Last night, we decided to go to the opening of the 15th season of Gallery Night Providence and boarded the “art bus” (aka school bus) for a tour of neighborhood galleries. Our “traditional” tour was one of four different ones offered (earlier tours included a “contemporary” tour and a “celebrity” tour with RISCA director Randy Rosenbaum).
Our first stop was Picture This Gallery, which in addition to offering custom framing services, exhibits watercolors and oil paintings by local artists. Painter Rob Rey was there to chat and answer questions.We then toured the Bert Gallery which featured the exhibit “The Magical Realism of Louise E. Marianetti” (through March 19), a re-creation of the artist’s original 1949 exhibits in Boston and Newport. A few local painters had set up a table there to demonstrate egg tempera (creating colors out of pigment mixed with egg yolks), a technique that Marianetti used in her work.
Next, it was on to the John Brown House Museum, where I discovered the most fabulous mural wallpaper (I wonder how much it costs to commission such a thing?) and a restored carriage originally used by the family.
Our last stop was the Providence Art Club and Deacon Taylor Studios, which combines the studio spaces of a number of local artists who often open their doors to exhibit and sell their work. This is one of my favorite gallery spaces in Providence, because you can speak with the artists directly and often can witness them creating new works. Not to mention, I love a lot of the paintings there (like this).
The Gallery Nights continue every third Thursday of the month (see dates below), and you can choose to take the bus, your own car (there’s free parking available), walk, or even take a bike tour in nicer weather. Each tour is unique, so you can attend as often as you like.
Gallery Night Providence
2011 Dates (third Thursdays 5-9 pm): April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17
Bert Gallery at Corliss Landing
540 South Water Street
Deacon Taylor Studios
9 Thomas Street
- Gail Armstrong, Painter, www.gailarmstrongart.com
- Sandra Desano Pezzullo, Painter, www.desanostudio.com
- Anthony Tomaselli, Painter, www.anthonytomaselli.com
- …and many others
John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
Picture This Gallery
48 Weybosset St.
Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street