“The Wind and the Sea” Exhibition
Opening Reception Thursday, May 16th 6-8 pm
Featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, and art glass that capture the coastal themes of wind and sea. On exhibit May 16th through July 20th. The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, May 16th from 6 – 8 pm.
Artwork by: Tracie Cheng, Michele Dragonetti, Nick Gorham, Eben Horton, Josef Kote, Nadia Mahfuz, Jennifer Nauck, Anne Packard, Antonia Tyz Peeples, Mark A. Perry, Onne Van der Wal and Ken Zier.
A Newbie's Guide to Galleries Along the Coast
By Karen Greco
With the city at its heart nicknamed The Creative Capital, it’s no surprise Rhode Island has a world-class arts scene. In a survey commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, our state ranks among the top 15 in number of working artists. Think you have to go to Providence to find them? Think again. In South County, a funky arts scene thrives with galleries that feature local and regional artists for every taste and budget. “Rhode Island is filled with artists,” enthuses Dave “Gilly” Gilstein, co-owner of Charlestown Art Gallery, “It’s almost an embarrassment of riches.” With 3,000 square feet of wall space, Charlestown Art Gallery is one of the largest in Rhode Island and mainly exhibits artists from the state. While there are a few outliers who live elsewhere in New England or farther flung, the artists all have some connection to the region, including many RISD grads. “We don’t sell investment art,” Gilly says, referring to the pieces that sell at auction for millions of dollars. “Our artists are contemporary working artists. We love their work.”
The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s board president Arlene Piacquadio points out that with their new digs at the Westerly Train Station, the Artists Cooperative has exploded as downtown Westerly undergoes a renaissance. “We now get a lot of first-time visitors, including lots of Manhattanites, who don’t expect to find art here.” With a monthly rotation of visiting and member artists, the gallery is hopping year-round.
YJ Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in East Greenwich opened its doors in 2018, but its roots in the art world go back over 20 years. Founded by Rhode Island photographer Alan Blazer and his son Josef, the creation of the gallery was a natural expansion of their existing business, Blazing Editions. Blazing creates archival, limited edition reproduction prints and represents a number of internationally renowned artists like painters Josef Kote and Anne Packard.
With that background, a number of the country’s top artists are represented with stunning oversized prints lining the walls of their annex gallery. But their main show room features New England-based artists that have a contemporary flair. This month’s exhibit, Art & Design: A Conversation that runs through April 23, pairs four regional abstract artists with four local furniture makers. > More
Art & Design: A Conversation opens in the main gallery at YJ Contemporary Fine Art on March 15. The exhibition presents artwork and furniture from eight local contemporary artists and artisans. Selected works by Rhode Island and Massachusetts based artists Marjorie Hellman, Tayo Heuser, Marc Mazzarelli and Conny Goelz Schmitt include paintings on aluminum, canvas, and wood, as well as drawings and paper collages. The pieces complement furniture designed and built by established artisans John Dunnigan, Gail Fredell, Tyler Inman and Timothy Philbrick. The exhibition celebrates the shared process of geometric spatial reasoning used to produce abstract, two dimensional pieces and functional, three dimensional pieces.
The artists’ works will be interspersed throughout the gallery encouraging dialogue and cross-connection to transpire – developing conversational comparisons between art and design. Art & Design: A Conversation will be the first exhibition at YJ Contemporary to feature abstract art in a variety of mediums – drawing, collage, painting – and the first exhibition at the gallery featuring studio furniture by local designers and artisans.
Sneak Peek Close-Ups:
Artist Dialogue : Antonia Tyz Peeples
YJ Contemporary was recently given the opportunity to get a closer look into the creative practices of Antonia Tyz Peeples:
YJ Contemporary Gallery uses Digital ElectricityTM