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Jul 01 2017

Text in Contemporary Art at Jamestown Arts Center

The intersection of language and visual form provides both the tools and the subject of conceptual art. “WORD: Text in Contemporary Art” at the Jamestown Arts Center offers over 55 images, objects and installations contrasting canonical works with recent forays in the art-form. While concentrating on artists in southern New England, curator Karen Conway has also tapped collectors, galleries and artist studios in New York and the Midwest. Voyages at an end as well as explorations underway complement each other in the spacious former boat repair shop through early August. The works of the earlier conceptualists, like words in Scrabble, Read More

Jun 13 2017

Pop love-it

Skateboarding. Is. The. Coolest. Thing. Ever. That’s basically what Ryan Robidoux and his brother thought after seeing the 1985 film “Back to the Future.” And what better way to emulate the supreme cool than by conquering the biggest hill you can find? Minutes after the movie’s credits rolled, the brothers made their way to a hilltop. Robidoux watched as his brother planted wheels upon ground and roared down the sloping road. And then: the conclusive crack of a breaking leg. Robidoux was totally undeterred by his brother’s accident. He spent the next year reasoning with his parents. Can I get Read More

Jun 12 2017

Like a Local: Seven Must-See Art Galleries in Rhode Island

Jamestown Arts Center Ample evidence of JAC’s clean, stripped-down aesthetic (Photo: Jamestown Arts Center) It’s a hike from Providence, but Jamestown Arts Center is one of the state’s most dedicated and well-run arts spaces. Exhibitions tend toward tasteful abstraction and mid-career Rhody artists who’ve spent considerable time honing their aesthetic lexicons. Group shows and pop-up installations are common, offering audiences variety. Openings are usually well-attended, a strong indicator of the Arts Center’s vitality and importance in the island community of Jamestown. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown Alexander Castro, TRAVELMAG Monday, June 12, 2017 Read full article here   Save Save

Apr 25 2017

The carpenters – What’s a model train platform doing at the Jamestown Art Center?

“BIG NEWS” hovers on the semigloss surface of a pamphlet from a sawmill retailer. A cartoon lumberjack grips a megaphone, smiling beside orange text that announces: “INSTANT SAVINGS…FLEXIBLE PLANS with Payments as LOW as $102 per Month.” Sam Duket and Brad Fesmire have been eyeing this mailer lately, fantasizing about those low, low payments on a portable sawmill. As professional woodworkers, partners in their joint venture Transom, Duket and Fesmire make their living off fabrication, carpentry and millwork. A sawmill would be useful — not only for their profession, but their artwork. As you might guess, these carpenters render robust Read More

Jan 20 2017

Creating Outside the Lines

JAMESTOWN — It seems there is never a dull moment at the Out-of-the-Box Art Studio operated by Bridges Inc. Rhode Island artists with developmental disabilities are in and out of the studio on Clinton Avenue throughout the day. Their paintings, sculptures, fabrics, collages and other works fill the studio. It recently received a $2,300 grant from the John E. Fogarty Foundation For Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. With that funding, the It recently received a $2,300 grant from the John E. Fogarty Foundation For Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. With that funding, the goal is to help brand Read More

Jan 19 2017

Able to Make Just So Much

“These are my ideas. 1. Putting Angela and Nina in a horror house. 2. Have them scream and run.” So begins the inside cover of a comic-book-in-progress by Natasha Colon, who makes art about thrice weekly at Studio 57, the artisanal arm of Middletown nonprofit Looking Upwards. Colon’s a prolific writer and portraitist. Her take on Marilyn Monroe grins against a void black background, the colors compellingly smooth: cadmium yellow hair, blobby blue eyes, teeth and earrings of undiluted titanium white. Alongside portraits, spooky stuff (like zombie babies, Cerberus, frankengirls, werewolves or even a rotting corpse) is Colon’s preferred subject Read More

Oct 20 2016

R.I. Performers combine art, music and dance

JAMESTOWN, R.I. — Dancer/choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky, musician MorganEve Swain and artist Cyrus Highsmith are combining their talents for an original performance piece at the Jamestown Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Kenner Brodsky, artistic director of Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co., said the piece, called "PARt," has been in development for about a year. She said it's about memory, and the emotions and conversations that occur between people, with the five female dancers performing in various combinations. She said the music and dance are intended to complement each other, while the dancers will be Read More

Sep 28 2016

JAC Wins Best Historical Exhibition!

We're so excited to share our big win from, Tuesday, September 27, 2016! Our exhibit, "Nina A. Baugh: In Search of a Studio of Her Own" won HISTORICAL EXHIBIT OF THE YEAR at the 1st Annual Dorrys Awards. This incredible exhibit featured previously unseen portraits by Nina A. Baugh (1908 – 1981), and was the brainchild of Nina's granddaughter Lydia Biddle Cotter. We partnered with the amazing people at the Jamestown Historical Society who brought in artwork and ephemera that lent historical context to the exhibit. The family provided home movies from the 1930s to further contextualize the work. Our Read More

Sep 08 2016

Newport Mercury Covers Heuser Exhibition

A white hot sun is there one second, gone the next. It sinks into a flattened antique yellow, and the precisely placed ripples in its orbit begin to vibrate. Concentric patterns spin under the guidance of a ring of golden light. Irradiant lines collide while maintaining their assertive form, giving the impression of a tunnel inclining downward — way, way down. Apt, then, that Tayo Heuser’s inner cosmographies form part of her new solo exhibit, “Looking In: Looking Out,” opening Thursday, Sept. 1, at Jamestown Arts Center. The title is certainly concise: Joining big works on paper like the aforementioned Read More

Sep 08 2016

Artscope Covers Heuser Exhibition

Looking In: Looking Out in Jamestown In conversation at her Pawtucket studio, Tayo Heuser described herself as shy; to discuss her as a person with a countenance of introspection seems more accurate. The assessment of herself was enigmatic and thoughtprovoking, juxtaposed against the array of emotive abstractions which blanketed nearly all of the walls and available table surfaces around her that day, as she prepared for “Looking In: Looking Out,” her solo exhibition that opened September 1 at the Jamestown Arts Center. Her reductive sensibility engages the idea of spirituality in art. Heuser’s work transcends the feeling of being in Read More

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