Atrium Gallery, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI • Directions and parking
Exhibition: June 11 – July 13, 2018
Application deadline extended: Now Friday, May 11, 2018 Monday, April 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: by Sunday, May 20, 2018
Delivery of work: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Pickup of work at conclusion: Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Award: Up to two artists will be selected and awarded an exhibit in 2019
Eligibility: Artists whose work fits within the criteria may apply. Must be 18 years or older.
Please note: If you have questions or need some clarity about this call for art please email ALRI at email@example.com with your questions and the best way to reach you and we will get in touch.
Goal: The goal of this exhibit is to represent the visual interpretation between art, science and medicine as it relates to neurometabolic disorders, specifically connective tissue and cerebrospinal (CSF) disorders. CSF Disorders are conditions that create a change in CSF pressure, which often lead to numerous neurological and physiological symptoms. The original concept and vision was created by a Rhode Island neurosurgeon, Dr. Petra Klinge. Her vision for the exhibition is to capture through artistic renderings the “essence” of a clinical disorder, specifically those associated with cerebrospinal fluid and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Klinge reflects upon these artworks as part of her annual medical symposium held at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and utilizes them to assist physicians and scientists to both gain a better understanding of the patient experience and create empathy for the patient’s condition. To research and learn more about these disorders, you may want to visit the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation and the CSF Foundation websites. For information on connective tissue disorders, visit the Ehlers-Danlos Society.
Petra M. Klinge, M.D
Professor of Neurosurgery, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine, Rhode Island Hospital
Painter, Arts Administrator, Founder/Past President Art League Rhode Island
Gretchen Dow Simpson
Painter, New Yorker Magazine cover artist (58 covers); Honorary Doctorate Degree, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI
Mim Brooks Fawcett
Executive Director and Chief Curator, Attleboro Arts Museum
Application Guidelines: Artists may submit up to two entries. Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 11, 2018.
Artists may elect to apply by mailing the attached forms, digital or hard copy materials and fee to: Art League Rhode Island, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903. Or fill in the forms electronically and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line CSF Exhibit. Please attach jpegs of work to be submitted with your application. jpegs must be 6” in either direction at 300 dpi. Include artist’s last name and title of work in the file name.
Applications will be reviewed by the jury to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work and ability to work within the parameters and criteria for this exhibit. It is expected that artists will research this topic and use the information to help with their process in creating artwork that is relevant to this exhibit.
Artwork: Two-and three-dimensional work will be accepted. No video. Use discretion in the presentation of works that contain nudity, or touch on racial, ethnic, political or religious issues, as the gallery is in a government building. All work must be exhibition-ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw tooth hangers or clips or dark-colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be exhibited.
Entry Fee: An entry fee of $35 may be made payable to ALRI by check and mailed to Art League Rhode Island, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903 or with PayPal.
Size limit: Maximum size up to 48″ wide x 72″ high including frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 10″ x 10″ x 16″ (L x W x H) or less, with a weight limit of 50 pounds.
Sales & Commissions: Work in this exhibit may be for sale or listed as Not for Sale (NFS); NO Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold.
Liability, Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital, Atrium Gallery including the officers, members, and employees. All reasonable care will be exercised in handling all artwork, however ALRI will not assume any liability for loss or damage while on exhibit. Work should be independently insured by the artist.
Questions: E-mail email@example.com or call (401) 861-0500.
Above – Detail of Ed Ferszt’s work, Habits of the Heart 1.
Ed Ferszt is a contemporary painter using primarily watercolor. His work, featured in one and two person shows along the east coast, is represented in the permanent collections of among others, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn Federal Bank, Philadelphia and multiple private collections. He has participated in many curated and juried national and international exhibitions.
He is a graduate of Tyler School of Art of Temple University (BFA), the University of Wisconsin (MA), Parsons School of Design/Bank Street College (MSE.d), and Columbia University, (Ed.D).
He works out of a studio at the Shady lea Mill in North Kingston RI.
Visit his site for more about Ed and his work: eferszt.com
© Images on this page are copyright Ed Ferszt. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
2018 New Elected Artists
Thank you to all who submitted their applications for ALRI Elected Artist Membership.
We would like to welcome our new 2018 Elected Artists! Please click on a name below to learn about these artists and their work.
When appreciating others art, I look for consistency of vision, respect for the “craft” of the medium and a sense of the soul of each artist.
Elizabeth A. Goddard, ALRI Elected Artist
I look for a unique voice. A strong portfolio. Exploring creative space. I want to be inspired.
Audrey Monahan, ALRI Elected Artist
I look for something in the pieces that interests me, that grabs me, that surprises me; in the subject matter, the design quality, the color, or the technique. Then I look for professional presentation, which I really only notice when it isn’t there. I then want to feel that the pieces comprise a body of work, not individual images.
Mimo Gordon Riley, ALRI Elected Artist
A consistent body of work that communicates a clear vision and voice of the artist, as well as technical proficiency.
Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, ALRI Founder & Elected Artist
I’m inspired by artists who demonstrate a mastery of their medium, reveal a visual intelligence, present a distinct and pervasive voice, and have something to say.
Norah Diedrich, Executive Director of the Newport Art Museum
Send any questions regarding the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Above – Detail of Natalie Featherston’s work.
Natalie Featherston is an established contemporary realist painter specializing in trompe l’oeil. She is represented by fine art galleries across the country, and her paintings have won awards from many distinguished art organizations.
The Chicago Sun Times has described her paintings as, “Artful beyond just illusion and trickery, they are truly masterful still lifes made with both craft and wit.”
Visit her site for more about Natalie and her work: www.nataliefeatherston.com
© Images on this page are copyright Natalie Featherston. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Above – Detail of Al Weem’s work Leather Lace 2416.
I have been a working Professional Photographer for over 30 years, working in the commercial field and continually pressing the field of fine art.
Everything I photograph begins with an observation of light. I try to use the balance of that light in the composition of my images. It is the measure of that light which brings me the most satisfaction.
I enjoy when people question the content, composition and presentation of my images. Their interest in the process is gratifying and can push me to look at my work in ways I may not normally do.
Visit his site for more about Al and his work: alweemsphoto.com
© Images on this page are copyright Al Weems. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Above – Detail of Deb Ehrens’ work Milkweed 2.
Deb Ehrens uses her camera to create contemplative and painterly imagery. She learned the basics of black and white photography as an adjunct to her early career as a journalist and, more recently, has studied with Harold Ross, Dan Burkholder, Alison Shaw, Ron Wilson. She has also taken classes at RISD and Maine Media College. An on-going mentorship with painter Deborah Quinn-Munson has been instrumental in developing her artistic eye.
Deb lives in Dartmouth, MA and is a Juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Center, an Exhibiting Member of the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, and an Elected Member of the ALRI.
Visit her site for more about Deb and her work: www.debehrens.com #debehrens
© Images on this page are copyright Deb Ehrens. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Above – Detail of Cynthia DiDonato’s work, Jurassic Passage.
Cynthia DiDonato studied art at local colleges preparing for a career as an English teacher as well an art teacher. Not until she retired from full time teaching did she immerse herself totally in non- representational painting.
Cynthia enjoys working in watermedia as well as digital painting and mixed media. Presently, she is concentrating on digital painting and photo collage. She is particularly interested in intuitive, experimental techniques. She sees painting, whether conventional or digital, as a personal journey of exploration reflecting interior landscapes of the mind.
She frequently exhibits her work in many shows where she has won a number of awards.
Visit her site for more about Cynthia and her work: cynthiadidonato.wordpress.com
© Images on this page are copyright Cynthia DiDonato. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Above – Detail of Keith Prue’s work .
Keith Prue was born and raised in the UK and has lived and worked on four continents over the last thirty years, traveling to more than fifty countries. Currently he resides in Rhode Island, USA.
Keith is substantially self-taught. Keith studied for three years with internationally acclaimed master photographer Ernesto Bazan, and for two years with the late Ben Lifson, one of the world’s most prominent photography writers and critics.
Keith has exhibited online and also in group exhibitions in the USA and Mexico. His photographs are held in private collections in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, UK and France.
Visit his site for more about Keith and his work: keithprue.com
© Images on this page are copyright Keith Prue. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Above – Detail of Mi Ok Song Bruining’s work, Wild Hearts.
I draw light, colors, kindness, passion & poetic imagery, starting with a very fine colored line.
Please check out my art work at:
© Images on this page are copyright Mi Ok Song Bruining. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11AM–1PM
Location: The Mills at 545 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket, RI ~ Studio B202
This Modern Salon has Karen opening her big, messy studio to ALRI members and their guests for an inspiring studio tour social. You can expect lively discussion about studio practice and problems, questions and concerns, and much more. This studio tour is all about sharing. So, be sure to share your own stories relative to your art and art practice (including successes and struggles) while sipping refreshments, munching snacks and looking at decades of Karen’s work!
“Energetic, intuitive mark-making and an emotional, process-driven approach to painting characterize my recent work. Over decades, a close relationship with the natural world and an affinity for landscape have consistently informed my art practice, whether the work is two or three dimensional, figurative or abstract. These recent paintings are energetically rendered studies that reflect my emotional connection to beauty and place. Working in a consciously-unconscious manner and playing with a bold palette, my intention with this work is to visually ignite poetic memory, question, and mystery for the viewer.”
Providence-based artist Karen Rand Anderson graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed-media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College graduate degree program in Johnson, VT.
Anderson’s deep involvement with visual art has spanned many different mediums, including glass, ceramics, painting, and sculptural work with natural and found materials. Influenced by a connection with the natural world and a personal inquiry into mystery, she continues to explore multiple creative processes. As a painter, Karen’s recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape moving forward into abstraction, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. Her sculptural work utilizes natural materials combined with appropriated objects; large-format drawings often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually. Her work has won numerous awards and is shown in solo, invitational and juried shows throughout New England, as well as further afield. She has completed artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Artists Enclave (CT) and in Bulgaria, and was recently awarded a 2018 artist residency in Orquevaux, France.
The mill is located at the triangle intersection of N. Main St. and the beginning of Pawtucket Ave., just over the Providence line. Google map here. Park in the large parking lot. Enter through the door on the loading dock labeled ENTRANCE. There will be signs (and perhaps balloons) to guide you to Karen’s studio on the 2nd floor. If you get lost, Karen’s cell # is 860-334-9184.
This salon will be limited to 12 guests, so let us know if you plan to attend. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Working with Natural Pigments From Scratch: Studio and Culinary Connections
Candice Smith Corby/The Bottega
Saturday, April 7
12 – 3pm
Warwick Center for the Arts : 3259 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Members – $45 / Non-Members – $55
– sign up and payment information below
In this mix of magic and science workshop, students will employ historical painting techniques by using natural materials to make pigments and inks. Working with various tools and hand-made paper and parchment, students will learn how some of the natural materials used in this ancient art process crossover into the kitchen. They will discover how studio and kitchen materials share similar transformations and reflect a similar “nose to tail” mindset. Honoring the origins of our resources, we will discover, make, and taste our experiments!
Students will leave with a quill pen, a small jar of handmade oak gall ink, small handmade notecards, and their own egg tempera painting on parchment.
Candice Smith Corby is a Massachusetts-based painter whose work reflects an interest in color and the origin of pigments and traditional materials. Her ongoing and growing series, Love Notes Across Time, takes inspiration from literature, familial and personal love stories, poetry, song lyrics, dreams, memories, and the pleasure of observing treasured objects. See her work online at www.candicesmithcorby.com.
She also leads traditional fresco painting workshops and seminars in Italy that are designed to share culinary, cultural, and art-making connections. Smith Corby is Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Stonehill College, Easton, MA.
To Register: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and if you are an ALRI Member or Non-Member.
Understanding Egg Tempera Painting with Gregor Kammerer
Saturday, March 17 & Saturday, March 24
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Warwick Center for the Arts : 3259 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Members – $80 / Non-Members – $85
– sign up and payment information below
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 13
Whenever I happen to mention painting in egg tempera, I often receive a look of both curiosity and confusion. I respond that the yolk of an egg is mixed with pigment, and this provides the binder that enables the paint to adhere to a gessoed panel. It seems to make a bit more sense when I explain how yolk will stick stubbornly to the surface of a glossy non-absorbent surface such as a plate.
This class will delineate the protocol of painting in egg tempera: how to prepare a wood panel support and how to create a proper medium; understanding the particular way paint is applied to a surface; and coming to appreciate both the incredible capabilities and the limitations of egg tempera. I will thoroughly explain the materials needed to begin painting, and share what I now consider the somewhat ritualistic process I follow in preparing to paint. While a bit more involved than squeezing paint from a tube, there is a beauty to egg tempera that is unmatched by any other medium. Some of the Renaissance masters got tired of all the fuss with tempera and a bit lazy when oils came along, but for them this new medium opened up dimensions in painting that were never thought possible.
For over forty years, I have been experimenting and attempting to push at the boundaries of painting. I’ll be sharing many of the techniques that have evolved. A number of my pieces are mixed media, and I have come to consider myself as much of a scratcher as a painter. I believe if a particular method succeeds in the creation of an art piece and that it will endure the test of time, one should continue to trust their instincts and create artwork true to their own exploration. Students should come with their sleeves rolled up and an accompanying enthusiasm as I assist in helping to demystify a medium that isn’t for the faint of heart – but certainly is not as forbidding as the reputation that precedes it.
I will provide:
Students are asked to bring:
To Register: Please email email@example.com with your name, phone number and if you an ALRI Member or Non-Member.
For more about the artist please visit his site: www.gkammerer.com
Mental Images Exhibit : Two Artists Explore the Brain’s Form and Function
Reception: Monday, March 12, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00PM
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
222 Richmond St., Providence, RI
Exhibition: March 12 – May 18, 2018
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday
Artists: Betsy Ritz, Victoria Guerina
Our muse for this exhibit is the human brain, the complex and mysterious organ that directs our thoughts, behavior, and all aspects of our lives. Drawing on curiosity, personal experience, scientific references, and artistic experimentation, we created a series of artworks, each in our unique visual style. Using a variety of materials and perspectives, we’ve brought to life the insights, projections, and memories that express what we find most intriguing and beautiful about the brain.
“The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory.”
“Every man if he so desires becomes sculptor of his own brain.”
“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain, will also be a mystery.”
– Santiago Ramon y Cajal — (1852-1934) Spanish neuroscientist, artist and Nobel prize winner.
Not Just a Pretty Picture!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 6 – 8pm
Blazing Editions, 42 Ladd Street, East Greenwich, RI
As a commercial and fine art photographer, ALRI member Ruth A. B. Clegg has explored various ways of capturing and rendering images. In ALRI’s current international open photography competition, Through The Lens, her image, Restful Reach, was awarded Best In Show for its superb composition, unique vantage point, and printing process.Join us to hear more about Ruth’s water foliage project and her decisions about concept, execution and display. Her use of the subliminal dye printing process helps to distinguish her work. The salon is being hosted at Blazing Editions, a commercial image printer specializing in alternative processes.
Thursday, March 15, 6 – 8pm
Award Winners: Five cash awards were given.
1st Place – Grace Bentley Scheck, The Empire State
2nd Place – Deborah Baronas, West Sussex Sheep I
3rd Place – Jody Brown, Café Dorrengo
Carole Berren – Heading Home
Jayne Guertin – In Its Grip Now
Susan Fossati, an ALRI Elected Member, is a recognized local and international freelance artist with 25 years experience teaching at RISD and CCRI. She received first prize at the 2017 Newport Art Museum Annual Members’ Exhibition in Drawing/Prints/Pastels. As an award-winning artist at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, she was a juried member there from 1995-2005. Her work is in numerous collections including the Galleria of the Church of San Clemente (property of the Vatican) in Rome, Italy.
Delivery of work:
Wednesday, February 21, 10am – 4pm
Thursday, February 22, 1 – 6pm
Pickup of work:
Friday, April 20, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, April 21, 12 – 3pm
Eligibility: All members whose ALRI dues are UP TO DATE. Due to space constraints, please submit only one artwork. Depending on participation, we’ll be in touch if two artworks will be permitted. To check the status of your membership, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanging Fee: $35. Payment may be made by check or online at ALRI with PayPal.
Artwork: All media accepted. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original and created in the last four years. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung (no reprints). All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw tooth hangers or clips. No dark-colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be exhibited.
Installation pieces: Any member entering an installation work must submit a detailed description of the installation including dimensions and any electrical requirements to email@example.com by February 7. NOTE: Installation pieces must be approved upon registration, as there are many limitations on the exhibition space. Artists requiring special installation of work must be available to help if requested. Pedestals will be provided for 3D work if requested.
Size limit: Maximum size up to 48” wide x 48” high including frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24” x 24” inches or less, with a weight limit of 50 pounds.
Registration guidelines: Registration is required by Wednesday, February 14. Artists may select to register by mailing the two form pages and fee to: ALRI, One Avenue of The Arts, Providence, RI 02903. Or, fill in the .pdf file electronically and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, Members Exhibit. Fee may be submitted through PayPal. If you would like to replace your current bio/resume in the ALRI notebook, please bring a new copy upon delivery of your work, typed on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper (two pages maximum)
Early Publicity Deadline: Artists are not required to submit a JPG image of the work to be submitted, but if you would like to have your work considered for promotional purposes, please send a JPG 6” in either direction at 300dpi by January 31 to email@example.com.
Sales & Commissions: Work may be for sale or listed as Not for Sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Should artwork sell, the artist must provide information (tax ID or social) and will be paid at the end of the show. Commissions Rates: 60% Artist, 20% WCFA, 20% ALRI.
Liability: Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI or the Wawick Center for the Arts, including the officers, members, and employees. Warwick Center for the Arts will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in their possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.
Questions: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 861-0500.