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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

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While summer in Rhode Island is usually a time of beaches and beaches, there is still plenty of art to see in places around the state. Whether they’re interested in the talent of emerging and local artists, museum-quality exhibitions of art historical significance, or bold works of public art, viewers have plenty to choose from. In July, there are four opportunities to experience art that are not to be missed. Each of these art tours provides locals and vacationers alike with ample opportunities to get creative when summer is in full swing.

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Until 23 July, Wakefield’s Hera Gallery is hosting a fascinating group exhibition drawn from its roster of talented member artists. The show features works by Molly Kaderka, Elizabeth Lind, Michelle Henning and Viera Levitt. These four skilled artists offer a different perspective on contemporary issues and their work is presented in the context of one of the oldest women’s cooperative galleries in the country.

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During the exhibition, the gallery will host special programs on Thursday evenings, each beginning at 7:00 p.m. On June 30 there will be a Meet the Artist Night, on July 7 visitors will be able to “Stitch and Bitch” with Viera Levitt, on July 14 Molly Kaderka will host Make and Take paper Marbling, and on July 21 there will be a stone demonstration of woodcut with Elizabeth Lind.

Hera Gallery is located at 10 High Street in Wakefield. Its regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free. Full details can be found at www.heragallery.org.

From July 2nd through the 21st, DeBlois Gallery, a longtime co-op space in Middletown, will host a ten-person exhibition titled Between the Seafoam and Above the Sand. With its title borrowed from a Simon and Garfunkel ballad, the exhibit promises to celebrate all things Ocean State, all within walking distance of the beach. The wide-ranging exhibition will offer works in a variety of media by local talent. Featured artists include Sean David Berry, Ellen Blomgren, Laura White Carpenter, Isabella Casselman, Juliette Casselman, Frank Fishburne, Karen Nash, Susie Pacheco, Virginia Fishburne Stone and Joyce Zipperer. From two-dimensional paintings to three-dimensional ceramics and sculptures, this show will offer art for many tastes.

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DeBlois Gallery is located at 134 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance is free. Full details can be found at www.debloisgallery.com.

Beginning July 16, the Newport Art Museum will host an exciting exhibition by Georgia O’Keefe. The show, which runs until October 16, 2022, is not the first time O’Keefe’s work has come to Newport. During the artist’s lifetime, she exhibited work at the museum in 1938. With drawings, watercolors and oils on view by one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished artists, this show promises to be one of the best of the summer. When visiting the Newport Museum of Art, art lovers can also enjoy a handful of commercial galleries located nearby, enhancing the experience of art history with a view of contemporary creativity.

The Newport Museum of Art is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Current opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm daily, Saturday 10am to 3pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Regular admission is $15 for adults. Full visit details can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org.

For those who find it difficult to get to a museum or gallery between other summer activities, public art provides an inspiring outlet twenty-four hours a day. Public artwork curated by The Avenue Concept is widely available on walls and sidewalks in Providence and beyond. When you’re out and about this summer, they provide an artful accompaniment to the city’s seasonal activities. For those spending a sunny afternoon around the popular Michael Van Leeston Pedestrian Bridge, several works by Avenue Concept occupy nearby locations.

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Artist Lena Mack recently completed a bold and symbol-filled new mural on the facade of Tiny Bar in the Jewelry District. Kendell Joseph’s Ode to a Spray Painter is a series of captivating portraits of an artist at 35 Weybosset Street. Older but no less exciting artworks in the neighborhood include Andrew Ham’s Misty Blue, a huge figurative work by 2017, and perhaps Avenue Concept’s most famous commission, Gaia’s Still Here, which overlooks the river and can be enjoyed from popular WaterFire vantage points.

Full details of all The Avenue Concept projects, as well as fun interactive maps of their projects scattered throughout the city, can be found on the group’s website at www.theavenueconcept.org.

With so much to see in venues across the state, there’s no excuse for leaving art off your summer itinerary. In July alone, these four art opportunities showcase Rhode Island’s creative excellence.

Michael Rose is a multi-talented fine art professional based in Southern New England. Since 2014, he has served as Gallery Manager at the historic Providence Art Club, one of the oldest arts organizations in the country. Through his current freelance work, he advises collectors and artists, provides appraisal services, teaches and executes curatorial projects.

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