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.
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