Friday, January 18, 2013

26th Biennial Young Adults’ Exhibition

26th Young Adults’ Exhibition
February 2nd – February 23rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Mark Bowen, Show Your Work, Acrylic, 2013, grade 11, Ocean Tides Providence Campus

Hera Gallery is pleased host the 26th Biennial Young Adults’ Exhibition. Hera is happy to once again be in downtown Wakefield and have the opportunity to serve our community by presenting an outstanding art exhibit that celebrates the young artists of our community. This three week long exhibition will showcase the limitless range of technique and creative expression of our local young artists. We invite the public to join us Saturday, February 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception of the Young Adults’ Exhibition.
The Young Adults Exhibition features High School students throughout the state, offering young artists a unique opportunity to present their original artwork to the community in a professional gallery setting.  Over 200 public and private schooled students will be participating in the exhibition. The exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and more. This year’s postcard features the winner of our postcard competition, Mark Bowen, an 11th grade student of Nancy Lyon’s of Ocean Tides, Providence Campus. The piece, in Acrylic, is entitled Show Your Work.

This year we will feature work from Chariho High School, Exeter West Greenwich, La Salle Academy, The Lincoln School, Moses Brown School, the New Urban Arts Program, North Kingstown High School, Ocean Tides School, South Kingstown High School, and Westerly High School.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Hera Presents: Umbras: An Experimental Light Installation by Chad Amos Self

An Experimental Light Installation by Chad Amos Self
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
5:00 – 8:00pm

Hera Gallery presents a one night experimental light installation by gallery member Chad Amos Self, entitled Umbras. The one night show will take place in Hera Gallery located on 10 High Street Wakefield, RI on Wednesday, January 16th. The public is invited to attend that evening from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Umbras is about the ways that light and shadow connect and dissipate against each other. It will be a creation of a space in which objects no longer have value or purpose. The manipulation of the immaterial object is paramount to the success of this experiment. This show will highlight the coexistence between the created visible and the perceived invisible spaces. The ethereal plane that exists where light is created, travels, refracts, dissipates, and returns to shadow.

Chad Amos Self will be making an environment using only rudimentary objects to manipulate light. This will create a space in which only light and dark are perceived. The human eye uses cone and rod cells in the retina to allow one to see light. They adjust to darkness in an effort to allow more information to be received. His hope in this experiential installation is for viewers to initially identify with the light but eventually discover the shadow.
The exhibition will take place in Hera Gallery’s new location on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invited to attend the show Umbras on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

We hope to see you there!

Nick Bassett in the World's Smallest Art Gallery

Nick Bassett’s Paintings on Display in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery through February 1, 2013. 

You know Nick Bassett. You may not know that you know Nick Bassett, but you
know him. You have seen his stickers adorning stop signs and telephone poles. You’ve
seen his tag (nome d’arte?) sprayed on a skate ramp or bridge abutment. You’ve seen
him creating a roof top mural in the background of a music video. Nick has the
subliminal ubiquity achieved by active graffiti artists. Now if you want to know him face
to face - or at least his paintings on canvas – all you need to do is check out The World’s
Smallest Art Gallery. Several of his pieces are on display until February 1, 2013.

Nick has a doppelganger named Mr. Munk or Munko McFunko. He is an
overweight, ugly, older, sourpuss version of Nick. Mr. Munk could be Nick in twenty
years if things went really wrong. This character is one aspect of Nick’s art that makes it
unique and engaging. Mr. Munk suggests that among all the color and energy there is
something serious going on, something worth paying closer attention to.

Nick is a real artist; he makes art because he needs to. “I paint,” he says, “Out of
my emotions. I paint when I’m angry, sad, nervous, or happy. I never paint out of
boredom.” He goes on to explain that if he paints out of anger he becomes less angry, but
if he paints when he’s happy, he gets happier. You got to appreciate this insight as a great
explanation for why art is such a positive influence; it makes the bad stuff less bad and
the good stuff even better!

Visit Nick’s website at .

Buy Nick’s art! Buy it for Valentines Day. Buy it for Easter. Buy it for Mother’s
Day. You get the picture. Keep the kid in canvas and spray cans, and markers. The more
he paints, the better off we will all be.


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.