Friday, May 22, 2015

PORTFOLIO RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE

Saturday, June 27th, 7:00pm
Dear friends of Hera we are very excited to have assembled a set of 5 portfolios of work by Hera artists to be raffled off this summer to benefit the gallery.
10 Hera members who are photographers or printmakers to do a limited edition of 5 prints.




5 portfolio boxes will be raffled in a drawing to be held on Saturday June 27, at 7pm at 10 High Street. Each work is 11”x14” and is housed in an archival box.

The artists who have contributed work are Amanda Swain Bingham, Alexandra Broches, Uli Brahmst, Iris Donnelly, John Kotula, Viera Levitt, Jill McLaughlin, Barbara Pagh, Myron Rubenstein, and Mara Trachtenberg.

Tickets for the raffle are $50 and we have limited the number of tickets to 100. You may purchase more than one ticket and do not have to be present to win. Five tickets will be drawn to determine the winners.

See the link below for the Raffle PDF and we will send you the ticket stubs.

DOWNLOAD RAFFLE PDF


FULL SIZE PORTFOLIO IMAGE

Friday, May 15, 2015

Artist Elizabeth Richards is now exhibiting at The World’s Smallest Art Gallery


Elizabeth Richards is exhibiting at The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through June 12, 2015.




Elizabeth Richards is a traditional artist currently residing in Narragansett. Most Elizabeth’s work deals with subjects from nature such as different plants, animals, and sometimes figures and settings to create various scenes with a multitude of symbolism generally involving different cultures’ religions, beliefs, myths, and spirituality.
It’s the idea of spirituality and not necessarily religion that she finds interesting. Elizabeth looks through various peoples ranging from Northern Pacific Inuit, Navajo tribes, Greek and Egyptian mythologies, and even modern day movements, such as the punk rebellion, to create a scene and narrative.  Recently she has been focusing on astrology and instances of rare happenings in nature such as albinism, melanism, and different subspecies and what they could possibly represent.  She then creates newer mythologies of her own with them.


Elizabeth describes her creative process as a chaotic one. She starts by picking one specific story, idea, animal, or any other element to focus on then focuses on the story and the meaning behind the myth.  It is then that the rest of the elements fall into place. Elizabeth feels that while it is important to create a structurally sound painting, her first goal is to create the story she wants to tell.  She states “My brain picks up the information, melds it with other ideas and pieces, creating a snowball effect leading to the end product of a sometimes surreal whole. Sometimes what I set out to do in the beginning is not what I end up with when the paint is good and dry.” Another of Elizabeth’s goals is high key color saturation and textures.
Elizabeth tends to revel in past culture and times where mythology taught humans about the world around them. Creation myths taught people why the earth is here and how they came to be and with her work, she tries to infer her own symbolism and combine others, to add to the overall meaning. Spirituality is something that is also very important and prevalent with the natural world, which also adds different meanings and messages to her work.


Elizabeth wants her viewers to walk away more curious about the spirit realm. There is a hint of mystery and often life lessons to be learned within nature and society and in the modern world, which she feels is either forgotten or never learned. Whether one believes in the power of meeting spirit animals or if spirituality can be found in nature, she wants the viewer to be inspired to look at the world around them and find a bit of poetry and meaning that was perhaps not there at first glance.



The pieces Elizabeth is showing at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery is just a small sample of her work.  These works and many more are currently for sale.  To find out more visit Elizabeth at lizrichards.deviantart.com or contact her directly at lizashleyrichards@gmail.com.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road w/ Jack Massey & Michael Yefko


Hera Gallery is pleased host Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road, an exhibition highlighting the work of Hera Members Jack Massey & Michael Yefko. We invite the public to join us Saturday, May 16th from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception.


"The Market is a Snake" - Michael Yefko 
"Further On Down The Yellow Brick Road is an art exhibition at Hera Gallery that will feature works by Jack Massey and Michael Yefko. The two artists will exhibit Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional works that explore temporal aspects of geometry within an entropic reality. As if that was not enough, they will exhibit works that also reveal the humor that comes from a modernist’s utopic sensibility meeting a great wind of change blowing across, through, and against creative freedom. The fear is always that audiences will either read too much or too little between the lines. Both artists admit that one reason for coming together to create this exhibition is that they are willing to take that chance.
Michael Yefko first encountered Jack Massey as his teacher on RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome while Professor Massey served as Chief Critic in 1977. They have remained friends and for a while were colleagues (1981-2000) teaching in the Foundation Studies Program at RISD. Professor Massey has just become Professor Emeritus at RISD while Michael Yefko works at his art and is a Part Time Faculty member at The University of Rhode Island."
"It's About Euclid" - Jack Massey
The exhibition will be open May 16th to June 20th on all days the Gallery is open (Wed-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm). 


We hope to see you at the opening reception and hope you stop by throughout these next couple of weeks!

Friday, May 8, 2015

WATER Closing Reception & Artist Panel


Thank you to all of you who have come out to support the WATER exhibition these past few weeks! 

Please join us and the regional artists of Water in a closing reception
and informal artist panel discussion that includes Michelle Benoit, David Mangels, & Kelsey Miller!


Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: GEOMETRY


Concept: Geometry is the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs. In the arts it has referred to the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something and includes concepts such as the golden ratio and the use of geometric symbols. It can be found historically in Islamic & Renaissance art, folk art quilts, and was embraced as an aesthetic by the great masters of modern art in the 20th Century. It continues to thrive today as exemplified by artists utilizing algorithms and expressing them through visual means. When art and math are used in conjunction, moments of true interdisciplinary coordination occur.



This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks to exhibit a varied perspective on contemporary views of geometry including, but NOT limited to, pattern (whether in data or aesthetic), fractals, string theory, along with the formal vocabulary of geometry from mathematicians like Euclid to artists such as Mondrian. 

Juror: Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum



Application Deadline: Friday, July 17th, 2015. 


Exhibition Dates:  Saturday, September 12th - Saturday, October 10th, 2015



Eligibility: Open to works of any medium depicting GEOMETRY as the main subject. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must fit through said door.



Entry Fee: Each artist may submit 3 entries for $30. Judging will be done from digital files. Fees are non-refundable.


Download the application HERE.

Health of Our Local Waters!



With Dave Prescott of Save the Bay's South Coast Center in Westerly.

Dave will be providing a 45 minute presentation with opportunities to discuss local water issues in South County. Fresh and salt water bodies will be discussed.

David Prescott is the South County Coastkeeper, a role that provides a visible on-the-water presence and works in the community to protect, restore, and promote stewardship of the unique and magnificent waterways of Little Narragansett Bay, the Pawcatuck River, and the South Coast. 

Dave conducts water quality monitoring, mobilizes community action on stormwater and wastewater pollution, investigates and responds to pollution incidents, and advocates for public access to the shore. He is a proponent for new strategies for communities that are dealing with climate change impacts.

Join us in meeting with our South County Coastkeeper!

Light refreshments provided!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Joe Cory

Joe Cory:
"Enlightened Witness" (15"x20") - Joe Cory

Joseph Cory is an artist and associate professor in the department of Visual Art at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He received a BA from Central College (IA), a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. He exhibits his work nationally, and is the recipient of a number of grants, awards, and workshops including: "The Whale and Star Summer Workshop in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch" in Miami with the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya (2011), and the "Project R5: A Visual Arts Workshop and Studio in South Africa" (2013). 

Check out his work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Sabrina McLaughlin

Sabrina McLaughlin:
"Of The Despair" (16"x28") - Sabrina McLaughlin

Sabrina McLaughlin is a Painting Major at Kendall College of Art and Design. Most recently her work has been displayed at the West Michigan Regional Art Competition at Lowell Art Center and Art.Downtown 2014. Sabrina was born in Canton Ohio and currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her awards include: Krylon's Clear Choice Scholarship, Beyond Mythologies Scholarship, Akron Society of Artists Scholarship, Canton Artists League Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design's Portfolio Scholarship, and Kendall College of Art and Design's Academic Scholarship.

Check out her work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th

Birdhouse Fundraiser is tomorrow!

Ben Anderson
Just a reminder that the Birdhouse fundraiser is tomorrow! Join us at The Farmer's Daughter at 716 Mooresfield Rd. 

More information about Farmer's Daughter can be found on their website here





Here are some examples of what we've received so far!

James Brown
Kristin Lamb