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Creating Outside the Lines

January 20, 2017

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[…..]

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Able to Make Just So Much

January 19, 2017

“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[…..]

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R.I. Performers combine art, music and dance

October 20, 2016

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[…..]

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JAC Wins Best Historical Exhibition!

September 28, 2016

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[…..]

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Newport Mercury Covers Heuser Exhibition

September 8, 2016

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[…..]

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Artscope Covers Heuser Exhibition

September 8, 2016

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[…..]

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Puddindstone Post Covers Blanc de Blanc

July 1, 2016

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[…..]

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The Newport Mercury Covers Blanc de Blanc

June 30, 2016

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[…..]

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The Newport Mercury covers Richard Polsky’s Exhibition

March 29, 2016

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[…..]

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

March 11, 2016

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[…..]

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“JAC draws the community together and combines all generations under the roof of learning, entertainment, involvement, expressions and connection. It defines and nurtures our community on what is already a special island full of interesting, artistic, vibrant folks.” – Jemma Craig

“The performance was astounding, outstanding, inspiring, engaging, and a multitude of wonderful adjectives!!!! Everyone was so blessed to be there to hear it.” – Polly Hutcheson, Heifetz on Tour audience member

“Driving by JAC one morning, I was literally flagged down by Kate and Vivi who were enthusiastically promoting some of the great fall programming. They convinced me to sign up for Cafe Clay, which, as a non-artist, I did mostly to support my friends and the JAC. Little did I know how much I would LOVE this class, and how surprised I would be at what I could create!”

“I have enjoyed the many shows and performances that have come to the JAC. Most recently, I was stunned by the amazing interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing by Brown’s MFA students.” – Amanda Bridges, Jamestown Resident

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