Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Karen Stackow at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Karen Stackow exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through February 1, 2015.
            Karen is showing a series of pyrographic works entitled Fire Spirits. She has created images with a wood burner on weathered shingles, cedar scraps, and rounds cut from downed trees on her property. Karen describes herself as a “daughter, friend and lover” of Mother Nature and these pieces form a heartfelt testament to that relationship. Karen sighted a mountain lion on her property and this event had great impact on her attunement with the natural world. Her portraits of animals and trees in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery reflect a deep appreciation of the spirit that lays beneath the surface. To look at them is to be reminded of the importance of the wild in our lives.

            Karen has a long history as a community artist in Rhode Island. In fact, just across the bike path from The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is a striking mural she did ten years ago. It is made up of mirror mosaics and found objects – including a bike or two – embedded in cement. Karen says, “I use to be a ‘cement-head’!” She is also the creator of other cement and mosaic pieces along the bike path.


            You can find Karen’s work for sale every Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the South Kingston Farmers Market in the Peace Dale Mill.

You can also check out her Etsy Shop:
Visit her website:
And look for her on Facebook:

Hey, Christmas is coming! Get on it!

* 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 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.

Rhonda LaPorte is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at rlporte@my.uri.edu to get more details and to schedule a show.

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