Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yefko in The Ocean State Review

Hera Gallery member, Michael Yefko's drawings appear in the inaugural edition of The Ocean State Review published by the University 0f Rhode Island.
Contact the Ocean State Writers Conference for details.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Hello everyone! My name is Karen Lewis and I'm the new intern at Hera. I'm very much looking forward to meeting all of you at the upcoming summer events. I'm a returning student at URI majoring in Art and French. I grew up in Westerly and Wakefield, moved to Boston after high school and returned to Little Rhody a few years ago. I've always had a love of languages and while in Boston taught English as a second language. Eu falo Português. Aussi, maintenant j'apprends le Français. I also studied Spanish for about 6 years, mostly with Señor at SKHS and then at UMASS Boston, and am hoping to start learning Russian this summer.

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

EXG Senior Portfolio Exhibition

Recently, the Exeter West Greenwich Senior Portfolio class held a pop-up exhibition at Hera. The students installed the show, coordinated the reception, and de-installed all within the course of a weekend! The were busy busy busy, working furiously to get their first show up and ready for the public. The reception was fantastic, and the artists and attendees were all appreciative of the opportunity. Here are just two images from the evening...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Suzi Ballenger Exhibits in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery

Suzi Ballenger's amazing weaving will be on display in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* until July 15. Suzi has been weaving for 28 years. She also teaches weaving, mainly at the Saunderstown Weaving School where she has had a long affiliation with the school’s founder Norma Smayda. Suzi is an endorsed arts educator through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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!

For more information about Suzi, go to For information about her classes visit

* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:

· A kiosk on the South County Bike Path ( 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 joint project of Hera Gallery ( and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (

· 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 to get more details an

Video Art from India

Hera Gallery

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.

Both narrative and experimental films by Indian filmmakers from different geographical and cultural groups, will be shown illustrating the artists’ diverse backgrounds. The films included in Video Art From India explore topics as unique as the filmmakers who have composed them. Currently, there has been an upsurge in the use of digital media arts within emerging Indian artists as a form of expression. This evening of video screenings is sure to present a distinct perspective that will challenge the viewer.

Thursday, June 2, 2011




Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Suzi Ballenger exhibits at the Worlds Smallest Gallery

Exhibit Opening for

Suzi Ballenger, HANDWOVEN
Re-cycled, Re-purposed, Realfibers!

June 2, 7 - 8 pm

Peace Dale Art Park (Bike Path)
Peace Dale, RI

Exhibit runs from June 1 - July 17, 2011