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In The AS220 Galleries

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005


June 3-25 2005. Opening Reception: Sunday June 5, 2005 4pm- 7pm
Gallery Night June 16, 5pm-9pm
Gallery Hours Monday- Friday noon-6pm

Our performance space may be closed but our upstairs galleries are hopping! Come on on down Sunday June 5, 4pm-7pm and meet the artists and see this great exhibition of contemporary paintings and mixed media sculptures by two emerging Rhode Island artists. Free!

Upstairs Gallery: Stacy Elko
There is a sense and way of being that is unnoticed until one goes to another place. At this other place, one begins to understand difference and change. Remaining, wether by choice or circumstance, the tidal force of a place is a wave that engulfs and changes one in ways never thought possible. Stacy Elko.s multi-media exhibition is a visual manifestation of the emotional and mental changes she under went returning to the united Stated after spending many years living in Morocco. Using a variety of printmaking techniques, ceramics, video installation, Stacy experiments with different images to express a what she refers to as Displacement, touching life here through a membrane.

2nd FL Hall Gallery: Season James

These paintings represent my love for color, industry and visual depth. My desire to paint derives from the way color impacts our lives. Mixing and blurring, dripping and dragging can deeply influence any element of color.
The resulting depths create textures that can be dramatic and emotional. I use acrylic paints because I love their plasticity, and canvas because of its organic thickness and flexibility. The paint is mostly applied with a knife, then rollers and coarse house paint brushes are used to blend the colors when necessary. There are sharp and soft aspects to each painting that represent industrial landscapes and natural occurances as they both interrupt and inspire the way I see the world.

For more Info please call 401.831.9327 or neal@as220.org

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cw roelle at the blackstone river gallery

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Clifford Roelle will be showing at the Blackstone River Gallery from June 4th to July 16th. There is an opening reception on June 4th from 6-9.

The Black stone River Gallery is at 68 South Main Street in Woonsocket. For more information including directions go to www.blackstonerivergallery.net or www.cwroelle.com

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Portsmouth Arts Guild Festival – Call to Artists

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Glen Farm
We invite all artists and craftspeople to participate in our second annual Portsmouth Arts Festival, August 20th and 21st, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Glen Farm, Rt. 138.

Glen Farm is one of the best sites in all of RI for a festival. Original oil paintings, watercolors, photography, culture, furniture, and wood carvings as well as jewelry and other handcrafted items will be on display. The festival will also include live music and food. It will be located on a very visible field easily seen from Rt 138. There will be a Big Top for artists who prefer it to a freestanding tent. Fees are $70 on the field, and $85 under the Big Top. The deadline for applications is July 10th. You can obtain the application from our website, www.portsmouthartsguild.org, or call Jan Armor at 401-846-4237.

Jan D. Armor

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The Holden Street Gallery presents: Tension

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Holden St Gallery
The Holden Street Gallery presents: ” Tension” multimedia art by Dan O’Neill, June 3rd – July 8th

Opening Reception Friday, June 3rd 6-9 pm

The Hoden Street Gallery is proud to present, Tension, multimedia art by Dan O’Neill. Mr. O’Neill creates paintings that combine the freshness of a line drawn from life with the otherworldly look of working from imagination. His paintings synthesize physical appearance with ideas and feelings, what he considers the closest connection between hand, eye, and brain. The multimedia show will also feature a 3-D model of Piero della Francesca’s “The Scourging of Christ”

Mr. O’Neill explains : “My goal for this project was to create a three dimensional diagram of the Piero della Francesca’s “The Scourging of Christ”, which would be a resource and a teaching tool for art historians and educators. The diagram presents, from different views, the space that Piero implies with his painting. It demonstrates how three dimensional objects in space become flat shapes on a picture plane, and vice versa. Computer modeling has many uses beyond diagraming paintings. I can draw freely in three dimensions and analyze the forms and spaces I create. I want to model every doodle I draw. I want to build the otherworldly landscapes of my dreams and walk people through them.”

The Holden Street Gallery is located at 97 Holden St., Providence, one block from The Foundary.

contact us at 401.751.4066 or info@carriagehousegalley.com

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The Art of Infusion at the Journey Home Gallery

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Journey Home
Cindy Baron “The Art of Infusion”
Friday, June 10th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exquisite watercolor landscapes, seascapes & portraiture. The Journey Home Gallery showcases distinctive fine art in multiple media and a variety of unique giftware. Live music is enjoyed at Gallery receptions and special events.

Also: East Greenwich Artist Night & Main Street Stroll on Thursday, June 16th, 5:00-8:00 pm. Join the Gallery and other Main Street merchants celebrating art. Follow the banners throughout town!

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Mudboy at PPAC

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

PPAC Organ
“The Wonder Show of the Universe”

Mudboy AKA The Doctor of Experimental Noise Organomics is going to play the PPAC on Wednesday June 8th.
Its Free. It starts at 7pm and ends at 8pm.

For those of you who don’t know- the PPAC is the Providence Performing Arts Center, it holds about 3000 people- and is the place where the Lion King comes when it comes to town. You might just come to see the auditorium- but if you like music it is also home to a practically one of a kind 5 keyboard Wurlitzer pipe organ. Which is what Ill be playing. This thing will blow your mind.- Its very loud- the pipes are huge and dynamic and make sounds I have never heard on anything- and its completely air powered. I don’t know what else to say. Oh yeah- Jeff Knoch (urdog) and Erik Carlson (Area C) will be making an appearance. Ep Talley (Ninja) will be assisting.

Some of this is funded by RISCA, but mostly the people at the PPAC have been very nice to me – so if you come, don’t burn the place down in an orgy of pipe tone ecstasy.

More info here: www.mudboymusic.com
PPAC internet tour etc: www.ppac.org/auditorium/index.cfm

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Friday, May 27th, 2005

I don’t know what’s going on in the Pacific Northwest these days. Two articles crossed my desk today (via ArtsJournal.com, my favorite web site) that give me pause, and both are tax-related.

In the first article , the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that “millions of dollars in purchases by Washington art collectors have gone untaxed, and that an effort to collect that revenue was impeded by upper management and then suspended late last year.” This week a flurry of state investigations has been announced, and state tax collectors says they’ll start actively trying to collect the taxes owed.

In the second article, also in the Seattle paper, Seattle-area theatres are being told by the state that they can’t treat actors as contractors, and must pay them as employees. “At least three theater companies in the region say they are facing fines from the state Employment Security Department. And dozens of others — along with the broader arts community — are worrying about what the change could mean.”

Both articles are troubling. The arts do contribute significantly to the economy here in Rhode Island (and, we presume, elsewhere), but many artists and arts organizations (the people who produce the work) barely break even. Government helps in many ways, but stories like these show how even a minor issue can cause major disruptions in the business of the arts. It also underscores the frail nature of a community that contributes to the economy and culture of a community, and receives little in return.

I’m sure there will be more on both of these stories to come. Stay tuned.


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Hiring an Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

WNDC is currently hiring for the Artist-in-Residence position.

WNDC will provide a rent-free, spacious, newly renovated three bedroom apartment valued at $15,600 a year to a qualified artist in exchange for twelve hours weekly, with two hours of planning/preparation time, and ten hours of direct contact with program participants. The Residency will be for at least one year, with the potential for annual renewals up to three years. We would prefer an applicant that is willing to make a longer term commitment. WNDC is looking for an artist who will develop and build a model community based arts strategy that engages the community, especially teens, in new and exciting cultural pursuits.

Margaux Morisseau
Director of Community Building & Organizing
Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corporation
40 South Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
ph- (401) 762-0993 ext. 3#
fax- (401)769-1010

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Dateline: Providence, RI: – International Women’s Theatre Festival is Looking for YOU to Volunteer!

Volunteering is one of the best ways to experience the festival. Come find out more at our:

Volunteer Registration Meeting
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Perishable Theatre, 6:00-8:00pm.
~Make it twice as fun – Sign up with a friend!~

We are seeking volunteers in the following areas:
• Production (Workshop Managers, House Managers, etc.)
• Artistic (Valet for Artists, Airport Runners, etc.)
• Hospitality (Registering participants, Concierges, Translation)
• Documentation (Photography, Videography, etc.)

RSVP to Nancy Hoffman at hoffman500@hotmail.com.

MAGDALENA USA is bringing The Magdalena Project to the USA in Providence, RI; July 31-August 6, 2005. Under
the artistic direction of Vanessa Gilbert, the festival will bring together international women theatre artists who create and perform their own work, in concert with local and national artists for an intensive seven days of exchange, skills development, critical reflection and performances. All Magdalena events will occur in downtown Providence, creating a web of theatrical activity.

According to Ms. Gilbert, “All theatre artists metaphorically weave their experiences into work, and this festival will also weave these national and international participants into our community.” In bringing together local and international women theatre artists, Theatre-Women-Weaving builds upon the growing network of The Magdalena Project, which was founded by Jill Greenhalgh in Wales, 1986.

The aims for this first USA festival are ambitious: professional training exchange, the forming of local and international connections, and a continuation of the Magdalena focus on the “third theatre”, a kind of contemporary work described by Eugenio Barba as a “socially aware, exploratory, actor-oriented form of drama”. It’s a performance tradition historically less established in the US than in other parts of the world, with a focus not on scripted plays, but on ensemble-based work generated by its practitioners.

Support the Festival – Experience the Festival! Organizing and running a large, international theatre festival is no small task. We are in need of volunteer support and welcome you to join us for this unique event. We value volunteers with all levels of time commitment – even one afternoon during the week will make a significant addition to the quality of our festival.

Visit www.Magdalenausa.org for more information

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Open Call to Artists

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

“Artsplash 2005: A Multimedia Arts Event”

DATES: September 10 to October 16, 2005
DEADLINE: July 8, 2005

ELIGIBILITY: USA artists 18 years+. Juried exhibition. Visual artists of all media, literary and performing artists. Original artworks of all media: sculpture, photography, fine arts, dance, video, installations, poetry, ceramics, music, theater and performance. NOT ELIGIBLE: WORK PREVIOUSLY DISPLAYED IN AN RAA EXHIBITION

$35 (members – $25) / up to 6 entries.

ORGANIZERS: Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) (Non-Profit) in partnership with the National Park Service

PLACE: Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York, Gateway National Recreation Area

PROSPECTUS and ENTRY FORM: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org
RAA — Artsplash 2005
260 Beach 116 Street
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Tel 718.474.0861
Fax 718.474.4373


The Rockaway Artists Alliance (Non-Profit) in partnership with the National Park Service / Gateway National Recreation Area presents “Artsplash 2005: A Multimedia Arts Event” to be shown at sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Waterfire is back, with the first lighting of the season on Sat, May 28 at 8:10 PM.

For a full schedule of Waterfire 2005 events go to www.waterfire.org

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PROVFLUX 2005 :: MAY 27-29

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

The Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce its second annual Provflux, a weekend-long event dedicated to artistic and social investigations in psychogeography. Part festival and part conference, it brings together visual, performance, and new media artists, along with writers, urban adventurers and the general public. Events will take place throughout Providence to explore the physical and psychological landscape of the city.

***All events are free and open to public participation***

This year, we are anticipating the participation of over 200 artists from 9 countries, with projects that range from GPS-based mapping experiments to roundtable discussions, banquet dinners to guided walking tours, and public performance to a full gallery show. Please join us and help change the urban shape of Providence.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Art Opening | Live Performances | Music & Party

Friday, June 3rd 2005
Art Opening 7-9pm | Live Performances 9-10pm | Music & Party 10-2am

Ron Wexler Studio, 50 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903

The highly anticipated third episode of Straight Mixed Culture will not be in theaters, but in downtown Providence the first friday in June. Featuring the area’s best visual art, live performance and after hours foray. The opening and party, spawned from the “golden years” of the Monohasset Mills project, has shifted gears and will take place in the heart of the Renaissance city just behind “The Arcade” on Weybosset Street, in Ron Wexler’s photography studio. The 3500 + square foot space will be showing new works from 8 diverse visual artists. These works include sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media.

This years event will consist of work from long time SMC artists like Sidney Tillet, Christine Hajiar, Stephanie Ewans and Christian Corerra and add first timers Shane Flox, Simone Spruce (AS220 Resident), Gillian Christy and Ron Wexler. Add to the mix the spoken word poetry of Christopher Johnson (AS220 Resident), Brent Hudson and Marlon Carey – then douse with a generous portion of funk-on-down-town performed by WATERBED (house band Sat. night at the Black Repertory Theatre) and we have a recipe for an eclectic, wonderful show.

There will be complimentary beverages and hors’ douvrers and a $5 suggested donation. MEGS-ONE will be in the mix after 10pm spinning hip-hop, soul and R&B forthe after-hours crowd.

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005


Black and White Photographs and Audio Recordings of our Armory Neighbors by Andres Ingoglia and Debra Swanson

June 7th-July 5th 2005 @ West Broadway Neighborhood Association
1560 Westminster St, Providence tel: 831-9344 hours: 9-5 Mon-Thurs.

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 7, 6-9pm, (remarks by the artists at 7:00)

*made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Providence- In an effort to strengthen and understand the different communities that coexist in the Armory District, photographers Debra Swanson and Andres Ingoglia will be presenting a photo and audio show that will exhibit 20 original images of the people that live and dwell in the area. The opening reception will take place June 7, 2005, in the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA), 1560 Westminster Street, from 6 to 9. The show will remain open until July 5, 2005.

Andres Ingoglia is an Argentinian photographer and filmmaker. He studied journalism in Buenos Aires and after the economical breakdown in 2001 he decided to move to the States. After some coincidences in NY he arrived to Providence on a magic carpet ride. Soon after that he met Deb and the rest you will see at the show.

Debra Swanson is a Documentary Photographer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The Art Institute of Boston. She is currently working as a Teacher Assistant at a Charter School in Providence.

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National Arts Journalism Program to Close

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that “after an outstanding 11-year record of advocating for and promoting the cause of arts journalism, the National Arts Journalism Program, the only program in America dedicated to the advocacy of arts journalism, is being closed down at the Columbia School of Journalism.”

This is sad news. It may not be what theatre critic and former NAJP fellow Robert Brustein calls “yet another sign that serious intellect in this country is continuing to lose ground, along with serious art”. It is, however, significant, since the quality (and quantity) of serious art writing and criticism is important to the strength and vitality of an arts community.

Click here for more reaction from former NAJP fellows.

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Providence Singers to Hold Auditions

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Providence Singers
The Providence Singers will hold auditions on June 7, 8 and 9, by appointment. Audition includes an evaluation of vocal and musical skills, including sight-reading and a brief solo.

The Singers’ upcoming season features a special performance with Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center; the Verdi Requiem, co-sponsored with the New Haven Symphony; psalms by Bernstein, Ives, Foss, and Wachner; a guest appearance with the RI Philharmonic in Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony;” and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

For more details or to schedule an audition: www.ProvidenceSingers.org or 401-683-1932.

The Providence Singers is one of New England’s outstanding choruses, acclaimed for its “wonderful vocal blend, and an impeccable sense of voicing.” (Providence Journal). One hundred voices strong, the Providence Singers advances the choral art through concerts, new music commissions, education programs, and collaborations with other
performing organizations throughout the region.

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National Storytelling Conference

Friday, May 20th, 2005

The National Storytelling Network will present their annual conference this July 13-17 in Oklahoma City, OK. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for all those interested in the storytelling arts. The conference will feature Workshops, General Sessions, Presentations, Showcases, Intensives, Concerts and more. Come experience the transformative power of storytelling as it applies to a variety of settings and professions. For more information or to register, visit www.storynet.org/Conf/2005/index.htm, or contact the National Storytelling
Network at 1-800-525-4514.

National Storytelling Network
* Event Title: 2005 National Storytelling Conference: Movin’ On… Stories of Heart… Stories of Hope
* Event Address: Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
* Event City: Oklahoma City, OK
* Contact Phone: 800-525-4514
* Event Web site: www.storynet.org/Conf/2005/index.htm
* Contact Email: conference@storynet.org
* Description of Event: General Sessions, Workshops, Presentations, Showcases, Intensives, and Concerts show how stories can help all of us bring tales of heart & hope to new generations, move on in the art and craft of storytelling, take our work beyond the comfort zone, and apply storytelling to issues of social and global concern. Come hear how storytellers are “movin’ on” in storytelling.
* 41 workshops and presentations
* 1 keynote, 5 powerful general sessions
* Regional and National Storytelling Concerts
* The Lyceum Experience – lottery performances showcasing innovative storytelling.
* Storytelling Career Fitness Center – personal coaching by top professionals in marketing, web site design, story development, voice, festivals and guild practices.
* Special tour of the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum.
* Stories of Hope, our leave-behind project for all attendees to participate in.
* Opportunities for networking, professional development, and other activities.
* Sponsors of the Event: National Storytelling Network, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, August House, Metropolitan Library System, Territory Tellers
* Date(s) or Date Range of Event: Pre-conference, Tues. evening, July 12 thru Wed., July 13. Conference, Wed. evening, July 13 – Sun., July 17

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The Passing of a Literate Friend

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Cliff Becker, Literature Program Director at the National Endowment for the Arts - photo by Vance JacobsThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts notes with great sadness the passing of a friend: National Endowment for the Arts literature program director Cliff Becker. Cliff died suddenly on May 17th of a heart attack.

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia referred to Cliff as “an important part of the fabric and personality of the Arts Endowment. He was beloved by his colleagues. And he loved them.” He went on to say that, “during his 13 years at the Endowment, he nurtured our Literature programs with an understanding of how literature can open the heart and mind to a new and greater understanding of the world. He was widely respected in the field for his regard not only for the written word, but also for those who write and those who read. He will be missed deeply.”

We, too, will miss Cliff. He was here in Rhode Island often, working with and helping our community of writers and poets. One of his last visits was in the fall of last year, when he represented Chairman Gioia at a literature event at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cliff’s family and to his many friends at the Endowment and throughout the country.

Randall Rosenbaum
Executive Director

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Frazier Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005


The date: Saturday, May 21
The time: 2 p.m.
The cost: Free
The place: On Benefit Street across from the RISD Museum and next to the University Club.

Frazier Festival is an outdoor festival featuring local and regional independent dance choreographers and performance artists. All performances were crafted around the Frazier Terrace – an intimate park located across rom the RISD museum on Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The Frazier Festival features exciting dance ovement forms like Belly Dancing, Butoh, Contemporary dance, Hula and Physical theatre. The Frazier Festival is free and open to the public and sponsored by Andary Dance and the Rhode Island Dance Alliance.

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Richard Grosvenor & Richard Harrington: Sea, Sky and Land

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Exhibition: May 31- June 10, 2005 Reception: Sunday, June 5, 2-4pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 12-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm or by appointment
Contact: Lauren Cicione 401.331.1114, lauren@providenceartclub.org

Providence Art Club, Maxwell Mays Gallery
Richard Grosvenor & Richard Harrington: Sea, Sky and Land
Richard Harrington of Barrington teams up with artist Richard Grosvenor of Newport for a dazzling exhibition of their most recent work. Harrington, a prolific monoprinter, will show his new series of monotypes. These widely collected prints depict an exploration of the landscape through use of vibrant colors, and a dramatic use of light and dark in each composition. Using variations on the theme of quiet and serene images of marshes and shorelines of Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Harrington successfully captures that distinctive mood and atmosphere characteristic of our beautiful coastline. Richard Harrington, a Rhode Island native, earned a BS degree in Industrial Arts Education and Med in Special Education from Rhode Island College. He is an award winning artist, and a juried member of several local art organizations. Richard Grosvenor will include both oil and watercolor paintings in this exhibition. Focusing his compositions on the
landscape and architectural structures, he uses the watercolors while plein air painting and the oils in studio with the assistance of a palette knife for added texture. Just as Harrington, Grosvenor concentrates on the way the natural light interacts with the environment, regardless of which medium he is working in. His inclusion of architecture allows areas of geometric shapes to give a structure to the organic patterns of plants and the soft undulating landscape.

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