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Jamestown Arts Center Announces New Executive Director

January 13, 2020

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[…..]

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

July 30, 2019

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[…..]

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

July 18, 2019

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[…..]

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Town supports JAC proposal for outdoor art

May 23, 2019

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[…..]

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ARTS REVIEW: A new collage try at Jamestown Arts Center

March 19, 2019

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[…..]

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JAC kicks off spring slate with new classes

March 14, 2019

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[…..]

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

January 28, 2019

By Helena Touhey Special to the IndependentJan 25, 2019 JAMESTOWN, 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,”[…..]

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The experimental tourist

April 10, 2018

There’s little linear in Mary-Kim Arnold’s writing, as evidenced by her book-length essay, “Litany for the Long Moment,” a slice of experimental writing. Parts of Arnold’s life are non-linear as well. Arnold was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1971 and adopted by American parents at age 2. She grew up outside New York City[…..]

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Fun For All Ages 16 ways for kids to stay active, creative, and wild in South County

February 28, 2018

By Robert IsenbergPosted February 28, 2018 1. Sip Your Way Back in TimeOnce, the soda fountain was also a fountain of youth. On every Main Street, there was a pharmacy with a soda fountain attracting crowds of kids. Green Line Apothecary is modeled on that vintage vision. “Going to the pharmacy is everyone’s least favorite thing to[…..]

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Dreamers documented

November 7, 2017

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[…..]

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“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!”

“Heifetz On Tour was an amazing experience for our entire school community! The young artists were not only brilliant musicians but made a genuine connection with our students. They were enthusiastic and instilled a love for classical music that was inspirational to say the least.” – Deb DiBiase, Principal Jamestown School – Leaf

“One of the things I love most about JAC is how much heart it has. Everyone there loves what they do and shows up with such passion and warmth. Every time I walk through the door, I feel this. I’ve come to look forward to feeling this. It makes me realize how lucky I am that the JAC is there.” – Justin Morris, South County Resident

“We love the Jamestown Art Center. It’s such a part of our lives, part of what anchors and fulfills us in so many ways, that I can’t imagine a time when it wasn’t there!” – Justin Morris, South County Resident

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