Sunspot Lit Call for Best Opening

Sunspot Literary Journal wants your best fiction, nonfiction, or poetry opening. No restrictions on theme, category, or length of the piece from which the beginning is excerpted. Submit up to 250 words for prose and up to 25 words for poetry.

First place winner and finalists will be published. Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified. Entry fee is $8,50.

Cash award of $250 for the winner. For more information, visit Sunspot Lit’s website or the contest page.

“Home is Where the Art Is” Exhibit and Opening Reception at Warwick Center for the Arts

Corner Happenings by Cathy Chin

‍What does home/community mean to you? Warwick Center for the Arts is pleased to announce our latest exhibit, “Home is Where the Art Is” which showcases different ways artists investigate and interpret their environment. Many mediums and styles will be represented, such as digital arts, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, textiles, sculpture, realism, abstracts, and more! The opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 6-7:30, with the entire exhibit running from August 14-September 9, 2019.

RI Cultural Anchor: Steven E Pennell

Steven Pennell is the Founder and Coordinator of the URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program since 1996 with a fulltime gallery of monthly exhibit and performances. He is a Theatre Director, Oral Historian, Actor and Musician, and Lecturer in Theatre History and Performance. We asked him few questions about his life and art-making in Rhode Island for our series, Rhode Island Cultural Anchors.

RISCA: Give us a brief overview of your day yesterday- what did you do in both your personal and professional life?
SP: I picked vegetables, went to the gym, and worked on administration for the Fall Semester of monthly exhibits and events ending with a follow up meeting on the Public School Art Exhibit from last May.

RISCA: What do you love about the art scene in Rhode Island?
SP: The art community is so vibrant and varied. There is something for everyone and so many opportunities available to enjoy.

RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here?
SP: I was born in Rhode Island, but I lived and worked in New York, Ohio, Korea, Great Britian and Germany as a Theatre Director, Performer and Educator. I returned to Rhode Isalnd in 1994 to reestablish my roots and begin exploring new opportunities here in the visual and performing arts committed to education and social change.

RISCA: What is one thing that you want to accomplish in the next year?
SP: Establishing a PVD Solo Performance Festival.

RISCA: What is one thing you think the art community in Rhode Island needs?
SP: More interconnectedness, and more communication channels.