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 email@example.com.
“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.