Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

John Kotula, "Honeysuckle #1"
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! The Gallery will be closed today, but Friday from 1-5 and Saturday 10-4 we will be open. John Kotula's "Into the Garden" and Jason Smith's "Myths & Revelations" is on display until December 20th. Both artists will be giving a talk on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm.
Jason Smith, "Revelation: 12" (Detail)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Support Art in South Kingstown

Dear Friends of Hera,

It has been a good year at Hera Gallery. We are settled in our new home at 10 High Street, we have worked to have more of a community presence, we have begun to give back to our community, and we have continued to bring high quality contemporary art to our community. We are grateful for the support we receive from you, our Friends of Hera that make much of this work possible.

In 2013 artist member John Kotula, along with other local artists had an idea to make birdhouses to raise homelessness awareness. We decided to turn this idea into a fundraiser and invite artists and other community members to create birdhouses that were auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Gallery, The Welcome House, The Johnnycake Center, and the Education Exchange. The community participation was wonderful resulting in over 70 unique birdhouses, and our decision to donate 10% of our future fundraising to local non-profits. Since then we have raised funds for the Domestic Violence Resource Center, and currently we are planning our late fall/early winter fundraiser to donate partial proceeds to the Johnnycake Center in Peace Dale.

Perhaps you stopped by our booth at Festival fete on Main Street in Wakefield in October. Maybe your child made a button at our table at the Downtown Merchants Halloween Parade festival or your grandchild had their artwork in our annual children’s exhibit, did your high school student participate in our portfolio reviews geared toward helping students applying to art schools? Maybe you joined us for our first annual Friends of Hera thank you party.

Let’s not forget about the art. “Paint” and ”Landscape at the Edge: Contemporary Views” two national juried shows brought work from all over the country to our town. Hera’s 40th anniversary show, exhibiting (enter in #of artists here) from the history of Hera, 19 on Paper a group of new England artists interested in making and exhibiting high quality works of art of on paper, Saunderstown Weaving school’s 40th anniversary exhibition and member exhibitions by our talented artist members also made this an amazing year to view contemporary art in our community.

As we finish up the year and move into 2015, we would like to continue to give back to the community that has supported us in the ways we know best. Bringing amazing art to our viewers, using art to raise funds to help others, and through using our combined expertise and knowledge to contribute to our community. Your generous contributions have made this possible. Your continued financial support helps to keep the arts alive and thriving in Wakefield/South Kingstown and allows Hera Gallery to continue to do the work we have been doing for 40+ years.

Thank you.
Mara Trachtenberg

Contributions large and small are greatly appreciated and help to support the cultural life of our community. Donate via paypal here (click on the donate button on our webpage):

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


H E R A  G A L L E R Y

Is pleased to present…


Juror: Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 
Lincoln, MA

Concept: Water is the medium of life. We are born from water and remain mostly water until we return to dust. Water in dynamic cyclic flow forms 70% of the earth’s surface creating interconnected patterns of life in scaled interrelationships. Civilizations have flourished and evolved by harnessing the flow of water. Water has been essential for economic growth and has become a playground for fun and adventure.  We are inspired by the beauty and sublime nature of water. These days, contemporary water issues are also creating debates over conflicting interests at local and global levels. Concerns over enough clean drinking water, rising sea levels, powerful storms or droughts spurred by what most believe are climate change forces, fracking and energy needs, and transnational controls of water rights are just some of our worries.

This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks a varied perspective on contemporary views of water as an essential element. Political, social, environmental and aesthetic themes related to water in all media will be considered.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 6th, 2015.  


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Melyssa Lentini at The World's Smallest Art Gallery

The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* is pleased to present the work of Melyssa Lentini through December 15, 2014.

             Melyssa Lentini studied art at CCRI and UMass Dartmouth but then she took a fifteen-year hiatus from artwork. She has recently begun to work again and is turning out vibrant, eye-catching paintings and collages that seem equally influenced by Mexican Folk Art and 60’s psychedelia. Suppose Peter Max and Frieda Kahlo had a love child who grew up to be an artist, she might do work that looks a lot like Melyssa Lentini’s.  Actually, Melyssa relates that when she decided to start painting again, one of the first things she did was a replica of Peter Max’s The Different Drummer. She also names Frieda Kahlo as a major inspiration noting that she identifies with her struggles with health and relationships.
Latin American religious iconography is dominant in the group of paintings displayed in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery. Although she is not very religious herself, Melyssa says she is struck by the faith that people put in religious objects. She often collages rosary beads and other small found objects into her work to add another layer of reference and engagement.
 Melyssa works at the Johnston Library, where, among other duties, she teaches a program to third through sixth graders called Art Smart. She presents an art history lesson and then students create a picture based on a particular artist or style. She also works with special needs high schoolers.

* 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 1”. 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.