Friday, August 22, 2008

Concrete Alchemy

I am so glad that the prospectus for our final exhibition in our current gallery is done! The show, entitled Concrete Alchemy, will focus on the flux of environment, gentrification of space, and the rebirth of a gallery.

During the past 34 years of operation, Hera Gallery has undergone numerous changes and developments; the gallery is an organic entity, always undergoing a natural flux. This ebb and flow has historically acted to strengthen the gallery throughout each metamorphosis.

Currently, the gallery is on the cusp of its most substantial transformation to date. The property that Hera has been located on for over thirty years has been recently sold to developers; as a result, Hera will be moving to an interim location before returning to a new gallery space which will be situated on the same property where we are currently located. This property sale heralds the ultimate demolition of the building that Hera has been housed in since it first opened its doors. Although Hera will continue to proactively move forward; space will change, and landmarks will be lost in this transition from old to new.

Hera Gallery is excited to take advantage of this opportunity, and to host an exhibition that will focus on the metamorphosis of space, identity, and material. This show, Concrete Alchemy, invites artists to use the gallery building as a primary material in pieces created for the exhibition. Artists may work directly with, or on, the building; and are encouraged to be site specific.

Concrete Alchemy will culminate in the ultimate demolition of the building, at which time, all artwork involved in the show will also be destroyed.

If you are interested in participating, feel free to email the gallery for a prospectus at

Troy West: Portraits

Troy West: Portraits
A Six Decade Retrospective

September 4th – October 9th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gallery Talk: September 20th, 1:00 pm

From 1950 to the present, architect and artist Troy West has explored the art of portraiture with watercolor, gouache, oils, ink, charcoal and sculpture.

These highly personal works of family, friends and others have been a parallel observation - obsession to his architecture development.

This sampling gleaned from hundreds of works will provide an insight that you are invited to visit and share interpretations if you wish in a booklet for your comments, sketches, etc.

There will be a gallery talk and discussion on September 20, 2008 at 1PM and all are welcome.

Above: Mother's Last Night, ink on paper

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hera At The Hoxie Opening

Here are some images that Alexandra Broches took at the recent opening for Hera At The Hoxie.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hera At The Hoxie

August 2nd – August 30th, 2008
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 6th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
At The Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Public Library

Hera Gallery is pleased to invite the public to the Hoxie Gallery on Wednesday, August 6th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for the opening reception of Hera At The Hoxie. This exhibition will feature the work of Hera Gallery members Alexandra Broches, Linda Denosky-Smart, Cynthia Farnell, Claudia Flynn, Jeannette Jacobs, John Kotula, Jill McLaughlin, Barbara Pagh, Caroline Pyle, Roberta Richman, Myron Rubenstein, and Troy West. On display will be photography, paintings, sculpture, quilts, and more.

Having just recently celebrated Hera Gallery’s 34th anniversary, this exhibition will again present gallery members with an opportunity exhibit together as a group. As always, Hera Gallery is dedicate to the creation and promotion of quality artwork within Washington County; and the pieces displayed in this show are sure to maintain this long tradition of excellence.

Cynthia Farnell exhibition in Charleston, SC

Images from the 24 Hour Challenge

Here are some images from the recent 24 Hour Challenge. This event was in conjunction with our current show, 30Days + 24Hours. There were some very brave, and creative, artists who stayed awake for a very long time making art.
Above, Jason Mayoh and James Russo beginning work on their comics. Below is an image of the African Drum circle that played during the opening.

A scene from the opening, above; and POW!! playing during the 24 Hour Challenge, below.

Alec Thibodeau giving a presentation about Dead in Desemboque, a book that was recently published that he illustrated for. Below, the gallery at 2:00am on Sunday.

Dawn in the gallery, Brendan Kelley working on his book, ECTOMY pt. 2.