Friday, December 4, 2015

Position Open: Gallery Director


Position Description

Gallery Director
The position of Gallery Director, Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week, $12.10/hour). The Director reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.

This position, while an administrative position, is a creative springboard allowing a motivated individual the opportunity to contribute to the local arts community by leading a well-regarded institution. Hera encourages the gallery director to pursue his or her professional interests including associate artist membership (free) in the gallery. The gallery director may also work to develop skills in the following areas:
curatorial experience and exhibition design, graphic design, professional level arts writing, website development.

Qualifications:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Good computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with
Photoshop, Illustrator, and square space (website template)
• Administrative experience desired
·  Fundraising and event planning experience
• The gallery director must have the ability to work with a diverse audience of local community members as well as artists, arts professionals, funders, and media. Serves as liaison with community
• Background or involvement in the visual arts
·      Knowledge of Social Media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
·      Mailchimp for email marketing

Responsibilities:
• Administrative: execute the general day-to-day operations of the gallery, supervise interns and volunteers, and maintain exhibition and gallery records. Facilitate communication between artist members, Board of Directors and Friends of Hera. Oversee preparation of bulk mailings.
• Public Relations: includes writing press releases, developing relationships with
journalists; assisting with writing and editing gallery publications such as website,
newsletters, fundraising materials and targeted emails to journalists, supporters, artists.
• Development: Oversees board and artist members to implement annual fundraising initiatives including but not limited to 2 fundraising events per fiscal year, works with board to implement corporate sponsorship, annual appeal and friends of Hera Campaign, and grant writing.
• Assist exhibiting artists and curators with coordination of exhibitions and programs.
• Attend and prepare Director’s report for monthly Board meetings; attend gallery events. 

For more information about Hera Gallery go to www.heragallery.org. Please send a cover letter and resume to Barbara Pagh, Hera Gallery, Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880 by January 22, 2016    

Friday, November 13, 2015

Curious Surface & November Fall Fundraiser: Sat, 11/21, 5-8pm

Saturday, November 21st, 5-8pm
Curious Surface Opening Reception
 & November Fall Fundraiser

Join us in a night of art, food, and fun with the Hera artists of Curious Surface:
Uli Brahmst, Iris Donnelly, Viera Levitt, Megan McNaught, Barbara Owen, & MJ Yeager

Silent Auction of Crafts, Art, 
& Local Business Goods/Services: 5-7:45
Wine Surprise Gift Bags Available All Night
& The Return of the
ARTIST MADE PIE LIVE AUCTION at 7PM!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gene Robinson is exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through November 2, 2015.



                    





Gene Robinson is a retired locksmith who worked at the University of Rhode Island for over 20 years.  Through the years of raising two daughters and now a grandfather of five, Gene always managed to pursue his passion for photography.  Gene began as a film photographer, but tried digital four years ago and was completely hooked.  








Photographing mostly the natural world, Gene has a specific interest in birds.  He attributes this to the moments in his childhood spent with his uncle who raised homing pigeons.  His passion for the natural world shines through every photograph.  He explained that his wish is for others to see the beauty in nature that he sees. He hopes that this inspires them to get out there and experience this beauty themselves, but for those who can’t, he is happy that they can experience some of it through his photographs.

If you are interested in speaking to Gene and finding out more about his work, you can contact him at visionquest21@yahoo.com. 



Monday, October 12, 2015

Broches/Pagh

OPENING SATURDAY FROM 6-8PM!

Alexandra Broches
Letters and Pictures from a Box
While closing her family home after her father died, Broches found a box containing more letters, photographs and documents than she had previously seen. Her father rarely spoke about the loss of his family and what had happened to this Dutch Jewish family during World War II. So began a project that continues today to construct the family narrative and reflect on the process undertaken to understand who she is and where she came from. The mysteries and memories within the box constitute the foundation of the photographs and personal reflections in this exhibition.

Alexandra Broches is a fine art photographer. She lives and maintains her studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island and has been a member of Hera Gallery since 1975.

 Barbara Pagh
Intervals
Barbara Pagh will be exhibiting a new series of prints, “Intervals”. Each one-of-a-kind print takes a traditional landscape view with a horizon and combines it with details of the same site in a panorama format. Using Photoshop to alter the images she prints on various Asian papers from photolithographic plates. The images are then cut and collaged onto a 10”x28” piece of handmade paper in a composition of vertical slices. The landscape images are from Rhode Island, Maine, Oregon, South Carolina and Brittany (France).

She will also be exhibiting a series of prints and collages on 12”x12” paper, displayed in a grid format. Many of them are pure collages of handmade papers with no printing, harking back to her minimalist roots. These evoke seascapes, without being literal. Interspersed are square details of landscape and a close-up image of water printed in varied colors.

Barbara Pagh is a printmaker and papermaker who is a Full Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at URI.
Can't Make the Opening? 
Join us for the ARTIST TALK on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm.

Friday, August 28, 2015

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

heragallery.org has been undergoing a major remodel 
and is now currently down as we change hosting. 

STAY TUNED for the BIG REVEAL!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Artist Talk POSTPONED!

Due to a combination of illness and scheduling conflict, 
we have to postpone tonight's artist talk.

Join us NEXT THURSDAY at 7pm!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Relay Week 3: David Namhon Kim




Hera Gallery is pleased host Relay, a five-week intensive installation exhibition featuring a different artist EVERY WEEK. We invite the public to join us EACH SATURDAY during the exhibition for a reception to celebrate each artist.

Week 3: David Namhon Kim, July 7-11
Reception July 11, 6-8pm

Installation Hours: Wed 7/8 6-9pm & Thurs 7/9 6-9pm


A California native, DAVID NAMHON KIM had brief stints on the east coast for work and education before fully relocating to Providence, RI in 2012. With backgrounds in biochemistry, new media, and fine art, he has worked as a research scientist, high school teacher, and adjunct faculty at RISD and Brown University. A graduate of the RISD Digital+Media MFA program, Kim currently manages the RISD Co-Works fabrication lab while also evolving his personal creative practice.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Relay Week 2: Mary Kudlak

We've begun Relay Week 2 here at Hera! Mary Kudlak is in town from LA working hard on her installation The Party's Over!


Installation Hours
Monday: Until 7
Tuesday: 10-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Thursday: 10-7
Friday: 10-6

With the holiday weekend coinciding with the exhibition, we will be hosting TWO receptions for Mary. 

Friday, July 3 6-8pm & Saturday, July 4, 12-3 pm (BBQ!)
  MARY KUDLAK is a Los Angeles based visual artist. Her work ranges from 2D prints and paintings to 3D objects and installation work. Focusing mainly on domestic spaces, her work presents the viewer with scenes of everydayness. Sometimes ironic, often comical imagery along with multiple perspectives combine to create playful visuals that the artist carries throughout all mediums. She received her BFA in studio art from the University of Rhode Island and her MFA in printmaking with a thesis in sculpture from Pratt Institute. Her exhibition venues include kunsthalle Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY; Lot 53 Art Space in Los Angeles, CA; Cabarrus Art Center in concord, NC; Feinstein Gallery in Providence, RI; and Cushing Gallery in Newport, RI.



Monday, June 22, 2015

RELAY Begins TODAY!

Relay kicks off this afternoon with Abigael McGuire starting the work on her jungle of e-waste. She'll be in the gallery from 1-6pm finalizing her prep work tackling most of the physical work Tues-Friday. 


Gallery Expanded Installation Hours
Mon 1-6pm
Tues Collecting Materials in the AM, 1-6pm
Wed 9am-12pm, 1-6pm
Thurs Collecting Materials in the AM, 1-9pm
Fri 9am-12pm, 1-6pm


The finished piece will be fully installed and on view Saturday 6/27 10-4 with a reception from 6-8pm. Come stop by anytime she's at work and see this first transformation of the gallery.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kirby Nunez at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Kirby Nunez s is exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through July 24, 2015.


Kirby became an artist slowly and then all at once.  Art was his passion early in life, but by the time he was in high school it began to take a back seat.  He began college at the University of Rhode Island as a Kinesiology major, but soon realized after taking a few art classes, that his passion for art was still there and he wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.  This made him switch from kinesiology and Business to Fine Art and Textiles, and he never looked back.  It didn’t take long for Kirby to start gaining recognition for his art work, and as a junior he was awarded the David Ketner Memorial scholarship for most outstanding junior artist. 
 Kirby, now a senior at the university, makes art with subject matter that reflects both social and personal issues that are important to him.  His work sometimes deals with the darker side of society tackling subject matter such as a population of our planet that often goes unnoticed, the homeless.  Kirby’s pieces also deal with many personal experiences such as his growth as an artist and a man.  He lays all of his feelings and emotions out there for the viewer to see.  His positive view of his life is easy to see in these works.  Kirby’s style is graffiti-influenced, because that is where he started.  One artist that also had a major influence on him was Jean-Michel Basquiat.


For his exhibition at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery, Kirby’s subject matter explores his upbringing in an urban community.  Nostalgia is the main source of inspiration for him.  While growing up his experiences became imprinted in his head.  Because of this he chose to reprint all those vivid images from his head onto clear and colored sheets of acetate. The composition of these images are placed in “boxes” and cubes. He prefers to refer to them as blocks, acting as a metaphorical reference to the structure and system of where he grew up.  As a series this work speaks to both his childhood and the current situations that still arise in the urban neighborhoods.  All the figures are nameless and faceless because they can be replaced by anybody else in society.


Kirby is currently working on creating a website where viewers can purchase his work and other merchandise.  If you want to know more about Kirby and his work he can be reached by email  nunezkirby@gmail.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.
Rhonda LaPorte is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact Rhonda at rhondalaporte@gmail.com to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Further On Down The Yellow Brick Road

Michael Yefko
 Have you been Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road yet? If not, there are so many works to discover here at Hera from Jack Massey and Michael Yefko!

Jack Massey
Michael Yefko
Jack Massey

Exhibition is on display until June 20th. Don't miss out on all the works that you can discover just a little further on down the yellow brick road!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: GEOMETRY


Concept: Geometry is the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs. In the arts it has referred to the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something and includes concepts such as the golden ratio and the use of geometric symbols. It can be found historically in Islamic & Renaissance art, folk art quilts, and was embraced as an aesthetic by the great masters of modern art in the 20th Century. It continues to thrive today as exemplified by artists utilizing algorithms and expressing them through visual means. When art and math are used in conjunction, moments of true interdisciplinary coordination occur.


This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks to exhibit a varied perspective on contemporary views of geometry including, but NOT limited to, pattern (whether in data or aesthetic), fractals, string theory, along with the formal vocabulary of geometry from mathematicians like Euclid to artists such as Mondrian. 

Juror: Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum


Application Deadline: Friday, July 17th, 2015. 


Exhibition Dates:  Saturday, September 12th - Saturday, October 10th, 2015


Eligibility: Open to works of any medium depicting GEOMETRY as the main subject. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must fit through said door.


Entry Fee: Each artist may submit 3 entries for $30. Judging will be done from digital files. Fees are non-refundable.

Download the application HERE.

Friday, May 22, 2015

PORTFOLIO RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE

Saturday, June 27th, 7:00pm
Dear friends of Hera we are very excited to have assembled a set of 5 portfolios of work by Hera artists to be raffled off this summer to benefit the gallery.
10 Hera members who are photographers or printmakers to do a limited edition of 5 prints.




5 portfolio boxes will be raffled in a drawing to be held on Saturday June 27, at 7pm at 10 High Street. Each work is 11”x14” and is housed in an archival box.

The artists who have contributed work are Amanda Swain Bingham, Alexandra Broches, Uli Brahmst, Iris Donnelly, John Kotula, Viera Levitt, Jill McLaughlin, Barbara Pagh, Myron Rubenstein, and Mara Trachtenberg.

Tickets for the raffle are $50 and we have limited the number of tickets to 100. You may purchase more than one ticket and do not have to be present to win. Five tickets will be drawn to determine the winners.

See the link below for the Raffle PDF and we will send you the ticket stubs.

DOWNLOAD RAFFLE PDF


FULL SIZE PORTFOLIO IMAGE

Friday, May 15, 2015

Artist Elizabeth Richards is now exhibiting at The World’s Smallest Art Gallery


Elizabeth Richards is exhibiting at The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through June 12, 2015.




Elizabeth Richards is a traditional artist currently residing in Narragansett. Most Elizabeth’s work deals with subjects from nature such as different plants, animals, and sometimes figures and settings to create various scenes with a multitude of symbolism generally involving different cultures’ religions, beliefs, myths, and spirituality.
It’s the idea of spirituality and not necessarily religion that she finds interesting. Elizabeth looks through various peoples ranging from Northern Pacific Inuit, Navajo tribes, Greek and Egyptian mythologies, and even modern day movements, such as the punk rebellion, to create a scene and narrative.  Recently she has been focusing on astrology and instances of rare happenings in nature such as albinism, melanism, and different subspecies and what they could possibly represent.  She then creates newer mythologies of her own with them.


Elizabeth describes her creative process as a chaotic one. She starts by picking one specific story, idea, animal, or any other element to focus on then focuses on the story and the meaning behind the myth.  It is then that the rest of the elements fall into place. Elizabeth feels that while it is important to create a structurally sound painting, her first goal is to create the story she wants to tell.  She states “My brain picks up the information, melds it with other ideas and pieces, creating a snowball effect leading to the end product of a sometimes surreal whole. Sometimes what I set out to do in the beginning is not what I end up with when the paint is good and dry.” Another of Elizabeth’s goals is high key color saturation and textures.
Elizabeth tends to revel in past culture and times where mythology taught humans about the world around them. Creation myths taught people why the earth is here and how they came to be and with her work, she tries to infer her own symbolism and combine others, to add to the overall meaning. Spirituality is something that is also very important and prevalent with the natural world, which also adds different meanings and messages to her work.


Elizabeth wants her viewers to walk away more curious about the spirit realm. There is a hint of mystery and often life lessons to be learned within nature and society and in the modern world, which she feels is either forgotten or never learned. Whether one believes in the power of meeting spirit animals or if spirituality can be found in nature, she wants the viewer to be inspired to look at the world around them and find a bit of poetry and meaning that was perhaps not there at first glance.



The pieces Elizabeth is showing at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery is just a small sample of her work.  These works and many more are currently for sale.  To find out more visit Elizabeth at lizrichards.deviantart.com or contact her directly at lizashleyrichards@gmail.com.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road w/ Jack Massey & Michael Yefko


Hera Gallery is pleased host Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road, an exhibition highlighting the work of Hera Members Jack Massey & Michael Yefko. We invite the public to join us Saturday, May 16th from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception.


"The Market is a Snake" - Michael Yefko 
"Further On Down The Yellow Brick Road is an art exhibition at Hera Gallery that will feature works by Jack Massey and Michael Yefko. The two artists will exhibit Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional works that explore temporal aspects of geometry within an entropic reality. As if that was not enough, they will exhibit works that also reveal the humor that comes from a modernist’s utopic sensibility meeting a great wind of change blowing across, through, and against creative freedom. The fear is always that audiences will either read too much or too little between the lines. Both artists admit that one reason for coming together to create this exhibition is that they are willing to take that chance.
Michael Yefko first encountered Jack Massey as his teacher on RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome while Professor Massey served as Chief Critic in 1977. They have remained friends and for a while were colleagues (1981-2000) teaching in the Foundation Studies Program at RISD. Professor Massey has just become Professor Emeritus at RISD while Michael Yefko works at his art and is a Part Time Faculty member at The University of Rhode Island."
"It's About Euclid" - Jack Massey
The exhibition will be open May 16th to June 20th on all days the Gallery is open (Wed-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm). 


We hope to see you at the opening reception and hope you stop by throughout these next couple of weeks!

Friday, May 8, 2015

WATER Closing Reception & Artist Panel


Thank you to all of you who have come out to support the WATER exhibition these past few weeks! 

Please join us and the regional artists of Water in a closing reception
and informal artist panel discussion that includes Michelle Benoit, David Mangels, & Kelsey Miller!


Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: GEOMETRY


Concept: Geometry is the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs. In the arts it has referred to the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something and includes concepts such as the golden ratio and the use of geometric symbols. It can be found historically in Islamic & Renaissance art, folk art quilts, and was embraced as an aesthetic by the great masters of modern art in the 20th Century. It continues to thrive today as exemplified by artists utilizing algorithms and expressing them through visual means. When art and math are used in conjunction, moments of true interdisciplinary coordination occur.



This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks to exhibit a varied perspective on contemporary views of geometry including, but NOT limited to, pattern (whether in data or aesthetic), fractals, string theory, along with the formal vocabulary of geometry from mathematicians like Euclid to artists such as Mondrian. 

Juror: Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum



Application Deadline: Friday, July 17th, 2015. 


Exhibition Dates:  Saturday, September 12th - Saturday, October 10th, 2015



Eligibility: Open to works of any medium depicting GEOMETRY as the main subject. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must fit through said door.



Entry Fee: Each artist may submit 3 entries for $30. Judging will be done from digital files. Fees are non-refundable.


Download the application HERE.

Health of Our Local Waters!



With Dave Prescott of Save the Bay's South Coast Center in Westerly.

Dave will be providing a 45 minute presentation with opportunities to discuss local water issues in South County. Fresh and salt water bodies will be discussed.

David Prescott is the South County Coastkeeper, a role that provides a visible on-the-water presence and works in the community to protect, restore, and promote stewardship of the unique and magnificent waterways of Little Narragansett Bay, the Pawcatuck River, and the South Coast. 

Dave conducts water quality monitoring, mobilizes community action on stormwater and wastewater pollution, investigates and responds to pollution incidents, and advocates for public access to the shore. He is a proponent for new strategies for communities that are dealing with climate change impacts.

Join us in meeting with our South County Coastkeeper!

Light refreshments provided!