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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

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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

Jul 01 2016

Puddindstone Post Covers Blanc de Blanc

What is it about total whiteness that holds our attention? The Beatles’ named an album after it. Kundalini yoginis only wear it, believing it to be a symbol of higher consciousness. Modern minimalists design their interiors with it. And then there’s 99 percent of Wall Street employees. Ok, that last one’s a joke, but since the early 20th century, the art world has also been, from time to time, obsessed with the idea of white-on-white art. The trend began with the then groundbreaking work of Russian Suprematist Kazimir Malevich, who blew the minds of viewers (and perturbed critics) with White Read More

Jun 30 2016

The Newport Mercury Covers Blanc de Blanc

Painter Coral Woodbury believes that “White obliterates. [It’s] the color of absence. Of staring hard into fog.” In Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” that same fearful shade is identified by Ishmael, who’s terrified of “milk-white fog” and the titular cetacean’s unholy, uncolored flesh. “Witness the white bear of the poles, and the white shark of the tropics,” he suggests. “What but their smooth, flaky whiteness makes them the transcendent horrors they are?” Though white is often linked with idealized purity and order, Ishmael argues that “there yet lurks an elusive something in the innermost idea of this hue.” “Blanc de Blanc,” arriving July Read More

Mar 29 2016

The Newport Mercury covers Richard Polsky’s Exhibition

A painting is conceived with its initial mark. It can be a dot, squiggle, point, speck, mote — or maybe a laceration. “Sometimes it’s a slash, or a curving line near the corner.” That’s how Richard Polsky begins his paintings. Slowly, with the blessing of intuition, line and color gestate into a new entity. A painting in progress, he writes in an artist statement, is a “growing child.” Once matured, a Polsky painting wanders into the world bright and confident. You can meet a strong selection of these progeny in Polsky’s eponymous solo exhibit at Jamestown Arts Center, on view Read More

Mar 11 2016

Richard Polsky’s New England Debut at The Jamestown Arts Center

Enjoy the artful language of Abstract Expressionism The Jamestown Arts Center hosts New York City artist, Richard Polsky for his first-ever New England installation, At a Glance: Richard Polsky Exhibition, navigating the rich vernacular of Abstract Expressionism as wielded by this innovative visionary. Polsky utilizes commonplace items like chop sticks, eye droppers and brushes to lay his robust vision with color, ensuring an exciting exhibit that will dazzle the senses. Exhibition opening March 11. 6pm. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. 560-0979, www.JamestownArtCenter.org Originally appeared in So Rhode Island, March 2016 Issue

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