Friday, March 30, 2012

Call For Entries: EARTHWORKS, Open Juried Clay Annual, 2012

The South County Art Association is inviting artists to submit up to 5 original works in clay. The opening reception is Thursday, April 19, 7-9pm. This juried show will be giving out cash awards. 1st place at $150, 2nd at $100, 3rd at $75, and 3 Honorable Mention awards. Juror: Monica Ripley

$14/entry for members, $17/entry for non-members.
Submission deadline:
April 13, 5pm.

vase by Monica Ripley,

Call For Entries: 2012 ACGOW Regional Art Exhibit

Hi Everyone!

The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is looking for pieces to exhibit in its 19th Annual Regional Art Exhibit, on view from May 2 to June 2. According to their website, this exhibition is the biggest and most exciting of the year! This show invites artists from all over New England and New York to submit work and attend. This is a juried show where over $1800 in cash prizes/awards will be given out. The selected jurors for this year are Guido Garaycochea and Jose Ulloa, Directors of Expressiones Cultural Center in New London, CT. Awards include a $100 Washington Trust Company Award, the $100 Neerkaje Family Award, a $100 award in honor of Theresa Cosma, a $200 Dr. Walia and Family Award, $50 in honor of Pam Nelson, and a $1,250 award from the Katherine Forest Craft Foundation. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd from 5-8pm.

All fine art and fine craft media is eligible!
The submission deadline is Wednesday, April 18.
Fee for submission is $15 for the first entry and $10 for up to 5 additional entries.

Fancy things for fancy people... In Italy

Hera Gallery Director, Islay Taylor, has her work appearing in Vogue Italia...

Turns out that my work made it into the cover story of this months Vogue Italia! Check out the two images below that I was able to pull from a GIF that Vogue Italia made as a preview for the issue. I love how bright, saturated, and glossy all the images are. Very candy shoppe meets Priscilla Queen of the Desert. I can already tell that I want to frame every image and hang them on my walls for inspiration!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Opportunity at The Painting Center

Call for entries:
Natural/Constructed Spaces

Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2012
Notifcation Date: April 25th, 2012
Exhibition Dates: June 19 - July 14, 2012
Opening Reception: June 21, 2012, 6-8 pm

The Painting Center, a gallery in the heart of Chelsea, announces a call for entries for its upcoming juried exhibition entitled Natural/Constructed Spaces, running from June 19th to July 14th, 2012. The exhibit will be accompanied by a printed catalog and will be widely publicized.

As artists, we are compelled to create and look at images of the natural and man made worlds in which we live. Through these images we are able to express nostalgia for a simpler, more pristine world, bring attention to environmental degradation, or ponder the wonders and despair of today's urban centers.

For Natural/Constructed Spaces we invite representational and abstract painters to submit work that considers all aspects-- natural, constructed, deconstructed-- of rural/urban/suburban environments in the 21st century.

Please follow this link for the submission form:


The position of Gallery Director, Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week). The Director reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors. Salary: $10 an hour. Deadline for applications: April 27, 2012. Position available late May. Please MAIL a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Hera Gallery

PO Box 336

Wakefield, RI


This position, while an administrative position, is a creative springboard allowing a motivated individual the opportunity to contribute to the local arts community by leading a well-regarded institution. Hera encourages the gallery director to pursue his or her professional interests. The gallery director may develop skills in the following areas: curatorial experience and exhibition design, graphic design, professional level arts writing, development skills, grant writing, website development.


Excellent written and oral communication skills

Organizational skills

Good computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Access or InDesign a plus

Administrative experience desired

The gallery director must have the ability to work with a diverse audience of local community members as well as artists, arts professionals, funders, and media. Serves as liason with community

background or involvement in the visual arts


• Administrative: execute the general day-to-day operations of the gallery, supervise interns and volunteers, maintain exhibition and gallery records. Facilitate communication between artist members, Board of Directors and Friends of Hera. Oversee preparation of bulk mailings.

• Public Relations: includes writing press releases, developing relationships with journalists; assisting with writing and editing gallery publications such as website, newsletters, fundraising materials and targeted emails to journalists, supporters, artists.

• Development: Works with Board members to implement annual fundraising initiatives and oversees membership program.

• Assist exhibiting artists and curators with coordination of exhibitions and programs.

• Attend and prepare Director’s report for monthly Board meetings; attend gallery events.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Michael Yefko exhibits at URI's Corridor Gallery

URI’s Department of Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of drawings by Michael Yefko titled “Elleipsis: Falling Short.” The exhibition is in the Corridor Gallery of the Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus of the University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI.

The Exhibition will run from March 15 – May 1, 2012. There will be a reception on March 21, 6-8 PM for this show and the Banister Society exhibition located in the Main Gallery.

Some of the drawings in this exhibition can also be seen in the inaugural issue of The Ocean State Review. Mr. Yefko lives and works in Exeter, RI. Known primarily for his sculpture installations, Mr. Yefko in this exhibition features drawing, which to him is about “an epic journey of breath and experience, a verb.”

Yefko describes his improvisational process of working the ellipse in his drawings as “a foundation from which to build a pattern and construct something (space or form) out of the (drawing) situations I get myself into.” As a visual artist Yefko is interested in fundamental visual elements like line, geometry, and material that he can create meaning from. He does not intend to illustrate the appearance of the world, but is interested in human ecology.

Yefko says, “I work to bring meaning to my life. My drawings (even though this may seem grand) are a way to live. Drawing in particular is a poetic and sublime process—drawing as verb is investigative, an epic endeavor.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Second Annual 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 onSaturday April 28th, from 6:30 to 8:30 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 fundraiser 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, artists statement, or websites.  The piece need not be a functional postcard. Anything goes as long as it is 4" X 6". Have fun!  


postcard fundraiser 

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

Friday, March 9, 2012

Call for entries: CCRI

CCRI gallery issues call for community members, artists to participate in ‘Cat Show’ exhibition

Warwick, R.I. – Feb. 13, 2012: Knight Campus Art Gallery Director and Curator Viera Levitt is seeking professional artists and members of the community to participate in an exhibition this spring focusing on the image of cats in contemporary art, life and our relationship to them.

“Cat Show (Come to Mama!)” will be composed of work that reacts to the way Americans look at, care for, treat, pamper and love their cats. It will run from April 3 to 25 at the college’s Warwick campus with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

Levitt writes, “Cats have been companions throughout history – albeit, as all cat lovers know, in a much less predictable way than dogs.” They were supposed to catch mice, but their role has also been that of beautiful and elegant companions ‘pretending’ to be timid and domesticated. Cats were associated with the devil and linked to witches in medieval times. “Their reputations were resurrected after they were celebrated for saving boat cargo from rodents. Of course, as every cat owner knows, a wild animal lurks inside his or her kitty.”

Levitt said cats have been said to have nine lives and know about the future. There are also various superstitions connected to cats such as the serious troubles that could befall one whose path was crossed by a black cat. This show will look at cats as object of our enjoyment, love, care or obsession; hence the subtitle, ‘Come to mama!’

The exhibition is open to:

A. The professional artist community

This part of the exhibition will include art produced by professional artists depicting cats and/or their relationships to humans. Artists may submit one or two old or new artworks inspired by cats and our relationship with them, including painting, drawing, object, sculpture, video, photography, sound piece, etc. These either will be projected as a slideshow or will be displayed as actual art pieces. The curator will pick which work should be delivered and which will be displayed as part of the slideshow. Please e-mail an image (postcard-size jpg, between 100 KB and 2 MB) of your artwork to by March 15 and indicate the size, technique, year of creation and whether the piece is available for display. There is no entry fee. Selected works must be delivered to the gallery by March 29.B. All community members

This part of the exhibition will include snapshots from everyone who loves and/or has cats. Submit a 4-by-6-inch or 5-by-7-inch photo attached to letter-size paper with your answers to the questions below, or e-mail the photo and your answers to by March 29. Please answer all or some of these questions: 1. What is your name and your cat’s name? 2. I love my cat because ... 3. My cat is funny because ... 4. My cat is special because ...

CCRI alumni, faculty and staff are particularly encouraged to participate in this exciting project by sending in your cat photos and quotes.

For more information, contact Levitt, at or visit the gallery Web site at

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest community college, has full- service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport and operates satellites in Downcity Providence and Westerly. CCRI enrolls an average of nearly 18,000 students annually in credit courses and thousands more in noncredit and workforce training classes and programs.

Viera Levitt wins in New England Art Awards

The winners were announced on March 1, 2012 at the Art Awards Ball at the Burren in Somerville, Massachusetts. (The New England Art Awards is an open-source, democratic, community contest organized by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research to honor the best art made here, local writing about local art, and exhibits of New England art organized here in 2011.)

Viera Levitt “We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back” Community College of RI

Concept/theme show
(Curator category) won the award!
More info about the awards:
More info about the show:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Claudia Flynn at the Warwick Art Museum

Work by Claudia Flynn was selected for the RI Women in the Arts exhibition currently on view at the Warwick Art Museum The show runs thru March 31, 2012 in conjunction with Women's History Month, and includes a month-long celebration of exhibits, workshops and panel discussions. For more information:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

500 Faces

Join John Kotula and Jerry Shippee for a costume parade and gallery show on Sunday, April 1st. The Parade will originate at Jerry's installation at the World's Smallest Art Gallery and will end at his (larger) exhibition at Bagelz of Wakefield. 3:00 - 5:00.