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‘Gallery Of Governors’ At Providence Art Club

Governors Howard and Dyer An exhibition featuring portraits of former Rhode Island governors starts Wednesday at the Providence Art Club. Bill Van Siclen writes for the Providence Journal,

The show, opening May 4, is the culmination of a four-year campaign to clean and restore the so-called “Gallery of Governors,” the collection of official portraits that Rhode Island governors traditionally commission before leaving office. The portraits, which now number 71, usually hang in the Rhode Island State House. But since 2007, about a third have been removed and treated for a variety of ailments, ranging from minor scuffs and scrapes to warped frames and cracking varnish.

In all, thirty-six of the governors’ portraits were painted by Providence Art Club members, with sixteen on display for this exhibition. Seen here, Governors Howard and Dyer.

Gallery of Governors starts Wednesday, May 4, Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, 401.331.1114

‘ello govna! Edmund Andros served 1686-1689.

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‘Gallery of Governors’ most recent addition — a portrait of Donald L. Carcieri by Harley Bartlett.

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