Thursday, March 31, 2011

Call for Entries | All Media Open Juried I Exhibit 2011

The South County Art Association has called for entries for the All Media Open Juried I Exhibit.
All artists are invited to submit up to 3 original works in any media, 2-D or 3-D. Works must have been finished in the last 2 years and not shown at SCAA previously.

All 2 -D work must be wired and ready for hanging. No one measurement is to exceed 48". Sculpture must be easily transportable. Original works in any media; open to all New England artists.  Entries due by May 15.

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Call for Entries | Earthworks: Open Juried Clay Annual

The South County Art Association is hosting the The 38th Annual of works in clay by New England artists. All artists are invited to submit up to five original works in clay. Works must have been finished in the last 2 years and not shown previously in any SCAA juried show. Entries due by April 15.

All entries must be hand-delivered to SCAA, April 10, 13, 14, 15, between 1-5 pm each day.
Awards given at the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 21, 7 to 9 pm.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts needs your help

This is an informational letter from Alexandra Broches, Gallery President:


As you know I have been receiving emails from RI Citizens for the Arts and have attended meetings at RISCA where they have been present to discuss critical budgetary issues effecting the arts in RI.

RICFA, RI's advocacy group for the arts, is itself facing financial a financial crisis. I quote from a recent email.

"Most of you know by now the tenuous situation RI CFA has found ourselves in financially. We announced on March 1 to our organization partners, if we do not raise $20K by the end of this month, we will no longer be able to continue spearheading the advocacy efforts for the arts, lobbying at the State House, and working to protect RISCA funds and programs. We asked for your help.

Since this call, many of you have taken action to reach out to your constituents and generate much needed funds towards our goal. THANK YOU! We are just over 1/2 way there, and I am happy to announce
we have received a $5000 anonymous matching donation (from a former RI CFA board member)."

I urge you to go to their website and join to support this important and effective organization. For quick access, their membership page with paypal link is here:

While there check out the links to the Advocacy Toolkit and Issues Action Center. Sign up for email alerts.

The future for artists, arts organizations and public access depends on all of us taking action NOW.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Ekphrasis Exhibition

Ekphrasis has been considered generally to be a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness.

Our current show Ekphrasis does exactly this.  Each piece of work being a collaboration between an artist and a poet. Each descriptive work of prose or poetry highlights, through its rhetorical vividness, what is happening, or what is shown in each of of the visual art works, and in doing so, enhances the visual art and so take on a life of its own through its brilliant descriptions.

Installing Ekphrasis was a great experience.  We kept the exhibit design and presentation very simple and very orderly, so that the viewers would notice the artwork—not the exhibition design.  If you were here at the opening reception you know how crowded it was.  We are so pleased to see our community embracing art and participating in it!

If you haven't had a chance to step in and see Ekphrasis, we'd love to see you at the gallery soon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Call for Entries | 2011 ACGOW Regional Art Exhibit

At the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly has a call for entries for their regional show.

Each spring ACGOW sponsors a juried regional show that attracts artists from across the Northeast. The Regional Show is open to local and regional artists. Held annually in the Spring, this exhibit features some of the most diverse artwork seen in the gallery all year. Exceptional work is recognized in various categories and accompanied by cash prizes and gift certificates.

The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Inc. welcomes participants in it's 18th Annual Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on view April 27 through May 21, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5pm.

The Regional Exhibit is their largest, most exciting show of the year. They receive art and crafts from artists throughout New England and New York, each hoping to participate in the exhibit. Of the 360 pieces submitted last year, the juror chose 112 pieces to grace ACGOW's gallery walls.

Karen Barthelson, Executive Director of Mystic Art Center will jury this year's exhibit. Karen will be responsible for determining the winners of the following awards. $200 Washington Trust Company Award; $150 Professional Planning Award; $100 ACGOW Award and $100 Jerry's Artarama Award.

Come join the excitement on Wednesday, May 4th from 5-8:00 pm for the Opening of the 18th Annual Regional Art Exhibit. Awards will be announced at 7:00pm.

The 2011 Show will run from April 27 - May 21 with an Opening Reception on Wednesday, May 4nd from 5 - 8 pm during the Westerly Art Stroll. For the 2011 ACGOW Regional Art Exhibit, download the Prospectus or contact the Regional Show Coordinator on the website at Click on "Regional Show" for the information.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Simply Amazing!

It's mid afternoon here at Hera... just the time when I start to have a little bit of mid-afternoon tiredness. Appropriately, I just came across this new design for an energy efficient lamp by solovyovdesign. The tubes of these compact bulbs reference the human brain... I just love the playful design of these pieces!

Crossing Currents Review...

The Providence Phoenix did a write up of the exhibition, Crossing Currents, that Hera produced in conjunction with The Hive Archive. You can read the review here:

Review: 'Crossing Currents: Feminism Now' at URI

Showcase sans statements

One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s. Shows like "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," which toured nationally in 2007; "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968," on view at Tufts University in Boston through April 3; and the RISD Museum's recent surveys of Lynda Benglis and Pat Steir have been well-deserved celebrations of these women's work.

They've also made plain that the centrality of video, performance, and perhaps photography in contemporary art owes much to feminist artists of the '70s. And the evidence suggests that post-modernism's interrogation of history is a direct descendent of feminist questioning of art (and world) hierarchies.

"Crossing Currents: Feminism Now" at the University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery (80 Washington Street, through March 31) showcases more than 40 artists affiliated with two Rhode Island women artists collectives: Hera Gallery and the Hive Archive.

Mara Trachtenberg featured on 'The Food Seen'

Hera Gallery member, Mara Trachtenberg, has been featured on The Food Seen, an internet radio station run by Michael Harlan Turkell, the photo editor for Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.
You can read the short write up below, or click the title to listen to the radio feature!

First Aired - 03/15/2011 03:00PM

Mara Trachtenberg, a fine art photographer, constructed a series of fantastical 4×5 photos images for “A Decadent World” with sugar as her sculptural medium. Feeding off an early fascination with food, from her Nana’s eastern-European Jewish kitchen (blintzes, latkes, kasha and kugel), to her father’s garden, Mara’s documented slaughterhouses to explore the connection between animal and human, life and death, and in the same vein, been rapt with Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, the plasticity of sugar, and our societal relationship between the culture of food and the nature of food.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Installing Ekphrasis

I don't want to divulge too much information... but, we've begun installing Ekphrasis! It's looking like an amazing show...

Be sure to come by the gallery on Saturday night, the 12th, from 6:00 - 8:00 for the opening reception!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


On Thursday, March 10th, 2011, you will be asked to witness a world devoid of creativity, imagination and thought: America after culture stops.

Culture Stops! is a citizen-driven, peaceful day of action by individuals and organizations in the creative sector across the United States who share the simple belief that the power of creative thought is the lifeblood of democracy.

We come together to call attention to the deep and WE AREwidespread cuts, proposed by Congress and the President to federal funding for the arts and humanities, heritage and preservation, arts education and a host of related federal programs that quietly fuel the creative sector. We understand and accept that our country's economic crisis demands shared sacrifice, but we see these cuts as uneven and disproportionate. We believe that Congress needs to apply reductions fairly and evenly - but that it must not balance the federal budget at the expense of the millions of people who add critical vitality to American life. The issue is not only an economic one, but also a moral one. Arts and culture feeds the minds and fuels the souls of Americans. Seriously weakening these creative forces seriously weakens our country.

Our day of action will put a face to the millions of individuals, for-profit companies, non profit organizations and institutions who fuel and sustain the creative sector and are the backbone of America ingenuity.

On Thursday, March 10th, 2011, Culture Stops! will ask you to imagine a world where writers put down their pens and artists put down their paints. Where architects stop designing our cities and poets, dancers and sculptors stop teaching our children. Where our national landmarks fall into decay. Where debate is no longer fostered in our universities, or on our radio dials. Where our symphony halls fall silent and our libraries go dark. Where our collective history is left unmade and unwritten.

Please take a moment to visit the Culture Stops! website to learn more about this day of action.

It is also important that you sign the petition, here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gallery Member, Michael Yefko's Sculpture Installation "Sod"

We are pleased to announce Michaels Yefko's sculpture installation Sod.

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.

The installation will be open to the public March 3rd - 28th at the Kingston URI Fine Arts Center, Monday - Thursday 11-4pm.  Be sure to swing by URI and check it out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lethal Weapon 6

This is a film that was submitted to our recent film festival. "Lethal Weapon 6" by Ryan Santagata.

Providence Rhode Island

 This video, by Cory Johnson, was shown at our recent Young Adult's Exhibition and Film Festival

Remembrance 9-11

This film, by Hutchison, was submitted to our recent film festival.

Bruce Bloodfist

This is a film that was submitted to our recent Young Adult's film festival. "Bruce Bloodfist" by Keven Patterson