Thursday, June 19, 2008

Brown Bag Lunch Artist Talk Series

Visit Hera Gallery for a series of casual discussions regarding member’s works, inspirations, and methods. The talks will be led by gallery members whose work is currently on display in the 34th Anniversary Show. Bring your lunch, and prepare for an intimate and interesting opportunity to learn about what happens before a piece of artwork is 'finished.'

Troy West
June 14th, 1:00
Troy West will attempt to find connections between drawing (to see what is really there without pre-meditations), sculpture (ways to connect past with present), architecture and planning (ways to bring present challenges into projects for a sustainable future).

Alexandra Broches
June 21st, 12:00 - 1:00
The work represented by the these photographs from the series The Domesticated Landscape reflects the interest that perhaps underlies all my work, the relationship between culture and nature, man and our landscape.

Barbara Pagh
June 21st, 12:00 - 1:00
Barbara Pagh will talk about the influence of the local landscape on her work and her technique of altering a photographic image in her one-of-a-kind prints. She will bring a portfolio of small prints in addition to the work in the exhibition.

Jill McLaughlin
June 28th, 12:00
Jill will discuss the connection between her photography, collages, and 3D assemblages. She will focus on how her art is influenced by the environment and her surroundings.

Myron Rubenstein
June 28th, 1:00
Myron Rubenstein will discuss his wide scope of work, which ranges from printmaking to painting to digital medias. His work has no boundaries, and cross-pollinates itself in numerous ways.

John Kotula
July 5th, 12:00
John was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 2005-2007. One focus of his current art making is to create a visual documentation of his experiences living in Latin America. His talk will focus on the process of translating his time in Honduras into the piece "Coming Home to Roost."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Finding Folklore

Finding Folklore: A collaborative project celebrating the lives and tales of local people Nominations Due July 15th

Artist, former director of Hera gallery and South County native, Chelsea Heffner has developed Finding Folklore to encourage community members to collect a contemporary folklore of their area. Through the nomination process and the recording of local stories, Heffner hopes to start a conversation about what is of value to this small community.

To participate, please write us to nominate someone you feel should be part of local folklore. In 500 words or fewer, tell us who this person is and what you find remarkable about his/her life. Please include contact information for both yourself and the person you are nominating. Any South County resident can be nominated. Nominees who would like to participate will have their portrait painted and their stories recorded and turned into a small book. The project will culminate with an exhibition of the portraits and personal histories at a local gallery or community space (TBA). Heffner plans on making the hand-printed edition of the collected stories available to all South County libraries.

Heffner has received numerous awards and scholarships including the 2007 Fritz Eichenburg Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking by the RI State Council on the Arts, and the Presidential Merit Scholarship by the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has shown on both coasts including at The Providence Art Club, RI, Firehouse 13, RI, Hera Gallery, RI, and Worksound, Portland OR.. She has curated and organized a number of exhibitions while working as the director of the Hera Gallery, and served as a panelist for grant giving organizations and fundraiser auctions. She has studied at the Hodgeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, Netherlands, Brown University, Providence RI, and received her BFA from RISD in Providence RI. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR.

Nominations can be mailed to:
Finding Folklore
c/o Chelsea Heffner
23 Stern St
Jamestown, RI 02835
via email to:

Additional information can be found online at:

1545 DRAW

1545DRAW offers outdoor life drawing in beautiful gardens, year round. The group is facilitated by artists, and thrives on new participants. Feel free to call Lori (401 294 7816) for more information. The group meets every Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00pm, all media is welcome; however, you must bring your own easel!

Model fee is $10.00