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.
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
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
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
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.
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): http://www.heragallery.org
Juror:Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in
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.
The World’s Smallest Art
is pleased to present the work of Melyssa Lentini
through December 15, 2014.
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 (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 1”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
·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
·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.