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In Jamestown, visual artists work with words

July 5, 2017

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[…..]

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Text in Contemporary Art at Jamestown Arts Center

July 1, 2017

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[…..]

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Pop love-it

June 13, 2017

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[…..]

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Like a Local: Seven Must-See Art Galleries in Rhode Island

June 12, 2017

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[…..]

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The carpenters – What’s a model train platform doing at the Jamestown Art Center?

April 25, 2017

“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[…..]

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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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“Thank you so much for making Piper’s birthday so special… All of the children had a wonderful time and Piper will cherish the experience for years to come.” – Sherry Flaherty, Jamestown Resident

“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

“I wish all of Jamestown realized how lucky it is to have such a unique resource. As a military spouse, I’ve lived all over the world and have found that places like the JAC are, sadly, rare.” – Amanda Bridges, Jamestown 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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