Friday, September 24, 2010

Carl Dimitri showing in NYC

Hera Gallery member, Carl Dimitri, will be showing his work in a one night exhibition in New York City on October 12th. The event (running in conjunction with a silent auction to support the Gulf Coast) is sponsored by the Tryst Collective. The show is titled BP's Black Plague: A Response in Art & Music, and it looks like it'll be a phenomenal lineup! The event will start at 7:00pm, the gallery information is below.

It's at the R BAR NYC
218 Bowery (between Prince and Spring)
New York, NY10012


It might be 'north of the tower,' but I highly recommend heading to Pawtucket this weekend to visit the artist studios up there!

On September 25 - 26, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm more than 80 artists in the historic mills of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, are opening their studios to the public during the city's celebration of the arts, the Twelfth Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival.

You'll also be able to find Carl Dimitri in the 560 Building on Mineral Springs... He has recently relocated to Pawtucket, and will be displaying his work in conjunction with the festival.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Member, Michael Yefko

We are so pleased to have Michael Yefko as a new artist member at Hera Gallery. Michael has exhibited at Hera numerous times in the past, and you may remember his work from the recent exhibition, Money. Michaels' sculptures and 2-dimensional works tend to reference concepts of dreams, loss, house, and home; he utilizes the symbol of the house as a stand in for the self and as a means to exercise his anger over the loss of the natural world for the sake of the built suburban spectacle. By incorporating loaded symbolic objects such as a house, Michael stimulates the viewer to have a personal connection to the work that carries such a potent context with it.

Michael is also a carpenter, and has spent much time in his life working on his own home. Considering his attention to detail, craftsmanship, and in-depth knowledge of carpentry and construction, we are elated that Michaels' membership is a sweat equity one. It will be nice to have a capable and informed member to help with some of the projects that we have planned for Hera.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Hera Gallery homepage for more information about Michael Yefko.

Images from top to bottom: Barn Razing, from Housing Collapse Series, integral frame, wood, paint, collage, 2010; House For Bachelard, photo on wall, mixed media sculpture, 2010; Suburbia, mixed media sculpture, 2004; Subplot, mixed media sculpture, 2005.

West Meets East: A Cultural Book Exchange

Please join the opening this Thursday at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, CCRI

Exhibition featuring the work of students and faculty from the National University of Art in Bucharest, Romania; Worcester State College; Quinsigamond Community College; and The Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the CCRI Warwick campus, 400 East Ave.
Enter the library on the fourth floor and go down the stairs to right).
Artist talk 6 p.m. followed by refreshments

This collaborative project showing approximately 20 books with 900 pages covered in drawings, writings and collages initiated by artist and former Community College of Rhode Island student Joanne Luongo, will be on display from Sept. 14 to Oct. 14.

Luongo said her art “relies heavily on the engagement of various community groups and each one is different and quite unique. Of all my shared experiences, however, I believe the most fulfilling is the book exchange that I began in May of 2009 with an artist from Romania.”
Luongo met Daniela Frumuseanu online and they became friends through their shared experiences as artists and educators. The idea of a handmade book that they could both work on together has blossomed into a cross-cultural visual arts community between artists in Romania and the United States. There are 20 books in circulation between these two countries with many more to follow.
As a result of the success of this collaboration, they have developed the “Cultural Book Exchange” between Romanian and American students. This project invites our students to participate in a book sharing project of their own. Any student who is involved in the arts is invited to participate and should contact Joanne Luongo by e-mail at
After the exhibition at CCRI, the project will be presented at the National University of Art in Bucharest.
“The personal bond between all of us has formed a new community built of trust, understanding, appreciation and respect for our mutual and diverse cultures,” Luongo said. “I believe that the free exchange of knowledge, ideas and inspiration between our cultures is the most important thing we have garnered from all of our efforts.”

Gallery hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, e-mail gallery director Viera Levitt at or call the Art Department 401-825-2220.

Alternative Histories

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hera Gallery member, Alexandra Broches, to exhibit at URI

Altered Landscapes
September 3 – October 14, 2010
Corridor Gallery, Fine Arts Center, URI

This selection of color photographs is from the ongoing series Altered Landscapes with work dating from 2007 to the present.

As a photographer of the landscape Broches explores our culture’s view of nature and the ways in which we occupy and alter our world. She writes:

“The landscape as subject is traditionally viewed as picturesque. I approach and photograph the landscape as human construct. We ‘landscape’ and beautify our surroundings, preserve and protect our parks. We intervene and mold it, exploit and attempt to control and harness it, defy it, and neglect it. I value a sense of place, collective and individual memory, and identity in relation to the land. I’m interested in the domestic, private, and the ‘small’. My photographs document and report on ‘our’ sense of place. These images are amusing, ironic, and puzzling; some imply social and political consequences that are of immediate, if not critical, importance. The motivation for my work does not come from a desire to be an activist. I photograph and make art to make sense of my world and to give form to that sense. It is a process and search for understanding.”

New Member, Susan Hayward

We here at Hera Gallery are excited to be welcoming a new member, Susan Hayward to our midst. Susan is a local artist, working out of Shady Lea studios. She has been a supporter of the gallery for quite a while now, participating in past fundraisers such as the recent Paint By Numbers Lottery (her creation for that event is posted to the right).

Recently, Susan has been working with photography as well as creating incredibly intricate beaded jewelry. No matter what media she works in, her attention to detail is exquisite.

Look for more information about her on our home page, as well as in the next exhibit at Hera featuring our Associate Members.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hera Gallery's Newest Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Ryan O'Hara and I am the Hera Gallery's newest intern. I look forward to meeting many of you as I work at the gallery through out the fall! So, let me tell you a bit about myself...

Myself at the Atlantic-10 Rowing
Championship 2010
I am a 5th year Art History student at URI. The past four years I spent on the URI women's rowing team. This experience was one of the best I could ever ask for. I loved the feeling of being a part of something great and contributing to a program that just keeps growing. The team has had a lot of success and will continue to do so. Although I still spend time with the team, now teaching new girls how to row, it is time for a new chapter in my life so I am transitioning from athletics to the art world!

One of my drawings from high school
Creating art is something I have always loved. Whether I was a little girl with my crayons, in my high school’s drawing classes, or taking studio class at URI it’s something that I will never stop doing. Sketching has always been my favorite, I love drawing people and capturing a person’s unique facial expressions. Everyone is just so different it never gets boring! Recently I have been getting more into painting - experimenting with color. I tend to keep my art as a hobby, so I go through phases of being really intense or taking my time with pieces. Some of my favorite artists would include John Martin, Edgar Degas, and Paul Signac.

I am very enthusiastic about being apart of the Hera gallery and look forward to meeting many of you!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Works by gallery artist members Troy West and John Kotula will be on view at VIEWPORT, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture and installations at King's Park on Wellington Avenue in Newport. West has installed a totemic sculpture entitled OIL. (See below)

VIEWPORT is sponsored by Project One/Public Art Newport. The exhibition opens September 11 and runs through October 10, 2010. Ten local artists were selected to participate in this event.

Please join us for the opening reception from 1 - 6 PM tomorrow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Member, Mara Trachtenberg

Hera Gallery is excited to be welcoming a new member to our community! Mara Trachtenberg is an artist and educator focusing predominantly on photography. Her work depicts highly saturated vignettes, documenting surreal moments of seemingly picturesque fantasy. Upon further inspection these idealized glimpses reveal a darker side dealing with impermanence and mortality.

The images below are from her 'The Suspense of Reanimation' series, which illustrates the specific moment in a fairy tale when the protagonist is hovering in a space framed by 'the metaphoric death of an inadequate self and rebirth to a higher plane of existence (Bruno Bettleheim).' She uses a rabbit corpse to portray these moments, making her metaphors more accessible to the viewer.

Sleeping Beauty, digital C print, 2005

Princess, Digital C print, 2005

The images below are from her series 'A Decadent World,' which blends the realm of culture an nature together into a decadent confection. Mara uses cake decorating techniques to construct miniature aristocratic moments, again featuring animals as opposed to human forms, embracing opulence, abundance, and sophistication. This series narrates the multifaceted and precarious relationship that humanity has created with (nature) animals for our pleasure and use.

Welcome to a Decadent World, digital c print, 2009.

The Meeting (who were they greeting), digital c print, 2009

Friday, September 3, 2010

Michael Yefko at Borderland State Park

Michael Yefko, a local artist and friend of Hera Gallery, will be exhibiting artwork at the Borderland State Park in Massachusetts. The opening reception will be on Saturday, September 11th, from 7:00 - 10:00pm in the Ames Mansion. The park is just a 30 minute drive from Providence, and would be well worth the trip.

You may recognize Michael's name from the previous show at Hera, MONEY. Michael exhibited a series of exquisite sculptures that focused on issues in our contemporary fiscal culture.

You can learn more about the park here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dr. Lakra at the Boston ICA

Originally posted on Evocative Objects.

I took a trip up to Boston yesterday morning to visit the Dr. Lakra exhibit at the ICA. The show is only up for another week, and I'm disappointed that I didn't get in to see it sooner because I'd like to experience it again. As it turns out, I'm really taken with Dr. Lakra's work.

Dr. Lakra is a Mexican born tattoo and fine artist based out of Oaxaca. Dr. Lakra transposes his tattooing craft onto the idealized figures found in vintage 1950's magazines, onto pinup girls, luchadors, medical educational drawings, and even onto the iconic cupie doll. Lakra reassigns identity by tattooing and enhancing the original subjects with bats, demons, spiders, gang insignia, and traditional cultural body markings. He even uses a real tattoo machine to achieve a believable image on some of his pieces.

Dr. Lakra deals with concepts of beautification and social identification. His works are a carnival of the grotesque, a medley of kitschy erotica, ancient ritual, and hallucinogenic visions fused in a collage of ideologies.

This show was a slightly unbalanced combination of 2D and 3D work, with most of the emphasis being on drawings and installations. I would have personally preferred to see some more objects included in the exhibition, as those objects reflected his working process more directly.

Small changes

I got to the gallery today, and was greeted by some beautiful new blooms in our garden. Apparently, Alexandra has been getting her hands dirty and showing off her green thumb at the same time! It was a lovely surprise, and does a great job of cheering up the front of the gallery.
Thanks, Alexandra!

Photos from Claudia and Troys opening

This past Saturday was the opening reception for two of our members' solo shows: Claudia Flynn: Reclamation and Troy West: New Works. There was a good turn out for the event, and the work is superb. All images are courtesy of Claudia Flynn and Viera Levitt.