Press Release Providence - For additional information and images, please contact Paula Martiesian at 401 521-7634 or at October poster by Scott Mason.

What: Gallery Night Providence
When: October 20
What Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Info: Call us at 401 490-2042 or visit our web site for up-to-date information -
Where: Starting from Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and traveling to 22 of Providence's galleries, museums and historic sites.

Celebrity Guided Tours: Deb Dormody, coordinator of Craftland, and Stephan Brigidi, Photographer

Stephen Brigidi was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1951, and is a widely published artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Brigidi received his MFA at RI School of Design in 1976, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He is a Fulbright-Hays fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a recipient of fellowships for his photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Universities of Hawaii and Connecticut, the Unicolor Corp., and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

In 1991 Brigidi collaborated with the poet, Robert Bly, on Angels of Pompeii, an artist portfolio and book published by Ballantine Books, New York. Remarkable People is Brigidi's second book published in 1995 by the Sunningdale Foundation. A new book about Italy is currently in the making for the 2012 publication season.

Brigidi has taught photography since 1979 at such places as the Universities of Hawaii & Connecticut, Rhode Island College, and for many years at RI School of Design. Currently Brigidi is teaching in the Humanities program at Roger Williams University. He and his wife Julie make their home and studio in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Deb Dormody is an organizer of Craftland, a holiday sale, gallery, and year-round shop in Providence, RI. Deb also founded If'n Books + Marks in 2000 and sells her handmade blank journals and photo albums to over 200 stores around the country; and is featured in the documentary, Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine, as well as in the companion book out on Princeton Architectural Press. As the Program Manager for Greater Kennedy Plaza, she presents markets, a music series, and family activities in the heart of downtown Providence.

October Tours
5:30 Traditional Tour
Bert Gallery
Picture This
John Brown House Museum
Providence Art Club

6:00 Celebrity Tour Deb Dormondy
Bank RI

6:00 Contemporary Tour
Anthony Tomaselli Studio/Gallery
Cityside Gallery at REmax Cityside
Gallery Belleau
Peaceable Kingdom

6:30 Celebrity Tour Stephan Brigidi
Bannister Gallery at RIC
Chabot Gallery
Gallery Z
Reilly Gallery at Providence College
Royal Gallery

7:00 Contemporary
Chazan Gallery
David Winton Bell Gallery
Krause Gallery
RISD Museum of Art

Sustainable projects by RI Architects (AIAri)
"Vagabond Ways: Paintings by Mollie Hosmer-Dillard"(BankRI Turks Head Gallery)
Gallery Collection: New Inventory (Bert Gallery)
Colori d'Italia in a Contemporary Style (Chabot Gallery)
Figurations (The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler)
Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future (David Winton Bell Gallery)
Hayley Perry and Jeanne Williamson (Krause Gallery)
El Dia de los Muertos (The Peaceable Kingdom)
Scott Simmons (Picture This)
Jacques Callot and the Baroque Print (RISD Museum of Art)
Discovering the Dominican Republic (URI)

2011 Galleries include:

Anthony Tomaselli Gallery /Studio at the Deacon Taylor House
BankRI Turks Head Gallery
Bannister Gallery at RIC
Bert Gallery at Corliss Landing
Chabot Fine Art Gallery
Chazan Gallery at Wheeler
Cityside Gallery at Cityside Remax
Copacetic Rudely Elegant Jewelry
David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University
Gallery Belleau
Gallery Z
John Brown House Museum
Krause Gallery at Moses Brown
Peaceable Kingdom
Picture This Gallery
Providence Art Club
Providence College Galleries
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Royal Gallery
URI Feinstein Providence Gallery

From the South
* Take I-95 northbound to Exit 21 (Broadway)
* Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway
* Bear a right onto Empire Street
* Take the second right at light onto Washington Street
* Take a right on to Greene Street and take a left into the second parking lot on the left (for One Regency Plaza)
* Concierge will direct you
From the North
* Take I-95 southbound to Exit 21 (Atwells Avenue)
* At the third light, turn left onto Washington Street
* Take a left on to Greene Street and take a left into the second parking lot on the left (for One Regency Plaza)
* Concierge will direct you

*AIA ri
The Windows on Architecture Gallery
158 Washington Street
401-272- 6418
Hours by appointment

October Gallery Night will feature sustainable projects by RI Architects.

* Anthony Tomaselli Painter
Gallery/Studio: The Providence Art Club
Deacon Taylor House
9 Thomas St
Open all Gallery Nights, by appointment or by chance
Special events are scheduled through-out the year

The Anthony Tomaselli Studio at The Providence Art Club is Anthony's main studio as well as his primary Providence exhibition space. (Anthony also has a summer studio and gallery in Newport RI, The Anthony Tomaselli Gallery).

Anthony invites you to visit The Providence Studio: all Gallery Nights, by chance when Anthony is there painting, and by appointment. 401-419-2821 or
Web site is updated often with new work and news of workshops, teaching opportunities, and exhibits.

*BankRI Gallery
One Turks Head Place
Mon-Weds 8:30am-4pm
Thurs & Fri 8:30am-5pm
401-456-5000 x 1330
October 6 through November 2
"Vagabond Ways: Paintings by Mollie Hosmer-Dillard"
Gallery Night Providence reception Thursday October 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and refreshments.

The journey starts first in Colorado then moves to an old farmhouse planted on a ten-acre plot in Missouri. Surrounded by ducks, cats, dogs and a horse, the young painter-to-be Mollie Hosmer-Dillard finds her grandfather's old trunk hidden away in a closet. Inside is a treasure trove of oil paints. Hosmer-Dillard has never met her grandfather - an amateur painter, he died before she was born - but inside that trunk she finds her legacy.

Today Hosmer-Dillard alternates living on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, spending part of the year in Providence, RI and part in Berlin, Germany. The young Hosmer-Dillard doesn't quite look the part of a studio painter with vagabond ways. Fresh-faced, enthusiastic and friendly, the Midwestern can-do sensibility is firmly in place. Along with her positive resolve, is a dedication to painting normally associated with more mature artists.

"It's not dry, not boring," Hosmer-Dillard speaks devotedly about painting. "It's not separate from falling in love with someone." "It's obvious you love to push paint around the canvas," a teacher told her. "Beg, borrow or steal paint!"

A stint at Oberlin College ("a really incredible tightly-knit community situated between two cornfields") was productive, but after graduation Hosmer-Dillard felt overwhelmed by student loans. She applied her can-do attitude and went to work paying off a good portion of the debt; today she is loan free.

Then Berlin called. Friends from Oberlin contacted her asking her to come to Berlin. They lured her with talk about shadow puppets, incredible costumes, dance and music. They offered her work preparing for a play for a theater festival. In the end, the temptation was too great and Hosmer-Dillard gave in. "A month later, I was there," she explains, "in the middle of the frozen, pitch black December Berlin landscape with the alien German language all around me. I didn't understand a word of it."

Yet there was something about Berlin. A big city, culturally related to New York or Paris or London, Berlin offered so much more. "It's such a beautiful city, such a bohemian paradise," Hosmer-Dillard says, a gleam in her eyes. "Berlin is much different than the rest of Germany. It's its own planet. People from all over the world are there. There's creative license in the air." Drawn by relatively inexpensive living costs, artists come to Berlin in droves and feel free to experiment. For their efforts, they find a history of artistic support and an audience that appreciates their offerings.

Hosmer-Dillard stayed for three years. She painted, exhibited and sold her work. She learned German, taught English and found jobs translating German into English. But she missed her family and her friends. She returned to the United States ending up in Providence.

Her paintings combine a poetic sense of narrative with an artist's abstract eye. With a muted palette and incredible detail, Hosmer-Dillard tells highly personal stories, sometimes of real people and events, and sometimes of trees and plants. Hosmer-Dillard's paintings are, according to her, "almost directly opposite of what other artists are doing today."

If so, it doesn't seem to bother the young artist much. She is content to paint in her studio, building her paintings from her experiences of the world. "I love all those little things," she says, "that make something bigger."

The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

*Bannister Gallery at RIC
Roberts Hall, 124
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Tues-Fri 12pm-8pm
Closed Monday, Weekends, and Holidays
401 456-9765

October 6-November 2
Elisa Darrigo
October 6, Reception 5:00-8:00

For some twenty-five years Elisa D'Arrigo has produced work that although largely abstract, alludes to the body, nature, and personal memory. A specific memory underlies many of these works, and partially determines its particular character and color. These are memories of things once observed and then held in mind, sometimes for decades: they are the subtext of the work.
D'Arrigo has commented, "Attempting to conjure a mental image into a physical object is an elusive process due to the fugitive, constantly shifting nature of memory. A work in progress could evolve for months (even years), expanding, contracting, even recombining with cast off parts of itself."
For this artist, memories are only points of departure. It is the physical process of making the work that takes over and has a life of its own. Manipulating materials--and how that results in particulars of form and configuration--is what ultimately determines each piece. This exhibition is curated by Doug Bosch.

* Bert Gallery at Corliss Landing
540 South Water Street
Mon-Tues by Appointment
Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat 12-4 p.m.
Closed Sunday
September 21 - October 29, 2011
Gallery Collection: New Inventory

Main Gallery
The business of art is always in flux, new paintings coming in while others are going out. Since 1985 Bert Gallery has sold paintings primarily by 19th and 20th century regional artists. There are many reasons why paintings come to the market. People move and need to downsize their painting collection, collectors de-accession to collect in a new area and kids inherit paintings they don't want! For all of those reasons the Gallery Collection: New Inventory exhibit will showcase new works that have come for sale in recent months. There will be a selection of 40 works of art on view.

September 28 - November 12, 2011
The Artist's Venice

Pocket Exhibit
Venice is a magical city whether you visit today or look at 18th Century Venetian paintings by Canaletto. Views of the Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal or the Rialto Bridge are popular subject matter for painters. The Artist's Venice is a small show of 10 - 15 paintings by a variety of American artists including Mabel Woodward and Henry Kenyon from the turn of the century, to 20th century painter Gordon Peers and street photographer Carmel Vitullo.

OCTOBER 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM
The Screen is not a Canvas: Designing for the Laptop, Phone and Tablet
Presenting your art collection online poses radically different challenges from presenting it in print. Join us to hear how Danny Chapman of DucStudio has assisted Bert Gallery in taking on these challenges. This will be an interactive session discussion, please bring your questions and ideas. Reservations suggested. Rhode Island artists, who began to congregate in Providence with the founding of the Rhode Island Art Association in 1855, the Rhode Island School of Design in 1878 and the Providence Art Club in 1880. Many of these important 19th century artists were accomplished and successful artists in their own time, only to be obscured under the travels of history.

*Chabot Fine Art Gallery
379 Atwells Avenue
Tues-Sat 12 - 6 pm
Thurs-Sat after 6 pm by Appointment or Chance
Tax Free
September 13- November 12, 2011
Colori d'Italia in a Contemporary Style
October 20th 5- 9PM

Discover the amazing color palette of Italy in this Colori d' Italia in a Contemporary Style exhibit. This collection is inspired by the colors found throughout the Italian Cities, Lake Regions, Coastlines, Mountain Ranges and the awe inspiring Countryside's. Rich umbra's, reds, burgundy's, shades of greens, warm browns, gold's, apricots, oranges, deep blues, and scrumptious crèmes can be found in the Colori d'Italia exhibit created from the palettes of our artists in their contemporary styles.

*The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler
228 Angell Street
Tues - Sat 11-4 pm
Sun 2-4 pm
401 421-9230
October 20 to November 9
The Chazan Gallery is presenting Figurations, a group exhibition of works by Harel Kedem, Matthew Kreher, Francoise McAree and Josephine Sittenfeld from October 20 to November 9, 2011. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night, Thursday, October 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Harel Kedem's work explores environmental issues within the context of human indifference. His most recent series, painted with polymer on canvas, addresses the pollution of coastlines. Color is only present in the man-made elements within these scenes, as 'there is no color in nature anymore.' Although he portrays a grim vision, Kedem's work is tempered with humor which makes it 'palatable and less didactic.'
Kedem's painting, sculptural, and architectural work has been exhibited widely throughout New England and internationally. His work is held in many public and private collections worldwide, including the DeCordova Museum, The Philadelphia Museum, and the Museum of Ein Harod in Israel. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1990.
Matthew Kreher's paintings embody a spontaneous approach to mark-making, yet this animated technique is rooted in a strong concern for solidity of form. Kreher's focus is on the 'thematic undercurrents of family dynamics, played out against the backdrop of familiar settings'. Kreher's canvases display lively color relationships and dynamic brush strokes, out of which emerges a powerful human presence.
Kreher's work has been exhibited throughout the USA, including the Atlantic Gallery in New York and the Providence Art Club, where he received the First Prize for Open Painting in 2007. Kreher received his MFA in Painting from Boston University.
Francoise McAree constructs portraits of imaginary people from collaged magazine materials. Through her carefully crafted representations of the human face, McAree creates a 'dissonant visual experience.' The viewer is attracted to the realism and logical structure of the human face, but continued viewing dissolves the familiar, and 'the work treads a fine line of opposites: beauty and otherness, order and chaos.'
McAree has exhibited in Boston and throughout the Northeast, most recently at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She has been a fellowship recipient from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and has taught at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design.
Josephine Sittenfeld is a filmmaker and photographer from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is interested broadly in the adolescent experience, and her photographs 'seek to question and celebrate what it means to grow up.' Rejecting common media portrayals of adolescents as destructive and overly-sexualized, Sittenfeld's subjects demonstrate 'formed and distinct personalities.'
Sittenfeld has exhibited widely across the USA, including Soho Photo in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her M.F.A. In Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

*The Cityside Gallery at ReMax Cityside
350 South Main Street
Mon-Fri 10-6
By chance on weekends
Evenings during Gallery Night and sponsored community events
Owner, Realtor Consultant Julie Longtin
(401) 277-9700

The "Nature" paintings

Prior to 2004 I was doing abstract paintings that centered on the connection between color and light. The patterned arrangements of shapes in these paintings function as stand-ins for human or angelic figures like those in renaissance and baroque paintings, while the shapes of the canvases are drawn from old roadside signs and other related forms. In these paintings I am interested in the great themes of art history, but as filtered through my experience of the mundane, banal, man-made world. I like to think of these as religious images for a disillusioned secular audience. But, also possibly as a kind of landscape painting for America.

For these oil paintings I worked outdoors directly on site, or "en plein air", in a sketch-like manner on sized paper that dates back to the beginnings of landscape painting in Europe and America. Artists once worked like this to learn, or study, from Nature. My work is all about apprehending Nature, or what is left of it - of the natural landscape, that is landscape that isn't domesticated (feeling) but is closer to it's natural, or wild, state.

While the aesthetic of the sketch is the essence of this work, I try to be truthful more to the direct feeling of the landscape than to it's physical form or likeness. So the paintings can be considered abstract. To me, painting is ultimately a humble pursuit - using the modest materials of paint and paper to make an homage to the natural world.

Rudely Elegant Jewelry
17 Peck Street
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-4pm
Copacetic Rudely Elegant Jewelry opened in 1985 and carries jewelry and
clocks from over 120 artists, including 30 of which are local. Copacetic
also carries a variety of unique gadgets and repairs are done not only on
fine jewelry, but also on sterling silver, antique, and costume jewelry.
Copacetic Rudely Elegant Jewelry Inc. after residing in the Arcade since 1985 is now located just 100 steps away, across Weybosset St. next to the Providence Cookie Co. at 17 Peck St.

*David Winton Bell Gallery
List Art Center, Brown University
64 College St.
Mon - Fri, 11am-4pm
Sat & Sun, 1-4pm
401 863-2932
401 862-9323 fax
September 3 -November 6

Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future
It has been said that the past is a foreign country-but it is the future that remains undiscovered. Despite the obvious truth that no one has been to the future, that no one has even seen a photograph of it, the last two centuries have witnessed the rise of a body of visual codes and tropes that are commonly seen and understood as "futuristic." These "progressive" or "modern" attributes are derived from an entirely imaginary landscape, indicative of a destination that is impossible to visit; yet nearly everyone can recognize the place where no one has been.

Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future offers a glimpse into this undiscovered country, presenting a collection of historic and ongoing visions of the future from the nineteenth century until the present day. The exhibition's content has been drawn from a number of university libraries and private collections, as well as the Swiss state-supported museum of utopia known as the Maison d'Ailleurs (House of Elsewhere). Many of these objects have never before been exhibited in the United States.

The "world of tomorrow" has usually been imagined first and foremost as a place-the new Promised Land, the millennial landscape. And architecture, cast since the Enlightenment as the calling card for cultural and technological "periods" in the "grand narrative" of human development and progress, is one of the future's most revealing and recognizable features. The exhibition's collection of past architectural visions has been divided into three categories, each highlighting a different motive or guiding principle in the crafting of future worlds. First are imaginary places designed to articulate and support political reform schemes, such as Robert Owen's early-Victorian industrial paradise of New Harmony, brought to life in highly detailed drawings he published to advocate a new world order framed by garden-filled Gothic factories-for-living. The second group of futuristic visions consists of exotic locales crafted to make money on the open market by functioning as amusing and/or inspiring distractions, such as early-twentieth century pulp magazines or utopian romance novels. The final category of past visions is made up of futuristic cityscapes constructed to lend the prestige and promise of "the future" to personalities, products, and corporations by cleverly (and often beautifully) drawn lines of association, such as Syd Mead's 1969 "Portfolio of Probabilities" commissioned by United States Steel. Considered together, the different "futuristic" codes created and deployed in these different categories of vision are revealed not as truly "forward-looking" glimpses of "modernity," but rather as artifacts of the past that have been aesthetically formed and have acquired meaning in historical processes of their own.

The final portion of the exhibition is dedicated to contemporary visions of the future, chosen or commissioned for their makers' ability to continue the critical conversation about the "world of tomorrow." A number of the participants offer futuristic design paradigms that openly defy some of the most persistent dogmas of progressive Modernism, while others take the conceptual processes of technological evolution to their furthest extremes. All of them call into question those aspects of "the future" that have been, and often still are, taken for granted. Artists such as Pippi Zornoza, Jane Masters, and Brian Knep, all based in New England, have created large installations that are architectural in their scope as well as their content. Others such as Swiss artist Christian Waldvogel and the urban design firm DPZ are showing works resulting from years of study and refinement in sites around the world.

Spanning the gap between past visions and contemporary concepts of the future is a new drawing by illustrator Katherine Roy. It depicts the wonderful but deeply troubled city of "Industria," a radiant urban landscape described in the largely forgotten 1884 novel Ignis by Comte Didier de Chousy. A fevered, delirious paradise, it is the stage for a satirical tragic comedy of utopian proportions, and Roy's illustration speaks on multiple levels to the past and ongoing cultural processes that may be said to "build expectation."

*Gallery Belleau
424 Wickenden Street
Seasonally closed Mon & Tues
Wed-Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 10:30am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Or by appointment

"For those who seek the Unique"
Gallery Belleau is a showcase for over 50 local and nationally known American artists and craftsmen. Visitors will find creations in glass, clay, wood, metal, jewelry, paint and more.

*Gallery Z est. 2001
Celebrating 10 Years of Providing Fine Art
259 Atwells Avenue
Thurs - Sat 12-8 PM
Sun - Wed by appointment or by chance
Gallery Z is tax-free

October 13th - November 12th
Marty McCorkle "Pure Dynamite: Exploding Figures and Presumptions"
Opening Reception: October 20th, 5 to 9PM
Art, Food and Wine: October 27th, 5 to 7PM

Marty McCorkle was born in Los Angeles, California in 1965 and currently resides in Calbayog City, on the Island of Samar in the Philippines with his spouse and art agent, Esteban Sabar. Art by Marty McCorkle are part of private collections in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Fiji.

Marty McCorkle is known for his unique ‘deconstructive' painting style. After photographing his subject matter, he alters and warps the image digitally. McCorkle then translates his creations using oil paint, creating a fusion between traditional painting and digital technology, while weaving mythology, reality, and spiritual elements into the picture. He describes himself as a Post -Edwardian style painter.

In his artist statement, McCorkle states, "I suppose Edwardianism appeals to me not aesthetically but through its vigorous spirit: the inventive Wright brothers, the absurdist author P.G. Wodehouse, the joyful Henri Matisse, the shimmering Italian Futurist painters, who all successfully explored lightness, optimism, and invention. In skilled hands, the dynamic aspects of life become pure dynamite."

The show will run from October 13th to November 12th 2011. This will be Gallery Z's 108th exhibit of their tenth year. The "Art, Food & Wine: Creating Awareness for a Cause" event is held at the gallery on the last Thursday of every month. For this month's event, Gallery Z partners with the participating Public Art Window organization, The Armenian Euphrates Evangelico Church, and will host a fundraising event to elevate public consciousness for their cause on Thursday, October 27th. This event, which will run from 5:00 - 7:00pm, will feature cuisine provided by a local Providence restaurant and world-class hand selected wine provided by IM Gan Liquors located at 380 Warwick, RI.

*John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
December-March: Fri & Sat 10am-4pm
Scheduled tours at 10:30am, noon,1:30pm, 3pm
April-November: Tues-Fri 1pm-4pm
Scheduled tours at 1 pm & 3 pm
April-November: Sat 10am-4pm
Scheduled tours at 10:30am, noon,1:30pm, 3 pm
401-273-7507 x 60
Dalila Goulart, Education and Visitors Services Manager dgoulart@

Celebrations to Remember:
A Look at How Providence Celebrated its 250-year Anniversary in 1886 and Tercentenary in 1936
Thursday, October 20, 5:00-9:00pm
John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street, Providence
Providence has a history of celebrating its past in style. This year marks the 375th-anniversary of Roger Williams' founding of Providence, an event that Rhode Island has long commemorated. This exhibit explores how we celebrated the past in the past, but it also looks to the present. How are we commemorating history at this very moment?
The Rhode Island Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island's history. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth oldest state historical society in the United States. It is a private organization, founded and supported by its membership.
The RIHS holds the largest and most important historical collections relating to Rhode Island. The Society owns and maintains the John Brown House Museum, a National Historic Landmark built in 1788 and is one of early American's grandest mansions and Rhode Island's most famous 18th century home; the Aldrich House, also a National Historic Landmark, built in 1822; and the Library of Rhode Island History. The organization also maintains the Museum of Work and Culture, a regional history museum devoted to the history of northern Rhode Island.

Free and open to the public.

*Krause Gallery
Moses Brown School
250 Lloyd Avenue
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
School holidays & evenings by appointment
Kristin S. Street, director
October 11 - 28
Patterns of Organization to the Constructed Surface
Hayley Perry + Jeanne Williamson
Gallery Night reception Thursday, October 20, 5-9pm

*The Peaceable Kingdom
116 Ives Street
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
Sunday by appointment

Please join us for our 31st c