The Bristol Art Museum announces a new exhibit, "A Small Point of Land," a juried exhibit of artists living and/or working in the communities on the East Bay. The exhibit will be on display from Sat., Sept. 23 to Sat., Oct. 28. An artist's reception is scheduled for Sun., Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Local painter, Michele Poirier Mozzone, served as the juror for this exhibit which included more than 130 submissions for consideration.
"A Small Point of Land" celebrates the cultural identity of Rhode Island, particularly the East Bay area, which is intimately connected to the surrounding waterways and the Atlantic Ocean. The exhibit's title is inspired by the word "Narragansett," meaning "a small point of land" in the indigenous language. Artists were invited to explore their relationship to place, creating artworks that delve into the complexities of forming identity, spiritual experiences, psychological connections, and the intertwining of past, present, and future.
“I am honored to have been invited by The Bristol Art Museum to act as juror for this meaningful community exhibition,” said Poirier Mozzone. “The works submitted ran the gamut from representational to abstract, painting to printmaking, sculpture to photography. The prospect of thinning out so many wonderful entries into a cohesive exhibit celebrating the East Bay area was daunting. I commend each artist who submitted work to this show and applaud the obvious love of this area that inspires them to create. I gave my full attention to each entry before making final decisions about which pieces would be selected. Accepted or not, congratulations to each artist who felt inspired, created the work, photographed it, made the entry deadline and crossed their fingers. Bravo! It was a joy to see so many original expressions, so many viewpoints, such appreciation for this very special ‘Small Point of Land.’ ”
“This showcase of artwork is a captivating collection of images that convey a strong sense of place and emotions associated with our proximity to Narragansett Bay,” said Museum Curator Mary Dondero. “On behalf of the Museum, we express our gratitude to juror, Michele Poirier Mozzone, who meticulously evaluated all of the submissions from incredibly talented artists. Her task was certainly demanding, and she noted that the competition was fierce, with numerous remarkable artworks vying for inclusion.”
The juror, Poirier Mozzone, is renowned for her captivating figurative work. She brings a unique perspective shaped by her series of paintings entitled "Fractured Light." Her work is represented by galleries in Venice, Italy; New York City, New York; Connecticut; and Maine. A graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Poirier Mozzone primarily worked in watercolor and pastel for years. While she still delights in the inherent beauty of both mediums, Poirier Mozzone has expanded her style to oil paint.
The exhibit includes work from artists who live or work in Bristol; Barrington; Cambridge, Mass.; East Providence; Gales Ferry, Ct.; Jamestown; Little Compton, Middletown; Portsmouth; Riverside; Saunderstown; South Kingstown; Tiverton; Warren; and Warwick.
The Bristol Art Museum today announced that it is the recipient of a grant to improve exhibit spaces in one of its galleries.
The lighting in the Museum’s Livingston Gallery was last changed during the original restoration of the building. This exhibit area is where local and national artists’ artwork is showcased. Since installation, the lighting has aged. Rhode Island State Representatives June Speakman (Bristol - Warren) and Susan Donovan (Bristol-Prudence Island) secured a $1,500 Legislative Grant to upgrade lighting to energy-efficient LED lighting that will more effectively showcase artists’ work.
“Nonprofit arts organizations such as the Bristol Art Museum make immeasurable contributions to the East Bay area, which offers several arts and culture destinations,” said Rep. Speakman. “We are pleased to support this arts organization that works tirelessly to bring the work of local, regional and national artists to Rhode Island for the viewing and enjoyment of those with an affinity for art. This grant is a great example of how the legislature can support local nonprofits that offer so much to the people of Rhode Island.”
“Living in a community with active arts organizations enhances the quality of life in Bristol,” said Rep. Donovan. “The Art Museum’s presence here has contributed to our standing as a destination town serving visitors and local inhabitants alike. We are happy to be able to support ongoing improvements to the space.”
“The Bristol Art Museum offers its sincere gratitude to Representatives Speakman and Donovan for securing this needed grant to enhance exhibit space in our Livingston Gallery,” said Mary Dondero, Museum Curator. “This particular gallery often exhibits works from local and regional artists. With this grant, we can enhance the space to properly showcase artwork.”
Rep. Speakman has served District 68, which includes Warren and Bristol, since 2019. A champion of affordable housing, she is a former college professor at Rutgers University and the Claremont Colleges. Rep. Speakman currently serves as a faculty member in Roger Williams University’s Department of Politics and International Relations.
Rep. Donovan has served District 69, which includes Bristol and Prudence Island, since 2016. A retired health and physical education teacher who taught hundreds of Bristol children during her thirty-five years of service is a former Bristol Art Museum board member. Rep. Donovan is Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and member of the Education, Oversight and Veterans Affairs Committees.
The Bristol Art Museum, founded in 1964, is a nonprofit organization located at 10 Wardwell Street in Bristol, Rhode Island. Its mission is to encourage the creation, promotion, and appreciation of the arts through rotating exhibitions and educational opportunities. Community outreach programs and partnerships are central to our goal of engaging diverse audiences in the arts of our time. The Museum enriches the cultural life of the community and region through eclectic exhibitions and educational programs
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