Friday, October 11, 2013
Fred Cahill at The World's Smallest Art Gallery
Fred Cahill, local self-taught artist, is displaying his paintings in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through November 15, 2013.
Fred Cahill came to South County to spend Thanksgiving with some relatives and never left. “My relatives call me Thanksgiving leftovers, because I came for dinner and I’ve been around ever since” Fred says. “It’s a great place to live. I never take it for granted and I’ve lived all over the country.”
Fred has been creative his whole life and has always wanted to be an artist. He says he got serious about it in 1996. He was working for a catering company. “I was one of those guys in a tuxedo passing a tray of hors d'oeuvre. We had a gig in an art museum and I kept getting talked to because I was so distracted by the artwork.”
“Being an artist is inherently peaceful.” Fred says. I want my art to speak to people, make them feel a little different, see things differently. I sold a painting for three hundred dollars and I got a two page letter from the woman that bought it, telling me what every color meant to her. That was better than selling it for three thousand dollars.”
*The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
• A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org/). 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 (http://heragallery.org/) and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net/).
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details and to schedule a show.