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Nov 07 2017

Dreamers documented

A furry, baby-sized sentry greets you upon entering the Jamestown Arts Center, where the 2017 Members’ Show, “CREATE/REACT,” runs through Dec. 2. It’s Rebecca Siemering’s “Tuft Enough,” a hand-fringed suit made from betting slips and dental floss. As with many of Siemering’s creations, it embodies an aftertaste of loss and failure — a garment sewn from shredded, rather than realized, dreams. “But who is the dreamer?” Monica Bellucci asked David Lynch in the recent return of “Twin Peaks,” and the question applies here as well. Siemering’s meditation on the ubiquity of broken hope acts as a powerful yet subtle prelude Read More

Nov 02 2017

Jamestown resident Christian Drury remakes her life and devotes herself to painting

It was three years ago when Christian Potter Drury, a former art director at The Providence Journal, found herself adrift in one of life’s perfect storms. After butting heads one too many times with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Drury walked away from her job as senior art director for the Wall Street Journal, split with her longtime husband, novelist Tom Drury, and found out that their 25-year-old daughter, Claudia, was facing serious health issues. So with $9,000 to her name, she packed her belongings into her 1989 Volvo wagon and headed to Jamestown, her “spiritual home,” where she summered for Read More

Sep 01 2017

A World of Art in Jamestown

Community and creators come together at the Jamestown Arts Center Providence might be well known for its world-class art scene, and rightfully so, but you don’t have to venture up to the city to find creative masterpieces. The Jamestown Arts Center has set out to make the world of art accessible to the state’s smaller, rural communities. In 2007, eight Jamestown artists and art lovers noticed a need on the island for a creative hub: a place for individuals to gather, practice their art form of choice and experience the arts as a community. In the following years, the JAC Read More

Aug 29 2017

Jamestown Arts Center’s 7th Annual Summer Soirée

If you attended the Jamestown Arts Center’s 7th Annual Summer Soiree, you would have been seeing red. A lot of red. With the “Red Hot!” theme, guests were asked to wear their most blazing attire during the opening of JAC’s summer exhibition WORD: Text in Contemporary Art. After walking the red carpet, the more than 325 guests mingled with art in all mediums, such as Lesley Dill’s piece Emily Dickinson and the Voices of her Time.  While dancing under a tent hung with red and white lanterns and twinkling lights, attendees enjoyed the taste of summer with signature strawberry cocktails, Read More

Aug 07 2017

Pictures worth a thousand words Jamestown Arts Center explores art that embraces text

JAMESTOWN - Tom Culora is dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, but he also is an amazingly innovative artist. He created a large portrait, more than 6 feet tall and 3½ feet wide, called “Madeline Ernest: In Her Own Words.” The image is created from some of the sentences Ernest used in a story she told as part of the Oral History Project of the Warren Preservation Society. The viewer can go up close to the work and read what Ernest said, or step back several yards and see the features Read More

Jul 05 2017

In Jamestown, visual artists work with words

Enticing survey at Jamestown Arts Center features local, national artists. Looking for enlightenment? It can be found, then lost, and found again in an untitled 2009 artwork by Kevin Veronneau. A long strip of wood and masonite renders the revelatory noun in the reflective paint used for crosswalks. View the signage from one angle and aha! Total understanding. From another vantage point, however, the text disappears, and the viewer is greeted by a void. Veronneau is one of the stronger contributors to “Word: Text in Contemporary Art,” at the Jamestown Arts Center through Aug. 13. The exhibit was organized by Read More

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

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