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Athenaeum Salon — The Chazan Collection

(10.21) The Providence Athenaeum, in partnership with the RISD Museum, presents “Collecting for Life.”  Jan Howard will discuss the artists and works in the collection of Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. For almost ten years, Chazan has produced “Networks,” a series of videos featuring Rhode Island

RISD Museum

Artist Development Day — RISD Museum

(10.15) Still room in the RISD Museum’s Artist Development Day. . . . an afternoon of professional development workshops, panels, and collegial dialogue for artists and designers is presented in collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Practical tips and critical conversation

balloon sculpture

AS220 October Galleries

Generally speaking, I am vehemently anti-balloon — environmental issues, unbearable squeakiness — but I am willing to make an exception for the work of Janice Lee Kelly whose float-balloon installations look pretty amazing. She and artist Maggie Siegel have collaborated this month on ‘Horizon Line,’

art books

Art & Architecture Book Sale — Rochambeau Saturday

The Friends of Rochambeau are holding a mini book sale featuring near-mint books on art and architecture. Also on sale, “1000s of newly donated CDs.” This is a great idea. People looking for art books will appreciate not having to wade through all the other


More About Wallpaper — Meet Artists

(9.21) Another event at the 186 Carpenter Street Gallery for the Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled show. In conjunction with Design Week, the gallery will host a behind-the-scenes ‘Eat & Speak’ at this ingenious wallpaper project. Contemplate the designs and hear from wallpaper makers about their

street painting fest

Chalk Painting Fest

(9.17) The downtown skating rink will be transformed this Saturday by chalk artists — individuals and teams — all vying for ‘Best of Show.’ But they are really just in it for the glory and because it’s fun. Good, smooth surface too. Images inspired by

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‘The Intimate Collection’ At Yellow Peril

Still time to catch the funny and provocative “The Intimate Collection” — sewn works and photographs that consider “sex, death, skin, bones, undergarments, intimacy, loneliness, destruction, healing and humor” — from artist Kathryn Parker Almanas. “I play with how we recognize ourselves in textures and

copperheads of cottondale

Awesome Original Wallpaper At 186 Carpenter

Head over to 186 Carpenter Street Friday for the opening of “Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled” an exhibition of locally-made, original designs. (Exhibit up through September.) I kept changing my mind about which picture to feature here; they are unbelievably vivid and compelling images. However, getting

todd oldham

Todd Oldham Fashion — Final Days Of RISD Exhibit

(9.11) I want this jacket. You only have through Sunday to go see the extraordinary Todd Oldham exhibit — ‘All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion’ — now at the RISD Museum. Drawn from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, a substantial portion of which was recently


Big Blue Bear Greets Incoming Freshmen

Welcome Brown University Class of 2020! Hope you like this blue bear because it’s going to haunt your dreams every single day until you head back out those Van Wickles, even if that takes you five years. “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” is the title of this painted

avenue concept

Walk This Way — Makeover For Mt. Pleasant Kilties

Forrest Curl of the Avenue Concept works to complete phase one of the Mt. Pleasant High School project (so vivid already, black details still to come). Invited to take part in the new traffic-calming crosswalks, the Avenue artists have taken the ball and run with

insert finger

Influx 2016 — Public Art Encounters

This lovely rebar bow is ‘Insert Finger’ by Rhode Island artist Jerry Ehrlich one of ten pieces scattered around town as part of Influx 2016. Now in its second year Influx is mounted by The Avenue Concept. The projects of INFLUX feature more than 20

bert crenca doodling

Bert Crenca 30-Hour Doodling Marathon — Thursday

AS220 co-founder Umberto “Bert” Crenca is having quite a moment. Last Friday found Crenca at the White House where he was honored as one of 10 nationally selected “Champions of Change — Makers” selected nationally. “The 10 are being honored for working on advances in

Ideas of Stone

Wow, Gypsy Moths Are Bad This Year

While this is certainly true, gypsy moths are not responsible for this ‘faux tree with real boulder’ on the Main Green at Brown University. Kind of a cruel joke on those of us who keep vigil over the astonishing collection of American elms thriving on

Sowing of 10000 Suns

Sunflower Project On Riverfront

Nature (and artists) abhor a vacuum. One thing about Providence, any space or surface left empty long enough will soon attract the attention of creative types who will paint it, shape it, build on it, perform on it, and plant it. This time the place


AS220 June Gallery Exhibitions

So much was happening last weekend we didn’t get around to the June Exhibitions in the AS220 Galleries, open now through June 25. New exhibits go up the first Saturday of each month. AS220 Project Space — Stewart Martin/ 4×5 and Historic Photographs Reading Room