Hera board member Wendy Wahl shares information about mail in ballots for the primary election, (now on June 2, 20200 and Hera Gallery's rescheduled call for entries for our 100th anniversary celebration of women's suffrage, Right toVote.
In today’s Providence Journal is the proposed process for voting in the RI primary. The primary is now June 2nd and it will likely be by mail in only. The registration deadline to receive a ballot by mail is April 7.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Today Hera Board member and past President, Barbara Pagh shares a video from her studio.
I have been working on these collages of handmade paper that are memories of colors as I look out at the sky and water in Matunuck at different times of day and weather conditions. Compositionally they go back to my minimalist roots with straightforward horizontal bands of color and texture. I find these collages meditative to make and a necessary respite from the news.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hera artist Molly Kaderka installed her solo exhibition at the Jamestown Art Center right before social distancing and school, institution and business closures happened. Today she is sharing images from the exhibition. Enjoy!
You can find information about the exhibition below the photographs.
A Mythic Pause
Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown RI
March 5- April 25
Artist: Molly Kaderka (IG handle @mkaderka )
Contributing Furniture: Kit Howland (IG handle @kithowland )
In the exhibition A Mythic Pause, Molly Kaderka presents her latest works, which explore deep time embodied in geological formations and the night sky and engaged in a delicate interplay of terrestrial and celestial realms.
The centerpiece of the show is a series of five works that move the viewer from an experience of dense darkness—layers of heavy rock broken by a few slivers of sky—to an encounter with a nearly overwhelming brightness, as the work evokes the night sky four billion years hence, when the neighboring galaxy of Andromeda is predicted to collide with our own Milky Way. Anchoring the series is an immense and exquisitely balanced formation of rock-like surfaces encircling a night sky, the ancient stones opening to the distant, intangible stars.
These dramatic installations leave behind our traditional associations of rock and sky with permanence and stillness, illusions born out of our brief interactions with both. In the nearly unfathomable span of deep time, everything is shifting, spinning, and changing.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
From Hera member, Susie Matthews
The current pandemic is causing terrible things to happen to many, many people. While I do not want to underemphasize the severity of this tragedy, I am finding some beauty and joy during this time, especially on my walks and in my garden. Sharing this bit of inspiration cannot heal the sick or grow the economy, but I hope it might bring others some happiness.
Spring is always a miracle. I am awed by the magic and strength of new growth rising up from the ground. The contrast of fresh, soft leaves coming out of hard, dull branches or earth exhilarates me. One of the earliest plants to emerge in the spring is skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). When I looked up the latin name, I learned that the part in the middle is a spadix, and the hooded part is a spathe. I have made sculptures that look like the spadix.
I am also often struck by the contrast between organic growth and manmade forms or human caused interventions. These beautiful mosses swell up between the cut stones of a wall by my studio. I combine felt and ceramic in my work to try and create a similar tension.
And these lichen grow on the bark and the outermost rings of this tree that have been exposed by a chainsaw, turning that violent act into new life.
I encourage everyone to spend some time outside, looking carefully and closely. The necessary physical separation from other people is an opportunity to slow down and pay attention to our natural world.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
From Hera member Kathie Florsheim
I am an inveterate gardener. Sometimes I grow plants I want to photograph. This amaryllis is one I grew this winter.
Seeing it today makes my heart sing, its rich color is an urgent reminder that all is not lost.
Sometimes my work rescues me.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
A post from Hera Board President, Uli Brahmst on the transformative power of art.
"The transformative power of art is so obvious each time an exhibition goes up or down. Empty spaces get completely and magically altered. "
The images above are from Uli's recent exhibition as UMASS Dartmouth CVPA gallery,
On Being a Woman, the first shows the exhibition in the space and the second shows the space after the exhibition was taken down. January-February 2020
These two images show Hera gallery during the opening reception for and during installation of our bi-annual children's exhibition. February 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Looking for creative diversion, Hera Board Member Roberta Richman and her partner Sandra Enos explored a walk organized by the Newport Arboretum Society that takes you around downtown Newport to see a collection of 52 exceptional trees that they have often walked past without seeing. They intend to do all of them filing up a thermos and a picnic lunch for the next ones.Well worth doing if you’re looking for outdoor activities during this strange time we are living in.
The Newport Arboretum Society allows you to download maps for each walk which is also great.