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January 13th, 2009
Issue: 88

Greetings From Gallery Z!


Gallery Z invites you to a Guitar Maker’s Workshop at Gallery Z during the “Art on the Hill” Gallery Night, this Thursday, January 15th, from 6pm to 9pm.  Join us for an evening of lectures, demonstrations, and performances, as part of the opening reception for our “Musical Instruments, Makers, and Performers” exhibit. 

To begin our 8th year in 2009, Gallery Z is hosting this unique exhibition highlighting the skill of Lutherie.  This term refers to individuals who practice the art of building stringed instruments, a tradition that has survived for thousands of years.  Guitar maker Richard Young (owner of Eastford, Connecticut-based Still River Guitars) is curating the exhibit, and Artistic Director for the weekly events is Steve Pellegrino, a veteran of the Providence/Boston music scene.

Musical instruments, when created by the hand of a master luthier, transform into an object of physical beauty as well as sonic beauty.  The premise of this exhibit is to merge the maker and performer with the audience, to unveil the musical instrument as a true art form.  The finest examples of stringed instruments created by skilled artisans are on display, including classical guitar, jazz guitar, and electric guitar, violin, mandolin, oud, and kamancha.  The finished instruments are accompanied by examples at different stages of completion, giving a glimpse into the craftsmanship and intensive labor needed to create a work of art that must also be functional.

We have scheduled weekly musical performances to inject some energy and vigor into Providence this winter in support of our behind-the-scenes look at the art of instrument-making.

Join us this Thursday, January 15th, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm for a Guitar Maker’s Workshop with lectures and demonstrations by Otto D’Ambrosio, Richard Young, and Carla Kelly. 

Gallery Z has recruited some of the most talented and innovative instrument makers and musical performers living both locally and regionally for this exhibition. 

Otto D’Ambrosio began his craft twenty years ago in New York, and moved to  RI in 1996 to work at Guild Guitars in Westerly RI.  Now Otto patiently creates one-of-a-kind instruments for the lucky few on his waiting list. D’Ambrosio Guitars was recently approved on two design patents for the signature model El Rey, licensed and produced by Eastman Strings.

Richard Young was born in NYC, relocating to New England at the age of twenty. Apprenticed to master luthier Georgy Konstantinovich Babichev, after years of professional finish-carpentry and cabinet-making experience, Young had developed an advanced understanding and skill working in the medium of wood, and built guitars with Georgy Babichev until Georgy’s passing in August of 2003. In September 2004, Young founded Still River Guitars in Eastford, Connecticut.Carla Kelly creates “Organic” guitars employing nature’s principles of unified-body construction:  crafting braces from the body woods rather than gluing them on, with rosettes which are slices of knotholes and “splat” bridges carved to form part of the external soundboard bracing.  “My guitars are ‘of a piece.’  There are a lot of advantages in that.” 

For this Thursday’s workshop and performance, Otto D’Ambrosio will hand off an Arch Top guitar to Mike Tanaka to play, Richard Young will hand off a classical guitar to Maurice Cahen to play, and Carla Kelly will hand off an Organic Guitar to John Baboian to play.

We hope to see you here!

January Events at Gallery Z 

Our schedule for January includes a series of events highlighting our current show “Musical Instruments, Makers, and Performers.”

January 22nd, 6pm-9pm:  Violin family workshop

Lecture and demonstration by Roman Barnas, violin maker and teacher of violin building and repair at North Bennett Street School, Boston, MA

Ben Pearce – Mandolin maker and performer
Haig Manoukian – Oud Performer and repairer
Souren Baronian – Clarinet performer

January 29th, 8pm-10pmMusicians Collaboration


About Gallery Z 

Located on Providence’s Historic Atwells Avenue (Exit 21 from Interstate 95) since 2001, Gallery Z offers an eclectic collection of works by 20th-21st century Armenian, American, international, and Rhode Island artists.  Opening receptions are held on the third Thursday of each month.  Owner and photographer Bérge Ara Zobian, spearheading efforts to raise public interest in the arts, dedicates an entire front window to the public forum.

Also, Gallery Z is a TAX FREE ZONE. 
For more information, click here.
And, as always, all exhibits are free and open to the public.
The gallery can be found on the World Wide Web at
Please feel free to contact the gallery at galleryzprov@aol.com.

Gallery Hours:
Tues & Wed 12-6pm
Thurs-Sat 12-8pm
By appointment and by chance

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MEMBER – PWCVB, Providence Warwick Convention Visitors Bureau
MEMBER – Federal Hill Commerce Association
MEMBER – Americans for the Arts

Directions to Gallery Z:
From the North:
Take 95 South to Exit 21.  At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Atwells Avenue.

From the South:
Take 95 North to exit 21.  At the second set of lights take a left onto Atwells Avenue.

Gallery Z is located on your right at 259 Atwells Avenue.

In This Issue
This Week at Gallery Z
January Events at Gallery Z
Exhibitions at Gallery Z
January Public Art Window

Current Show

“Musical Instruments, Makers, and Performers” 

Show Dates:
January 6th, 2009 to January 31st, 2009

Opening Reception:  January 15th, 2009, 5-9pm

January Public Art Window

Gallery Z welcomes WBNA to our Public Art Window during the month of January.  WBNA (West Broadway Neighborhood Association) organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and protect our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to live, work and play.


259 Atwells Avenue – Providence, Rhode Island 02903 – tel (401) 454-8844 – fax (401) 751-3295
Gallery Z: A Fine Art Gallery | 259 Atwells Avenue | Providence | RI | 02903

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