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What Moves You?

ART Night

Japanese fish printing, children’s art, a local treasure, a grand opening and a chance to help an artist in need – these are the happenings that have grabbed my attention for tonight’s ART Night in Bristol and Warren:

Featured Open Studio artist Susan O’Donnell is a graduate of Roger Williams University. Her art technique is GYOTAKU (gee-yo-tah-koo) – the Japanese art of fish printing. She brings a whimsical twist to this ancient art with bright color canvases and a more decorative style. Her prints have been reviewed in numerous magazines and she shows and she sells her art throughout the country.  Visit her at 39 State Street in Bristol.

The Rockwell School Arts Night includes artwork from each student in Rockwell School. On display are works in a variety of mediums created by students ranging from kindergarten to the 5th grade. The students took inspiration from famous artists, different cultures, illustrated books and more. Arts Night will also feature student musical performances.  Visit them at 1225 Hope Street in Bristol.

The Colt Andrews School 2013 Art Show Opening is from 6pm ’til 7pm on ART Night. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will have artwork in the exhibit, which runs until June 4th at 570 Hope Street in Bristol.

Imago Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special exhibit featuring artwork by students from Mt. Hope High School. More than 50 art works by advanced students in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and computer graphics are on display through June 14 at the IMAGO gallery at 36 Market Street in Warren.

Featured Open Studio artist Don Primiano is a painter and founder of Don’s Art Shop in Warren. Don’s paintings cover a wide spectrum of styles, personalized visions to social issues. Sometimes referred to as a ‘sophisticated primitive’, Primiano has enjoyed an independent, old-world, bohemian life-style, always surrounded by close friends and followers. His work, however, truly reflects an optimistic warmth and enthusiasm throughout. Visit him at 543 Main Street in Warren.

Come to the grand opening celebration of a new gallery space, Bohème! Featuring wonderful local artists, including Clavin Kahn, Nick Lane, Zan Norlund, Samantha Robshaw & Dara Raisner.  Bohème is a place to celebrate local art and the people who have created it. There will be refreshments & live music, too! Stop in at 504 Main Street in Warren.

The Wooden Midshipman is hosting an artist fundraiser with musicians Joe Fletcher & Will Houlihan – the net proceeds from the sale of all art will go to support Brown Bird, a wonderful local band that’s been dealing with mounting medical bills and a partially cancelled tour due to struggles with an ongoing illness. Expect to find all kinds of amazing work, both prints and originals, from local artists in all mediums. Plus food, music, and libations!  Catch this event at 146 Water Street in Warren.

To find out more about these happenings and other tempting events planned for tonight’s ART Night, visit the ART Night website.  They’re also on Facebook!

ART Night, Season Two!

ART Night

ART Night returns this week, and not a moment too soon!  We are visual creatures, and I am looking forward to this chance to restore some visual balance to my mind, to feast my eyes on art that will lift me up, soothe and delight…

On Thursday, April 25th from 5pm ’til 9pm, Art Night opens its second season with a stand-out roster of talented artists.

a glimpse of an air sculpture by Janice Lee Kelly, 2012
a glimpse of an air sculpture by Janice Lee Kelly, 2012

If you haven’t done ART Night before, then you don’t want to miss this opening night.  And, if you’ve been waiting for a chance to bring your kids to ART Night, then you’re in luck!  Air sculptor Janice Lee Kelly is one of four featured Open Studio artists this month – her surprising sculptures are spectacular in person, and the chance to peek inside her studio is something you and your children will remember for a long time…

Cut-paper artist Robert Pillsbury is also opening his studio for ART Night on Thursday.  I am very excited about this.  I first saw his work hanging on a wall at the Rogers Free Library, part of a Bristol Art Museum exhibit, I think.  It stopped me in my tracks, quite literally.  I remember thinking, someday I will own a Robert Pillsbury.  Maybe ‘someday’ will be Thursday…

©Oliveira Textiles, 2013
©Oliveira Textiles, 2013

A third featured Open Studio artist to get excited about this month is textile designer Dawn Oliveira.  Her organic, ocean-inspired textile designs are like nothing you’ve ever seen, innovative, soothing and gorgeous!  You’ll definitely want to visit her studio with your older children and teens to talk with Dawn about her passion for sustainable design.  And, when you see the belts and clutches and sunhats she makes with remnants from her larger projects (no waste!), you might be inspired to drop a subtle hint for a sweet Mother’s Day gift…

And there’s more!  Rounding out this month’s featured Open Studio artists is sculptor Allison Newsome.  I haven’t yet seen her work in person, which gives me that exhilarating feeling that I might find something new and wonderful.  And I MUST visit The Knotty Dog in Bristol, to see Ed King’s breathtaking photography up close and in person for the first time!  And, artist Jay Egge will be giving a live demonstration of working with pastels at Alta Luna Gallery, also in Bristol.  In Warren, IMAGO Foundation for the Arts’ beautiful gallery space is filled with the work of member artists and guest artists, and it’s right next door to 2nd Story Theatre, which is hosting a special dress rehearsal of their newest production, “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams, with ticket proceeds benefiting the Bristol Warren Education Foundation.  What a night this could be!  ART Night AND 2nd Story Theatre! ***Please take note, the play contains adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.

For a complete itinerary of Open Studios, gallery events, roaming performances and special perks –  visit the ART Night website!

A Call for Caterpillars

As seen on the Making Art With Children blog from the Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts:

Enter The Carle’s Call For Caterpillars Contest!

©The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 2013
©The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 2013

To celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 10th anniversary year, we invite friends, families, schools, and other organizations throughout the country and abroad to create 3-dimensional caterpillar sculptures out of found materials. Be inspired by Eric Carle’s most beloved character, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and transform ANY combination of recycled or found materials (plastic, paper, foam, wood, metal, etc.) into a 3-dimensional caterpillar sculpture.

Three entries will be chosen at random at the Museum’s Children’s Book Festival on June 8, 2013 and will receive an original doodle by Eric Carle!

There are very specific guidelines on how to enter (for example, they do NOT want you to send your original artwork; entrants should submit jpeg photos of their artwork on CD).  Please visit the Making Art With Children blog to learn more details.  Submissions must be postmarked by May 31, 2013.

Music, Madness, Murder and Mozart

Excellent!  From the 2nd Story Theatre website:

“Music, madness, murder and Mozart. One of the most brilliantly theatrical scripts of the last fifty years, Peter Shaffer’s fantastical masterpiece weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. The film version won an Oscar, but this is a story best experienced live onstage.”

2nd Story Theatre’s production of “Amadeus” opens Friday, January 18th and runs through Sunday, February 17th; visit our Theatre page for more details.

Get a sneak peak by attending a special “Amadeus” dress rehearsal to benefit IMAGO Foundation for the Arts, on Thursday, January 17th at 7pm!  Light refreshments will be served from 6pm ’til 7pm at IMAGO gallery on Market Street, next door to the theater.  For details, see poster below:

Amadeus dress rehearsal