Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Member, Carl Dimitri

Hera Gallery is pleased to be joined by new member, Carl Dimitri. Carl is an accomplished musician, writer, and artist.

A Providence native, Dimitri moved to Los Angeles to pursue a passion for music in the 80's. After his time in California, he moved to England to return to school and study literature. In 2000, Carl returned to Rhode Island, where he taught, wrote, and worked. Shortly thereafter, painting became more than just a hobby.

Carl Dimitri's work tends to be raw and expressionistic, encorporating satire. He is inspired by Duchamp, Rauschenberg, Van Gogh, Basquiat, Cezanne.

Please keep an eye out on the Hera Gallery homepage for more examples of Carl Dimitri's work.

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Every man a Rembrandt!"…

It's spring fundraising time, and this year we are planning a Paint-by-Numbers Lottery.

Paint-by-numbers kits are a well-known icon that grew out of the democratic idea that anyone might paint a picture. This popular pastime is attributed to Max S Klein, the owner of Palmer Paint Company, and to artist Dan Robbins, who conceptualized the idea and created many of the original paintings. These kits have been distributed widely since 1951, and have since been embraced by many contemporary artists, including Russian √©migr√© artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. The pop artists of the 1960’s also embraced paint-by-number kits as part of a commentary on popular culture.

Hera Gallery is very excited about this fundraiser; however, we need your help in order to make it possible. We strongly encourage you to donate your time and creativity to this event. This is a fantastic opportunity that will allow you to apply your chosen artistic medium in a new way, and will also allow you to support Hera Gallery. Please personalize your very own paint-by-numbers kit to be added to the lottery.

The lottery will take place on April 17th at a venue yet to be announced. Every ticket is guaranteed a painting, but there will be a limited number of tickets sold, so it is quite an exclusive fundraiser. Tickets will cost $50 to receive an upscaled paint-by-number piece, but all are welcome to attend the event without buying a ticket. There will be food, refreshments, and music at the lottery event.

For more information, or to arrange to get a kit, please contact the gallery directly at 4017891488 or

New Member, Nancy Lyon

We are very excited to have a new member joining the gallery. Local ceramicist and educator, Nancy Lyon, will soon be joining the Hera community. As a long time maker, she will be using her membership at Hera to provide an opportunity to work with other members as well as to facilitate artistic projects that she has been planning for a while. We are very excited to have such an enthusiastic artist working with us!

Please take a moment to view some images of her work below:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Young Artists and their Mentors

The first exhibition of John Kotulas series of exhibitions, Young Artists and their Mentors, just opened at the Meeting Room Gallery at Bagelz of Wakefield. The show featured the work of David Chatowsky, Dan McManus, Will Schaff, Lily Quinn, Scott Lapham, Miguel Rosario, Anthony Villavicencio, Roberto Bessin, Craig Crawford, Laura Katz, Kat Desrosiers, Alaniz Valladarez, and Courtney McDonald.

In arts education there has been a resurgence of the notion that the classroom is not the only place to learn creative skills. More and more there is now an emphasis on personal connections between students and mentors as a way for the young person to grow and develop. This trend is described as “real world learning”, “community based training,” and/or “learning through internships.” Additionally, many young artists whose training is mainly based in schools rather than in their communities form student-mentor relationships that deeply influence their development as artists.

In looking at young artists and their mentors, the emphasis is typically on what the young person gains from the relationship. However, anyone who has ever served as a mentor will tell you it is both parties that learn and grow from the experience. Young Artists and Their Mentors celebrates the dynamic relationship that develops between a student and a teacher.

Young Artists and Their Mentors
Part 1 of 3
At The Meeting Room Gallery, At Bagelz Of Wakefield
90 Pershing Ave
January 8th – March 3rd, 2010