On display: Arts Champion Iona Dobbins – A Collection of Rhode Island Art

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Iona-Dobbins-Exhibit-_IMG-1024x469.jpg

(Left image- “Island” by Elizabeth A. Goddard, Right image- “Total Disarmament” by Fritz Eichenberg)

“Arts Champion Iona Dobbins – A Collection of Rhode Island Art” at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill
On Display: Sept. 15 – Oct. 26, 2022

Gallery Reception: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, from 5-7 p.m./Open to the public

Iona Dobbins (1930-2012) was a vital force in the Rhode Island arts community, a bright sun that enabled all the arts to grow and flourish throughout the state. It was her deep belief that the arts are an essential part of everyday life. Her work, especially with emerging artists, helped Rhode Island enjoy an artistic Renaissance.

“The arts and arts activities are the soul of the state. We (RISCA) specialize in raising consciousness levels and awakening people to the art forms that surround us.” – Iona Dobbins, Former Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Throughout her decades of work in the arts, Iona was a catalyst for change. Where there was a need she moved to fill the void. She brought creative opportunities to the disabled, business and arts communities together, and founded enormously successful events that benefited the state.

Iona Dobbins’ Collection features a beautiful arrangement of drawings, paintings, etchings, monotype, a quilt, along with ceramic, metal, blown and fused glass sculptural pieces. This exhibit is on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Featured artists: Xavier Navarro Alemay, Stephen Brigidi, Paulette Carr, MC, Ruth Dealy, Bill Drew, Neal Drobnis, Fritz Eichenberg, Elizabeth A. Goddard, Hmong artists unknown, Karen Klingon, James Kubiatowicz, Connie Leslie, Maxwell Mays, John C. Meyers, Alice K. Miles, Denny Moers, James B. Myette, Joseph Norman, Regina Partridge, Sarah Powers, Jacquelyn Rice, Mimo Gordon Riley, Aaron Siskind, Esther Solondz, Nick Swearer, Michael Stern and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

For more information, visit http://ionadobbins.com.

Atrium Gallery Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. For more information on the Atrium Gallery, click here.

How We Built This: A Conversation about a pubic art mural 

You’re invited to an informal chat about what it took to create this large mural!

Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at AS220, Providence

How We Built This– join us for an informal chat with Keir Johnston and Linda Fernandez of Amber Art and Design, discussing what it took to create their monumental mural, Del Passado al Futuro~ From the Past to the Present, as commissioned in 2022 by RISCA and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority through the State’s Percent-for-Art law.

The lead artists, alongside their assistants and fabricators Ysanel, AGonza, Nila Devaney, and Heryk Tomassini, will talk through the process from the request for qualifications to completion. This event is live and in person and will be livestreamed by AS220, and is co-produced by RISCA and Providence Arts Culture + Tourism.

Event Details

What: How We Built This
When: Sun, September 18, 2022, at 1 p.m.
Where: AS220 Main Stage and Gallery, 115 Empire St. , Providence.
RSVP: Space is limited. RSVP ASAP. Click here to sign up.

Arts State Council adds RI artist to its Teaching Artist Roster

To dovetail with National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 11 – 17, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced illustrator/printmaker Natasha Brennan, Providence, to its Rhode Island Teaching Artist Roster.

The Roster is a list of teaching artists and arts organizations who have been reviewed by public panels and selected based on their mastery of an artistic discipline, experience and training to work in educational settings. RISCA’s Roster is housed on the New England Foundation of the Arts’ CreativeGround website.

Join us, the CreativeGround team, and other partners in the virtual space for the official online launch event of CreativeGround 2.0! It’s on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. Celebrate the upgrade to the platform and discover how your state and communities are using this network to support the New England Creative Economy. To register: September 15 CreativeGround Kickoff – CreativeGround

The new addition will be added to the website in the coming days or weeks. To see the entire Roster, click here.

“This widely used resource taps into a wonderful resource — our community of RI teaching artists,” said Lynne McCormack, Executive Director of RISCA. “Artist-educators provide support, creativity and passion in our classrooms and related arts educational programs. I am proud to welcome Natasha to our Roster, which now numbers nearly 80 arts educators.”

About the new Teaching Roster artist

Natasha Brennan, based in Providence, is an illustrator and printmaker who focuses on magazines with a twist, called zines, art for children, posters and community-based projects. Currently, Brennan is the artist in residence at the Dirt Palace experimenting with printmaking and quilting. Brennan has worked as a teaching artist for RISD’s Project Open Door, CityArts and Dirt Palace Public Projects, running workshops about printmaking, drawing, activism, building shadow boxes, bookmaking, zines and collage.

In Brennan’s workshops, students learn how to experiment with different materials, explore new storytelling techniques, and work on exciting and engaging projects. Different approaches to projects by students are always encouraged within classes and workshops. Projects can be tailored and adjusted to fit different age ranges and experiences, even within the same group. Brennan’s projects focus on students’ imaginations, group discussions, games and are sometimes inspired by different community organizations and other local artists that are in their community.

#BecauseOfArtsEd

About CreativeGround: New England’s free online cultural directory, CreativeGround, connects you with creative New England. Search, create a Profile, and connect today.