Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Price of Sugar

An Evening of Films presented by Jos̩ Torrealba, Saturday, May 10th, 6:30 Р8:30.

The Providence Latin American Film Festival is a non-profit pan-cultural organization, to promote Latin-American culture and more specifically to provide Latin American film directors with an opportunity to exhibit in New England. Director, Jose Torrealba, has selected the film The Price of Sugar to show at Hera Gallery. This film follows Father Christopher Hartley as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate from and at what human cost they are produced. Please view the films website for further details.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Yorick's Marionette Theater

Hera Gallery is lucky to have Dusan Petran of Yorick's Marionette Theater present his work at the opening reception of Crossing Borders / Cruzando Fronteras. The opening and performance will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 26th from 6:00 - 8:00. For more information about Yorick's, please view his website.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Portfolio Raffle

Hera Gallery is pleased to announce our spring fundraiser, a portfolio raffle. Back by popular demand, this raffle offers supporters an opportunity to bid on 14 original artworks; including paintings, photographs, prints, jewelry, mixed media art.

This suite of work consists of a uniquel handmade portfolio box created by local artists, Aggie Stewart. This custom box opens to reveal fourteen 11” by 14” pieces of artwork. This year Hera Gallery is luck to have guest artist, Maryjean Viano Crowe, participating. She has generously contributed a mixed media piece titled “Rebus” to the portfolio. Maryjean is a prolific artist, whose work has been exhibited and published nationally; her art can also be found in permanent included in the collections of museums both within the United States and abroad. In addition, Claudia Fieo, Claudia Flynn, Alexandra Broches, Barbara Pagh, Cynthia Farnell, Islay Taylor, Jeannette Jacobs, Jill McLaughlin, John Kotula, Maureen Murray, Myron Rubenstein, Roberta Richman, Linda Denosky-Smart, and Troy West have also contributed artwork to this portfolio.

Raffle tickets for this fundraiser are only $25.00, and are available at Hera Gallery. There are a limited number of tickets, and only 200 will be available; however, you may purchase more than one ticket at a time. The drawing will occur on May 31st, during the opening reception for Hera’s 34th Anniversary Exhibition.

To view the artwork included in the portfolio box, or if you would like further information, please visit the gallery or logon to our website.

Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras

The United States is a mosaic of people and cultures; there is no other country in the world with more diversity. Almost all of us have a recent or distant ancestor who has crossed a border to get where they are today. Historically, waves of immigrants from various parts of the world have populated and enriched our shores. We have embraced our diverse history and our thriving culture based on the patchwork of immigration; yet, there have also been anti-immigration sentiments. Today the civic discourse between those who see immigration as a source of strength for our country and those who see it as dangerous to our way of life focuses mainly on people entering the States from Latin America. Unfortunately, this national dialogue has become dichotomized into ‘us versus them,’ ‘liberals versus conservatives,’ and ‘Democrats versus Republicans.’ The nuances of this intricate concept get lost in impassioned debates, and the topic is only addressed in starkly contrasting blacks and whites.

The exhibit Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras is presented in the belief that painters, photographers, sculptors, puppeteers, guitar makers, lace makers, and architects can promote civic discourse that included shades of gray (and a rainbow of colors.) This exhibit includes a diverse group artists working in a variety of medias. Some of the images and objects created by these artists reflect directly on the experience of leaving ones home, crossing a border, and settling in a new place. Others engage more broadly with questions and dilemmas posed by immigration.

Hera Gallery is pleased to be showcasing the work of Diane Barcelo, Claudia Flynn, Valerie Mendoza, Abel A. Ortiz, Alexandra Copley, Faith Hagenhofer, Barbara Milot, Agustin Patino, Isis Falk Donnelly, Linda LaBella, Victoria Lockard Morton, Prince V. Thomas, Ana Flores, Christine LoFaso Blake Novotny, and Troy West.

Concurrent events will include music, films, and a panel discussion. Please visit the Hera Gallery website for further details.

This exhibit is part of a larger collaborative project developed jointly by the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and Hera Gallery with support from many individuals and community organizations. The goal of the project is to promote civic engagement and dialog on the theme of immigration. A joint exhibit, Crossing Borders: Redefining the Dream will be exhibited at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery located at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 May 11 through June 21, 2008. For more information regarding this show please visit the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative website,

Top to Bottom:  Prince V. Thomas, Assimilations; Alexandra Copley, Norma With Bad Apple; Agustin Patino, Immigrants With Five Senses