At a time of year when many community art centers are beginning to turn their attention to small works exhibitions, Bristol Art Museum is hosting an altogether different type of show. The museum’s current exhibition Extravagant Chemistry, Anatomies of Painting, is a breathtaking survey of painters from throughout the region, and one that will excite anyone who loves the medium. While digital work and cutting-edge technology often make headlines in today’s art world, this exhibition proves that the art and craft of painting is alive and well.
The Bristol Art Museum and Rogers Free Library to Host Juried, Community Exhibit
The Bristol Art Museum in partnership with the Rogers Free Library announces a call for artists for a juried, community exhibit, Small Works, featuring two-dimensional works of drawings, paintings, photography, prints or collage. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration is Monday, October 17 at midnight.
For more information, and to submit artwork, please click here, http://www.bristolartmuseum.org/form-small-works.html.
Small Works are two-dimensional works of art limited to 12 inches on either side. Large in imagination, but small in size, Small Works provides artists the opportunity to share a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter. The exhibit will be on view in the Community Galleries at Rogers Free Library. The exhibit, which will be judged by Rhode Island artist Rina Naik, will be on view in the Community Galleries at the Rogers Free Library from November 7 to December 16, 2022.
“As an artist myself I can relate to all the hard work and effort that the submitting artists are going through, said Naik. “As a juror, I will be looking for a wide variety of things which includes technical skills, a good understanding of the design principles, clear concept/idea, adept material handling and some elements of visual energy. I think of this visual energy as something different/ unique that the artist has done. Something that captures your attention and then retains it with an invitation for more exploration. Pushing the conceptual and material boundaries and breaking the rules also add to the interest.”
“The Bristol Art Museum is pleased to provide this opportunity to local artists to have their work available for public view and enjoyment,” said Bristol Art Museum Curator, Mary Dondero. “The Museum’s partnership with Rogers Free Library is a wonderful example of how Bristol’s nonprofit organizations can collaborate to make meaningful contributions to the local arts and culture offerings in our town. I look forward to viewing the works of art selected by Rina Naik and exhibited in the Library's community gallery.”
All works of art from artists at least 18 years old must be original and no longer than 12 inches on the longest side (frame included). Chosen artwork must be ready to install with a wire on the backside of the frame and artists must insure their work, if desired.
Artists whose work is chosen for the exhibit are invited to make their work available for sale, all sales are negotiated between the artist and the collector. No commissions are taken by the Museum. Those interested in purchasing art are invited to contact the artist by email, which will be included on the exhibit label.
There is a minimal $10 submission fee - payable by credit card - and artists are welcome to submit up to five pieces of art for consideration. Submission fee: $10 per submission. Up to 5 submissions are welcome. Artists whose work is selected will be notified by email no later than Wednesday, October 26.
“As an artist who paints on the smaller scale most of the time, I can attest to the challenge of creating compelling pieces of artwork at a small scale,” added Naik. “Small scale adds an element of preciousness and intimacy to the artwork. I will be looking for pieces to have all the elements mentioned above and hold the viewers' visual interest at a smaller scale.”
Naik, the juror, is an Asian Indian-American artist who primarily focuses on oil painting using the cold wax medium. As of late, she has been exploring mixed media pieces on paper and panel with sumi ink, acrylic inks, asemic writing, Japanese papers, etc. She draws inspiration from the New England Landscapes, in particular, plein air painting on the Cape. Naik shares “New England landscapes are magical in their beauty,” and created a series of mini paintings called Truro wanderings.
Ms. Naik holds a certificate in drawing and painting from RISDce and an MFA in Interior design from Endicott College. She lives and works in Plainville, Massachusetts and has participated in numerous shows, receiving awards of merit and excellence. Her work can be found in private collections. Naik was awarded the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Art Providence Holiday show in 2018; Viewer’s Choice Award, second place, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Member Show; Merit Award, Attleboro Museum Member Show, Attleboro Arts Museum; and Distinction of Excellence, National Juried Show, IMAGO Gallery, Warren, RI.
Naik is a member of IFA Imago Foundation for the Arts, Fort Point Arts Community; Monotype Guild of New England; Attleboro Arts Museum; Pawtucket Arts Collaborative; and the Concord Center for Visual Art, Concord.
Nearly 50 Artists to Attend Opening Reception this Sunday
The Bristol Art Museum today announced an Opening Reception for its annual Juried Members Exhibit which opens on Saturday, September 24. The public is invited to the Opening Reception will take place on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit was judged by Rhode Island artist Kristin Street, who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol Art Museum members were invited to submit all forms of media for consideration, except video and site-specific installations.
"In selecting the work to be included in this member’s show I opted to embrace the diverse nature of the submissions," said Street. "The range of style and media offered an engaging mix of traditional to abstract offerings, which made my job of selecting the work for this show very challenging. The thread that runs through all the pieces selected can be found in a rich attention to composition, an intriguing use of texture, line and color, and the avid curiosity expressed in the use of unconventional materials."
“Our annual Juried Members Exhibit is an opportunity to showcase the depth of creative talent among our members with a passion for the mission of the Bristol Art Museum,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “This exhibit is among our most popular each year given the unique and varied perspectives of those that comprise our membership.”
Artists scheduled to attend the reception include Bern Altman; Deborah Amylon; Karen Rand Anderson; Ann Barrett; Cicek Beeby; Mary Brennan; Karen Clair; Janet Dubuc; Mary Ellen Dwyer; Kendra Ferreira; Carol FitzSimonds; Claudia Flynn; Frank Gasbarro; Vera Gierke; Ann-Marie Gillett; Gary Graham; Susan Graham; Joanne Gregory; Donald Heymann; Bonnie Jaffe; Marc Jaffe; Jean Keller; Peter Landry; Daniel Lake; Suzanne Lewis; Maria Loring; Eileen Mayhew; Johanna McKenzie; Vicky McGrath; Linda Megathlin; Paul M. Murray; Elena Obelenus; Elizabeth O'Connell; Jeanne Cardelli Raimondi; Sandra Richard; Julie Schnatz Rybeck; Deborah Schuessler; Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp; John Sideli; Kathleen Tirrell; John Udvardy; Lelia Stokes Weinstein; Karen Wheet; Nancy Whitcomb; Shawen Williams; Howard Windham;
Carolyn Winter; and Al Wroblewski.
Street is a Providence native who earned a BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and a an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art, in Sculpture/Studio Art. She augments her formal education through travel study grants and course work. With a commitment to promoting the work of colleague artists through curatorial work in the two galleries she established, The Krause Gallery in Providence RI and The Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI, Street has maintained an aggressive exhibition schedule over the years, exhibiting in museums and galleries locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol Art Museum is located on the ancestral homelands of the Pokanoket, Wampanoag, and Narragansett tribal nations whose people have an enduring, reciprocal relationship to this sacred site.
The Museum is also sited on the grounds of Linden Place, which was once a slave-holding estate. Colonial inhabitants of this land benefited politically and economically from the economies of slavery that cultivated Bristol, Rhode Island.
Through this acknowledgment made is 2021, the Bristol Art Museum seeks to recognize the complex cultural and social history of the land upon which the Museum is physically situated, as a way to resist ongoing settler colonial narratives that marginalize Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Renowned Artist Ferreira to Offer Exclusive Workshop on Creating Works of Unique Art Using Colored Pencils
This fall, individuals with an interest in creating works of art with colored pencils will have an opportunity to learn about this unique technique from an expert in the art form, Kendra Ferreira, at the Bristol Art Museum. The one-day in-person class, Drawing the Autumn Landscape, is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Participants in this class will capture the glorious colors of autumn in colored pencil. Using techniques such as layering, blending and mixing colors directly on paper, individuals will learn to interpret the vibrant and colorful beauty of the New England autumn landscape. This class is geared towards students with some drawing experience. Those interested in enrolling in the class should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My goal is for students to learn or practice colored pencil techniques as well as to learn about creating values of light and dark, textures and composition,” said Ferreira. “I would like each student to enjoy the process to feel good about the drawing they will take home from the class.”
Individuals with any level of experience drawing with pencils of any form are strongly encouraged to enroll in the one-day workshop. Participants will create a drawing using a landscape photo or autumn still life object as their inspiration.
“When drawing with colored pencils, the colors are mixed on the paper through layering,” said Ferreria. “This differs from colors being mixed on a palette when using paints. I have always felt more comfortable using pencils to layer and achieve rich colors versus mixing paints to achieve colors.”
Past participants in this workshop have shared they learned to see more detail or more colors when drawing. Other participants have experienced a heightened level of comfort drawing shapes, perspective and values of light and dark.
“The autumn season is my favorite to depict in art not only because of the fall leaves and colors on the trees, but also the slant of the sun during the season,” said Ferreira. “The sunlight hits the earth at a different angle creating different wavelengths of color. If you think of an apple, you probably think of the color red. However, if you really study an apple you will see so many other colors such as yellow, orange, green and purple or blue as it turns toward shadow.”
Ferreira earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. During her first year there, she enrolled in an illustration class in colored pencil. It was her favorite class. That class, combined with a Color Theory class, inspired her to learn about drawing and color. Ferreira has been using colored pencils ever since.
Exhibit Provides a Timely Opportunity that Challenges Observers to Explore the Different Ways Symbols, Imagery and Words are Interpreted
The Bristol Art Museum today announced an opportunity to meet the artists of its current exhibition, Shift, a collection of work by local and regional artists that uncovers the many ways that we all create associations and arbitrary meaning to symbols, imagery, and words. The event will take place on the last day to view the exhibit, Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The artists who will attend the event and speak about the inspiration and influence of their pieces include Boris Bally, Brett Day Windham, Kate Gilbert, Lois Harada, Matthew Kemp, Thomas Spencer Ladd, Scott Lapham, Lisa Lowenstein, JP Terlizzi, and William Van Beckum,
“We often assume that objects and images have a fixed meaning, the artwork in this exhibit challenges this notion,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “Visitors are prompted to reconsider the meaning or value of common objects; for instance, if a handgun is encrusted with mussel shells how does that change this symbol of power? Also included are works that could shift our opinions about commonly held beliefs, which in turn could create cultural change. We are grateful to the artists whose work comprises Shift for agreeing to share with our members and visitors the inspiration for their work.”
The Bristol Art Museum announced that it is accepting submissions from its membership for its 2022 Juried Members Exhibit which opens on Saturday, September 24 and runs until Sunday, October 23. An Artist Reception will take place on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be judged by Rhode Island artist Kristin Street, who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol Art Museum members are invited to submit all forms of media for consideration, except video and site-specific installations. All entries must be received by Friday, September 2 at 11:59 p.m.; juror choices will be announced by Saturday, September 10. All artwork will be submitted online on the Museum’s website, bristolartmuseum.org. Each artist may submit up to three entries.
“Our 2022 Juried Members Exhibit is an opportunity to showcase the depth of creative talent among our members with a passion for the mission of the Bristol Art Museum,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “This exhibit is among our most popular given the unique and varied perspectives of those that comprise our membership.”
Street is a Providence native who earned a BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art, in Sculpture/Studio Art. She augments her formal education through travel study grants and course work. With a commitment to promoting the work of colleague artists through curatorial work in the two galleries she established, The Krause Gallery in Providence RI and The Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI, Street has maintained an aggressive exhibition schedule over the years, exhibiting in museums and galleries locally, nationally and internationally.
Complements Current Exhibit, Blue Sky Flooding
On Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m., the Bristol Art Museum will host Film Forward (pronounced FLM FWD), an evening featuring a series of shorts focused on the themes of environment and/or empathy. The Museum is the first locale outside of Barrington and Providence that has hosted a FLM FWD screening. Free tickets can be reserved here.
FLM FWD seeks to leverage the film festivals as opportunities to build community through the arts with free events. The festival takes place amid the Museum’s current exhibit, Blue Sky Flooding, an exhibition displaying work by artists who are expressing their concerns about the relationship humans have with the natural world, environmental justice, climate grief and the future of the planet.
According to Lisa Lowenstein, founder of the festival, FLM FWD hopes “take advantage of the fact that we have worked hard to find quality independent films with interesting messaging on important topics and bring the selection to other communities.”
FLM FWD receives approximately 1,000 submissions per festival. Calls for submissions are written by experts in the specific field who are familiar with the community. Reviewers read the synopses provided by the filmmakers. Selected films are then shared with community reviewers with a broad background who cross check each other's favorite films. A short list of several dozen is provided to professional jury members who choose the finalists.
“Film is a form of art adding to the contemporary vernacular,” added Lowenstein. “It can be a very accessible and deliberate medium for the artist to tell a story, holding the viewer's attention in a unique way, recounting a story over an arc while maintaining their individual voice.
And the future of FLM FWD?
“In 2023, in addition to festivals on environment and empathy, we will introduce our first festival on the subject of youth with a focus on questions surrounding how to prepare youth for the quickly changing future and mental health,” shared Lowenstein.
The Bristol Art Museum welcomes guests to enjoy fascinating exhibits in our gallery space and engaging in-person classes. To promote the health and safety of guests, members, volunteers and staff, the Board of Directors of the Museum voted to require proof of full vaccination for all individuals using our classroom space or attending group events effective September 1, 2021. (Full vaccination is defined as an individual has received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks has elapsed since the date of the final dose.) All teachers, students, volunteers, staff, visitors and renters - vaccinated and unvaccinated - must wear a mask while in Museum galleries. Visitors to the galleries must provide proof of vaccination.
The Museum will continue its efforts to provide a safe and comfortable visit experience by providing masks for teachers, students, volunteers, staff, and renters; wiping down frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant; and providing hand sanitizer.
Only a Handful of Registrations will be Accepted to Ensure a Small Group for In-depth and Individual Learning and Critiques
On Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, renowned and award-winning artist Paul George will offer a workshop, Painting the Light in Watercolor, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bristol Art Museum. This is one of several workshops offered by the Museum this summer and George’s first in Bristol.
George has been recognized with more than 100 New England and national art awards and is a signature member of the Rockport and North Shore Art Associations. George is also a member of the New England Watercolor Society and is a Marine Master at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was twice recognized with the gallery’s Award of Excellence. He has taught watercolor and oil painting classes since 1995 across the United States and Europe.
“I was fifty years old when I started painting and starting teaching a year later, so I have a special affinity for people, especially older folks, who are just starting or struggling to improve their painting,” said George, who lives on coastal New England providing him with limitless inspiration. ” I explain each step as I paint and answer any questions. The class can then paint the same photo or choose another or bring some of their own.”
The workshop will begin with a review of the basic materials and proceed to work from photos. A focus on the importance of creating light in paintings by studying shape, value, color, and edges will define this workshop as participants learn how to create drama and excitement in their work to produce winning paintings.
Individuals interested in registering for this class should send an email to email@example.com. Supply lists will be sent to students by the instructor and participants must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.