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Artists’ Free Clinic Tuesday, January 3

Friday, December 30th, 2005


On the first Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm., artists who have no health insurance can be seen on a walk-in basis at Rhode Island Free Clinic. The artist’s clinic is a first stop for free medical diagnosis and treatment of basic and chronic health problems. Registered nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students provide the initial care and refer patients to the appropriate clinic and medical provider for a wide range of no- or low-cost follow-up care and specialty services.

The Free Clinic is located at 655 Broad Street in Providence.

www.rifreeclinic.org/artists.htm

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Calls to Artists from CAID

Friday, December 30th, 2005

CAID
Call for entries:
The Game Show
Call closes February 28, 2006
Exhibition runs June 10 – July 23, 2006

Shelter
Call closes April 8, 2006
Exhibition runs September 9 – October 22, 2006

Go to www.thecaid.org and click on Artists and then Opportunities for more information

Contact:
Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit MI 48208
Phone: 313.899.CAID
E-Mail: info@caid.us

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The Providence Wholebellies’ End of the Year Bash December 29!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

The Providence Wholebellies are celebrating the End of the Year with a Birthday Bash! If you haven’t been foolish enough this year, come listen and dance to Wild Folk Music on Thursday, December 29th from 6 to 10pm at The Mediator, 50 Rounds Avenue, in Providence. Bring Food, Drink and Dancing shoes!
Children are free; adults $5 (contribution to hall rental).

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Coming up at the Providence Art Club

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

ArtClub
Receptions: Sunday, January 8, 2-4pm, JANUARY 3-14, 2006
Maxwell Mays Gallery: Class and Staff Exhibition

This annual exhibition will include work by Providence Art Club members currently enrolled in our art classes. On view are oil paintings, watercolors, monoprints, drawings, and more. Also, work by some of our staff members will be exhibited. This includes textiles, animation, and mixed media.

Dodge House Gallery: New Year: New Members

This annual exhibition will feature new work by 9 new artists members of the Providence Art Club.
Included artists are as follows:

Del Bourree Bach, Mystic CT
Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, East Greenwich, RI
William Heydt, Newport RI
Shawn Kenny, Riverside RI
Margaret Khorey, Seekonk MA
Craig Masten, Warwick RI
Joan Murphy, Dighton MA
Leonard Rumpler, Barrington RI
Joan Sprague, Warwick RI

January 17- February 3, 2006

Receptions: Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm
Maxwell Mays Gallery: Open Painting 2006 Juried by Brian Shure
Dodge House Gallery: Joan Arnaud and Natalie Pfanstiehl: Our World

Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence RI 02903
401.331.1114
www.providenceartclub.org

GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Friday 12-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm

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2006 BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE CELEBRATION

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

www.brightnight.org
2006 BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE CELEBRATION
Presents

Merwyn

JOAN MERWYN PHYSICAL THEATRE in CHO?CES

at Perishable Theatre, 5:30 PM on Dec 31st!
115 Empire Street, Downtown Providence

THE ART OF GIVING JOY – BEYOND CLOWNING AROUND
“The children were fascinated…Joan Merwyn performed a dance/mime with cat-like grace.” New York Daily News

CHO?CES: All ages will love this colorful, fun and imagistic work by Joan Merwyn, featuring music, text and exciting movement theater. Through interactions between the live performer and her audio sound track, this solo show suggests many important choices young people face in their lives in a fun and funny way.

Joan Merwyn is an award winning performer (Bessie Award, NY Dance and Performance) and choreographer
(RISCA Individual Artist Choreography Fellowship). She’s a Rhode Island native who divides her time between New York City and er home in South County. She specializes in creating and directing original performance material for people of all ages, economic and cultural backgrounds while providing comprehensive training in the art of physical theater. Check out her website for video clips, photos and educational residency information: www.joanmerwyn.com/

“CHOICES: There are no more mermaids. In the post-industrial twilight, there is only industrial damage and alien-like creatures all washed up on the East River. A huge tube crawls on to the stage: artist Joan Merwyn squirms inside. The death of fantasy is just one of the themes in this 45-minute, imagistic, movement theater piece for children of all ages. The piece grapples with peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, and environmental devastation; kids today face staggering life choices.” Gener, Village Voice
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Open Auditions at Mill River Theater

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Open auditions for the NEW musical comedy “ARE WE THERE YET”? To be held at Mill River Theater, 499 High St., Central Falls, RI, Tuesday Jan. 3rd and Wednesday Jan. 4th at 7 pm. Needed are 2 males and 2 females–must be able to play ages ranging from the mid 20′s +. Auditions will include readings from the script as well as a music choice of your own. (Must bring sheet music).

more info. at http://millrivertheater.com/auditions.htm

Mill River Players at Mill River Dinner Theater — The place for great Dinnertainment 401.721.0909 or www.millrivertheater.com

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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SCULPTURE FACULTY SEARCH

Monday, December 19th, 2005


Assistant Professor, tenure-track position starting August 1, 2006. Seeking artist to teach sculpture and/or 3D design at both graduate and undergraduate levels. MFA or equivalent professional experience required. Applicants must have good technical knowledge of sculpture materials and processes. Portfolio must demonstrate strong conceptual abilities and awareness of contemporary and theoretical issues. A persuasive and current exhibition record is also required.

College level teaching experience and interdisciplinary practices are preferred. Energetic sculptor with new ideas for continuing to develop and transform sculpture program will be desirable. Artists who have interest in 3-dimensional design, foundations education, interdisciplinary practices, community outreach and public art are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants planning to attend the CAA Conference will be notified by Feb. 3, 2006 if they have been selected for pre-screening interview. Women and people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Send CV, letter of pplication, portfolio of 20 slides or CD/DVD as applicable, slide list, names and contact information of three references and
SASE to:
Jason S. Brown, Co-chair,
Sculpture Faculty Search, The University of Tennessee School of Art, 1715
Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN
37996-2410. For more information on the web: http://art.utk.edu/search/ or
e-mail contact: jbrown45@utk.edu

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The Public Value of Cultural Organizations?

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

An interesting story, courtesy of the blog “The Artful Manager”:

Here’s an interesting tidbit from Peterborough, New Hampshire, where town officials are challenging the nonprofit tax status of the venerable MacDowell Colony.

The Colony has been a famed retreat and work haven for more than 5500 artists since 1907 — like Aaron Copeland, who wrote parts of ”Appalachian Spring” while there, or Thornton Wilder, who used the town of Peterborough as his inspiration for Our Town. At issue are the property taxes the town loses by virtue of the Colony’s tax status. In a general review of area nonprofits, town selectmen decided that fostering the creative work of individual artists didn’t meet the requirements of tax exemption. Says the AP article:

State law defines a charitable organization as one that advances ”the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social or economic well-being of the general public or a substantial and indefinite segment of the general public that includes residents of the state of New Hampshire.”

The MacDowell Colony certainly benefits its artists-in-residence, but ”that doesn’t strike us as being the general public,” said Bob Derosier, one of the town’s lawyers.

”From what we understand, their primary purpose is nurturing artists of the highest merit,” he said.

It’s a fascinating and horrifying debate, striking to the core public value of cultural organizations. Is there public utility in giving visionary people a place to expand, explore, and express? We all better hope so.

Your thoughts?

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Ice Show at Gallery 4

Friday, December 16th, 2005

“Ice Show”
New work in the theme of Ice by artists Susan Freda and Debbie Tuch.
Join us for our opening reception tomorrow, Saturday the 17th from 5-7 pm for iced drinks and snacks.
www.glitterlimes.com
www.susanfreda.com
Gallery 4
3848 Main rd.
Tiverton, RI
02915
401.816.099

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Hera Gallery Seeks Director

Thursday, December 15th, 2005


Gallery Director, Hera Gallery. Part-time, small non-profit artist-run gallery. See job description at www.heragallery.org. Send resume and letter of interest to Hera Gallery, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880. Deadline January 15. Position available immediately.

Position Description: Gallery Director

The position of Gallery Director, Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week). The Director reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors. Salary: $10 an hour. Deadline for applications: Jan 15. Position available immediately.

This position, while an administrative position, is a creative springboard allowing a motivated individual the opportunity to contribute to the local arts community by leading a well-regarded institution. Hera encourages the gallery director to pursue his or her professional interests. The gallery director may develop skills in the following areas: curatorial experience and exhibition design, graphic design, professional level arts writing, development skills, grant writing, website development.

Qualifications:

• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Organizational skills
• Good computer skills—proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel on a PC platform, familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Access or InDesign a plus
• Administrative experience desired
• The gallery director must have the ability to work with a diverse audience of local community members as well as artists, arts professionals, funders, and media. Serves as liason with community
• background or involvement in the visual arts

Responsibilities:

• Administrative: execute the general day-to-day operations of the gallery, supervise interns and volunteers, maintain exhibition and gallery records. Facilitate communication between artist members, Board of Directors and Friends of Hera. Oversee preparation of bulk mailings.

• Public Relations: includes writing press releases, developing relationships with journalists; assisting with writing and editing gallery publications such as website, newsletters, fundraising materials and targeted emails to journalists, supporters, artists.

• Development: Works with Board members to implement annual fundraising initiatives and oversees membership program.

• Assist exhibiting artists and curators with coordination of exhibitions and programs.

• Attend and prepare Director’s report for monthly Board meetings; attend gallery events.

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December 14th free concert: Aoife Clancy at the Atrium Gallery

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts presents a series of free Holiday luncheon concerts at The Atrium Gallery from noon to 1pm; the next concert is on December 14th!

The Atrium Gallery is located at One Capitol Hill on Smith Street, diagonally across from the State House. Free parking is available behind the building.

December 14: Aoife Clancy, Irish guitarist and singer.
Aoife Clancy’s music ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from Co Tipperary, Ireland. She started playing at age fourteen with her father Bobby Clancy, of the legendary Clancy Brothers.
In 1995 Aoife was asked to join the acclaimed group “Cherish the Ladies.
For the past four years Aoife has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops and, while performing with Cherish the Ladies, collaborated with the Boston Pops on their Grammy nominated Celtic album.
With seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the Divas of Irish and contemporary Folk Music.
For more information: http://www.aoifeclancy.com
or by calling 401-222-6996

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Call to Artists – New Hampshire Public Art

Monday, December 12th, 2005

NH
2nd Call to Artists: Art Proposals Sought for New State Building

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in association with the Juvenile Justice Institutional Services announces the reopening of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for site-specific artwork within the School Commons area of the new John H. Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC), a part of the Youth Development Center in Manchester, NH. This RFP specifically requests proposals for a kinetic artwork to be suspended from the ceiling of the rotunda.

The official Request for Proposals is available on-line now at http://www.state.nh.us/nharts/newsandcalendar/ydcrfpcall2.htm and hard copy is available upon request.

This public art project is made possible by the state’s Percent for Art legislation, which allocates one half of one percent of the cost of the construction or significant renovation of certain state buildings for artwork in those buildings. Meeting facilitators include members of the Site Advisory and Art Selection Committee members.

A total of up to $15,000 is available for a commissioned or kinetic artwork to be suspended from the ceiling of the School Common’s Rotunda. This Call to Artists is open to all professional New England Artists. See the official Request for Proposals for further details.

For more information, please contact Julie Mento, Visual Arts Associate at (603) 271-0790 or at jmento@nharts.state.nh.us

The Percent for Art Program was enacted by the New Hampshire Legislature in 1979 to ensure that all forms of visual arts and crafts would have an integral and important role in state construction projects. The program seeks a genuine integration of art in architecture by giving building designers and planners, artists, state employees, arts professionals and private citizens the opportunity to collaborate in planning projects, selecting and purchasing or commissioning works of art by artists and craftspeople for state buildings.

The State Arts Council, a Division within the Department of Cultural Resources, is a publicly funded agency. It began in 1965 with the passage of a law designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CONTACT: JULIE MENTO, (603) 271-0790
jmento@nharts.state.nh.us

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Public Art opportunity in Glendale, AZ

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

The City of Glendale announces a public art opportunity for qualified artists to design, fabricate and install public artwork that will enhance the pedestrian experience in downtown Glendale, Arizona.

The City of Glendale is embarking upon the process of redeveloping sections of Historic Downtown Glendale. Way-finding signage, intersection improvements, gateway features and redeveloped alleyways and bicycle pathways will enhance the pedestrian experience, connecting the downtown area to various City amenities such as the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the Glendale Visitor Center, the Glendale Civic Center and the Bead Museum. The selected artists will work with Kimley-Horn and Associates (engineers) and Corral Dybas Group (landscape architects), City of Glendale staff, and stakeholders near the downtown area to develop artwork concepts. Implementation and construction of art features will occur during the construction phase of this project. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2007.
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All Children’s Theatre

Friday, December 9th, 2005

All Children’s Theatre Dessert and Theatre Fundraiser
“But Darling, I’m Your Auntie Mame”

Who:
All Children’s Theatre
ACT Dessert and Theatre Fundraiser
Call All Children’s Theatre for ticket reservations at 401.728.1222 or email ACT@actinri.org.

What:
All Children’s Theatre Artistic/Executive Director Wrenn Goodrum invites you to be the first to view 2nd Story Theatre’s production of “Auntie Mame” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee in its final Dress Rehearsal, with Joanne Fayan, formerly of All Children’s Theatre, as Auntie Mame. The performance is directed by 2nd Story Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ed Shea. Guests are invited to the pre-show reception. Dessert is included with the donation and a cash bar is offered. Ticket donations are $50, seating is limited. All donations benefit the programs of All Children’s Theatre. All Children’s Theatre is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

When:
January 12, 2006
7:00pm Pre-Show Reception
7:30pm Theatre Doors Open
8:00pm Final Dress Rehearsal begins

Where:
2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market St., Warren, RI

Why:
Since its inception in 1987, All Children’s Theatre (ACT) has served thousands of young people, ages 3-18, with drama programs in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts communities. ACT’s mission is to enrich, entertain, and educate young people in a theatre arts environment that promotes the empowerment of all children. Through its award-winning resident youth ACTing Company, Education Classes, Summer Theatre Academy, and Community Outreach programs, ACT provides an environment in which young people develop life skills as they learn to use their imaginations and creative energies to explore all aspects of theatre production. The ACT Dessert and Theatre Fundraiser will benefit these programs, as well as allowing ACT to offer scholarships so that all children may participate in All Children’s Theatre.

Contact:
Wrenn Goodrum, Artistic/Executive Director, All Children’s Theatre
Phone: 401-728-1222
Email: ACT@actinri.org
All Children’s Theatre
255 Main Street – Suite 201
Pawtucket, RI 02860
401-728-1222
www.ACTinRI.org
Learn. Create. Grow.

All Children’s Theatre is partially funded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, VSA Arts and is a proud member of the Fund for Community Progress.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Apple Valley Review

Thursday, December 8th, 2005


The Apple Valley Review: A Journal of Contemporary Literature is currently accepting submissions for its premier issue. This online journal is published twice annually, once in Spring and once in Fall. Each issue features a selection of beautifully crafted poetry, short fiction, and essays. We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Additional information is available on our website: www.applevalleyreview.com.

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Anna Shapiro – tonight at the Steelyard

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Shapiro
Let’s talk about Rio
A discussion with Anna Shapiro on Displacement Boxes/Moving Travels: A series of performances in Providence and Rio de Janeiro
Slideshow, refreshments, music
Wednesday December 7, 6:30 pm at the Steel Yard office

www.thesteelyard.org

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Holiday Sales!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Buy your holiday gifts directly from the artists who make them!

Holiday Sale at 545 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. Domus Luti (pottery), Cynthia Treen (fabrics) will be open and many more! Sale will take place Friday Dec 9 from 5-9pm, and Sat and Sun from 10-4pm. This years gelfware sale will be Sunday, December 11, 12-4 p.m. New work can be seen on the web as220.org/~gelfware. See you then.

Bartlett/Tomaselli Studios Open Studio Holiday Art Sale
Dec 10 & 11, 9am-3pm or by appointment, 9 Thomas Street, Reveling in the joy and mystery of his surroundings, Anthony Tomaselli’s paintings combine spirituality with imagery from his environment to create a visual presence that is thought provoking and stimulating. The mastery of the medium is evident in bold yet sensitive brushwork, color, and mood. Anthony Tomaselli can be reached at 401-419-2821. Harley Bartlett paints the New England scene. His landscape images evoke a timeless sense of calm and beauty. Harley Bartlett can be reached at 401-754-5479.

The 5th Annual BAZAAR BIZARRE Craft Fair Sunday, December 11, 1-8pm
Cyclorama – The Boston Center for the Arts – South End, Boston …Not your granny’s craft fair. Now in its fifth year, join us in the Bazaar Bizarre’s biggest venue ever. More details at bazaarbizarre.org/boston.

CenterCity Contemporary Arts Holiday Exhibition and Sale
Nov 17 – Dec 31, Mon-Fri: 10-5, Sat 11-4, In the Arcade, 65 Weybosset Street, 2nd floor, Come out and do some holiday shopping while supporting local artists. For more information call 401-521-2990.


Craftland: “where function meets fantasy”
Dec 9-11, 16-18, 23, Hours 11am-6pm, Opening Reception Dec 9: 5-8 pm, 160 Westminster St, Craftland 2005 www.craftlandshow.com will feature an eclectic assortment of fine craft and handmade kitsch by over 120 talented artists and craftspeople from Providence and beyond. Discover fresh and funky gifts for the home, your uncle, the wardrobe, the kids, and even yourself! New treats like holiday ornaments, felted jewelry, handmade neckties, cozy knit wear, silk screened stationary, one of a kind wearables, ceramic dishware, original prints & paintings, pet toys, fresh comic books, DIY kits, unique stuffed animals, oodles of stocking stuffers, and so very much more. Stop by and be surprised!


25TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDRY ARTISTS HOLIDAY SALE | Gala Opening Night is Thursday December 8th from 5pm to 9pm, sale hours Dec 9 + 16 12-8 pm, Dec 10 + 11 + 17 + 18 10 am-6 pm | Pawtucket Armory Building, 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket | www.foundryshow.com No SALES Tax! Free parking!

Green River Gallery, 247 Hope St., Bristol, RI – Not Too Large Picture Show, December 4 – 30, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm: Sunday, Noon – 5pm

Providence Art Club - Little Pictures 2005, through December, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:12-4pm Thursday: 12-7pm, Weekends: 12-4pm 11 Thomas St, FREE and open to the public, The Providence Art Club is pleased to present a cash and carry exhibition of original artwork in all media, ALL under $225! Work will include ALL MEDIA: PAINTINGS, ORIGINAL PRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURE, GLASS, JEWELRY, FIBER AND MORE!


RISD Alumni Sale
Dec 10, 10am – 5pm, Rhode Island Convention Center, Admission: $5; children under 14 + current RISD students free, Alumni Sales feature thousands of items designed and created by RISD alumni who travel from all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, and from as far away as Texas and California. Items for sale range from greeting cards to fine art as well as home accessories, jewelry, ceramics, glass, furniture, rugs, clothing and photography. For more information, call 401-454-6618 or go to http://www.risd.edu/alumni_sale.cfm

The South County Art Association invites the public to the 35th Annual Holiday Pottery And Art Sale. November 25 to December 11, 2005 On sale will be assorted bowls, plates, pots, and ornaments in clay; small paintings, drawings and photography. Representing more than 60 artists from the New England area. Hours are: Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm. Fridays open until 8 pm The Helme House Gallery is located two buildings east of the main entrance to URI on Route 138 in Kingston, RI. For more information call 783-2195, or visit our website at southcountyart.org for more information.

Nov 17-Jan 1, Thur – Sat 4-7pm, The Space at Alice, 186 Union Street in Providence Featuring over 20 regional artists each piece no more than $300 and no larger than 20″x24″

Spring Bull’s 15th Annual Les Petites Oeuvres, December 3, 2005 – January 3, 2006 Hours: 12 – 5pm daily. Spring Bull Gallery & Studio is located at 55 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI Tel: 401-849-9166 studio@springbullgallery.com Hours: Monday – Sunday Noon – 5PM

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Klezmer Concert!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

klezmer photo
Klezmer Concert!

Fishel Bresler’s Klezmer Hasidic Ensemble
will perform “The Night BeforeHanukah!” on
Saturday, December 24th, 8 pm at the
Congregation Ohave ShalomCoffee House.

Project Shoresh and the Providence Community Kollel
co-sponsors.
671 East Ave in Pawtucket (corner of Glenwood, near Blackstone
Blvd meets Hope St , East side of Providence)
Doors open 7:30. $8 adults, $3 children.
photo credit: Irving Schild

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INTO THE LIGHT – David P. Fleurant

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005


INTO THE LIGHT: Faces of Peru

Your presence is requested to attend an Exhibition of Fine Photographs in Celebration of Peruvian Culture Featuring People and Places from the Pacific Coast to the High Andes

A selection of 83 Platinum Toned Black & White Images as seen through the Lens of, and Printed by Photographer David P. Fleurant

Reception, Wednesday, December 7, 2005 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In The Atrium Gallery
One Capitol Hill
State Department of Administration Building, Smith Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02908
(Across from the Rhode Island State Capitol Building)

Refreshments

Information: Victor M. Mendoza 401 222-3900 / David P. Fleurant 401 884-2720 or 401 749-8029

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Holiday Concerts at the State Offices

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Your friends at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts are happy to announce a series of special holiday concerts, to be held in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill at noontime on Wednesdays during the month of December. Three professional artists, active with the State Arts Council, have agreed to share their extraordinary music with us — a gift from RISCA to all our friends and supporters in state government.

Join us in the Atrium at noon on Wednesday for the following performances:

Wed. December 7 at noon: Jason Roseman, steel pan player (and maker) from Trinidad/Tobago.
Jason Roseman was born in Trinidad, and learned to make and play steel pans from his father, Joseph Roseman, an established musician and founder of The Pan Tribago Association. Jason plays with the group Jason and tropical Gems, as well as performing as a soloist. He has served as a master teacher in the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program and is the 2005 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Fellowship in Folk Arts. For more information: http://tropicalgems.steelpantech.com/

Future concerts (mark your calendars now!)

Wed. December 14 at noon: Aoife Clancy, Irish guitarist and singer.
Aoife Clancy’s music ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from Co Tipperary, Ireland. She started playing at age fourteen with her father Bobby Clancy, of the legendary Clancy Brothers. In 1995 Aoife was asked to join the acclaimed group “Cherish the Ladies. For the past four years Aoife has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops and , while performing with Cherish the Ladies, collaborated with the Boston Pops on their Grammy nominated Celtic album. With seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the Divas of Irish and contemporary Folk Music.
For more information: http://www.aoifeclancy.com

Wed. December 21 at noon: Voces de los Andes, Andean music.
Silvio Cuellar, Bolivian master “charango” player and singer, joins several musicians from Bolivia and the Andean region of South America in presenting the last concert of the series. Andean music is known for its use of the “charango” and for the evocative sounds of panpipes. The “charango” (sometimes called “the little guitar”) has five pairs of strings, and is traditionally made from an armadillo shell. Silvio has performed with several groups, including recently with Grupo Manantial. He has served as a master teacher for The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.
For more information: http://www.arts.ri.gov

And don’t forget the holiday concerts at the Rhode Island State House, from now through December 21st. For a complete list go to http://www.arts.ri.gov/holiday2005.pdf

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