Friday, March 18, 2016

"Stories in Stone" Film Screening

Stories in Stone
Film Screening with Marc Levitt
Tuesday, March 29th, 7pm



Stories in Stones is the first film that looks at the Narragansett wall building tradition from multiple perspectives, artistic, spiritual, multi-generational and as a story of tribal affirmation. While some would see wall building as the haphazard placement of rocks, Stories in Stone, demonstrates that the wall’s beauty is the result of a finely honed and ever evolving sculptural aesthetic. While some see the walls as ‘the only option’ for the Narragansett, Stories in Stones makes clear, that more often than not, becoming a mason is a choice, a choice that allows freedom of movement, freedom from ‘inside’ work, freedom from working for others and the freedom to join a long and illustrious line of ancestors. While many believe that ‘tradition’ among New England Tribes is long gone, Stories in Stone makes clear that wall building remains a means to assert and perpetuate Tribal identity; in the choice to be a mason, in the placement of symbols, in the use of a particular aesthetic, in the visceral relationship to stone and in one’s spiritual connection to nature. Stories in Stone elucidates the stories that lie beneath one’s initial appreciation for the stone walls of Southern New England and in doing so, illustrates how the seemingly ordinary, can be indeed be, quite extraordinary.

Marc Levitt is a writer, storyteller, educator, radio and TV host, filmmaker and audio artist living in Wakefield, RI and NYC. He has won awards for his story recordings, for work in his unique musical/narrative historical storytelling style, for his work in radio and for his work in the arts and in the humanities.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Tradition & Innovation: Artists of the Eastern Woodland Tribes"


Hera Gallery & The Tomaquag Museum Present:
Tradition & Innovation
Artists of the Eastern Woodland Tribes
March 5th – April 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th, 6-8pm
Indigenous Culture Workshop: Saturday, March 12th, 1pm
Stories in Stone Film Screening: Tuesday, March 29th, 7pm


Hera Gallery is pleased host the Tradition & Innovation: Artists of the Eastern Woodland Tribes. Through this collaborative venture, Hera Gallery and the Tomaquag Museum seek to promote a dialogue about Native American arts & culture and its role in the contemporary arts. We invite the public to join us Saturday, March 5th from 6 to 8pm for the opening reception of Tradition & innovation.
 
This exhibition will present work that represents traditional approaches to Native American arts, specifically those from the Eastern Woodland tribes, as well as contemporary approaches and media. Participating artists are:

Monica Alexander, Metis/Mi’kmaq, East Otis, MA
Sharon Alexander, Narragansett, North Kingstown, RI
Rhonda Besaw, Canadian Metis/Abenaki, Whitefield, NH
Jon Campbell, Penobscot, Narragansett, RI
Jeremy Dennis, Shinnecock, University Park, PA
Graham Gruner, Narragansett, Mystic, CT
Nancy Oakley, Wampanoag/Mi’kmaq, Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
Ayanna Proctor, Piscataway Conoy, White Plains, MD
Angel Smith, Narragansett, Mystic, CT
Yolanda Smith, Seaconke/Wampanoag
Dawn Spears, Narragansett Choctaw, Ashaway, RI
Lorén M. Spears Narragansett/Niantic, Charlestown, RI
Robin Spears, Narragansett, Charlestown, RI
Olive Alexander Whitford, Narragansett, Exhibiting Post Mortem

Indigenous Culture Workshop
Saturday, March 12th, 1pm
Led by Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum

Traditional items will be brought to share regarding Indigenous culture and the Spears will share the history, culture and the arts of Eastern Woodland people, with a focus on the Narragansett. There will be opportunities for participants to interact with the presenter through Q & A and other forms of interaction. The program will include some music and dance along with the oral history of Narragansett People.

Stories in Stone
Film Screening with Marc Levitt
Tuesday, March 29th, 7pm

Stories in Stones is the first film that looks at the Narragansett wall building tradition from multiple perspectives, artistic, spiritual, multi-generational and as a story of tribal affirmation. While some would see wall building as the haphazard placement of rocks, Stories in Stone, demonstrates that the wall’s beauty is the result of a finely honed and ever evolving sculptural aesthetic. While some see the walls as ‘the only option’ for the Narragansett, Stories in Stones makes clear, that more often than not, becoming a mason is a choice, a choice that allows freedom of movement, freedom from ‘inside’ work, freedom from working for others and the freedom to join a long and illustrious line of ancestors. While many believe that ‘tradition’ among New England Tribes is long gone, Stories in Stone makes clear that wall building remains a means to assert and perpetuate Tribal identity; in the choice to be a mason, in the placement of symbols, in the use of a particular aesthetic, in the visceral relationship to stone and in one’s spiritual connection to nature. Stories in Stone elucidates the stories that lie beneath one’s initial appreciation for the stone walls of Southern New England and in doing so, illustrates how the seemingly ordinary, can be indeed be, quite extraordinary.

Marc Levitt is a writer, storyteller, educator, radio and TV host, filmmaker and audio artist living in Wakefield, RI and NYC. He has won awards for his story recordings, for work in his unique musical/narrative historical storytelling style, for his work in radio and for his work in the arts and in the humanities.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
 
Hera Gallery will be hosting our 3rd Annual Branching Out Birdhouse Fundraiser on April 24th at The Farmer's Daughter. While we are seeking artist made birdhouses to auction off in benefit of the gallery, we are also EXAPANDING our selection to other GARDEN ITEMS.

This year's theme is
SPIRITS IN THE GARDEN.
 
Whether it be a bird feeder, fairy house, painted planter, kinetic sculpture, or any other artistically inclined garden accent, we will be accepting donations at Hera Gallery between April 13th and April 22nd.

Monday, January 4, 2016

GALLERY CLOSED UNTIL 2/6

The Gallery will be closed through January. 

We will reopen on 2/6 for the opening of 
The 27th Children's Art Exhibition!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Position Open: Gallery Director


Position Description

Gallery Director
The position of Gallery Director, Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week, $12.10/hour). The Director reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.

This position, while an administrative position, is a creative springboard allowing a motivated individual the opportunity to contribute to the local arts community by leading a well-regarded institution. Hera encourages the gallery director to pursue his or her professional interests including associate artist membership (free) in the gallery. The gallery director may also work to develop skills in the following areas:
curatorial experience and exhibition design, graphic design, professional level arts writing, website development.

Qualifications:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Good computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with
Photoshop, Illustrator, and square space (website template)
• Administrative experience desired
·  Fundraising and event planning experience
• The gallery director must have the ability to work with a diverse audience of local community members as well as artists, arts professionals, funders, and media. Serves as liaison with community
• Background or involvement in the visual arts
·      Knowledge of Social Media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
·      Mailchimp for email marketing

Responsibilities:
• Administrative: execute the general day-to-day operations of the gallery, supervise interns and volunteers, and maintain exhibition and gallery records. Facilitate communication between artist members, Board of Directors and Friends of Hera. Oversee preparation of bulk mailings.
• Public Relations: includes writing press releases, developing relationships with
journalists; assisting with writing and editing gallery publications such as website,
newsletters, fundraising materials and targeted emails to journalists, supporters, artists.
• Development: Oversees board and artist members to implement annual fundraising initiatives including but not limited to 2 fundraising events per fiscal year, works with board to implement corporate sponsorship, annual appeal and friends of Hera Campaign, and grant writing.
• Assist exhibiting artists and curators with coordination of exhibitions and programs.
• Attend and prepare Director’s report for monthly Board meetings; attend gallery events. 

For more information about Hera Gallery go to www.heragallery.org. Please send a cover letter and resume to Barbara Pagh, Hera Gallery, Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880 by January 22, 2016    

Friday, November 13, 2015

Curious Surface & November Fall Fundraiser: Sat, 11/21, 5-8pm

Saturday, November 21st, 5-8pm
Curious Surface Opening Reception
 & November Fall Fundraiser

Join us in a night of art, food, and fun with the Hera artists of Curious Surface:
Uli Brahmst, Iris Donnelly, Viera Levitt, Megan McNaught, Barbara Owen, & MJ Yeager

Silent Auction of Crafts, Art, 
& Local Business Goods/Services: 5-7:45
Wine Surprise Gift Bags Available All Night
& The Return of the
ARTIST MADE PIE LIVE AUCTION at 7PM!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gene Robinson is exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through November 2, 2015.



                    





Gene Robinson is a retired locksmith who worked at the University of Rhode Island for over 20 years.  Through the years of raising two daughters and now a grandfather of five, Gene always managed to pursue his passion for photography.  Gene began as a film photographer, but tried digital four years ago and was completely hooked.  








Photographing mostly the natural world, Gene has a specific interest in birds.  He attributes this to the moments in his childhood spent with his uncle who raised homing pigeons.  His passion for the natural world shines through every photograph.  He explained that his wish is for others to see the beauty in nature that he sees. He hopes that this inspires them to get out there and experience this beauty themselves, but for those who can’t, he is happy that they can experience some of it through his photographs.

If you are interested in speaking to Gene and finding out more about his work, you can contact him at visionquest21@yahoo.com. 



Monday, October 12, 2015

Broches/Pagh

OPENING SATURDAY FROM 6-8PM!

Alexandra Broches
Letters and Pictures from a Box
While closing her family home after her father died, Broches found a box containing more letters, photographs and documents than she had previously seen. Her father rarely spoke about the loss of his family and what had happened to this Dutch Jewish family during World War II. So began a project that continues today to construct the family narrative and reflect on the process undertaken to understand who she is and where she came from. The mysteries and memories within the box constitute the foundation of the photographs and personal reflections in this exhibition.

Alexandra Broches is a fine art photographer. She lives and maintains her studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island and has been a member of Hera Gallery since 1975.

 Barbara Pagh
Intervals
Barbara Pagh will be exhibiting a new series of prints, “Intervals”. Each one-of-a-kind print takes a traditional landscape view with a horizon and combines it with details of the same site in a panorama format. Using Photoshop to alter the images she prints on various Asian papers from photolithographic plates. The images are then cut and collaged onto a 10”x28” piece of handmade paper in a composition of vertical slices. The landscape images are from Rhode Island, Maine, Oregon, South Carolina and Brittany (France).

She will also be exhibiting a series of prints and collages on 12”x12” paper, displayed in a grid format. Many of them are pure collages of handmade papers with no printing, harking back to her minimalist roots. These evoke seascapes, without being literal. Interspersed are square details of landscape and a close-up image of water printed in varied colors.

Barbara Pagh is a printmaker and papermaker who is a Full Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at URI.
Can't Make the Opening? 
Join us for the ARTIST TALK on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm.

Friday, August 28, 2015

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

heragallery.org has been undergoing a major remodel 
and is now currently down as we change hosting. 

STAY TUNED for the BIG REVEAL!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Artist Talk POSTPONED!

Due to a combination of illness and scheduling conflict, 
we have to postpone tonight's artist talk.

Join us NEXT THURSDAY at 7pm!