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The State Ballet of Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008



Artistic Director, Herci Marsden, is pleased to announce The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s Annual Open Audition for aspiring young children who would like to participate in the company’s 49th Performing Season production of Coppelia, the enchanting, love story of the dancing doll.  The audition for children’s participation will be held on  Friday, September 26th, 2008,  from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, on the beautiful grounds of The State Ballet Studio in Lincoln, RI; for ages 6-11, with at least one year of ballet training, intermediate level students ages 8-13, and for boys with little or no ballet training, ages 7 and up.  Audition attire for boys is white t-shirt, tights or sweat pants and white ballet technique shoes.   Audition attire for girls is ballet leotard, tights and black or pink technique shoes; pointe shoes are needed for those who are proficient on pointe.  Registration and a $15.00 audition fee is preferred in advance, but will be accepted just before the 5:30 class time audition day.  If casted, rehearsals are most Fridays in October-December from 5:30 – 6:15 pm at The State Ballet of RI studio in Lincoln, RI.  Coppelia, is performed at Roberts Auditorium, RI College in Providence, RI on December 11, 12 and 13, 2008.


Give your student the opportunity to take part in a favorite Rhode Island tradition and longest standing cultural treasure, with the State’s longest standing classical ballet company, The State Ballet of Rhode Island.  For more information, please visit www.stateballet.com, info@stateballet.com, or call 401.334.2560.

Set to music by Leo Delibes, enhance your families holiday season with Swanhilda and Frantz, the mysterious toy-maker named Dr. Coppelius with his life size dancing dolls and the “happily forever after wedding celebration”.


SBRI’s 49th Performing Season sponsored in part by:
 The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Amica Insurance, and Layered Security
Underwritten by The Citizens Bank Foundation.   Media Sponsor*ABC 6

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The Holden Street Gallery is proud to present Street Scenes, by Gary Thomson.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Street Scenes will run from August 29th -September 12th, with an Openingscheduled for Friday August 29th from 6-9pm.

Mr. Thomson’s current work depicts the interaction between individuals and an

urban environment. Street Scenes is interested in the way the everyday can

become elevated in seemingly ordinary circumstances. In his own words, “From behind the

camera the city streets become a theater of sorts, a drama that enthralls

because the characters lack awareness of the stage–as a result their

performances are totally raw. I find myself drawn to this unbounded territory

for photographic observation.”



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Arnold Mesches at the Bannister Gallery in September

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

 September 4 – 25
Opening: Thursday, September 4th
Reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

arnold mesches

 Arnold Mesches. Coming Attractions 18, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 46″.

The haunting operatic interiors and florid Floridian landscapes in Arnold Mesches’s work conjure the very human desire to seek refuge and, at the same time, suggest the sometimes sinister forces conspiring to prevent one from securing that state of being. Mesches is a native New Yorker, now eighty-five years of age, who has lived and painted prolifically in New York, Los Angeles, and now Florida. He has dramatically dissented from the status quo through a lifetime of passionate artmaking. He energetically battles political and social climates in large-scale gestural painting and drawing. Critic Robert Storr, in his 2007 essay “By the Rivers of Babylon,” describes Mesches as showing us “with grinning irony” those “compound ambiguities” of “modern civilization on the brink.” Presented in Rhode Island for the first time will be selections from Mesches’s series of paintings Coming Attractions.Also on display in the hall space gallery will be selections from The FBI Files, which comprise mixed-media collages derived from federal government surveillance documents that charted Mesches’s activities for thirty years and that he gathered through the Freedom of Information Act (the artist knowingly describes these as contemporary illuminated manuscripts). His work can be sampled at his award-winning Web site: www.arnoldmesches.com

This exhibition is co-curated by gallery director James Montford and guest curator Judith Tolnick Champa.

Bannister Gallery
Rhode Island College – Roberts Hall, 124
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908
Tel. (401) 456-9765

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursdays – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Closed – Weekends & Holidays

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This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Troy West: Portraits, at the Hera Gallery

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Troy West: Portraits
A Six Decade Retrospective
September 4th – October 9th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gallery Talk: September 20th, 1:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri, 1-5pm, Sat 10-4pm

From 1950 to the present, architect and artist Troy West has explored the art of portraiture with watercolor, gouache, oils, ink, charcoal and sculpture.

These highly personal works of family, friends and others have been a parallel observation – obsession to his architecture development.

This sampling gleaned from hundreds of works will provide an insight that you are invited to visit and share interpretations if you wish in a booklet for your comments, sketches, etc.

There will be a gallery talk and discussion on September 20, 2008 at 1PM and all are welcome.
 Troy West


Above: Mother’s Last Night, ink on paper

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Newport Art Museum Lunch with the Artist Series – September: Joan Miro

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Lunch with the Artist ~ Joan Miró: Crazy Feelings on Canvas
September 16, Newport Art Museum

Richard Tyre hosts this lunch hour discussion – a different artist, period or genre every month. Bring a lunch and meet at the Museum’s John Griswold House, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Talk begins at noon. Free for Museum members, non-members, $5. (401) 848-8200. www.newportartmuseum.org

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Newport Art Museum’s Fall Exhibition Schedule

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The Newport Art Museum’s fall exhibition line-up features recent work by photographer Dan McManus, winner of the “Best in Show” award at the 2007 Newport Annual; a collaboration with Providence’s alternative community arts space, AS220; and highlights of the architectural preservation accomplishments of the Newport Restoration Foundation. In addition, the Cushing Memorial Gallery will feature the re-installed Howard Gardiner Cushing paintings and other selections from the permanent collection.

“Daniel McManus: New Work”
September 20 – November 16, 2008

A respected and award winning artist and teacher, Dan McManus is best known for his extensive body of photography.  However, it was his glass and mixed media mobile titled “One to No One” that was awarded Best-in-show at the Newport Art Museum’s annual juried exhibition, the Newport Annual, in 2007. This exhibition includes work in photography, ceramics and mixed media.

“NetWorks 2008: A Collaborative Exhibition ~ AS220, Newport Art Museum, Dr. Joseph A. Chazan”
October 25, 2008-January 18, 2009

 Work by nineteen Rhode Island artists who are participants in a project to document their work through photography, video and exhibition.

 Umberto Crenca

 “The Eloquence of Place: Forty Years of the Newport Restoration Foundation”
September 13, 2008-January 4, 2009
Founded by Doris Duke in 1968, the Newport Restoration Foundation sparked a preservation renaissance in the Newport area that continues to the present day. Through photography, drawings, objects and maps, this show highlights the architecture of over 80 historic structures restored and maintained by the NRF.


 The Newport Art Museum’s collections and exhibitions focus on the visual artists of Newport and southeastern New England, reflecting both the rich heritage of the past and the lively art scene of the present.

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island

(401) 848-8200
www.newportartmuseum.org < http://www.newportartmuseum.org/> 
Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students and Military $5, Children 5 and
under free
 Through Labor Day:
Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
After Labor Day:
Daily: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm

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Artists’ Guild of the Newport Art Museum – Art on the Lawn Sale, September 6th & 7th

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The Artists’ Guild of the Newport Art Museum will hold its 20th annual Art on the Lawn art festival on the grounds of the Newport Art Museum on September 6th and 7th, 10 am – 5 pm. One of the longest running outdoor art festivals in the area, Art on the Lawn attracts between 30 and 40 local and nationally known professional artists whose works are for sale to the public. Admission is free.

The show is open to all artists in the following media:  oil, watercolor, pencil, pastel and mixed media as well as photography, sculpture, printmaking and one a kind original works in glass, wood, fiber, clay and jewelry.  Many of the artists from Rhode Island have participated in the show year after year, notably Sue Anderson, oil and watercolor painter, Sue Gray Fitzpatrick, known for her beautiful sterling and sea glass jewelry, and the mixed media of nationally recognized artist, Hiroko Shikashio.

This year, Art on the Lawn includes art-making demonstrations by several participating artists and live music from 12 – 2pm. The Elderly Brothers perform eclectic acoustic music on Saturday: from Roy Orbison to Crosby, Stills and Nash. On Sunday, Abbey Rhode brings the music of the Beatles to life with vintage instruments and authentic vocal arrangements. 

The Artists’ Guild, an affiliate of the Newport Art Museum, is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 “to unite local artists with common goals associated with the education, creation, exhibition, and promotion of the visual arts.” Proceeds from this event are used to fund a scholarship program designed to foster young artists in the area. The Guild meets monthly and holds workshops and exhibits for its two hundred plus members. For more information about Art on the Lawn or about the Artists’ Guild, call (401) 846-7502 or visit  http://www.namartistsguild.org/

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Register now for art classes at Newport Art Museum!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Now is the time to register for adult and youth fall art classes as well as holiday workshops for teens and children at the Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center for Creative Studies.  
Adult programs include art history, ceramics, collage, drawing, jewelry, painting, pastels, photography and printmaking.

Prominent artists with regional and national reputations share their experience and knowledge with small groups of students during Visiting Artist Workshops at the Newport Art Museum’s school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Workshops with Dora Atwater Millikin, Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, Jeremy Miranda and Susan Stone are scheduled for Fall 2008 and space is still available in the Millikin, Miranda and Stone sessions.

Millikin’s “Interpreting the Cityscape in Paint” workshop will explore
ordinary outdoor subject matter through the medium of oil paint, focusing on
composition, drawing skills, color and surface treatment. Millikin’s solo
exhibition “Geometry of Place” ran this summer at the Newport Art Museum.
This workshop for intermediate painters runs September 19 – 21, 10am – 3pm.
Cost is $240 for Museum members; $265 for non-members.
“Jeremy Miranda: Composition of Landscape” takes students outdoors to create
field studies at multiple locations. Miranda studied at Massachusetts
College of Art & Design and has had numerous regional exhibitions. This
one-day workshop runs on September 27, 10am – 4pm. (Rain date: October 4.)
Cost is $80 for Museum members; $90 for non-members.

Susan Stone will teach one-, two- and three-point perspective during her one
day workshop, “Perspective Drawing.” Stone specializes in architectural
renderings, scientific illustration and graphic art. October 4: 10am – 4pm.
Cost is $70 for Museum members; $80 for non-members, ($15 for supplies.)

Classes in a variety of media for young people in kindergarten through high school are meeting weekly beginning in September.

In conjunction with The Secret Garden Tour and the Museum’s exhibitions,
“The Eloquence of Place: Forty years of the Newport Restoration Foundation” and “Daniel McManus: New Work”, students can join Dan McManus for photographic tours of The Secret Garden Tour on September 6, Almy-Cory House at Prescott Farm on September 20 and Doris Duke’s Rough Point Mansion on October 4. 

Kids’ holiday workshops include:

Holiday Fun (Grades K-1) ~ Dec 9 and 16, 4 -5pm
Holiday Clay (Grades 2-4) ~ Nov 18 and Dec 16, 4:30 – 6pm
Youth Holiday Photo (Teen) ~ Nov 25 and Dec 16, 3:30 – 5:30pm

A full listing including pricing for fall programs at the Newport Art Museum and satellite locations is available online at www.newportartmuseum.org
Register online, by phone (401.848.2787) or in person at the Coleman Center, part of the Museum’s three-building campus at 76 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI. 
Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday 9 am – 5 pm.


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RiverzEdge Arts Project seeking new Executive Director

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

RiverzEdge Arts Project (www.riverzedgearts.org) seeks an experienced, dynamic Executive Director with at least five (5) years of experience to run a non-profit urban teen arts program with an entrepreneurial focus. RiverzEdge Arts Project has an annual operating budget of $500,000 and serves over forty (40) teens across five (5) art studios. The ideal candidate will posses a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s a plus) and will have demonstrated balanced proficiency and focus in the following areas:

· Visionary leadership and team building

· Passionately providing underserved teens the environment and opportunity to succeed

· Creative and responsible fiscal management

· Constructive fostering of staff and client relationships

· Proactively initiating and cultivating community and donor relations

· An entrepreneurial flair for sales, marketing and business development

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and supervises a staff of six (6) employees and up to three (3) interns. The position offers a competitive base salary and benefits package with the opportunity for significant additional performance-based compensation.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to resume@riverzedge.org by September 26, 2008.

RiverzEdge is a youth development program giving educationally and economically disenfranchised youth in northern Rhode Island paid employment in the arts and a voice in the community. Based in Woonsocket, one of Rhode Island’s poorest communities, RiverzEdge Arts Project does more than divert teens from destructive behaviors; it engages them in a lifestyle of disciplined effort, creative expression and economic self-reliance.

For more information, please contact Price Mason at 401-688-3428 or via email at pricemason@yahoo.com.

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The Wholebellies are back in town! Dance/concert Saturday, Aug. 22nd @ The Mediator

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Please join the Community Dance with The Providence Wholebellies at The

Mediator, Friday August 22! 50 Rounds Ave Prov. 7:30-10pm.

Information: 461-3683

Admission: $5, children free

You can bring your own food and drinks.

Directions: Highway: from downtown Providence take 95S; take Elmwood Ave

exit (the exit after Thurbers Ave exit). Go straight across Elmwood over

bridge(Roger Williams Ave.); then take first left and first right onto

Rounds. 50 is about 8 houses on left.

From points south; 95 North; take Cranston Rt 10 exit and immediately

take right which is Elmwood Ave exit. Left on Elmwood. Pass Roger

Williams Park and next left at light onto Roger Williams Ave. Over

bridge. First left and then first right onto Rounds. #50 is about 8

houses on your left.

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Summer’s End Concert, August 29th, East Greenwich

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The 13th annual Summer’s End Concert will be held at Eldredge School

Field on Friday, August 29. Members of the East Greenwich High School Jazz

Band will be performing at 5:45p.m. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, lead by

Francisco Noya will perform at 8:15, accompanied by Special Guest, Broadway

and Musical theatre Star, Sal Viviano. The event is free and open to the

public. There is a rain date of Saturday, August 30, 2008. For more

information, contact the Summer Arts and Festival Organization website at


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“Expressions of Emotions – Portraits by Doreen Dunham”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

MEET THE ARTIST: Doreen Dunham

Please Join Us

for a Reception of an exhibition of paintings:

“Expressions of Emotions – Portraits by Doreen Dunham”


August 21, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

as part of Gallery Night Providence

The BankRI Gallery

BankRI Turks Head Branch

Downtown Providence

Refreshments & live music

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Providence Art Windows

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008


New PROVIDENCE ART WINDOWS installations on view September
18th-November 21st, 2008

Providence Art Windows is pleased to announce that its latest exhibit
of installations will be on view from September 18 – November 21,
2008. The art and art installations are by Rhode Island artists Paul
Almeida, Emmet Estrada, Alice Gebhart and Brenda Wilkinson, as well as
Lisa Marie Barber (Wisconsin), Gary Duehr (Massachusetts), Lisa
Kellner (New York), Donna Dodson ( Massachusetts), Adele Mattern
(Ohio), Randall Nelson (Connecticut) and Mel Smothers (New York). The
art installed in ten windows in Downtown Providence creates a
six-block loop that viewers can walk day or night.
Please join us at Design Within Reach (210 Westminster Street) from
6-8 PM on Thursday, the 18th of September to meet the artists and go
on a tour of the windows.

To learn more about Providence Art Windows, go to
http://providenceartwindows.blogspot.com to learn more about the
artists and to download a map of the current exhibit.

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URI Providence presents “My Puerto Rico” September 2008

Monday, August 18th, 2008

URI Feinstein Providence Campus & The Puerto Rican Institute for Art &Advocacy and Mayor David Cicilline of the City of Providence presentMY PUERTO RICO Celebrating Latino Culture September 2 – September 30

with a Gallery Night Reception and Entertainment September 18, 5:00-9:00pm


The exhibit will feature the work of Puerto Rican guest artists from Galaria

Sanchez: Erick Sanchez, Patrick McGrath Muñiz and Héctor Román along with

local Latino artists Alfonso D. Acevedo, Astrid, Mario Ahumada, Pablo

Alvarez, Nilton Cardenas, Lizette Cruz, Jorge George Diaz, Tamara Diaz,

George Garcia, Francisco Hernandez, Julian Anthony Osorio Montoya, Angel

Quinonez, Jackie Rayes, Angeli Velez, Julia Vera, and students artists from

Central Falls High School.




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Invitation to Open Juried Collage Show: Wickford Art Association

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The Wickford Art Association is inviting all artists to enter their Open Juried Collage Show, which will be running from August 29th to September 17th. Work will be selected by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant winner, Kim Salerno.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $12/entry or 3 for $30. Cash prizes will be awarded. To register, please bring your actual artwork to the Wickford Art Association Gallery on Wednesday, August 27th from 11-3pm only. Accepted artwork will be displayed at the gallery for tree weeks with an opening reception on Sunday, August 31st from 1-3pm. For directions and complete submission guidelines, please visit: www.wickfordart.org or call the gallery at 401-294-6840.

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“Arts & Civic Engagement” Alliance of Artists Communities – Annual Conference in Seattle

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

2008 Annual Conference “Arts and Civic Engagement”
November 12-15, 2008, Seattle, WA
What does it mean as an artist –centered organization to be a full participant in civic life? How do we engage in the global community? How do we support artists working in social justice and in public and in public and community art? What responsibility do artists and arts organizations have to be civic leaders? How do we integrate support for artists, creativity, and innovation into public policy?
Seattle is rich with opportunities to address these questions – from its public art to its diverse population to its environmentalism and activism.
Join national and international leaders who engage artists and community, including artists’ residency directors, arts funders, civic leaders, activists, artists, and others.

About the Alliance of Artists Communities:
The Alliance of Artists Communities is the service organization for the field of artists’ communities and residencies. The Alliance gives a collective voice on behalf of its members, small and large, that leverages support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists. 
Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance’s mission is to advocate for and support artists’ communities, in order to advance the endeavors of artists. 
The Alliance is one of the few national organizations representing programs that support aritsts in all disciplines, believing that collaboration and exchange that cross traditional boundaries furthers our culture’s progress.

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Fall out of Summer Festival at the Artists’ Exchange!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Come out for one last hoorah before summer ends and kick off a new fall session at the Artists’ Exchange!

Enjoy Theatre & Improv Performances, Live Music, Art Activities & Contests, Food, Artisans & Vendors, Raffle, Tours, Summer Camp Art Show, Discounts on Classes, Movie Screening at Dusk—bring a lawn chair! 



Sunday, September 14th, 12:00-10:00pm
(Rain Date 9/21)

50 Rolfe Square,

Cranston, RI 

The festival will take place outdoors in the lots surrounding the Artists’ Exchange.


Call (401) 490-9475 for more information.



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RiverzEdge Art Exhibit at the Gallery at Providence City Hall

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

 Invitation to an Art Exhibit, from RiverzEdge Arts Project:

“RiverzEdge Arts Project presents: “Summer Salon: Paintings and Photographs,” a captivating exhibit of recent artwork by teens, Thursday August 21st from 5-7 pm at the Gallery at Providence City Hall.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to support the talented youth participants at RiverzEdge through the purchase of artwork or by contributing to our Matching Challange Campaign. 

Local philanthropists, John and Letitia Carter have donated $20,000 to RiverzEdge that must be matched, dollar for dollar, through individual donations.  This amazing challange turns every dollar you contribute into two (and so on and so on)!  Funds raised during this exhibit will go directly towards supporting RiverzEdge programming for underserved youth. 

 The Honorable Mayor David N. Cicilline will join two RiverzEdge teen participants as guest speakers during the opening. 

 Please come and enjoy the company of teens, their artwork, and hors d’ouevres. 

See the latest great art our youth are producing!” 

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Bella Minx Burly-Q

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Rock the Boat! A BellaMinx Burly-Q Revue
Providence-based burlesque troupe BellaMinx Burly-Q presents Rock the Boat!, a full-scale variety show chock full of performers from all around Southern New England. BellaMinx is quickly making a name for themselves across Rhode Island with their high-quality displays of quick-witted satire and seduction – don’t miss out on the fun!
Join Providence’s Classiest Chassis on a burly-q cruise as they bid a fond farewell to summer with a full bill of burlesque, music, and comedy! Rock the Boat! will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at the Perishable Theatre (95 Empire Street) in Providence. There will be two shows: one at 7:30pm and a second at 10:00pm.
This eclectic live show, in the tradition of the variety shows of Vaudeville, will feature a myriad of performances: the Bob Fosse-inspired and titillating choreography of Briana ‘Miss B’ Masterson, burlesque performances by Providence’s own BellaMinx Burly-Q, comedic-musical duo the Steamy Bohemians, sideshow feats by the Human Floor, and world-fusion dance by Ximon. Rock the Boat! promises quality live entertainment unlike anything in the Providence area!
Tickets for this event are $20, and available at the door. Cash bar will be provided by Artini’s Café & Lounge. Partial proceeds from the show will benefit the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. This is an 18+ event.
For more information:





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RI South Coast 2008 Open Studio Tour

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Visit Artists from Southern RI and MA at work in their Studios! 


(401) 616-0000

Our collective group comes together each year to produce a studio tour connecting artisans from Tiverton, RI to Dartmouth, MA. The upcoming Open Studio Tour on the weekend of August 23rd & 24th, 2008 will be our 4th Annual Summer Event.  Participating studios will be open 11-5pm and this tour is free to the public.  


Supported by artists for artists, the August SouthCoast Open Studio Tour Weekend provides the unusual opportunity for a first-hand look at local art and craftsmanship that flourishes on the South Coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This event brings together small independent studio artists and artisans who produce their own work and are eager to demonstrate their creative skills and crafts to the public.  Most of these artists and craftspeople work out of home studios and sell their work primarily through galleries and craft shows.  Others join together in co-operative studios and galleries. 


Travel off the beaten path to discover these studios on the back roads, down narrow lanes, and in local villages, far away from the malls and shopping centers, stopping by each artists’ studio and shop from Tiverton Four Corners to the Little Compton Commons and the quaint little SouthCoast village of Adamsville in RI, continuing through Westport, MA, to the villages of Russells Mills and Padanaram in Dartmouth, MA. 


This is a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the artists and their work on a personal level.  Ask them why they make their art.  Every piece has a story behind it.  Visit them in their own creative environments and connect the product to the personality and place and how it was created. You will see pieces in many stages of design and a variety of materials and machinery which the artists can tell you about. 

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