Thursday, April 28, 2011

Her Morning Elegance

Stop motion has been around for a long time, but it never ceases to be cool. Especially when it contains thousands of still frames and is done creatively.  I love Oren Lavie’s Her Morning Elegance.  It is an awesome example of the way stop motion video can create a captivating visual effect.

From Oren’s MySpace page:
*The video was shot all stills – roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video, using one camera, hanging from the ceiling for the main body of the movie.

* It took 4 weeks before shooting to create an animated computer generated storyboard for the video, with 3d dummies for the characters.
* It took only 2 days of shooting for the live actors on set to re-create the 3.5 minutes computer sequence, frame by frame.
* Some of the bed sheets used in the video were taken from Oren’s own bedroom and are now considered collectors items, worth at the moment not very much and therefore used as bed sheets.

* Each of the wonderfully talented people above have worked on the video for a fraction of their normal rates (except Oren who worked for his normal rate of zero).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thank You So Very Much

Hera Gallery would like to sincerely thank the following artists and contributors to our recent fundraiser, Having A Wonderful Time. With out their generous support, this event would not have been as successful as it was. Again, Thank you for you continued support of the arts.

Adam Dwyer

Alex Milton

Ally Smith

Alyssa Holland Short

Anna Flores

B. L. Green

Barbara Marom-Pollack

Barbara Pagh

Ben O'Malley

Bill Krull

C.C. Wolf

Carl Dimitri

Chad Amos Self

Cindy Mellor-Neale

Cynthia Farnell

Dan Powell

Darrell Matsumoto

Divozzi Bakery

Eric Goldberg

Flying Shuttles Studio

Helen Burke

Hiroko Shikashio

Ingrid Matthews

Jacquelyn Etling

Jan Armor

Jeannette Jacobs

Jeff Bertwell

Jennifer Crawley

Jennifer's Chocolates

Jessica Alter

Jill McLaughlin

John Kotula

Jon Campbell

Julie Albert

Karin Mellin

Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson

Kingston Hill Academy

Lin Lisberger

Linda Cohen

Linda Denosky-Smart

Markos Kabob

Mary Kudlak

Merle Barnett

Michael Yefko

Neal Walsh

Nick McKnight

Olivia McCullough

Pat Decamp

Patricia J. Arrow

Paul Forte


Rhea Nowak

Roberta Richman

Robin Sherin

Ryan O'Hara

Samantha Sutcliffe

Susan Hayward

Sweet Cakes

Sylvia De Swaan

Victoria Lockard

Viera and Talia Levitt

Zoey Stites

Having A Wonderful Time

Here are some photos of our current Postcard Fundraiser "Having A Wonderful Time"

Installing all the postcards

If you haven't made it in to the Gallery to see these amazing miniature works of art, come by this week and take one home with you!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

URI Senior Show May 7th- 21st

Spring 2011 Senior Seminar Show "Not to Exceed 98 Ankles"

May 7th-21st. Opening Reception May 7th, 6-8pm

Come and join the University of Rhode Island Art Department for this semester's Senior Seminar Art Show at Hera Gallery in Wakefield. The work being shown is a collection of all the work completed by the students over the course of this semester under the supervision of Professor Barbara Pagh. This class is the capstone to the Fine Art education experience where each student conceives a unique concept and carries out the production under the critique of their peers and professor. There is a wide range of work including drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography as well as installation pieces. 

Artists included in this show will be: Matthew Brady-Wood, Stephen Constantine, Michael Dunne, Ben Eaves, Andrea Gulluscio, Karin Mellin, Chad Amos Self, Gerry Symonds, Daniel Tacey, Rebecca Arthurs Woods, and Sarah Yang. 

Kevin Spacey at the Nancy Hanks Lecture...

This speech is an inspiring way to spend 45 minutes...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Inspiring TED Video

The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist -- and gives others in his circumstance -- the means to make art again. Mick Ebeling founded the Not Impossible Foundation, a nonprofit that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.

Not To Exceed 98 Ankles

Make sure you swing by Hera Gallery to support the worlds future artists and check out what the URI Senior Seminar students have been up to in their final semester of school. The show opens on Saturday, May 7th from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Introducing the World's Smallest Art Gallery!!!

Hera Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition at the World's Smallest Art Gallery, which is located in Peace Dale just off the bike path. It might be a small space, but it's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it has some amazing artwork in there!

Sevan is the inaugural artist exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery*. His paintings will be on display from April 15 through the May 31. Sevan, a.k.a. 90Sevan, is an interdisciplinary artist who works in both visual and performance arts. He tries not to define himself beyond saying that he wants to use his expressive and crea...tive talents to contribute to art and culture over time. He is the vocalist and lyricist for the group Broken Ground. You can hear Sevan’s music and see more of his artwork at Hempfest at URI. You can contact Sevan at

Curator’s comments: Here is my recommendation: buy one of Sevan’s paintings and hang it at the foot of your bed. Look at it when you wake up in the morning. You will save a lot of money on coffee because you won’t need the caffeine to get you going. Just the energy pouring out of the painting will give you a buzz. It is a pleasure to present these vibrant, rhythmic paintings as the inaugural show in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery.

*The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is kiosk on the South County Bike Path ( It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. It is a joint project of Hera Gallery ( and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. ( 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 to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Postcard Fundraiser

We have been opening lots of envelopes with submissions for our upcoming Postcard Fundraiser!
Here are few examples:

Don't forget to come to our Opening Reception and Sale, Saturday April 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, where you can purchase a unique piece of art for only $15!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Personal Thoughts From the Intern, Rebecca

            I take a deep breath to keep my overwhelming feelings of stress down to a manageable level. I locked myself in all weekend and pretty much did nothing but work on my projects because the end of the semester is quickly looming closer and closer. How can I balance and appreciate this exciting time in my life and still take steps to organize my future plans? Being mindful and appreciative of the present moment is something that I've been working on personally for a really long time. And as hard as it is to focus on happiness in the midst of final projects, papers, and my post-graduation future, I am taking a vow (you are my witnesses!) to try to be mindful and appreciative of my life as it is this very moment. And when I take the time for it, it's not hard to think about all that I have to be appreciative of. 
            Here are some details of three paintings that I’m working on for the upcoming URI Senior exhibition that will be held here at the gallery May 7th-21st

I am also in the process of writing an artist statement for my work:

Painting is a process of exploration. Although non-objective in a literal sense, these paintings are concerned with the vague territory between abstraction and the known and seen world. The process of making abstract art for me involves creating a tension between intentional images and pure unstructured abstractions. I like to work between the pure randomness of chaos and the obvious tensions of recognizable image. My work focuses on exploring organic forms in nature, particularly the ways in which they reflect and echo one another in widely varying scale and context, creating an ambiguity which challenges the viewer to bring personal associations to each piece. 

I hope to see you at our opening reception, May 7th 6-8pm!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grant Writing for Artists Workshop

Hera Gallery presents a workshop on Grant Writing for Artists. It will be held at Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI on Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00 - 9:30 PM. 

This workshop demystifies the process of grant writing for both individual artists and collaborative projects. In a step-by-step approach, it covers the complete cycle of grant writing, including preparative research, interaction with funders, budget development, writing proposals, and assessment of the process. The steps and processes explored can also be easily translated for use in applications to Artist Colonies and Residencies. It is an appropriate workshop for individual artists, collaborative artists and arts organizations.

The workshop is presented by Barbara Bernstein, an artist and currently an adjunct lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design. The College Art Association has invited Bernstein to present the workshop to its members as have other arts groups and academic art departments. Since 2007, she and her husband, David Garratt, have been the Resident Artists at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Pennsylvania Arts Council, the HK Mellon Foundation and others for both her work and her teaching.

Attendees will be provided with an extensive list of resources for the grantseeker.

Suggested donation, $25. Pre-registration is requested.  Hera Gallery 401-789-1488

This program is presented with partial support from Hera Educational Foundation and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available.

Having a Wonderful Time! Postcard Fundraiser

We are excited to announce our Postcard Fundraiser!

All postcard are created as original works of art. This is your chance to purchase a unique piece of art for only $15!

All postcards will be displayed and sold in the gallery on a first come first serve basis. Saturday April 23 - Saturday April 30.

Come to our Opening Reception and Sale, Saturday April 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.