paypal here (click on the donate button on our webpage): http://www.heragallery.org

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!


H E R A  G A L L E R Y

Is pleased to present…



WATER



Juror: Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 
Lincoln, MA



Concept: Water is the medium of life. We are born from water and remain mostly water until we return to dust. Water in dynamic cyclic flow forms 70% of the earth’s surface creating interconnected patterns of life in scaled interrelationships. Civilizations have flourished and evolved by harnessing the flow of water. Water has been essential for economic growth and has become a playground for fun and adventure.  We are inspired by the beauty and sublime nature of water. These days, contemporary water issues are also creating debates over conflicting interests at local and global levels. Concerns over enough clean drinking water, rising sea levels, powerful storms or droughts spurred by what most believe are climate change forces, fracking and energy needs, and transnational controls of water rights are just some of our worries.



This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks a varied perspective on contemporary views of water as an essential element. Political, social, environmental and aesthetic themes related to water in all media will be considered.



Application Deadline: Friday, February 6th, 2015.  

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Melyssa Lentini at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* is pleased to present the work of Melyssa Lentini through December 15, 2014.

             Melyssa Lentini studied art at CCRI and UMass Dartmouth but then she took a fifteen-year hiatus from artwork. She has recently begun to work again and is turning out vibrant, eye-catching paintings and collages that seem equally influenced by Mexican Folk Art and 60’s psychedelia. Suppose Peter Max and Frieda Kahlo had a love child who grew up to be an artist, she might do work that looks a lot like Melyssa Lentini’s.  Actually, Melyssa relates that when she decided to start painting again, one of the first things she did was a replica of Peter Max’s The Different Drummer. She also names Frieda Kahlo as a major inspiration noting that she identifies with her struggles with health and relationships.
Latin American religious iconography is dominant in the group of paintings displayed in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery. Although she is not very religious herself, Melyssa says she is struck by the faith that people put in religious objects. She often collages rosary beads and other small found objects into her work to add another layer of reference and engagement.
 Melyssa works at the Johnston Library, where, among other duties, she teaches a program to third through sixth graders called Art Smart. She presents an art history lesson and then students create a picture based on a particular artist or style. She also works with special needs high schoolers.

* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
·      A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 1”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
·      A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org) and  Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net).
·      A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
·      A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
·      A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.

John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at johnkotulapchn@yahoo.com to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

TONIGHT!
Please join Hera Member Roberta Richman to learn about The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.
6-8pm
Hera Gallery
10 High Street, South Kingstown

The Institute works in schools, prisons, hospitals and streets to reduce gang or group related violence.

Executive Director Teny Gross along with a few of his staff will talk about their life saving work.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today is the LAST day to catch New Visions! If you have missed this show you must come in and see it before it's gone. There are many interesting and thought provoking works, like this one from Iris Donnelly. Our hours of operation are from 10-4pm today.

Friday, October 10, 2014

MJ yeager's and Mara Trachtenberg's work can be seen today during our gallery hours from 1-5pm. Our current show is only open for TWO more days, so come see us and our amazing artists!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last three days to catch New Visions at Hera Gallery! Come see the work of Elizabeth Lind and Jill McLaughlin, as well as our other artists today from 1-5pm.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Real to Reel Film Series


Real to Reel
documentary films on the theme of courage

All films at 7pm
Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of South County
27 North Road, Peace Dale, RI
Organized by Iris Donnelly

Freedom Summer (2014)
Friday, September 19, 2014

Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, 700 courageous student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African-Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundation of white supremacy in Mississippi.  In 1964, less than 7 percent of Mississippi’s African-Americans were registered to vote, compared to 50 to 70 percent in other southern states.  When faced with possible loss of jobs and violence, many were dissuaded from registering to vote.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Introducing our new Intern: Rhonda LaPorte

My name is Rhonda LaPorte and I am the newest intern at Hera Gallery.  I was born and raised in Rhode Island and currently reside in the beautiful town of Hopkinton.  I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1999, and worked in non-profit television and other non-profit organizations for a number of years.   My passion for photography began after receiving my first camera at the age of twelve.  After taking that first role of film, I was hooked and rarely went anywhere without my camera.  It is this passion for the medium that led me to return to the University of Rhode Island in 2011 to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Inspiration for my photographs come from the awe inspiring beauty of the natural world.  I am committed to capturing images that can provide the viewer an opportunity to witness a moment they did not experience themselves.  My work in this medium has me photographing throughout New England and other locations throughout United States.   After my graduation from the University in 2015, I plan to pursue my love for photography and documenting the beauty of our world as well as finding work in a gallery or museum setting.  I feel that this type of work will only help to fuel my passion as I receive unlimited inspiration from others artistic expressions.  
I’m excited about spending my semester with Hera and planning a student show for January 2015.  I know that the time I spend here will teach me some of the valuable lessons I will need to be successful in the future.  I have included some of my work to give you an idea of what inspires me!  Hope to see you all at Hera very soon!

Pop Icon at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Paintings by Pop Icon will be on display in The World's Smallest Art Gallery through November 1, 2014.

Pop Icon has worked in the arts for over 20 years. After attending The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College and classes at Rhode Island School of Design, he devoted his time to running an art group known as Pop Icon & The Cocktail Club and dedicated a lot of his time in the fight for free speech and equality. Pop's primary focus is on post modern art that draws from the banal and kitschy elements of Pop Art with a major emphasis on color and fun. Pop most recently has garnered international notoriety for his series of 8x9 paintings called Art pour le douloureusement ignorant; which consist of robots, skulls, voodoo symbols & musical instruments. Pop has shown in solo & group shows at The Warwick Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, The Main Gallery at The Art Institute of Boston, Gallery Z, Gallery Insane, The Brooklyn Coffee Tea House, Colo Colo Gallery, Bolt Gun Gallery, The Douglas Gallery, Gallery X, Fine Art at Chapel View & New Hope gallery. Pop now is having pop up gallery shows in New England called The House Of Icon and is working on his own night once a month showcasing local artists, chefs & musicians. You can go to his shop: https://www.etsy.com/people/therealpopicon You may also find him here: https://www.facebook.com/therealpopicon Download The House of Icon radio show & podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/therealpopicon To hear his band: http://bearmonarch.bandcamp.com/

 

The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
• A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org/). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 1”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
• A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org/) and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net/).
• A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
• A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
• A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.

John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at johnkotulapchn@yahoo.com to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rhode Tour's South County Debut

Hera Gallery welcomes
RhodeTour to South County!
Saturday, September 13th
6-7:30pm

Rhode Tour is a statewide mobile historical smartphone application
that tells stories by and about Rhode Islanders. In a short
presentation, we will introduce Rhode Tour and its features.
Sandra Enos will discuss Orphanages, Asylums and Almshouses
based on research on the history of Rhode Island’s places for its poor,
vulnerable, delinquent, hearing impaired and disabled citizens.
Visit rhodetour.org to take a thematic tour on your computer, or
download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play for a
new kind of Rhode Island guidebook.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

LAST DAY of "current"

LAST DAY to see "current"! Gallery will be open 10-4! 
Come down to view the work of Alexandra Broches and 16 other gallery members.