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Apr 09 2020

Virtual Classes for Children and Adults

Contact: Tessa Freas Rodgers, Marketing Director 18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI, 02835  401.560.0979  | tessa@jamestownartcenter.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jamestown Arts Center offers Virtual Art Classes for Children and Adults  Monday Class Offerings: Everyday Drawing for adults at 10am + “Creative Shack with Miss Mac” Virtual Art Classes for Children at 3:30pm18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI 02835  | 401.560.0979 |  www.jamestownartcenter.org Paper Plate Mandala project from “Creative Shack with Miss Mac” Jamestown, RI April 9, 2020 - After closing their facility on March 14th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) launches virtual art classes via Zoom! Read More

Mar 13 2020

Closures at the JAC

The Jamestown Arts Center’s facility will be CLOSED until further notice in the interest of health and safety for our staff and community. All classes and programs are cancelled but will be rescheduled wherever possible.  Please check back for scheduling and monitor this website and social media for updates. Please send questions tomembership@jamestownartcenter.org.  Thank you for your understanding during this time of uncertainty.

Feb 12 2020

The Jamestown Arts Center announces artworks selected for the Outdoor Arts Experience 2020

Contact: Tessa Freas Rodgers, Marketing Director 18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI, 02835  401.560.0979  | tessa@jamestownartcenter.org Or Molly Dickinson, Project Manager 401.560.0979 | molly@jamestownartcenter.org 2-12-2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Jamestown Arts Center announces artworks selected for the Outdoor Arts Experience 2020 Series Six Prototype by James Payne, prototype for a new installation planned as part of the Outdoor Arts Experience starting late June 2020. Photo courtesy of artist. Jamestown, RI February 12, 2020 - The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) announced the artists selected to exhibit in its upcoming Outdoor Arts Experience (OAE) exhibition, opening late June 2020.  In celebration of the Read More

Jan 13 2020

Jamestown Arts Center Announces New Executive Director

Jamestown, RI January 10, 2020 - The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) is excited to announce the appointment of Maureen Coleman as its new Executive Director. Coleman brings to the JAC over 25 years of non-profit leadership and development experience.  She will be the JAC’s second executive director when she starts her new role on February 3, 2020. Coleman joins the JAC as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.  Coleman’s non-profit work includes leadership and advancement roles at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Save The Bay, IYRS, and URI. She also served as VP of Operations Read More

Jul 30 2019

ARTS REVIEW: Seeing what paper can do at Jamestown Arts Center

By Alexander Castro / Special to The Daily NewsPosted Jul 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM The eight-artist collective Pulparazzi consider painting and papermaking inseparable in summer show. JAMESTOWN — The virtues of construction paper tend to go unappreciated after grade school, once cutout masks and hokey holiday crafts are behind you. But for some artists, the practice of crafting with paper, rather than simply on it, remains elemental. The collective Pulparazzi, in fact, is made up of artists for whom painting and papermaking are nearly inseparable. The national eight-artist group exhibits together through Aug. 17 at Jamestown Arts Center, with a closing reception slated for Read More

Jul 18 2019

Known as the “Pulparazzi,” eight artists come together for paper-inspired art exhibit at JAC

by Helena Touhey Special to the Independent There are many secrets to making quality paper, and one of them is found in the water. “Water really makes paper work,” said Peter Sowiski, a seasoned paper-maker who began processing pulp so he could have handmade paper for his work as a printmaker. He continued, explaining that pure water is needed to make a fine paper, and the key to making artwork with paper is finding the right kind of water to use in the papermaking process. He was sharing his thoughts in the main gallery of the Jamestown Arts Center, to Read More

May 23 2019

Town supports JAC proposal for outdoor art

Ten pieces would dot island for part of 2020on May 23, 2019BY TIM RIEL The town council Monday night enthusiastically endorsed a plan that would turn Conanicut Island into a blank canvas for the Jamestown Arts Center. “It’s just a wonderful idea,” said Mary Meagher, vice president of the council. Tom Farrell, Mary Hall Keen and Molly Dickinson pitched the proposal, which will commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary by providing “a publicly accessible example of extraordinary arts brought to our community through outdoor installations.” The public art committee already approved a motion at its meeting last week to “supply collaborative Read More

Mar 19 2019

ARTS REVIEW: A new collage try at Jamestown Arts Center

From traditional paper and paint to the sonic and sculptural, “Cut & Paste” is a highly enjoyable survey of collage-as-technique even as the cutting edge of contemporary collage blossoms on social media. In a classic episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the titular hero enrolls in an art class taught by his neighbor Squidward. SpongeBob proves himself a competent artist, and his skill eventually enrages Squidward, who rips up SpongeBob’s art in a jealous fit. SpongeBob immediately crafts a new artwork from the destruction, providing a pretty agreeable definition of collage along the way: “You take a bunch of old ripped up Read More

Mar 14 2019

JAC kicks off spring slate with new classes

March 14, 2019BY MATT WUNSCH To celebrate the arrival of spring, a collage of classes is underway at the Jamestown Arts Center that caters to everyone, from fledgling photographers to seasoned ceramists. This season’s schedule includes classes with instructor Kevin Gilmore, a South Kingstown resident whose work can be seen in the current exhibit, “Cut & Paste: Collage Today.” Gilmore, who earned his master’s degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, will show students to express their creativity through collage. Gilmore said his approach to teaching is to shift the focus of instruction from him to the student. “Art Read More

Jan 28 2019

Flying Shuttles Studio artists exhibit mixed media works at Jamestown Arts Center

By Helena Touhey Special to the IndependentJan 25, 2019JAMESTOWN, R.I. — Three boats are displayed together in a corner, distinct paintings unified in subject matter but distinguished by their cloud formations and wave patterns. There is “Servabu, 64 Tons,” with big sails and pleasant clouds on calm seas next to “Sailing By The Clouds,” which appears to rest on more rocky waters, under stormy skies. Nearby and looking on is “The Queen Mary,” smaller in scale but no less colorful, its pink and gray hull seeming to glide across a blue-green ocean, the clouds above both soft and a bit Read More

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