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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

Apr 10 2018

The experimental tourist

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 with a younger sister (also Korean but not biologically related). Her adoptive parents divorced when she was 11. She has no recollection of them formally telling her she was adopted but it’s something she came to realize as she grew up. “I think I always Read More

Feb 28 2018

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

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 do,” says Christina Procaccianti, owner and head pharmacist. “We are trying to do it a much more fun way.” The Wakefield location is a functional pharmacy, where you can order meds and flu shots. But unlike the local Walgreens, Green Line has the ice cream-topped Read More

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

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