Back in 2007, a group of Jamestown residents passionate about the arts collectively envisioned a dynamic arts center in the heart of historic Jamestown. They worked tirelessly to bring their vision to life and finally, in December of 2009, they purchased a former 5,000 square foot boat repair shop and transformed it into a thriving arts center.
Since then, the JAC has brought endless art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film nights, OutLoud events and concerts to Jamestown, alongside art and design educational programs for people of all ages.
Their latest outdoor exhibit, "Spacing Out(side)" will launch July through October, 2021 at three public locations. Each of the temporary installations engages space in interesting or unusual ways, is original in its construction and use of materials, and offers an unexpected point of view. Spacing Out(side), coincides with a curated exhibition at the Jamestown Arts Center’s galleries called Spacing Out: Expanding the Field of Vision.
Below are 3 spaces to catch the JAC's outdoor art installations:
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1 Bike Path off Eldred Avenue
Artwork: Fear and Wonder of the Unknown
Artist: Sean Harrington
Sean Harrington is a sculptor and arts educator based in Greene, RI whose metal-work sculptures have been exhibited extensively across New England. His whimsical nine-part installation, Fear and Wonder of the Unknown, consisting of 8 ft tall segments spaced exactly 6 ft apart, will be installed along the bike path off Eldred Avenue.
Artwork: Spacing Out Together
Artist: students at the Melrose School in Jamestown, RI and their art teacher Erica Connolly
"Spacing Out Together", a community artwork designed by Brooke Montoya, created collaboratively by the 265 students of the Melrose School and orchestrated by Melrose art teacher Erica Connolly. Situated along the bike path in partnership with the Town of Jamestown and Department of Public Works. Parking available along Eldred Avenue to access the bike path.
2 East Ferry Gardens
Artwork: Vasanzio ‘Troy'
Artist: Steven Buduo
Hosted by the Town of Jamestown within the garden know as the "Christmas tree location". Steve Buduo is a sculptor based in Worcester, MA, who works in concrete and steel and has exhibited throughout the US and Europe. His abstract sculpture Vasanzio ‘Troy,’ measuring 6 ft high x 8 ft wide x 4 ft deep, was selected for the East Ferry location. Take a moment to consider the monument to Roger Williams and Canonicus, adjacent.
3 Fort Wetherill
Artwork: Lost to the Wind
Artist: Martin Keen
Lost to the Wind by Martin Keen overlooks the entrance to Narraganset Bay from the vantage point of Fort Wetherill's Department of Marine Fisheries campus.
Martin Keen is a sculptor and industrial designer who lives in Jamestown. His artwork Lost to the Wind is a site-specific piece for the Fisheries Campus of Fort Wetherill. Consisting of fiberglass poles topped with freely rotating geometrically shaped “flags,” the artwork will react and reflect the wind.
*Map courtesy of Jamestown Arts Center
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