Friday, April 20, 2012

Having a Wonderful Time! The Second Annual Artists Postcard Fundraiser!

The Second Annual
Artist Postcard Fundraiser!
Party and Sale featuring music, food, and fun
Saturday, April 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Church of the Ascension
370 Main Street, Wakefield, RI

Music by MeccaLily
Tickets $5 at the door

Here's a sneak peek of what will be there on Saturday:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Renee Newel Russo at the World's Smallest Art Gallery

Renée Newel Russo is showing drawings in The World’s Smallest Gallery from April 16, 2012 through June 1, 2012.

Renée is an artist and arts educator. She did her undergraduate work at Sarah Laurence University where she concentrated in theater and art. She went on to get a Masters of Fine Arts from U-Mass Dartmouth. Currently she is working on a second Masters degree in professional writing.
Renée teaches 2-D art class for children at The Attleboro Art Museum. Renée’s is showing a series of portraits that are a continuation of work that she did for her Masters thesis. She begins by drawing ballpoint pen portraits of friends and family members and then evolves these portraits into layered, mixed media pieces that often include text. Renée draws her subjects while they are relaxed, napping or watching TV. She doesn’t want them to look posed. “It means more to me to draw people I know,” Renée says. “I think about them and their lives and try to go beyond observational drawing.” Renée sees drawing and writing as the most immediate forms of self-expression.

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 and to schedule a show.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm very excited about a link Islay recommended to me: RESPONDESIGN. This definitely seems like a good resource for the exhibition I am planning (based on landscape architecture and sustainable design). It's the website of the RISD student sustainability group. Judging by what I read off their "what we do" tab, it seems like they are pretty open to exchanging ideas with others interested in sustainability and other environmental issues. Although the group focuses on the RISD/Brown community, I am hoping to bring my idea and other ideas from the URI community to their attention, and be able to network with them to gain some participants for my exhibition. I think it would be great to have the educational communities of northern and southern Rhode Island unite to promote the exchange of ideas on these important issues!

Friday, April 13, 2012

In the world of art, design, and landscape architecture...

Hey everyone!

What an exciting week it has been! The balls begun rolling in numerous endeavors...I have registered for some great studio and plant science courses for the fall semester, got an exciting summer job at the URI Agronomy Research Farm, gone to my first URI American Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA) meeting, AND talked to the first professional landscape architect about my intern project/show here (and may i mention....he's world renowned)!

At the ASLA meeting, I met my peers in the landscape architecture program. They showed be around the studio, which is beautiful! Its on the top floor of Rodman Hall, and has gorgeous sky lights. There are individual work spaces throughout the large space, designated for each grade level. There were some great projects on the walls including some hypothetical designs for East Farm. They were so impressive! At the meeting, we discussed projects for this month, since it's National Landscape Architecture Month, and earth day is coming up! We are planning on having an informational booth at the earth day celebration on the quad next week.

Check out the American Society of Landscape Architects here

I was able to discuss the plans for my show with some of the upperclassmen. They seemed receptive to the idea and the opportunity it will give them. Im hoping to include 2 or 3 pieces from URI LAR students.
I'm SO excited about the URI Landscape Architecture Series Lecture I attended last night, and the connection I was able to make there! Thomas Balsley, from NY, NY was the landscape architect that came to speak. He has designed 100 parks in New York City, many others throughout the country, and even Korea and Japan. He is a progressive and practical designer of urban parks and spaces. To say a fewthings about his work, he incorporates architecture, furniture design, and sustainable practices into his spaces, and always keeps the client and the people of the area in mind. It makes for some fabulous urban spaces that are both dynamic and timeless. Here are some images:

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

325 Fith Avenue NYC

Balsley Park, NYC

Check out the Thomas Balsley Associates website here

I was able to talk to him about my show...he told me he would see what he could get me to put in it! I am looking forward to contacting him and my other invites in the near future.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cat Show (Come to Mama!) on exhibit at the Knight Campus Gallery

Knight Campus Art Gallery invites you and your friends to the exhibition

Cat Show (Come to Mama!)

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Exhibition dates: April 3 – April 24, 2012
Cat Show Postcard

Exhibiting artists: Jennifer Amadeo-Holl, Daryl Ann, Wayne M. Bridge, Alice Costas, Joanna Read Cotter, Carl Dimitri, Vlado Elias, Samantha Fields, Lance Gershenoff, Tamara Krendel, Lisa Kretchman, Nermin Kura, Roya Lu, Joe Lytle, Darrell Matsumoto, Kim Murdock, Becky Peabody, M. A. Podolak, Mae Jane Poulin, Shey Rivera, Tess Spalty, Karl Stephen, Meredith Stern, Heather Meri Stewart, Zoey Stites, Wendy Wahl, Michele Wright, and Nancy Wyllie
Curator: Viera Levitt

This group exhibition of 28 artists from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and beyond is composed of work that reacts to the way we look at, care for, spoil, pamper and love cats. The cat-inspired works include paintings, drawings, photography, collage, prints, sculptures, as well as piece involving embroidered cat whiskers.

Additionally, there is wall space available for community members and cat lovers to present images and short text about their cats. These short stories about Baxter, Pancake, Squeek, Woodrow, Miguel, Lily, Rondo, Tigger, Bootsie Couscous, Tasha, Diablo, Zinga, Hobbes and many more are attractive addition to the exhibition and underline community character of the show. (See the open call here:

“There is certain innocence expressed though unpretentious description of the bond between humans and their animals,” said curator and gallery director Viera Levitt. “The show definitely proves that we do love to look at cats and, for some reason, their images make us happy.” The exhibition also answers more general questions linked to expectations of gallery visitors today and the somewhat threatening or intimidating qualities of contemporary art. Through more accessible theme, Levitt said she hopes to encourage general public to come to the gallery and enjoy – for some, maybe for the first time – an exhibition of contemporary art.

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. 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!’.

Knight Campus Art Gallery is located in Community College of Rhode Island, Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 (Enter the library on the fourth floor and go down the stairs to right).

Knight Campus Art Gallery hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, please e-mail gallery director Viera Levitt at, check the, call the Art Department at CCRI: 401-825-2220, or gallery (during the opening hours) at 401-825-1162.

Please 'Like' us on Facebook: to see updates about this show as well as images from previous openings.

Image: Zoey Stites, Abundant Ailurophilia, 2012

Gallery member, Jill McLaughlin, to show at the DeBlois Gallery

Jill McLaughlin will be exhibiting her 3D mixed media artwork at DeBlois Gallery at 138 Bellevue Ave. in Newport during the month of April. She is very excited to be part of this three person show, with paintings by Shari Weschler Rubeck and CC Wolf. It is the largest collection of her assemblages that she have shown anywhere and includes four new pieces that have never been exhibited.

The opening is Sat., April 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. You can also meet the artist, who will be at the gallery during Newport Gallery Night on Thurs., April 12th.

Award Opportunity via the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and the Pawtucket Foundation

Announces Call for Entries for The Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition

APRIL 29TH THROUGH June 22ND, 2012

TOP AWARD: The Pawtucket Foundation Prize > $1,000

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Prize > $250

Jury of Selection: Sal Mancini, photographer; Jemison Faust, painter and mixed media artist

ELIGIBILITY: This Juried Exhibition is open to all artists. All accepted work must be hand-delivered. No shipped

entries. ALL MEDIA is accepted. Includes sculpture, installation and printmaking. Original work