GREEN SPACE Gallery features works of RI artists Meris Barreto, Jessica Hines and Kelsey Miller

GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green International 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 Meris Barreto, Jessica Hines and Kelsey Miller. Exhibit runs through mid-May.

Meris Barreto lives and works in Providence and is a graduate of RISD. Her work engages ideas and materials that seem inherently opposite in nature and are stripped to their basic elements. It is multidisciplinary, combining aspects of sculpture, painting and writing. Ceramics with paper, bronze with stone, glass with metal, and visual with verbal are dualities that are often paired in single works. Learn more, click here.

Jessica Hines is a Rhode Island native and graduate of RISD. She taught art to students in grades pre-K through eight for 23 years in Catholic Schools, and currently teaches both children and adults at her studio Artful Expressions in Warwick. Jess currently lives in West Warwick. Learn more, click here.

Kelsey Miller is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies, and is now based in Portsmouth. Her work is guided by everyday cycles—the rapid pace of news and weather, the slow build of archives and observations—toward an iterative practice of recording, altering, accumulating, and distributing that manifests in prints and large-scale installations. Kelsey currently lives in Portsmouth. Learn more, click here.

“RISCA is thrilled to be highlighting three exceptional RI artists at this gallery, which provides travelers coming and going to our state a vision of the creativity here,” Faye Zuckerman, spokesperson for RISCA, said. “It’s a treat for first time visitors and residents to discover RI’s thriving and diverse arts community.”

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

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Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of RI artist Linda King

Linda King’s Mixed Media Collages

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 Linda King, of North Kingstown. Exhibit will run through mid-May.

Linda King attended workshops in all media with local New England artists, before finding her true passion for creating movement and texture with mixed media and collage. A love of texture and dimension is evident in her use of paper and mixed media to create uniquely personal works of art. Finding compositions in everyday things and in nature inspired abstracting them into works of art. The crashing surf at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown remains her favorite source of inspiration. 

Linda has received many awards for her acrylic paintings, collaged seascapes and abstracts. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the country.  She is currently an exhibiting member of South County Art Association, Wickford Art Association, New England Watercolor Society, Plymouth Center for the Arts and Collage Artists of America.  A juried artist member of Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly and an elected artist member of Mystic Museum of Art. To learn more visit: https://www: lkingartist.com.

“RISCA is pleased to feature Linda King, a Rhode Islander who depicts a unique love of the power of the sea,” RISCA’s spokesperson, Faye Zuckerman, said. “In her works, it is easy to see the ever-changing colorations and textures created by the unique weather patterns that we have in New England.”

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

To learn more about the airport galleries, click here.

N.E. Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is on exhibit at the state art gallery

Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill features 3 RI artists

An educational art exhibit by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, New England Chapter, called Rivers to the Sea, is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Artwork by three Rhode Island artists, Albert Pointe, Riverside; Melissa Guillet, Johnston; and Frances Topping, Charlestown, are featured in the show. Pointe has three illustrations, and they are of Dobsonfly Nymph, Stonefly and Alderfly larvae; Moose; and Moon Jellyfish. Guillet’s is a Zebra Clubtail Dragonfly, and Topping’s is a North American River Otter.

On viewing the installation at the state’s gallery, which is managed by the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the state’s arts agency, said, “We are proud to present this work by an organization that blends arts education with natural science. The display provides a range of scientific illustrations, and we are grateful to the Guild for sharing with Rhode Island 13 of its members’ works. I hope Rhode Islanders make a point to visit this exhibition in our state’s gallery space.”

The artists are:

  • Melissa Guillet, Johnston, R.I.
  • Albert Pointe, Riverside, R.I.
  • Frances Topping, Charlestown, R.I.
  • Carol Schwartz, Manchester, Conn.
  • Jeanette Compton, Hamden, Conn.
  • Dorie Petrochko, Oxford, Conn.
  • Patricia Cassady, Middleborough, Mass.
  • Wendy Chadbourne, Chapter president, Lakeville, Mass.
  • Sau-Mei Leung, Clinton, Mass.
  • Mark Lefkowitz, Sharon, Mass.
  • Nancy Minnigerode, Marstons Mills, Mass.
  • Peggy Rambach, Andover, Mass.
  • Nanci Worthington, Southfield, Mass.

The Guild’s N.E. Chapter was founded in 1999 to provide encouragement for scientific illustrators through networking, technique workshops and public education. The members represent a wide range of fields including natural science, scientific, botanical, medical and veterinary illustration. They are art educators, freelance illustrators, staff illustrators, backyard scientists and students who paint, sketch, sculpt or work digitally.  Read more about the Guild, click here.

Exhibit details

What: Rivers to the Sea by the Guild of Natural Science
When: Open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Jan. 7.
Where: The Atrium Gallery, first floor of the state administration building, One Capitol Hill, Providence    

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. For more information, click here.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. To learn more visit http://www.arts.ri.gov.

Statement from the Guild of National Science Illustrators

When man first started to colonize the world, one major determinant to where we established our communities was the presence of and access to water. If you look at any modern maps, you can’t help but notice that our major cities are in close proximity to water. This phenomenon is very much the same with the natural world. If you take a hike anywhere here in New England, you will find an abundance of biodiversity near sources of water.

The land is divided by rivers, streams and creeks, each with their own watershed. A watershed is a land area that drains and channels precipitation back to the sea in a constant cycle. Each of these watersheds are unique – supporting a vast array of ecological systems. These ecological systems support a wide variety of biodiversity which changes as you travel from the upland headwaters of a river all the way to the termination into the sea.

All this biodiversity relies on the precious resource of clean water flowing past without obstructions. The watersheds provide critical life support to the animals and plants living in them, including drinking water, migration routes, nurseries, and irrigation for native plants which provide sources of food and shelter as well as prevent erosion of the land. It is a complex and interconnected web of communities upon which the actions of man can have serious and long-lasting impacts.

The members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators New England Chapter are celebrating the biodiversity of watersheds in their chosen media, to help bring awareness to the fragile communities which rely on healthy watersheds all through New England. No matter how far you physically live from a body of water, you are having an impact on the watershed that drains into that body of water. The overall health of these fragile communities, and ultimately our own, relies on healthy watershed systems.