Friday, April 30, 2010
1. CALL. Take two minutes to follow the prompts on The RI State Council for the Arts
site and call your Representative! They have provided speaking points, and they want to hear from you - their constituent.
2. EMAIL. Follow the link to send an email message to your Representative. There is a letter provided to start with. Add your personal experience, your opinion, your voice!
3. COME. YOU are needed in the room to show House Finance Committee members the abundant presence of the arts and creative sector in Rhode Island. Attend the hearing on May 5!
Hearing details: May 5, 1:00 pm, RI State House, Basement Rm 35
Friday, April 23, 2010
Our intern, Becky Peabody, has received an Excellence Award for her intaglio print "Flying Dream" in the University of Rhode Island Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2010.
Gallery member Jeanette Jacobs' quilt "Splash" is featured in the Wayne Art Center's current international competitive quilt exhibit ArtQuilt Elements 2010. Jacobs quilt was one of 50 quilts selected from the hundreds of applications by a blue-ribbon jury. Wayne's show is the only biennial exhibition on the East Coast devoted exclusively to the art quilt. Jacobs' "Splash" reflects how traditional patterns in quilts are being updated to have a more contemporary look.
Wayne wraps itself up in art quilts
Certain cities and cultural institutions develop relationships with regularly held group exhibitions, which can take on mythical dimensions.
Venice has its Biennale, Pittsburgh its International. And suburban Wayne's ambitious neighborhood arts center is rapidly moving in that direction with its current "ArtQuilt Elements 2010" international competitive exhibit, featuring 50 quilts from 25 states and four other countries.
These quilts were selected from hundreds of applicants by a blue-ribbon jury. Already, this is the only biennial East Coast exhibition devoted exclusively to the art quilt, having grown out of the former ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick, which first organized a quilt show for a community festival in 1999.
It's well known that quilt shows of all kinds have a broad public appeal, and the current display boldly creates architectural beauty in the larger of the two main rooms where the biggest quilts hang.
The show's goals are twofold: presenting top-quality design, craftsmanship, and technique, and striving to educate viewers and the art world about the place art quilts occupy on the contemporary scene. This involves showing such technical processes as digital manipulation, printing on fabric, and new paints and drawing methods now applied to textiles.
Another interesting aspect is the growing number of former painters, architects, and designers now attracted to this field. So, while your grandmother's quilt-making hasn't been completely edged out of existence, it's definitely been marginalized in favor of these new enthusiasts. Evidence of professional artists' engagement can be seen in their celebration of quiltmaking as an art form, not to mention the presence of socially conscious images.
An incredibly rich range of lively subjects awaits the viewer in a display that testifies eloquently to the skill and sensitivity of artists for whom technical process seldom intrudes upon personal expression."
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tomorrow, April 17th, 2010, at 7pm at the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall in Wakefield, RI is our Spring Fundraiser!
Tickets can be purchased at the event to win an artwork, or guests can just come to enjoy the work without purchasing one.
We hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
You can win these original works of art!!! All you have to do is buy a ticket to our spring fundraiser, the paint By Number Lottery, and you're guaranteed to randomly win a transformed paint by number kit. The event will be held on Saturday, April 17th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall on Main Street. Tickets are only $50, and all proceeds go to benefit Hera Gallery. So, please support the arts and buy a ticket!
Friday, April 2, 2010
The second piece was completed by Morgan Ketner. Instead of modifying a purchased Paint-By-Number kit, she chose to create her own. This hand drawn image is labeled so that the winner can paint it in themselves.
You can win one of these beautiful works of art by purchasing a ticket to the Paint-By-Number Fundraiser on April 17th. See our homepage for more details.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, in partnership with other state agencies, cities, towns and community groups, is committed to helping artists and arts organizations affected by this storm and its aftermath. Over the next weeks and month (for we expect this to be a long-term effort) we will attempt to assess the level of damage experienced by our colleagues in the arts community, provide information and assistance where possible, and seek resources to help in the recovery effort.
|Was your studio flooded? Did you lose valuable works of art, equipment, tools? Was a performance affected, causing you to lose revenue? We need to gather information about facilities and equipment damage, what this may mean to budgets - loss of earned income because performances have to be stopped and/or exhibitions canceled, and whether people have any insurance to cover these loses. Moreover, we need to get information on what this means to individuals - artists and administrators - in terms of your homes, studios, equipment, damaged work. |
We need to gather this information in order to make the case -- and seek support -- so that others understand how the entrepreneurs (artists) and small businesses in our field are facing the same things others are."
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