Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of South County
27 North Road, Peace Dale, RI
Organized by Iris Donnelly
Freedom Summer (2014)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known
as Freedom Summer, 700 courageous student volunteers from around the country
joined organizers and local African-Americans in a historic effort to shatter
the foundation of white supremacy in Mississippi.In 1964, less than 7 percent of Mississippi’s
African-Americans were registered to vote, compared to 50 to 70 percent in
other southern states.When faced
with possible loss of jobs and violence, many were dissuaded from registering
name is Rhonda LaPorte and I am the newest intern at Hera Gallery. Iwas
born and raised in Rhode Island and currently reside in the beautiful town of
Hopkinton. I graduated from the
University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1999,
and worked in non-profit television and other non-profit organizations for a
number of years. My passion for
photography began after receiving my first camera at the age of twelve. After taking that first role of film, I was hooked
and rarely went anywhere without my camera.
It is this passion for the medium that led me to return to the
University of Rhode Island in 2011 to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Inspiration for my photographs come from
the awe inspiring beauty of the natural world.
I am committed to capturing images that can provide the viewer an
opportunity to witness a moment they did not experience themselves. My work in this medium has me photographing
throughout New England and other locations throughout United States. After my graduation from the University in
2015, I plan to pursue my love for photography and documenting the beauty of
our world as well as finding work in a gallery or museum setting. I feel that this type of work will only help
to fuel my passion as I receive unlimited inspiration from others artistic
I’m excited about
spending my semester with Hera and planning a student show for January
2015. I know that the time I spend here
will teach me some of the valuable lessons I will need to be successful in the
future. I have included some of my work
to give you an idea of what inspires me!
Hope to see you all at Hera very soon!
Paintings by Pop Icon will be on display
in The World's Smallest Art Gallery through November 1, 2014.
Pop Icon has worked in the arts for over 20 years. After attending The Art
Institute of Boston at Lesley College and classes at Rhode Island School of
Design, he devoted his time to running an art group known as Pop Icon & The
Cocktail Club and dedicated a lot of his time in the fight for free speech and
equality. Pop's primary focus is on post modern art that draws from the banal
and kitschy elements of Pop Art with a major emphasis on color and fun. Pop
most recently has garnered international notoriety for his series of 8x9
paintings called Art pour le douloureusement ignorant; which consist of robots,
skulls, voodoo symbols & musical instruments. Pop has shown in solo &
group shows at The Warwick Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, The Main
Gallery at The Art Institute of Boston, Gallery Z, Gallery Insane, The Brooklyn
Coffee Tea House, Colo Colo Gallery, Bolt Gun Gallery, The Douglas Gallery,
Gallery X, Fine Art at Chapel View & New Hope gallery. Pop now is having
pop up gallery shows in New England called The House Of Icon and is working on
his own night once a month showcasing local artists, chefs & musicians. You
can go to his shop: https://www.etsy.com/people/therealpopicon
You may also find him here: https://www.facebook.com/therealpopicon
Download The House of Icon radio show & podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/therealpopicon
To hear his band: http://bearmonarch.bandcamp.com/
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.
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.
Hera Gallery welcomes RhodeTour to South County! Saturday, September 13th 6-7:30pm Rhode Tour is a statewide mobile historical smartphone application that tells stories by and about Rhode Islanders. In a short presentation, we will introduce Rhode Tour and its features. Sandra Enos will discuss Orphanages, Asylums and Almshouses based on research on the history of Rhode Island’s places for its poor, vulnerable, delinquent, hearing impaired and disabled citizens. Visit rhodetour.org to take a thematic tour on your computer, or download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play for a new kind of Rhode Island guidebook.