Friday, March 27, 2015

Support Women Artist Now (SWAN) Day



Celebrate SWAN (Support Women Artists Now)Day at Hera Gallery. Join awesome Rhode Island based female artists Mara Trachtenberg, Babs Owen, Kara Dunne and Kirstin Lamb in a panel discussion of their work, their lives, and how the two intermingle. Brooke Erin Goldstein Art and Design will be moderating the talk. This is an insightful event not to me missed revealing the inner workings of the contemporary artist.

Want to know more about our Panelists, our Moderator or SWAN Day check out the following websites:
http://www.womenarts.org/swan
http://www.maratrachtenberg.com/
http://www.barbaraowen.net/
http://www.nitsrik.com/
http://www.karadunne.com/
http://brookeeringoldstein.com/

Hera Gallery will be collecting paper good items to benefit the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County for the duration of the exhibition in honor of Women's History Month. We invite the public to bring paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, or Lysol wipes to the gallery to supply the DVRC's safe house.

This event will take place at Hera Gallery located on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. It is Free and open to the public. This program is presented with partial support from The RISCA - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Mars Attracts, Centreville Bank, The Washington Trust Company, State of Mind StylingMint Leaf Media, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nancy and Maggie Worthen at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Nancy and Maggie Worthen are exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through May 1, 2015.

 Nancy and Maggie Worthen are a mother/daughter duo from Rhode Island.  Nancy attended Douglass College in New Brunswick, NJ, where she received a BA in sociology and religion.  After college, Nancy returned home to Rhode Island, married and lived in Carolina, RI with her husband and her daughter Maggie.  Nancy worked in non­profit management at the Westerly Center for the Arts, Providence Children’s Museum, Ready to Learn Providence, and Providence CityArts for Youth.  Nancy’s passion has been to inspire others to serve in these mission driven organizations, while helping them to learn skills that foster reflection and self-discovery.  She is currently a volunteer at the Fertile Underground Natural Grocery Cooperative and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, supporting local art and gardening through her work with these organizations.     

 
Nancy’s daughter Maggie had many interests while she was growing up in Rhode Island and dreamed of being both a fluent speaker of Spanish and becoming a Veterinarian.  While at Smith College, Maggie achieved her dream of becoming a fluent speaker of Spanish, and was well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a Veterinarian.  In 2006 during her senior year at Smith College, Maggie had a severe brain stem stroke one week before her graduation.  For the first eighteen months after her stroke, Maggie was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state.  After participating in a Cornell and Columbia University research project, the doctors discovered a way for Maggie to communicate using eye movement and her diagnosis changed to minimally conscious.  Maggie is able to communicate with eye movement as well as comprehend written and spoken words.  At the end of 2012, several words that Maggie spoke were recorded during a research visit to Rockefeller University in New York City.  As a consequence, her caregivers are expanding their therapy to include hand over hand movements during personal care, art therapy, massage and recreation activities, in order to enhance her sensory stimulation.
 Nancy and Maggie have always shared a close mother/daughter bond.  The creation of MagsArts embodies their dream of working together as business partners, as well as their shared love of artistic creation.  The art that Nancy and Maggie make together reflects their love of nature, of color, of animals and of each other.  As they hold hands using the brush or pencil in the process of painting and drawing (Maggie is unable to move on her own), feelings between them are understood without words. Nancy and Maggie’s meditation practice helps them to stay in the present moment while selecting color or subject for a painting. Their art therapist Jeannine Bestoso teaches both Maggie and Nancy techniques such as hand over hand painting, acrylic and watercolor painting techniques, color mixing and perspective as well as offering them drawing exercises that stimulate Maggie’s visual acuity and muscle memory. Nancy’s authentic movement experience informs her meditation and art practice, as well as her ability to see into her daughter’s heart.

 All of Nancy and Maggie’s art is available for sale at www.magsarts.com .  All funds raised from sales will be used for Margaret Worthen's care, including massage, acupuncture, art therapy sessions and travels in her van.

     For further information, contact Nancy Worthen at nancy@magsarts.com or on www.magsarts.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.
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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Branching Out Birdhouse Fundraiser

Join us in celebrating our 2nd Birdhouse Fundraiser at The Farmer's Daughter on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1-4pm.  

 
Artist made birdhouses and garden themed art will be auctioned off silently and live in benefit of the gallery and Welcome House. There will be food vendors next to the greenhouse all afternoon and entertainment provided by local musicians. 
We will also have activities geared towards children!

Birdhouse and garden themed art donations will be accepted at Hera Gallery 
on April 15, 16, or 17 from 1-5pm.

We look forward to celebrating the boundless creativity found within our community and the arrival of a long awaited spring!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Introducing Our New Intern, Ben Riley!

Hello all!

My name is Benjamin Riley, and I am the Hera Gallery’s newest intern for the Winter/Spring time. I am a junior at the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Studio Art and Art History. I’ve lived in Rhode Island most of my life and focus my time and effort towards art and supporting the arts. If you were ever to try to me, you can find me at the beach, no matter the season.

When it comes to art, my mediums vary. I work in graphite, I print-make, and I dabble in digital photography quite often. Drawing has always been an escape for me and I’ve been working at it and practicing all my life. When it comes to my drawings, I focus a lot in blending it in with other mediums, creating mixed media pieces. When it comes to my photography, I focus on model photography and turning the human body into art.




After I graduate from URI, I plan on going to graduate school for my master’s degree in Museum Studies.

I am very excited to be apart of the Hera Gallery staff and help out and learn in any way I can!

Here’s to a great semester at Hera!

Benjamin Riley

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sara Breslin at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Sara Breslin is a recent graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She has been part of five group shows including the 2013 Senior Seminar Exhibition at Studio Z in Providence, the 2014 Senior Seminar Exhibition held at the University of Rhode Island, and two University of Rhode Island Carlotti Exhibitions (2014, 2013).  Most recently Sara was part of a group show called XVIII: A Collection of Emerging Artists at Hera Gallery in Wakefield.  She is based in Rhode Island and her focus is illustration, painting and mixed media work.  She is also known for her love of and undeniable talent in portrait painting and has had extensive commission.
 Currently, Sara is also working on her first graphic novel entitled The Human War, which deals with the relationship between nature and mankind.  The work to be displayed at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery is a series of works related to the development of this novel.  The pieces are rendered with watercolor, gouache and gold leaf and are incredibly beautiful works with a serious message. 

      Her character Okaason, is a personified version of nature, a powerful godlike creature that lives in a primitive version of our world. She is beautiful and deadly, she controls the winds and the rain, and she even controls life and death itself.  Confronted by humans, she begins to change and evolve.  Okaason learns what it is like to be human, through darkness and in light. She is constantly confronted with right and wrong, never really sure the path to go down. When all hope seems lost, she meets Zeus; the son of Rion and Zeus becomes a true ray of hope.   
      The Human War is Sara’s way of telling the world how she feels, and sharing her opinions.  Sara believes very strongly that art is powerful and can affect people in many ways.  What she hopes will happen after reading this book is that those who read it will begin to question their actions, think about the earth and think about how we interact with the environment.  You can see Sara’s work for the next six weeks at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery and you can also visit her on Instagram and her website to learn more about this talented artist.
Instagram: yournameissara

* 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.

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.