Friday, April 26, 2013

Please VOTE for Hera Gallery in RI Monthly's Best of RI!

Our Director, Dora Szekely
Our 2012 Award!
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Amanda Swain Bingham at Colo Colo Gallery

Shadows: Travel Without Skin 
May 18 - June 1, 2013
Opening Reception
May 18th 5-8pm

Colo Colo Gallery
29 Centre Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

All images are Photograph Archival Ultrachrome Ink on Hannemuhle Photo Rag Paper 20x24

Friday, April 19, 2013

In Cuba WIth Witness for Peace: Eliud Martinez

Hera Gallery is pleased to present In Cuba With Witness for Peace curated by Iris Donnelly from May 11th to June 8th, 2013. In addition, on Thursdays during the exhibition there will be films at 7:00pm and a gallery talk prior to the film on May 23rd. The public is invited to attend the opening reception held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, May 11th.

Exhibiting Artist Profile: Eliud Martinez

Hacia Regla

Eliud Martinez is a Puerto Rican-born, New York City based photographer and writer. His diverse professional activities in Social Work and education have drawn him to social advocacy documentary photography.  His images portray the human condition in the context of multiculturalism, human rights and social justice. These values are implicit in his wide-ranging portrayal of globalized contemporary life in the US and beyond. 


In 2012 his work was featured in a South Street Seaport Museum (NYC) group show on the Occupy Wall Street movement.  His images have appeared in print and web publications, including En Foco/Nueva Luz Magazine, NY Daily News, New York Post, CBS TV, CUNY TV and Metro New York news.  Most recently he was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council semi-finalist for the 2012 Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) program. 

His work has been exhibited in greater New York area exhibition venues including the Salmagundi Gallery and MediaNoche Gallery  the Compton-Goethals Art gallery at City College and the Arts and Literature Laboratory Gallery in New Haven Connecticut.  His work documenting the Puerto Rican experience on the Island of Puerto Rico as well as in the Diaspora have resulted in two bodies of work that will be exhibited in New York City and Puerto Rico in 2013.  
Sonrisa Habenera

The photographs from his Cuban journey capture an essence of Cuban society that is both a time-capsule as well as the beginnings of a momentous transition.  As an outsider visiting for a short time, Martinez was taken by the world weary, worn patina of a physical environment that speaks of a grand history touched by ancient European and African influences.  These portraits echo the resilience, ingenuity and pride of the Cuban people struggling against a devastating 50-year US embargo.

Cuban Film Series: "The True Story of Che Guevara"


May 30:     The True Story of Che Guevara 

Facilitated by Dr. Linda Crawford, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages 
Salve Regina University
"From his famous motorcycle trips to his historic role in the Cuban Revolution, Argentinean revolutionary Che Guevara is profiled in a documentary produced to explore the life of the man whose visage has become an iconic symbol of hard left politics." -

Cuban Film Series: "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?"


May 23rd:     GALLERY TALK with curator, Iris Donnelly, 
followed by Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?  

Facilitated by Jose Torrealba, organizer for many years of the 
RI Latin American Film Festival

"Will the real terrorist please stand up?  chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations.  By telling the story of the case of the Cuban five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences, the film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington and then ignored by the very government that launched a “war against terrorism.” In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups." -

In Cuba With Witness for Peace: Iris Donnelly

Hera Gallery is pleased to present In Cuba With Witness for Peace curated by Iris Donnelly from May 11th to June 8th, 2013. In addition, on Thursdays during the exhibition there will be films at 7:00pm and a gallery talk prior to the film on May 23rd. The public is invited to attend the opening reception held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, May 11th.

Exhibiting Artist and Curator Profile: Iris Donnelly

"During my trips to Cuba, I experienced the dichotomy of our policy there and the
reality I witnessed.

Upon returning to the United States, I was faced with a series of questions.--
Why do we continue the fifty-two year embargo on this island nation when the
representative of the State Department that we met with at the Interests Section
in Havana (we have no formal embassy) called it "illogical."  Secretary of State
John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagle concur.

With so many changes in the last few years, like freer travel outside of Cuba
and increased free enterprise, such as private businesses and rights to sell
property,  why does our State Department continue to place Cuba on a terrorist
list that includes Syria, Sudan, and North Korea?

During Apartheid in South Africa, why did we continue medical aid there but
refuse to do so in Cuba?

And in a country that respects the human rights of Cubans in the areas
of health- care and literacy, why do we continue to portray Cuba in a different light?"

-Iris Donnelly
Curator, In Cuba With Witness for Peace

Edsel, Chevy, and Hammer
After several trips to Cuba, Iris Donnelly felt an urgency to portray life in Cuba as she witnessed it, on the cusp of change and unlike the image presented by the US media.

Her latest project is serving as curator and participating photographer of the
exhibit "In Cuba With Witness for Peace."  The International House of Rhode
Island and Witness for Peace were awarded an Arts Access Grant by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the photography exhibits that will take place at Hera Gallery, Sandywoods/Van Vessem Gallery, and the AS220 Project Space.  As well as Donnelly, photographers Michael Hyatt (AZ) and Eliud Martinez (NYC) will be exhibiting in the exhibition. In addition, there will be a Cuban film series at Hera as well as two powerpoint presentations at the North Kingstown Public Library and The International House of Rhode Island.  There are plans for the exhibit to travel nationally.

In Cuba With Witness for Peace: Michael Hyatt

Hera Gallery is pleased to present In Cuba With Witness for Peace curated by Iris Donnelly from May 11th to June 8th, 2013. In addition, on Thursdays during the exhibition there will be films at 7:00pm and a gallery talk prior to the film on May 23rd. The public is invited to attend the opening reception held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, May 11th.

Exhibiting Artist: Michael Hyatt 

Fortune Teller - Havana Vieja, Cuba 2012

My interest in photography began in 1968 after seeing the documentary work of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Henri Cartier-Bresson. This led to a very active eleven-year period doing street photography in Boston and Los Angeles. Portfolios from this period focus on the Italian neighborhood in Boston, and the residents and transients in, and nearby, the Chapman Hotel at the corner of 5th & Wall Street - Los Angeles.

Between 1986, when I moved to Arizona, and 2002, I photographed a variety of subject matter. Then in October 2002 I began documenting the efforts of Humane Borders, the volunteer organization that places water stations in the desert to help prevent migrant deaths, and lobbies for more humane border policy. A year later I began photographing the humanitarian work of Samaritans, and then the efforts of the No More Deaths coalition when it formed. During this period I was invited to photograph Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument west of Tucson on the U.S./Mexico border for the Desert Places book series published by the University of Arizona Press. In August 2004 the book Organ Pipe – Life On The Edge was published. It is exclusively illustrated with fifteen of my photographs, mostly landscapes and wildlife. Publication of the book led to a commission from the University of Arizona Special Collections, associated with The Center For Creative Photography, to produce a limited edition box set of photographs. The Center was exhibiting box sets by Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Ansel Adams at the time. My limited edition set, titled Along The Migrant Trail, contains thirteen gelatin silver prints sized 4” X 5” displayed in a jewel box with a cover sleeve, list of photographs, and a booklet describing the work illustrated with three more photographs. In May 2007 Cultural Geographer Juanita Sundberg and I were awarded a University of British Columbia Hampton Research Fund Grant titled Documenting New Cultural Landscapes of Immigration in the United States-Mexico Borderlands.  Also in May 2007 Great Circle Books in Los Angeles published my monograph Migrant Artifacts: Magic & Loss in the Sonoran Desert. In April 2008 the book, in the category of Art, was an award winner in the annual Eric Hoffer Independent Book Publishing Award competition. The book's cover photograph was included in Photographer's Forum Annual - Best of 2009. Calendars featuring my photographs have been self-published periodically since 1982. 
Free Enterprise - Regla, Cuba 2012

Since 1969 my work has appeared in newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, Gallery 1331 calendars, music collections, catalogs, on postcards, in the Lucky 13 Box Set of X Postcards, and in the 1986 documentary film about X titled The Unheard Music. Books that have included my photographs are Beyond and Back – The Story of X by f Stop Fitzgerald and Chris Morris (cover image), The Pleasures of Jazz by Leonard Feather, Tough Company by Tom Russell and Charles Bukowski, The Practice of Global Citizenship by Luis Cabrera (cover image) and A Voice in the Box – My Life in Radio by Bob Edwards. Numerous one-man and group photography shows in Arizona, Mexico, California, Maryland, Nebraska, Montana, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Colorado and Ireland have included my work. The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona purchased four photographs included in the monograph Migrant Artifacts: Magic & Loss in the Sonoran Desert. Photography portfolios are available at

Cuban Film Series: "Unfinished Spaces"


May 16   Unfinished Spaces
Facilitated by Dr. Olga Juzyn, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages, Rhode Island College

"'Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.' —Fidel Castro (1961)

Ballet Garatti
Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece...

Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.

Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
2011 / HD / Color / 16:9 (1.78:1) / 86 min / Stereo

For more information on the film visit:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

In the news: Alexandra Broches

Newport Mercury, Vol 256, No. 14 4/10/13
The Newport Mercury featured member Alexandra Broches in last week's issue to promote the Newport Art Museum's Newport Annual Members Juried Exhibition. Broches received honorable mention in the Newport Art Museum show that runs through May 19th. She was one of three Hera members to win accolades in the show. Elizabeth Lind earned First Place in the Three Dimensional category and Barbara Pagh earned an honorable mention for her piece in the Prints/Pastels/Drawings category.

Exhibition and Film Series: In Cuba With Witness for Peace

 In Cuba With Witness for Peace
May 11th  – June 8th 
Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 11th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

In Cuba With Witness for Peace portrays in photographs the people, culture, and landscape of Cuba.  The photographers, Iris Donnelly, Michael Hyatt and Eliud Martinez recorded their trip to Cuba in April, 2012 while part of an Arts and Culture delegation with Witness for Peace New England.

The exhibit is consistent with the mission of Witness for Peace (WFP), a nationwide, politically independent grassroots organization, which supports peace, justice, and sustainable economies of the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Cuban Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to appreciate all forms of artistic expression.  As the photographers visited artists' studios, art schools and music venues, they saw that art and music are everywhere. Other highlights of the delegation were witnessing the blossoming of entrepreneurship in small in-home restaurants and B&Bs, learning that the entire country has been named by the United Nations "an illiteracy- free zone," visiting the extensive organic community farm in Alamar (one of a network), and observing the efficiency of the healthcare system (Cuba has the best doctor-patient ratio in the world-- one doctor per 165 people). The goal of this exhibit is to open people's minds to other sides of life on this diverse and culturally rich island.

Eliud Martinez is a New York City based documentary photographer and writer whose diverse professional activities in social work and education have drawn him to examine globalized diversity in the United States and beyond. Michael Hyatt of Tucson, Arizona has exhibited and published his work extensively and has won many awards, including the annual Eric Hoffer Independent Book Publishing Award for his book Migrant Artifacts: Magic & Loss in the Sonoran Desert. Rhode Islander Iris Donnelly, curator of this exhibit, has done extensive work in Central America and for ten years has been the photographer of the Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanoag Indian Nation.


May 16th:     Unfinished Spaces
Facilitated by Dr. Olga Juzyn, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages, Rhode Island College

May 23rd:     GALLERY TALK followed by Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? Facilitated by Jose Torrealba, organizer for many years of the RI Latin American Film Festival

May 30th:     The True Story of Che Guevara
Facilitated by Dr. Linda Crawford, Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages Salve Regina University

The exhibition and films will take place in Hera Gallery’s new location on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invited to attend the films every Thursday of the exhibit at 7:00pm and the opening reception of In Cuba With Witness for Peace held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th.

Alexandra Broches Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 4th

Hera Gallery invites you to join us Saturday, May 4th, at 6:00pm for a Gallery Talk by Alexandra Broches on her current exhibit: The Garden. The exhibit which also features Michael Yefko: Repeat Repeat will run from April 6th to May 4th at our new location, 10 High Street, Wakefield, RI.

Alexandra Broches: Gallery Talk
May 4, 2013


As Alexandra Broches states, "I return in this exhibition to the garden as subject matter, turning from urban front yards, parks, cemeteries, memorials and other managed landscapes to a different point of view. With these photographs I consider what constitutes a garden and what the garden has meant at various times, how societies related to and live in nature. I am in awe of the ways people bring plants and the act of growing things into their lives for survival and pleasure, for spiritual and creative expression."

Broches is a fine art photographer. She lives and maintains her studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island and has been a member of Hera Gallery since 1975. In addition to exhibiting at Hera, she has exhibited her work in New England and nationally. Most recently her work was shown in the
three-person show Site Specific at the Chazan Gallery in Providence and the Newport Annual Juried Member's Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum.

See more of her work here:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tillie and Moses Leonard-Fritzmeier in the World's Smallest Art Gallery

Artwork by Tillie Leonard-Fritzmeier and Moses Leonard-Fritzmeir on Display in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through May 1, 2013 


    There are three paragraphs about Tillie and Moses below. One of them is the truth and the other two are complete fabrications. Can you pick the true one?

  1. Moses said, “The art world is lousy with teams of brother artists. There are Jake and Dinos Chapman and the Quay Brothers. There are even two sets of twin brothers; the Starn Twins and Os GĂȘmeos. But, can you name one set of brother and sister art making teams? No, because we are unique!” Tillie adds, “Yeah! (But don’t forget the Cohen Brothers.) Not only are we the only brother-sister art making team, but we are also the only set of Irish twins making art together. Also, we are the only ones raised as Scientologists.” “And nudists,” Moses says. “There is no one like us!”

  2. Moses has just gotten a sizable commission. He will be doing the official portrait of Banana Joe the 2013 best in show champion of The Westminster Dog Show. “It is going to be a challenge,” Moses said. “Banana Joe is an Affenpinscher and nobody knows what an Affenpinscher looks like. He goes on to explain that with dog portraiture you can coast on breed recognition. If it looks like a collie or a boxer, you’re home free. But an Affenpinscher, he said, “Is basically just a ball of black fur. If you’re not careful it comes out looking like a monkey from the Wizard of Oz. Tillie cut in and said, “Or the monkey’s ass. Look, I’m not jealous of Moses’ success. I wish him all the best! I just think he is so much better than pet portraiture, but it is his choice and he has to live with the consequences.”

  3. Tillie did most the talking. Moses dropped an occasional line. “Moses has been drawing since he was a baby. He’d cry until you put a pencil in his hand. I came to it much later. My last year in college, I had to take drawing to take photography. I thought it was the best thing ever! I wished I’d gone to art school. Now it is like an addiction. I just have to go home and do it. I’d still draw if I knew no one would ever see it. Moses said, quietly, “I can’t distinguish between when I started drawing and when I started reading comics.”


OK! Go ahead! See if you can pick the right one, but keep in mind, sometimes a lie reveals more than the truth.

Moses Leonard-Fritzmeier

Tillie Leonard-Fritzmeier

* 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.