Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jill McLaughlin Exhibiting at the Bill Krul Gallery

Hera Gallery member, Jill McLaughlin, will be exhibiting her recent photographs in a group exhibition featuring the The South County Photo Artists Group at the Bill Krul Gallery.

The show will run from March 3rd through the 31st. With an artists reception held on Sunday, March 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Image: Jill McLaughlin, Still Life, 2012
Bill Krul Gallery 142 Boon St. Narragansett, RI

Friday, February 24, 2012

Facebook Fun!

Click to check out Hera's Facebook page! You'll find lots of updates on whats happening with the gallery, and find out whats going on with friends of Hera!

Exciting Grant Opportunity!

Hi Everyone,

A flyer about the Visual Arts Sea Grant 2012 just came out, announcing a call for entries. It seems like a great opportunity for artists in and around our community, and it awards up to $3,000, so take a look! Here's some information from their website:

The Visual Arts Sea Grant Program of Rhode Island was established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issue of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants are intended to financially assist individuals and/or collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered.

The grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded annually. Previous recipients of Sea Grant awards are not eligible for 5 years. Individuals enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students are not eligible. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of RI professionals in the visual arts.

This year's application deadline is May 25, 2012.

Previous awardees include Kim Salerno and Janelle Iglesias 2008, Hannah Elise Miller, 2009, Timothy Murdock, Nathalie Miebach, and C.L Terry Gips, 2010.

For more information regarding the criteria, etc. follow this link

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What an Exhibition! We love RI's young artists!!!

The children's exhibitionis an awesome show! Personally, I had never seen this show in the past, only the young adults exhibition last year. But now that I have, I absolutely love it! The gallery has been lit up for the past 2 weeks with these colorful, vibrant works on its walls. Every time I walk around the gallery and look at the pieces, I can't help but smile, which seems to be a common impact this show has on viewers, not to mention how impressed everyone is with the blossoming talents captured in these pieces! They range from creative self portraits to still life, landscapes, and various forms of sculpture. I loved the altered book exploding with colored pipe cleaners from Jamestown Middle School, along with their piece entitled "Earth", which was composed of unbelievably life-like ceramic stones made by the schools 6th graders. I also thought the tempera-batik technique used in some paintings from EWG were interesting, such as those by Solanna Doyle and Jenna Bridges. There was also a large amount of works exploring different cultural techniques and ways of working, such as tribal masks, some op art, and also abstract representations of a still life.
Being at the opening on the 28th was wonderful; the gallery was bustling all day with young artists, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and teachers! I even got to meet a few artists from my past school district, Exeter-West Greenwich! All the young artists I saw were just radiating with excitement as they pointed out their pieces to family and friends.
I think this show captures something quite beautiful. It gives us a glimpse into the minds of children and shows us how we once saw the world. Their interpretations of the world are beautifully un-refined and honest, and remind us all of how wonderful that way of seeing is. It is a unique thing for us to be able to take a snapshot of this stage in life and also give these young artists such a great space to exhibit in.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Spring 2012 Portfolio Box Raffle!!!

Save the date!
Get Excited!
Hera Gallery is pleased to the return of the portfolio raffle! Back by popular demand, this raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win 14 original artworks; including paintings, photographs, prints, jewelry, mixed media art.
This suite of work consists of a unique handmade portfolio box created locally. This custom box opens to reveal fourteen 11" by 14" pieces of artwork made by members of Hera Gallery.
The suite will be unveiled at our spring Postcard Fundraiser, held on April 28th, tickets will become available at this time. You will be able to view the portfolio box at this time, as well as on our website. Raffle tickets for this opportunity are only $50.00, and will be available to purchase from Hera Gallery. There are a limited number of tickets, and only 200 will be available; however, you may purchase more than one ticket

Postcard Fundraiser

Having a Wonderful Time! Announcing the Second Annual Hera Gallery Artists’ Postcard Fundraiser

On April 28th, Hera will hold its second annual postcard fundraiser! We are seeking 2,000 artists’ postcards created as original works of art to sell at $15 each for benefit of the gallery. Postcards will be displayed online prior to the fundraiser. A reception featuring music, food, and fun will be held on Saturday April 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Hera Gallery could use your help by asking you to create postcards for this event and recruit other artists to aid in this effort! You may contribute individual postcards or editions of postcards. They can be stamped and sent through the mail, put in an envelope, or delivered to the gallery. Postcards will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for inclusion in the show is Saturday April 21. All cards become the property of Hera Gallery. Artists are asked to sign and date the back side of the postcard and to include any information they would like to make available: a message, contact information, websites, or an artists statement. The piece need not be a functional postcard. Anything goes as long as it is 4” X 6”. Have fun!

More information is available on the website: Also see the Facebook event page. Contact Islay Taylor at with questions. Mail cards to Hera Gallery, Box 336, 327 Main St, Wakefield, RI 02880.

Thank You!