Friday, December 23, 2011
Myron Rubenstein, Carl Dimitri, Viera Levitt
Hera Gallery is pleased to announce that three artist members of Hera have recently been awarded grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Myron Rubenstein, Carl Dimitri, and Viera Levitt. Additionally, Hera Gallery also received an organizational grant for the gallery’s 2012 exhibition schedule. To have 4 of the 76 awards granted to artists within the community of Hera Gallery is unprecedented, and reflects the caliber and dedication of the artists associated with the gallery.
Hera Gallery received a project grant to support two major exhibitions scheduled for 2012. The first show to benefit from this grant is the Annual Children’s Art Exhibition, which features over 300 pieces of artwork made by elementary and middles school aged artists from across Rhode Island. This show is highly anticipated by the artists, families, and teachers involved, and provides children with their first professional exhibition experience. The second event that the RISCA grand will fund is an exhibition exploring the intersecting between technology and craft, aptly named Technocraft. This curated show will be generously hosted by the Jamestown Art Center due to Hera’s impending eviction from its Main Street gallery space.
Myron Rubenstein was awarded a Project Grant to help fund a printmaking project titled Head, Feet, Brains. This endowment will enable Myron will make a series of Intaglio prints that will be colored by ink and watercolor and shown both at Hera Gallery and The Newport Art Museum. Having blended medias for the duration of his artistic practice, Head, Feet, Brains will continue in his tradition of mixing media to create communicative images that delve into ideas of the subconscious.
Carl Dimitri won a Fellowship in Painting award. This award is a portfolio based awarded on the caliber of Carl’s artwork. A self-professed experimenter, Carl’s paintings swing between painterly aesthetics and those of a more anti-art aesthetic. Recently, he has been focusing on concepts of ‘painterliness’ itself, trying to subvert the idea from the inside by using crude color and lines and by beating the imagery into abstraction with all varieties of paint.
Viera Levitt was awarded a Project Grant for Beauty in the Beast: Photography of Brutalist Architecture. As director of CCRI’s gallery, Viera curated an exhibition about CCRI’s Knight Campus concrete brutalist “megastructure” in Warwick, that inspired discussion and a new creative look on this architectural style from 1950s to 1970s that prioritized massive geometric forms and use of concrete. Using this show as a stepping off point, Viera will utilize her grant to photograph other structures in New England that exhibit similar architectural styles to this ‘megastructure’. She intends to visit locations such as Brown University’s Sciences Library in Providence and the Fall River Government Center.
Images: Myron Rubenstein, Head, Feet, Brains, intaglio print, 2011. Carl Dimitri, Thinking About Charlotte Bronte, mixed media on panel, 2011. Viera Levitt, The Fifth Floor, photo, 2011.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
will provide a combination of visual arts with the performances of live stage arts. The examples on display will be arranged with no regard to order creating a new whole that others may interpret openly. Opening night will take place on Friday, December 30th at 8PM and the closing night will take place the following Friday, January 6th at 8PM. There is no cover to attend we ask that you bring new or slightly used children’s books, art or school supplies to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rhode Island. Art may be purchased during gallery hours or by appointment.
Below you find a quick look at two of our exhibiting artists. These first two images are paintings done with oil and mixed media by New Hampshire artist, Alec Harding, including a self a self-portrait. The following two are local artist, Kyle Sellon, who also features a self-portrait...
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
through January 15, 2012.
Erica is a self-taught photographer, a URI student studying journalism and gender
studies, and an aspiring photo jouranlist. Erica says she took her lead in photography from her sister Ashley Knowles. Ashley is a wedding photographer in Charleston, South Carolina. Check out her blog at http://suitcasephotographer.blogspot.com/ .
Lots of people take photographs and share them with family and friends on
Facebook. However, Erica’s are different. They are better; more vivid, more colorful,
more mysterious and suggestive, more engaging. To look at them is to be introduced to a
new place you’d like to get to know and simultaneously to be reminded of a place from
your past you’d like to revisit. Now that is a neat trick!
*The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is: • A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
HYDRA was a hit! The gallery was full with in and outs who enjoyed the opening reception this last Saturday. Big thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause! Below are a few pictures taken during the show...
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Casey's Artist Statement: My goal as an artist is making the surreal and magical world I often imagine believable. My imagination takes me to a world of supernatural beings and settings in which I wonder, "Is there really a 'middle earth’ with witches, goblins, wizards and fairies?” My artwork has revolved around this theme for the past few years. My interest in the fantastical world derives from my childhood; I grew up in Jamestown Rhode Island, my house surrounded by woods, brooks, gardens and of course, witches, fairies and gnomes!
The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is: • A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
These first two images are prints that dealt with experimentation of opposition. I was upset with these prints as a whole but later realized that it was because I had grown accustom to the reverse image that I had been carving. These prints are called "Erra Erra" which I found to be an amusing title.
These next two images are great examples of the style of graffiti that I developed over the years. I try to be attentive and creative with my letter placement and combination. The overall goal is to make the letters flow into one solid image. The piece on top; "Yesir" and the below; "Angel"
Art is something that has surrounded me for my entire life. With a tattoo artist for a grandfather, mother, and aunt, I have been exposed to a vast breed of characters in the art world. And with a grandmother who lives for traveling, I have been privileged to experience some of the world's most beautiful art from the Vatican and all its wonder to the mesmerizing halls of the Louvre. It is this clash of artistic exposure that has influenced my style of work and has broadened my appreciation for the work of others.
I was introduced to the art of printmaking in my second semester of sophmore year at NHIA. In that semester, our class was responsible for doing a monotype linoleum, reduction relief, intaglio, lithograph, and multi-layered silkscreen. I enjoyed each process but was most fond of working with linoleum and silkscreening. While at URI my focus has remained with these two mediums but used in separate situations. Now in printmaking III with Gary Richman, my reduction relief prints have improved greatly and I have been experimenting with a combination of cutting styles. I generally work with precision when illustrating and had always transferred that attention to detail to my prints. However, I have recently been applying a looser cutting style along with other layers of precision for a controlled abstraction.
I have always been interested in the art of lettering and this is prevalent in many of my pieces. Starting at a very young age I was taught the many techniques of sign painting and boat lettering. I have been taught the ancient technique of goldleaf as well as the new form of lettering with vinyl. I have been using several layering techniques with silkscreening to create a battle of lettering styles that I find most interesting and ranging from calligraphy to graffiti. I primarily do my silkscreen work on t-shirts because I feel it is the best way to advertise to the public while remaining affordable for both parties. I have a small art studio in The Shady Lea Mills in North Kingstown which is right off Rt.1 and I am studio 217. Feel free to stop by whenever!
I will be posting images of my work in the very near future which I hope you all enjoy! Again, I would to like say how much I can't wait to meet you all and have some fun with the gallery this semester. It should be a good one!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Check out the pictures below, all courtesy of Claudia Flynn:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Islay Taylor is the current exhibiting artist at The Worlds Smallest Art Gallery, a tiny little kiosk in Peace Dale situated on the Washington County Bike Path. She has put a selection of laser cut pieces of jewelry on display, along with the larger sheets of scrap neoprene that the pieces have been cut from. She likes the concise framing of the presentation, it makes the work on display look otherworldly.
Thanks to John Kotula for taking on this fun project that gets art out of the gallery and into the public sphere!
"Liminal" is not a commonly used word, but its various meanings are filled with artistic possibilities. "Between," "transformation," and "dislocation" are some. "Liminal" refers to that period when things are in transition, when possibilities for danger, change, and mystery exist in equal measure. It is also the defining feature of a new exhibition of works by Lin Lisberger, Michael Yefko, and Phyllis Ewen in an appealing exhibition on display at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery at Bristol Community College.
Anything "liminal" offers possibilities, challenges and perspective. The three artists, using visually similar materials but with vastly different approaches, all gaze at the intersection between the natural world and our involvement in it with curiosity and reticence.
Friday, September 23, 2011
By Doug Norris/Features Editor
Eclectic and edgy, the exhibition illustrates Hera's strengths as one of the most consistently provocative arts collectives in Rhode Island. Among the most powerful works on display are slightly disturbing and surreal but strangely compelling pieces by Claudia Flynn and Hera Gallery Director Islay Taylor.
Flynn's "Danseur Noble," in which she combines a piece of driftwood with the plastic head of a doll, is a striking coupling of found objects - one a gift of nature, the other a thrown-away toy that resonates with lost innocence and the ravages of time. The forms work together to create an expressive, emotive whole. Every viewer may see something different in the doll's expression, but a certain toughness and stoicism - and, yes, nobility - come through, a sense of surviving despite hardships, suggested by the full extension of the driftwood's four limbs.
Equally creepy and captivating are Taylor's pieces of jewelry-like brooches titled "Biopsy," referencing samples of living tissues cut from the body for the purpose of diagnoses. Made from plastic, glass, retro-glo thread, enamel, copper and surgical steel, the brooches stick to a wall like large barnacles and are jarringly depicted in a photograph affixed to a woman's body, the white forms repeated on a white shirt in a scene that both disturbs and fascinates.
Using found or reclaimed objects, artist Troy West creates an eloquent plea from nature that alludes to manmade environmental disasters like the BP oil spill. The piece, "Apocalypse," made from wood and copper, combines text and an abstracted shore bird in a simple construction that serves as a poetic call to arms in the fight against societal indifference.
Intriguing contributions from other Hera artists - including Linda Denosky-Smart, Cynthia Farnell, Michael Yefko, Elizabeth Lind, Carl Dimitri, Roberta Richman, Jeannette Jacobs, Jill McLaughlin, Myron Rubenstein, Barbara Pagh, Alexandra Broches, John Kotula and Susan Hayward - make Hera's Providence experiment worth the detour if you find yourself anywhere near the Big Blue Bug in the next couple of days.
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By Doug Norris/Features EditorThursday, September 1, 2011 11:07 AM EDT
WAKEFIELD - Two artists take different paths as explorations of America's living spaces in the latest exhibition at Hera Gallery. "Alexandra Broches: Landscape" and "Michael Yefko: Shed," each occupying a separate room in the gallery, are wildly different in approach, technique and execution, yet complement one another as expressions of cultural identity and the impressions that we make upon a place.Broches presents a new series of color photographs - eight in all - each 32 by 40 inches. Despite their large size, the photos act almost as subversive postcards, given their concentration on sense of place, distinctive detail and some ephemeral sense of nostalgia, longing or memory.
"Liberty, Delmarva Peninsula" is a striking image of an undersized replica of the iconic statue spied by commuters out the window of the Staten Island Ferry, strangely placed in a nondescript patch of land in the unique convergence of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia properties that make up the peninsula. The sky dominates, diminishing the statue, which, although centrally positioned, seems just another element in the landscape, equal to the surrounding cell tower, telephone poles and street lights.
"Horse Ride, Virginia Beach" is even more ambiguous. The title is derived from the lone sign on a stretch of sandy beach. The sign, propped up against an empty metal corral-like enclosure - the kind you see at carnivals - reads "Horse Ride" with blank space underneath, presumably to chart times for the ride. The emptiness of the scene - sand with a few footprints, ocean, sky and the missing horse ride - evoke a number of feelings, from mystery to nostalgia. Is the ride a relic, a remnant of tacky beach day fun gone by, or is it merely on winter hiatus until the crowds return?
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Dan and I returned from Myrtle Beach last Sunday after wrapping up our final shoot for Wish You Were Here - our photo essay on Waikiki Village, a small family- owned motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The series will be exhibited at the Franklin G. Burroughs & Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach from January 8 until February 26 , 2012. We have been raising funds on Kickstarter and need your help! We have until Thursday August 18 at 7:58PM (that's tomorrow!) to meet our Kickstarter goal!
Aspects of this project have been supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission. We have also applied for funding from the Humanities Council South Carolina, but support from artists, educators and arts professionals such as yourself is vital to Wish You Were Here!
Please take the time to check us out on Kickstarter and follow us on Posterous (http://farnell-powell.posterous.com/) - any donation is welcome and rewards are available!. I'll be glad to answer any questions.
Cythia and Dan
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
(PNSNE) have assembled a diverse and arresting array of original prints for "MICRO/MACRO," opening at the Newport Art Museum on September 3 and running through December 31, 2011. Each artist responded to at least one of two size-related challenges. Talks, workshops and other programs are planned throughout the fall to coincide with "MICRO/MACRO." The Museum hosts a reception for exhibitions opening in September on Friday, September 9, 5 - 7 pm, 76 Bellevue Avenue. The reception is free for Museum members. A $10 donation is suggested for non-members.
Participating in "MICRO MACRO" are Grace Bentley-Scheck, Shirley Bernstein, Joan Washburn Cole, Claudia R. Fieo, Carol Strause FitzSimonds, Jenni Freidman, Donna M. Frustere, Elizabeth A. Goddard, Eric Goldberg, Sarah H.Gustafson, Joan Jacob son-Samore, Victoria Jutras Kniering, Melody Knight Leary, Amanda Lebel, Jim Lee, Rhea Nowak, Barbara Pagh, Margot K. Rocklen, Margot Rubin, Kim Tester,Carmela Venti, Jo Yarrington, Yuemei Zhang, and Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman.
For more information about "MICRO/MACRO: Printmakers' Network of Southern New England" and associated programs visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org or call (401) 848-8200.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Artists and Poets for Lunch at the South County YMCA on alternate Fridays running from 9/23 through 12/2 .
I'm hoping to line up one poet and one artist to come in from 12:00-1:15 to share their work and talk a little bit about their process. We have a large senior population here around that time but also lots of empty nesters. I'm also approaching area restaurants to ask them to support the arts by donating one healthy buffet lunch. They can showcase their menu and advertise their business as well as support the Y and the arts.
With 6 time slots, I'm looking for 6 poets and 6 artists. I really believe that creativity is part of a healthy lifestyle and want to find ways to promote that concept through the YMCA.
You can reach me through FaceBook, or at my YMCA email: Lroeleveld@gpymca.org or my YMCA phone at 783-3900 ext 137. Thanks!
Dates for the Lunches:
October 7, October 21
November 4, November 18
Friday, July 29, 2011
Hera Gallery opens new ‘In and Out of the Box’ exhibit
July 24, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—A vast network or stamps, cardboard boxes and envelopes travel rapidly across the world, delivering gifts and other pieces of mail to their ultimate destinations. The process of packaging, opening and repackaging the materials we ship out daily, however, is never consciously apprehended. Hera Gallery seeks to change this ignorance of our postal lives.
‘In and Out of the Box’ is an internationally juried exhibition which showcases various artists’ takes on how our daily lives are affected by the postal materials with which we interact. Modern consumerism, with the advent of the internet, has taken shopping from the country’s malls and turned it over to the touching of a few keystrokes and clicking of the mouse. Online platforms such as Amazon and eBay have put more shipping materials into the world’s skies and upon the roads than at any time before. The latest installment at Hera Gallery seeks to conceptualize these seemingly mundane exchanges.
“Hera Gallery has a history of experimentation and willingness to produce shows that reflect on the times we live,” said local artist and contributor Michael Yefko. “Hera's mission is to explore contemporary culture, social and aesthetic issues. This show was a chance to have a Conceptual/Sculpture Art Exhibition.”
Artists have explored the psychological meanings behind packaging and shipping out materials. All of the pieces include a USPS postal shipping box, but what they contain and spill out into the gallery is decided by the artists and their muse. Yefko contributed two pieces, including ‘Proof of Entry,’ a display of hidden images contained within the package.
“I wanted to create a piece that involved the viewer as a participant in the workings of ‘work’,” said Yefko.. “Each viewer is asked as ‘Proof of Entry’ to remove the top of the contents of the box, thus revealing a new image and ‘Proof of Entry’ for the next receiver/viewer.”
Artist Lauren McAdams displays an opened package which contains the requisite packaging materials, such as Styrofoam which protects the small mirror which hangs on the gallery wall above it.
“My work focuses on creating thematic commentaries, narratives, and questions about the inner emotions which occur in interpersonal relationships,” said McAdams. “I created a belt buckle with a mirror as a large visual element. There is a constant uneasy feeling for the viewer between the avoidance of looking into the mirror and he fear of breaking the mirror.”
“For an exhibition about shipping, there is nothing worse than receiving or accidently causing a broken mirror,” she continued.
The ‘In and Out of the Box’ exhibition also forces the artists themselves to conceptualize their daily postal activities which are typically not the focus of their art. The show addresses the nature of packing, sending, delivering, and receiving shipped goods.
“As artists, we are involved in getting our work seen,” said Yefko. “We enter juried shows, and once accepted we need to package up and ship our work. Once a show is over it gets repackaged and sent back. We thought it might be interesting to let that all be seen in the exhibition.”
“The challenge of developing new uses for cast-off stuff stimulates my creative imagination,” said contributor Michele C. Leavitt. “Repackaging a variety of materials and shipping them to the gallery means they are again part of the ‘nature of boxing.’ I enjoy the opportunity to honor the history of reinventing uses for stuff and creative design along both lines.”
The exhibition will be available to the public from July 9 to August 13. Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., is juror of the exhibition. Hera Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.For more information, visit www.heragallery.org or call 789-1488.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Carl makes politically informed artwork that can be appreciated for the thought provoking ideas he deals with or for his exuberance and technical skill. The portraiture in this series is as impressive as the reminder that in the past our political leaders were inspiring statesmen, who spoke about profound issues.
*The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org/). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. It is a joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org/) and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net/). John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details and to schedule a show.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Contact the Ocean State Writers Conference for details.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I've become very interested in printmaking since taking Print One with Professor Pagh and am currently taking a monotype course with Professor Samson. This is a new medium for me and I've learned a great deal over the past several months. The number of techniques and processes used to create an image amazes me and it's always fascinating to see what will be on the surface of the paper when it's peeled off of a freshly run plate. My art style often tends to be very detailed and monotype has given me the opportunity to experiment and explore. I've been working on a lot of abstract pieces and utilizing several methods such as trace monotype and color viscosity. I'm hoping to be able to learn more about printmaking and to expand my knowledge of digital art in the future.
I'm very excited to have the opportunity to intern at Hera and become part of the gallery's community.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
For her exhibit in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery on the bicycle path in Peace Dale, Suzi has chosen pieces made of recycled and repurposed materials: plastic wrap, plastic film, mill end fibers, fishing line, and, appropriately, bicycle chain. She has fashioned these castoff materials into two scarves, a purse, a necklace, and a somewhat scandalous apron, an apron Lucy would never have worn to welcome Ricky home.
Curator’s Statement: Suzi Ballenger says about herself, “I am a cook by profession and a weaver by passion.” Could it be that the food she prepares is as spicy, adventuresome, witty, and alluring as the fiber art she makes? The mere possibility makes my mouth water!
* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
· A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 2”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
· A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
· A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
· A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.
John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at email@example.com to get more details an
Video Art From India
June 17, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Hera Gallery is pleased to present Video Art From India, an evening of film screenings to be held on June 17th at Hera Gallery. The compilation of films, which have been curated by Hera Gallery member Ambuja Magaji, features works by Surekha, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Manjunath Reddy, Mangala.A.M, Bharatesh Yadav, Raghu Prasad, Koumudi Patel, Baptist Coelho, Venkatesh K.N, Aditi Kulkarni and Deepak.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
37th Anniversary Show
May 28st – July 2nd 2011
Opening Reception: June 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hera Gallery is pleased to be celebrating our 37th anniversary. Over the past 37 years Hera has undergone many developments and changes, however one thing has remained consistent over time: Hera has always had a talented and dedicated group of artists working with the gallery.
In celebration of this anniversary, and in recognition of the members that contribute to Hera Gallery, we are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, 37th Anniversary Show. This exhibition will feature the work of current gallery members, Linda Denosky-Smart, Cynthia Farnell, Michael Yefko, Claudia Flynn, Troy West, Elizabeth Lind, Carl Dimitri, Roberta Richman, Jeannette Jacobs, Jill McLaughlin, Myron Rubenstein, Barbara Pagh, Alexandra Broches, John Kotula, Viera Levitt, Mara Trachtenberg, and Susan Hayward. Works on display will include textiles, photographs, prints, sculpture, paintings, and more. The wide scope of work is reflective of Hera Gallery member’s diversity of media and interest.
Exeter West Greenwich High School invites you to the opening of their final show this Sunday (5/22) from 4-8pm at Hera Gallery. Students exhibiting are: Kayla Bailey, Annie Dwyer, Sean Farrell, Nathan Greene, Emily Hamlin, Emily Humphrey, Jessica Lawler, Felisha Lussier, Laura Marcus, Torey Randall, Becca Rowan, and Laura Taylor. The exhibition will also be up Monday, from 3-6!