Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hollywood Titian Rescue

Sex and the City star, Kim Cattrall, is preparing to help save a priceless piece of classic Renaissance art. The artwork at stake is Titian's work, Diana and Callisto. Cattrall, 53, who was born in Liverpool, is an admirer of the Venetian Renaissance painter’s work. She described seeing Diana and Actaeon as “being in the presence of a genius”.

In order to keep the painting form selling to a private European buyer, the actor has committed to posing nude for a recreation of a privately owned masterpiece, in order to raise money to enable the British government to buy the work.

Cattrall will pose nude for a recreation of Diana and Callisto, which shows the moment when the Roman goddess learns her maid has become pregnant by Jupiter. Last year she posed topless for a re-creation of its sister painting, Diana and Actaeon, which was bought for the National Galleries of Scotland and London after a public fundraising drive. This current rescue mission is viewed as an especially important venture, as it would keep the two Titian paintings, which were meant to hang together, from being separated.

pictured above: Diana and Callisto, 1559, Oil on canvas, 187 x 205 cm, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Friday, November 20, 2009

Winters Artist and Farmers Market

Please support South Kingstown's brand new winter farmers' market. See below for details. The SKFM organization wants artist to also participate. Weekly fees are $25. for an 8' table. This is a great opportunity for artists to show and sell their work. Contact Steve or Pet Gardiner at 789-1388 for an application.1283 South Rd., Wakefield, RI, 02879

Times/ Dates: SAT. 10am-2pm, Nov. 21st- March 2010 (closed Dec. 26th)
Location: Peace Dale Mill Complex, 1425 Kingstown Rd. Peace Dale, RI

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Claudia Flynn's solo exhibition MYTHOS + PATHOS is currently on view until November 28 at the CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick. For information:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Summer Solstice Tour of unique property up for auction!

Welcome the Summer Solstice with a special tour for 4 art and nature lovers. Experience a 300 year old farmhouse renovation with art gallery, architectural office, multiple on location art studios, and wild-landscaped sculpture park.

This transcendent property is a local secret, hidden in the Green Hill Neighborhood. Enjoy a guided tour of a magnificent treasure that blends art and nature together into a living gallery.

Both Troy West and Claudia Flynn are artists, and have a long history with Hera Gallery.

Private 2 hour yoga class with Victoria Lockard!

Treat yourself to a two hour private vinyasa yoga class with instructor, Victoria Lockard. This session will occur at the instructors residence in Providence, RI.

Whether you already practice yoga, or are an absolute beginner, this is a one-on-one opportunity to address your specific needs and interests. Victoria Lockard, a printmaker, former Hera Gallery intern, and URI alumna, teaches vinyasa yoga at several locations in Providence. She received her teacher training from Baron Baptiste and YogaFit. Her teaching gives a workout while soothing the busy mind.

Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic, flowing practice that connects movement with breath while leading you through a series of postures to strengthen and build flexibility and endurance, bringing you to a place of deep inner calm.

All That Matters Gift Card up for Auction

You are bidding on a $20 Gift Card to All That Matters, located at 315 Main Street in Wakefield, RI. This gift card can be used for any classes, services, or in the All That Matters store.

All That Matters (ATM) began in 1995 with a little yoga studio and a big vision, and has grown - under Joan Dwyer's guidance - into the largest non-residential holistic center in New England. Today more than 50 weekly yoga classes, an array of workshops, a retail store, and health care services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy draw some 1000 visitors a week to Wakefield, Rhode Island.


You are bidding on a $50 Gift Certificate to the Midtown Cafe, located at 333 Main Street in Wakefield, RI.

In the heart of Wakefield village, Midtown Café has a stylish, yet relaxed environment where you can enjoy a classic breakfast or delicious lunch. Sit by the wide windows overlooking Main Street and enjoy a glass of wine or a cappuccino.

Midtown is a great location for dining with friends, meeting a business client (we have free WiFi ), or just taking a break in your work day. Always welcoming, Midtown is a cosmopolitan café offering fresh, simple fare with friendly professional service.

Item up for auction: Gardening consultation!

You are bidding on a two hour gardening consultation with local designer Maryann Killilea.

Although it’s cold out now, it’s still an ideal time to plan your gardening goals with a professional landscape designer!

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your garden, and get professional insight regarding what is best for your particular garden. Maryann will offer you unbiased guidance and advice to help you chose plants or trouble shoot problem areas in your garden.

Silent Auction item: Massage!

Bid on a FULL HOUR MASSAGE with Linda Leonard Sternberg, RN!

Treat yourself to a professional massage with licensed massage therapist, Linda Leonard Sternberg. As the weather gets cooler, pamper your body, and escape for an hour of bliss! Massage is an important relaxation tool, and can also provide deeper therapy for specific physical problems.

Linda Leonard Sternberg has been practicing massage therapy since1987, and can accommodate any needs that you might have.

BARBECUE FEAST FOR 6 up for auction!

Bid on a BARBECUE FEAST FOR 6, to be held on Saturday, January 23rd, at 6:00pm. The dinner will be hosted by Jeff Bertwell and Barbara Pagh, at their house.

Enjoy a taste of Louisiana spice that will warm you up in the cold of winter!

Relax, and let Jeff and Barbara prepare a hearty meal of gumbo, barbecued ribs, cornbread, and salad for you. The meal will be hosted at Jeff and Barbara’s house, so there won’t even be dishes to do afterwards!

Be sure to bring your own bottle of Riesling to cool your tastebuds off and balance out the heat with a touch of sweetness.

Silent Auction Item: Papermaking Workshop for 2

Participate in an intimate studio session with Hera Gallery member and artist, Barbara Pagh. You will be taught how to prepare sheets of handmade paper using Abaca, as well as how to add color and other materials to the pulp. All materials will be provided, you just need to bring your creativity and enthusiasm.

Barbara Pagh is a printmaker/papermaker, and a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. She received her MA degree from New York University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She works in stone lithography and photolithography on her own paper in both 2 and 3 dimensions. The images are often derived from landscape or ancient symbols left in the environment.

Barbara Pagh is co-owner of the Queen's River Press with her husband, Jeff Bertwell. She is a member of Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI and The Printmaker's Network of Southern New England.

Image above: installation view from Passages at URI

AIA Guidbook Signed by author, Ron Onorato

Available at the upcoming Artful Auction are three signed copies of Ron Onorato's AIA Guide to Newport! An essential reference guide for any history buff, or out of town guest!

Discover Newport! The AIA Guide to Newport is the first and only guidebook to reveal the complete range of its architectural heritage from colonial houses and gilded age mansions to the most recent works by modern and post modern architects. The 9 Tours outlined by Ron Onorato cover every neighborhood in the city by the sea and make a strong case for Newport as the most engaging place to view architecture in the country.

Written by architectural historian Ronald Onorato and photographed by architectural photographer Warren Jagger, the 350 plus entries in the guide are arranged in nine self guided tours with accompanying maps, feature photographs and historical commentary to create the most up to date and comprehensive guide every published on Newport architecture.

Book Jacket up for bid in Silent Auction

Available to bid on at the upcoming Silent Auction Fundraiser is a custom made book jacket by Rick Croteau. Here is an example of a previously made book jacket by Rick. He has donated his services to Hera Galleries upcoming silent auction. Bidders can compete to have him make a unique book jacket for their favorite book!

Silent Auction Item...

Available to bid on at the upcoming Silent Auction fundraiser is Claudia Flynn's sculpture, Phantom Limbs, will be up for auction at our upcoming Silent Auction.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Barbara Pagh at URI Main Gallery

Opening on September 14 and continuing through October 7 in the Main Gallery at URI is a unique installation of handmade paper and printmaking combinations by Barbara Pagh. Passages is inspired by the megalithic structures that were erected in ancient Ireland. It is part of a series of exhibitions based on specific sites where an ancient culture left its' mark on the landscape.

In 2008 the artist traveled to Ireland as part of a sabbatical leave from the University of Rhode Island. Pagh visited sites including Newgrange, Knowth, Loughcrew and Carrowmore. These sites, built approximately 5,000 years ago, hold astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance. Many of the stones, both outside and inside the passage tombs, are carved with concentric circles, spirals and other geometric patterns. These symbols, found in many cultures and with their multiple interpretations, have been incorporated in Pagh's printmaking for the past 15 years.

When you enter the gallery you first see a series of cylinders, wrapped in wire and forming a graduated structure. Pagh's interpretive installation invites the viewer to enter a symbolic passage, created with suspended sheets of printed and sewn handmade paper. At the end of the corridor is a chamber filled with handmade paper bowls and objects. In a reference to the use and re-use of many of these sites, the artist has incorporated elements from previous exhibitions based on Scotland's stone circles and Native American petraglyphs and pottery. As you exit the chamber you can see an arrangement on the floor of handmade paper canoes, representing our life journey. The artist writes, "In Passages, I am not trying to recreate one of these sites, but use it as a stepping off point to represent the passage of time and create both a mysterious and meditative space."

The gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 12-4. For more information contact

Mobile Art Project presents Aqua Alta

Here is a video created by Valerie Kitchen documenting the recent installation of Aqua Alta in the Mobile Art Project.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cynthia Farnell at Central Booking in NYC

If you are in New York on Thursday, September 17, stop by the premiere of CENTRAL BOOKING from 6-9 pm. CENTRAL BOOKING is a new gallery in Brooklyn on 111 Front Street , Gallery 214.  The space is curated by Maddy Rosenberg and Jon Coffelt.

Two silk crepe prints from Cynthia Farnell's "Stains" series will be on view. The "Stains" are on her website here.

Check out CENTRAL BOOKING by clicking here to visit their web site:

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mobile Art Truck on WRNI

On the first day of the travels of the Mobile Art Project, we were joined by Bob Seay, from Rhode Island NPR station, WRNI. You can listen to Bob's story about the Mobile Art Project here, as well as see a slide show of images from the event.

Mobile Art Truck

Here are some images from our recent travels with the Mobile Art Truck.
You can get more information about the project and view more images at the Mobile Art Trucks website.
The Mobile Art Truck at the Kingston Train Station

The Mobile Art Truck at the Narragansett Towers

The Mobile Art Truck at the AS200 Foo Fest in Providence

The Mobile Art Truck at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in Kingston

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Installing at the Cranston Public Library

Hera Gallery members will be exhibiting artwork at the Cranston Public Library's main branch during the month of August. Participating is Linda Denosky-Smart, Barbara Pagh, Jeannette Jacobs, Alexandra Broches, Roberta Richman, and John Kotula.

Yesterday, Barbara and I hung the work at the Library. The space is matriculated into the library, and offers good visibility. Here are some images.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Miracle Due, Gonna Come True opening

Here are some images that John Kotula took at the recent opening of Miracle Due, Gonna Come True. This show focused on the artwork of contemporary Latin American artists. It is currently up at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, and is running in conjunction with their current production of West Side Story.

Future mobile gallery

Here is an image of the truck that is soon to house the Mobile Art Project.

Mobile Art Project presents China Blue

Mobile Art Project
Aqua Alta, a sound installation by China Blue
August 14th – August 18th, 2009

Hera Gallery in collaboration with Independent Curator, Viera Levitt, is pleased to announce the launch of the Mobile Art Project. This project presents contemporary artwork within the space of a 16-foot box truck. The first installation will be a sound installation by internationally exhibited artist, China Blue, entitled Aqua Alta. Duration of the presentation of Aqua Alta show will be from August 14th through August 18th, 2009. For specific dates and locations during this time, please visit the M.A.P. website. Aqua Alta will be presented in a 16-foot box truck, which will travel to various locations in South County.

China Blue’s recordings are made with specialized audio equipment including hydrophone arrays and seismic microphones. The work captures the unique sounds of the water and the creatures of Providence's canals and Narragansett Bay. Sounds are sampled from the water’s edge, and around and under the gondolas in the lagoons. This work was inspired by the effects of global warming on the environment, both under and above the surface of the water. According to the artist, her installation Aqua Alta, “echoes the ebb and flow of water on our planet. The same water that washes the canals of Venice, breaks at the feet of the Statue of Liberty and runs through the canals of Providence. It rises up and rains down. It is as ordinary as it is threatening.”

Additionally, the Mobile Art Project is collaborating with Save the Bay, which will provide a representative to discuss the ecological aspects of the project. This project should be of
particular interest to Rhode Island residents of the “Ocean State,” given how much recreational summer time is spent enjoying rivers, lakes, and oceans.

The intention of the Mobile Art Project is to bring contemporary art to communities in Southern Rhode Island where few or no formal art institutions currently exist. The Mobile Art Project also works to make contemporary art not only physically accessible to diverse populations but psychologically accessible as well. Providing art that ‘travels’ to homes and places of recreation for a diverse demographic, is a way to ‘bring art to the people’ rather than getting people to ‘come to’ the art. The Mobile Art Project will visit different neighborhoods in Rhode Island and will be parked outside locations such as community centers, libraries and other non-profits as well as block parties, ice cream stores, beaches, and farmer’s markets.

This program is presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friend
s of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Partner of the project: Save the Bay

Media partner: South County Independent

Special thanks:
Judith Tolnick Champa, Rachel Calabro, Jeannette Jacobs, Jim Smart, Liberty Rentals, South County Tourism Council, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department, Peace Dale Neighborhood Association; Penske.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sculpture Garden Party

Hosted by Hera Gallery member, Amanda Brown.

Saturday May 2nd, 5-8pm
30 Mather Ave, Cranston, RI 02905

Rain or shine
Food, drink, music and sculpture raffle

I am moving and need to find homes for my sculptures! Come and see my new work and maybe take home a sculpture for your house or garden.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Claudia Flynn selected for Exhibition

Nick Capasso, Curator at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park selected "Leading with her Chin," a painting by Claudia Flynn for inclusion in the 2009 Newport Annual Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum, currently on view through May 25, 2009.

Image: CLAUDIA FLYNN, Leading with her Chin, Nail polish enamel on glass, 2008.

"Freud's Nightmare" (stage prop cigars)

I'm very excited to have a new cigar box donated to our upcoming auction. This work, titled "Freud's Nightmare" (stage prop cigars), is by Paul Forte.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cigar Box Lottery

Hera Gallery is pleased to announce our spring fundraiser, a Cigar Box Lottery. Hera has invited 50 artists to transform simple cigar boxes in any way imaginable. Whether painted, collaged, printed, disassembled, or sculpted, the result will be 50 unique works of art. The boxes will be made available to purchase via a lottery system, which guarantees every ticket buyer a one of a kind piece of artwork.

This lottery will take place in April, at a venue yet to be announced. Every ticket is guaranteed a box, but there will be a limited number of tickets sold, so it quite an exclusive fundraiser. Tickets will cost $50 to receive a box, but all are welcome to attend the event without buying a ticket. There will be food, refreshments, and music at the lottery event.

Please contact the gallery to purchase your ticket, and good luck!

Boxes top to bottom: Barbara Pagh, John Kotula, Roberta Richman

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cynthia Farnell plans two installations for Conway, SC

Artists and Hera Gallery member, Cynthia Farnell, is busy creating site specific photographic installations for Conway and Huntington Beach State Park. PRESENCE (CONWAY) and PRESENCE (ATALAYA) are the latest in Farnell's South Carolina series of site specific photographic installations. Both Projects will be on view this spring.

Farnell uses altered photographic images culled from public archives and her own collection. 'The series is a poetic interpretation of historical material,' she says. 'We are used to seeing photographs displayed in albums or frames. I like to dislodge them from their traditional format, alter them, and then present the results to the public in unexpected settings. I believe this process of dislocation and re-contextualization asks the viewer to consider the photographs in a new way. It is a study of how the meaning of an image can shift, depending on the context and who is doing the looking.'

PRESENCE (CONWAY) will be on view from Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 4, 2009. Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 5.m. until 7p.m.

PRESENCE (ATALAYA) will be on view from Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. Viewing hours are from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. daily. A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Image: Baptism, from PRESENCE (CONWAY), digital pigment print on vellum, 78" x 36", 2009, copyrighted.

Hybrid II

Gallery member, Barbara Pagh, is currently exhibiting work in conjunction with the show Hybrid II. On exhibit until February 24th, Hybrid II is a group faculty show at the Main Gallery at the University of Rhode Island. Pagh has included a recent piece titled "Journey."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Memento Mori: Contemporary Manifestations

Hera Gallery member, Alexandra Broches is pleased to be included in the upcoming juried exhibition, Memento Mori: Contemporary Manifestations at the Claypoop-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. The exhibition runs from January 21 through February 18, 2009.

Above: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Broches, 2008.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Secretary Of Arts Petition

You may already have received this, but it is important, so I'm passing it along.

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pagh and Rubenstein Opening

Barbara Pagh and Myron Rubenstein
At the Meeting Room Gallery in Bagelz of Wakefield
January 9th - February 28th
Opening: January 9th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hera Gallery is pleased to present the work of Barbara Pagh and Myron Rubenstein at the Meeting Room Gallery located in Bagelz of Wakefield. Both artists are current members of Hera Gallery, and both will be exhibiting works which draw from their backgrounds in printmaking.

Barbara Pagh will be showing a series of digital collages, "The Secret of Things". The inspiration for these prints is a trip to Ireland in the summer of 2008. Visits to the megalithic sites Newgrange, Knowth and Carrowmore as well as early monasteries provide the source for the images.
At Newgrange and Knowth, in County Meath, massive kerbstones are carved with an array of abstract symbols including spirals, zigzags, circles and diamonds. The meaning of these symbols remains open to interpretation, creating a mystery that has remained for 5,000 years. The sites are presumed to have astrological significance, so the symbols may be calendars and ritual records.

Myron Rubenstein will be showing a series of water colored etchings. Myron's art is a way of communicating through the act of printmaking and painting, brightly saturated colors and raw line work blend together to create a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Myron illustrates the inner soul of man's spirit, encompassing the subconscious to arrive at a meaning of fear, love, hate, lust, envy, sloth, and all the sins and emotions of men and women. With the body as a metaphor for a deeper human existance, Rubenstein's work is deeply layered in experience and emotion.

John Kotula presents new work at AS220, in Providence

John Kotula at AS220: Sonaguera
Opening: Sunday January 4, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
5:00 to 6:00: will be a talk called "Art and AIDS in Honduras."
6:00 to 6:30: music will be provides by Los Monos Locos!

Sonaguera is the name of the town in Honduras where John and his wife, Deborah Drew, lived from 2005 - 2007. They were Peace Corps volunteers working on health projects. John focused particularly on HIV/AIDS prevention. The exhibit grew out of this experience. Some of the pieces, consisting of journal entries and photographs, are direct documentation, but most create a visual record of living in Sonaguera that is personal to John.

John recently return to Sonaguera. For part of the trip he was accompanied by a group of students from the Eastbay Met School. It is hoped that students from the school will visit Honduras and Sonaguera on future trips to learn and serve in this community. Plans are underway for a small group of students to spend a month in Sonaguera teaching English. As part of fund raising activities to make this possible, Honduran artist Cruz Bermudez has given the school permission to sell prints of his paintings. Seven of Cruz' paintings from private collections will be exhibited. Profits from sale of the prints will help support Project Sonaguera, educational travel to Honduras by students from the East Bay Met School.

Cruz Bermudez is a Garifuna artist who lives and works in the city of Tela. The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people with communities along the north coast of Honduras, as well as in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Cruz' paintings depict scenes from his culture including fishing, dancing, and cock fighting.