This winter, cozy up in a number of our inviting galleries featuring brand new, one-of-a-kind exhibits. From handblown glass created right here in Newport to a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces to tongue in cheek recreations of famous known works, this season's exhibits throughout Newport & Bristol counties is sure to enlighten you.
Arctic Blast: Experiments in Frost
Location: Anchor Bend Glassworks
Dates: January 7, 2017 - March 19, 2017
Anchor Bend Glassworks presents their Winter Show Arctic Blast: Experiments in Frost beginning January 7, 2017 and running through mid March. The new exhibit will showcase modern sandblasting & silvering techniques. Frosted handblown glass Anchors, Waves, and Sea Creatures are the centerpieces of this show.
Open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Looking Closely at What is Not There
Location: Newport Art Museum
Dates: January 14, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Although she began her career in ceramics, Kate Blacklock has explored a variety of media throughout her career. From oil paintings to photographs or scans printed on aluminum to 3-D-printed ceramics, this exhibition showcases several of the artist’s ongoing series.
Threading these series together is the artist’s keen and enduring interest in joining the present and past. Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions, such as Chinese landscape painting and nineteenth-century European porcelain, Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary. Whether it is examining aspects of nature or everyday objects, Blacklock carries the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one. Based in Providence, Kate Blacklock has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country. She received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where she now teaches.
Location: Jamestown Arts Center
Dates: January 20, 2017 - March 11, 2017
Bridging Patterns is a collaborative exhibition featuring Rhode Island disability service organizations: Bridges, Inc., Flying Shuttles, Looking Upwards, RHD, and Top Drawer, including a site-specific Exquisite Corpse installation.
Join Jamestown Arts Center for the closing reception and panel discussion on Sunday, March 11 at 4:00 PM where Seamus Hames (Arts Education Coordinator, Jamestown Arts Center and former Art Director, Top Drawer) will lead a discussion concerning “Outsider” art and arts-based programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Panelists include Toni Carroll (Managing Director, Flying Shuttles Studio), Nate Carroll (Art Director, RHD-RI), Casey Weibust (Art Director, Out Of The Box Studio), and others.
Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or by appointment.
New Light Through Old Windows
Location: Newport Art Museum
Dates: January 21 - April 16, 2017
With the rise of digital photography, an increasing number of contemporary artists are turning to historical processes to create unique handmade photographic objects. Working independently, Rhode Island artists Lindsey Beal and Ron Cowie each use nineteenth century processes to explore contemporary issues. In this manner, their work reflects the Newport Art Museum, an institution in historical buildings that brings together works of art from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
For her Venus Series, Beal uses a variety of historical processes, including ambrotype and alumitype to represent her paper sculptures that are inspired by Paleolithic “Venus Figurines” discovered in Europe and the Middle East in the nineteenth-century. In so doing, she re-creates the mystery and power of these female figurines that elude art historians.
Using a large format camera, Ron Cowie prints his photographs in platinum, a process championed by nineteenth-century art photographers. His series Leaving Babylon consists of metaphorical landscapes that explore the psychological terrain of, in the artist’s words, “how we live in faith and fear.” For his series Inventory, Cowie photographed possessions belong to his wife, who passed away in 2008, as a way to remember her and to move forward.
Lindsey Beal lives in Providence and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ron Cowie lives in Wakefield teaches at the New England School of Photography in Boston.
This exhibition features works by Lindsey Beal and Ron Cowie, as well as a small selection of original nineteenth-century photographic objects on loan from the Newport Historical Society.
Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson
Location: Rosecliff Mansion
Dates: January 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017
A new loan exhibition opens in the second floor gallery at Rosecliff on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories. Focusing on the life of “high society” in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.
Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson were two of the most influential illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century, working from about 1890 to 1930. They created fashion-filled compositions that linked dress and witty social commentary. Their observations about people in society and their foibles were artfully represented in popular publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue and LIFE.
The exhibition juxtaposes about 50 Lowell and Gibson illustrations with actual period costumes and accessories, displayed on mannequins or in cases, set up in “vignettes” adjacent to the illustrations. This not only brings the illustrations, in effect, “to life” in three dimensions for the visitor; it also allows the visitor to see the historic clothing as part of a broader context of Gilded Age society in New York (so closely tied to that of Newport), as well as inherently beautiful artifacts in their own right.
Costume pieces featured in the exhibition range in opulence from a beaded silk chiffon flapper dress and a silk satin wedding dress to both men’s and women’s wool one-piece bathing suits. Accessories such as a hand painted silk and wood fan, a fancy velvet and ostrich feather picture hat and a number of decorative walking sticks also help bring the illustrations to life.
Running through May 7, 2017, the exhibition comes to the Preservation Society from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, and the Lasell College Fashion Collection and Lasell Archives in Newton, MA. The exhibition is included as part of the regular tour of Rosecliff. Tickets are available at www.NewportMansions.org.
25th Annual Fakes & Forgeries
Location: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery
Dates: February 4, 2017 - February 28, 2017
From its conception 26 years ago, artists have been invited to submit serious "copies" or tongue-in-cheek humorous interpretation of known art work in two and three dimensional form. The February exhibit has grown to be a much anticipated area event for both artists and the art appreciators. The artists study and learn techniques used by the old and modern masters while the public has a chance to enjoy and own an “almost masterpiece” without traveling too far.
A guest judge selects the “Best in Show” and several “Honorable Mentions” awards from the works submitted. The winners will be recognized during the opening reception on February 4 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM to which the public is invited. Gallery visitors asked to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” throughout the month.
The gallery will be open until 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 9th for Gallery Night in Newport. Gallery hours are 12:00 - 5:00 PM daily.