The Bristol Art Museum announces an open call for art from BAM members: Singular Focus: Bristol Art Museum Takes Root at Blithewold
The Bristol Art Museum (BAM) is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for its artist members to exhibit their works at Blithewold’s art gallery.
“Hosted at Blithewold, with its magnificent mansion and arboretum overlooking Narragansett Bay, this exhibit provides a unique setting for your work,” said Mary Dondero, Curator and Bristol Art Museum Board Member. “Recognizing the depth of talent among our members, we eagerly look forward to receiving their works of art and collectively celebrating each Museum’s artist member’s creativity.”
Accepting Mediums: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Fiber Art, Photography, Quilling & Mixed Media. (Please note: No sculpture or video works at this time.)
Join Us: Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to showcase your artwork in the historic setting of Blithewold Mansion. We look forward to celebrating the talent and creativity of our artist members.
About Bristol Art Museum (BAM): The Bristol Art Museum is dedicated to promoting the arts and fostering a vibrant cultural community in Bristol and beyond. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and community events, BAM strives to inspire creativity and enrich lives.
About Blithewold Mansion: Blithewold Mansion is a historic estate and arboretum located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Set amidst 33 acres of lush gardens and waterfront beauty, Blithewold offers a stunning backdrop for special events, educational programs, and cultural experiences.
Bristol Art Museum Invites Artists to Reflect On and Interpret the American Classic Moby Dick in Collaboration with the Bristol Bookfest
In collaboration with the spring 2024 Bristol Bookfest, The Bristol Art Museum and Rogers Free Library announce a call for art for a new juried community exhibit - Hold Fast; Stay True - that invites artists to visually interpret the substance and themes of Moby Dick. The exhibit will showcase a collection of visual arts inspired by the timeless literary narrative and will be on display in the Community Gallery of the Library from Thurs., Mar. 28, to Wed., May 1.
Art historian and the Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator and the Director of Museum Learning at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Naomi Slipp will serve as juror for the exhibit.
“The title of this exhibit, Hold Fast; Stay True, encapsulates a nautical tenet urging individuals to secure themselves and stay the course amid a storm,” explained Vicky McGrath, Bristol Art Museum Board Member. “Artists are invited to delve into passages from Moby Dick, exploring and interpreting literal representations of this literary classic. The focus of this exhibit lies in visions associated with whaling, sea life, and all things nautical. Artists are encouraged to navigate towards a more esoteric view of obsession, unbridled vengeance, despair, or the descent into madness.”
All submissions must be made through the Bristol Art Museum website by Mon., Mar. 4. Selected artists will receive notification via email no later than Sat., Mar. 9. The intake of accepted works will occur at the Library, lower level, on Sat., Mar. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., and Mon., Mar. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. For this exhibit, only drawings, paintings, printmaking, collage, fiber arts, or photography are accepted, and all submissions must measure 18 inches by 24 inches or smaller. All artwork must be original, and artists are welcome to make their work available for sale, with no commissions taken by the Museum or Library.
As an accomplished art historian and Bristol native, Slipp's expertise lies in American art and the global circulation of knowledge. She holds a doctorate from Boston University and a master’s from the University of Chicago. Her impressive resume includes roles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MFA Boston, Roger Williams University, Terra Foundation for American Art, Harvard Art Museums, and a tenured Associate Professor of Art History at Auburn University at Montgomery, AL. Her curator credits at the Whaling Museum include notable exhibitions such as Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison (2021) and Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes (2022).
The Bristol Art Museum and Rogers Free Library announce a new juried, community exhibit in which artists share their seasonal interpretative work of chronological, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, or spiritual seasons. Art For All Seasons is on view in the Community Galleries of the Library until Fri. Feb. 23, 2024. Impressionist artist Stephanie Stroud served as juror for the exhibit.
“As an artist myself, I have an awareness of how different works of art can appear when viewed on a screen versus in person, and this experience has only confirmed for me how important it is to see art in person,” said Stroud. “Nuance, scale, texture and color can only truly be conveyed live which made choosing works to be recognized in person so important. I particularly enjoyed my time at the Community Gallery at Rogers Free Library viewing the works and the experience of jurying this exhibit and am grateful to have been asked.”
Rhode Island artists whose artwork was recognized as a ‘Work of Distinction’ in this exhibit include Wendy Anctil, Riverside; Dianne Burns, Seekonk, MA; Bonnie Jaffe, Barrington; Pat Warwick, Warren; Carolyn Winter, Bristol; and Jennifer Wright, Riverside.
The writings of Henry David Thoreau and poet, philosopher, songwriter and philanthropist Gugu Mona influenced the exhibit’s theme. Thoreau once wrote, “ Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” Mona wrote, “Each season is unique yet so important, so cherish the seasons in your life.” Both of these writers reflect upon how the different seasons influence their unique perspectives on life. Through this exhibit, artists are invited to do the same.”
Stroud earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in illustration. A fiber artist who “paints with wool,” she creates impressionistic felted paintings inspired by nature. Primarily a landscape artist, Stroud is inspired by the variation in landscape that the world around us offers. Stroud exhibits her work at regional art shows including the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour. She is a Custom Framing Designer at Riverside Art in Somerset Massachusetts and is currently the Membership Chair for South Coast Artists.
The Bristol Art Museum announces its next exhibit, Breadth & Depth: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, a national juried exhibit that challenges conventional boundaries through which 51 artists from 18 states, express ideas about the natural world. The exhibit is on view from Sun., Feb 4 through Sun. Mar. 24, Thursday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. An Artist Reception is scheduled for Sun., Feb. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Karen Drysdale Harris, a Jamaican-born watercolorist and oil painter based in Rhode Island, served as juror for the exhibit.
Artwork in Breadth & Depth relates to one or more of the elemental themes of earth, water, air or fire that express the artists’ emotion and perception. Artists explore symbolism, textures, colors, and conceptual interpretations that evoke the essence of these elements.
“This exhibit ventures into the intricate interplay between the elemental forces of nature and the profound depths of human consciousness,” shared Mary Dondero, Curator and Museum Board Member. “Artists selected for this exhibit were challenged to push the limits of artistic expression and embrace the tactile experience. The result is a national exhibit of artists from around the country that explores the natural world."
The exhibit also features work by Stephanie Stroud in the Museum’s Brick Gallery. Complementing the primary exhibit, Stroud describes her work as “influenced by the variation in nature and landscape that New England offers.” She is an artist who works in fiber and felted wool.
Drysdale Harris attended Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA. Her primary sources of inspiration are nature and the memory of her Jamaican roots. Her work strives to express both the colors and the gentle quiet of the Caribbean. Drysdale Harris is particularly interested in how her lost memories can be triggered by nature. She has been featured in So, So Rhode Island and the Providence Monthly Magazine and was awarded first place at the 34th Annual Rhode Island Open at the Warwick Center for Arts. Drysdale Harris attended I-Park Foundation’s artist residency and was recently featured in GoLocalProv.com’s Inside Art with Michael Rose.
Harris has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions including The Black Biennial at the RISD Museum, the Green Spadec Gallery at TF Green Airport, Sutton Gallery, Cheshire Academy, Imago Foundation for the Arts, AS220, BankRI Turks Head Gallery, and Johnson Wales University Bridge Center Gallery along with multiple group shows throughout Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut.