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JAC’s latest and greatest from our community and beyond! For media inquiries, please contact Marketing Manager, Tessa Freas at tessa@jamestownartcenter.org

Virtual Classes for Children and Adults

April 9, 2020

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,[…..]

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Closures at the JAC

March 13, 2020

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[…..]

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

February 12, 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[…..]

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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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“I am very grateful to live in a community where a place like the Jamestown Arts Center not only exists but thrives. The JAC offers programming to our community that is generous, diverse, and digs deep. The openness and support of the JAC staff is remarkable and inspiring.”
– Alix Flood, Jamestown Resident

“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

“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

Jamestown Arts Center | Location: 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 | Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Jamestown,
Rhode Island 02835 | for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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