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

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(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.

Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of Christopher T. Terry

The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its winter exhibit featuring works by Christopher T. Terry, Jamestown. The exhibition runs through late-September.

About the artist

Christopher T. Terry was born in Stamford, Conn., in 1956. He attended Rhode Island College, where he earned a BA in Studio Art in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. After moving back to Connecticut, he began exhibiting his paintings in and around the New York area in 1982. Accepting a teaching position at California State University, Long Beach, in 1984, brought him to the West Coast where he exhibited his work at galleries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1988 he accepted a position at Utah State University and began teaching painting and drawing there.

Professor Terry is the recipient of numerous awards as a painter including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship, and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Recently retired from Utah State University, Terry now lives in Rhode Island, where he has a studio on North Road in Jamestown. To learn, click here.

The 2022 exhibitors for the Block Island Gallery were chosen by panelists Darrell Matsumoto, Wakefield, Saman Sajasi, Providence, and Judith Tolnick-Champa, Pawtucket.

GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island TF Green International Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Solo Exhibit featuring “Abu’s Cultural Journey” at the Atrium Gallery

Abu’s Cultural Journey Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill/Image: Perception Culture (left) and
Lady Rest (right).

This exhibit features intriguing artwork containing an assemblage of found objects created by Abu. It is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence. Abu is a Rhode Island artist, born in Liberia along the west coast of Africa, who uses an array of textural materials including fabric, leather, fur, rope, metal, glass, beads, rocks, cardboard, and even vintage rubber jewelry molds to create his compelling artwork. 

“As an artist, my inspiration comes from the world around me. Through this reality, I fight to capture daily stories that will become tomorrow’s memories. I am passionate in learning about various cultures and then reinterpret them through my art. As a photographer and artist, I’ve participated and captured many memorable and creative moments. Through these experiences, I have learned more about the arts, enjoyed time with friends, met new people, all while gaining lasting relationships.” – Abu

Exhibit Details

What: Solo Exhibit featuring “Abu’s Cultural Journey”
When: Currently on display through Sept. 15, 2022. Open to the public, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is on the first floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Abu was born in Liberia. His mother is Liberian, and father is from Sierra Leone. Abu stated, “The experience of growing up between two cultures strongly shaped my personality and guided my perspective throughout my life.” Abu studied photography at the Community College of Rhode Island, then went on to earn an Associate in Business Administration, Bachelor in Marketing, and an MBA in Global Leadership/Marketing degree from Johnson and Wales University. This educational foundation, coupled with strong networking abilities, provided the knowledge to manage and market his passion for photography and the arts.

When Abu is not creating artwork, he spends his time giving back to the community as a volunteer at Higher Ground International, a nonprofit organization in Providence. Abu said, “For the love of my community, I set-aside time to volunteer at Higher Ground Int., where I have had the privilege to call home for many years, helping African elderly ladies enjoy the outdoors and meet new friends.”

Abu’s Exhibit Tribute

“I want to dedicate this show to five important individuals who are not here to see and witness this show and thank them for making my life what it is today: my late grandmother, Luvinia E. Sims, thank you for the lessons that led me here; my late father, John P. Abu, thank you for all your support; my friend who introduced me to creating, Sidney Leonardo Tillett, inspired me by gifting a bag of scrap leather on one of my visits to his studio; the awesome, amazing, fashionable, and funny Adneris, who lost her battle to breast cancer before her first art gallery/museum exhibit with me, I miss you; and the incredible artist and friend, Michaelle Saintil, who also lost her battle to breast cancer, I miss you.”

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill was developed to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with several state agencies & organizations. The art gallery enhances Capitol Hill as a destination point for visitors, as well as for the many people who visit Administration offices or attend conferences at One Capitol Hill. It also enriches the work environment for the hundreds of state workers who spend their workday in the building.