Gallery Night Tour Schedule For March 2017

MARCH TOURS, For Gallery Night Providence:  

5:30 Celebration of Women Tour with Celebrity Guide Dawn Barrett

Gallery Night Providence Welcomes Dawn Barrett

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

Galleries of the Providence Art Club

Anthony Tomaselli Fine Art Painting

Providence Center for Photographic Arts


5:50 Celebration of Women Tour with Celebrity Elizabeth Francis

Gallery Night Providence Celebrity Guide Elizabeth Francis

URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

Bank RI Gallery

Inner Space

Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery


6:10 Collector’s Tour with Celebrity Jennifer Huntley-Corbin

 Jennifer Huntley-Corbin, food entheusiast and art collector, will be a Celebrity Guide for Gallery Night ProvidenceGallery Z

Gather Glass

J Schatz

Peaceable Kingdom

                                         Gallery Belleau


6:30 Expression Tour with Celebrity Emily Dustman  

Emily Dustman hosts a Gallery Night Providence tourRISD Museum

David Winton Bell Gallery

The Galleries at The Providence Art Club

Anthony Tomaselli Fine Art Painting


7:00 Rhode Island Artists’ Tour

Dryden Gallery


Art Prov Gallery

Rosmarin Gallery at Hotel Providence

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Meet Celebrity Guide Emily Dustman

We at Gallery Night Providence are very much looking forward to having Emily Dustman as one of our Celebrity Guides on our season opening night, March 16, 2017.

Emily Dustman hosts a Gallery Night Providence tour

Here’s more about Emily in her own words.

Emily Dustman is an artist, scientist, teacher, and author who has been published in various journals for research regarding species of conservation concern. Dustman has spent the last eight years teaching at various colleges fusing art and science in her own curriculum and serves as college course coordinator implementing STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math).

In 2015, Dustman completed a natural science illustration program at Rhode Island School of Design. Not long after, she was commissioned to paint the Turtles of Rhode Island for the Roger Williams Park Zoo, further developing them into a poster used for conservation education. She continued on to create the Turtles of Rhode Island postcard series, which can be found in numerous locations around Providence such as the Audubon Society, Rhody Craft, Craftland, and online.

With the poster and postcard series, Dustman found herself well-versed and inspired by print media and in the spring of 2016, she established E-Squared Magazine – a quarterly, print publication fusing her affinity for art and science. With the release of Issue #1 in late fall of 2016, Dustman set out to present new and ground-breaking ideas developed by artists, scientists, engineers, and the like. By blending art and science, she intended to generate questions, creative thought, experimentation, collaboration, and innovation with the hope of sparking real social and cultural change. Issue #1 was well-received with critical acclaim. “I’m proud to be a part of this art/sci magazine [that is] very meticulously put together,” said Issue #1 featured neuroscientist and artist, Greg A. Dunn. Jen Long of Issue #1 commented “E-Squared has produced a work on art that is a work of art in itself. It’s a feast for the eyes and the mind, and every detail including the way it feels and it’s freshly printed smell is thoughtful and inviting.”


Dustman is currently piecing together work for issues 2 and 3 – a long and arduous process that involves a great amount of research, communication, networking, promotion, as well as the “meticulously” refined details involved in creating the publication – compiling relevant and up to date information, writing bios, layout, and so on. E-Squared is the flagship production of an eventual, wider distribution concerning the relevance of art and science and their placement in humanity’s tools of necessity. Dustman aspires to witness a more developed, interactive, and effective project with E-Squared that is geared towards young readers (proceeds funding a scholarship) as well as create workshops for engaging and connecting artists and scientists or to simply inspire youth to pursue creative and technical careers.


While Dustman’s stay in Rhode Island has been relatively short (3 years), she has managed to establish herself as a true innovator of the social condition already having coordinated and established several art/science workshops, her own art career (scientific illustration and installation), a magazine, and two books in progress concerning social sciences (educational establishments and development and America’s ongoing/persistent, psychological struggle).
“Looking through pink rimmed glasses of an eleven-year old girl one would see shelves overflowing with slides, beakers, field guides, creatures in aquaria, clay, brushes, paint, and sketchbooks of the observed and imagined. You would see art and science, a laboratory and an art studio. From my very own life experiences, I can state with confidence that the arts and sciences do go hand in hand – they are integral to one another, and give power and richness to each other. It is my belief that the future will be reliant on this fusion of art and science.” – Emily Dustman

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Meet Celebrity Guide Elizabeth Francis

Gallery Night Providence Celebrity Guide Elizabeth Francis

We are so excited to have Elizabeth Francis, from the RI Council for the Humanities, joining us as one of our Gallery Night Providence Celebrity Guides on March 16, 2017.

As Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Elizabeth Francis leads the Council’s promotion of public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement and works with the Council’s board of directors and leaders in government, higher education, and cultural organizations to connect humanities resources and perspectives with challenges and opportunities in the state. Overseeing the Council’s relationship with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Elizabeth helps to position the Council’s work more broadly as well as to build public-private partnerships.

Before her role at the Council, Elizabeth was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brown University for 10 years. She earned her doctorate in American Studies at Brown, and her book, The Secret Treachery of Words: Feminism and Modernism in America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College. Elizabeth taught at Brown and the University of Rhode Island for several years, has been a member of the board of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, RI, and chaired the Grants Committee as a member of the board at RICH. As a member of the RI Commerce Corporation board in 2013-2014, Elizabeth co-authored a strategic plan to develop the creative and cultural economy. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University and on the Community Advisory Board for Rhode Island PBS. She lives with her daughter Lulu, a senior at Classical High School, in the historic Armory District of Providence’s West End.

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Jennifer Huntley Corbin Returns To Gallery Night!

We have some great news for Gallery Night Providence goers, Jennifer Corbin will be one of our Celebrity Guides, leading our Collector’s Tour on our March 16, 2017 season opening.

Jennifer Huntley-Corbin, food entheusiast and art collector, will be a Celebrity Guide for Gallery Night Providence

Born in NYC and raised in Southern VT & NH.  I spent my growing up years acting in various productions and theaters around New England.  I then moved on to study theater in college. Since then have lived all over the US: Los Angeles, the Seacoast of NH Columbus, OH (Go Bucks!) and for the past 10 yrs, Providence, RI. The beauty of New England with its stunning mountains and beautiful oceans beckoned me back.

When I first moved to RI, I created, produced and hosted a radio show on WNRI 1380am based out of Woonsocket. This was a live, 1hr show all about food! Shopping, cooking, eating. I hosted guests from all over the food spectrum. The show ran for 3 yrs. my blog became an extension of the show. It was a great way to bring my love of performing together with my love for food.
I was also the Buy Local Coordinator for Farm Fresh RI. I managed the Wintertime Farmers Market when it first moved to Hope Artiste Village and helped to launch a much needed Farm to Chef buying program called: Market Mobile.

I’m now Mom to 2 great girls. One just started her sophomore yr at UArts in Philly and one started 6th grade.

I’m passionate about food, music and art. I love to cook food for family and friends. I’d host a dinner party every cook if I could! I also write about food in my blog Jen’s Dish.(

While cooking and eating, I love to be surrounded by great art on the walls. Great art, to me, is any piece that moves you in some way, or stirs emotion. I’ve been collecting art since I was a kid. My first piece was a hand painted 8 1/2 x 11 Valentine given to me by my Dad when I was 10. I still have it and cherish it. All of my pieces are done by someone I know or I’ve at least met. Some may even evoke a special memory of when or where I have purchased the piece. Collecting art does not have to be an expensive endeavor.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Dawn Barrett

Gallery Night Providence Welcomes Dawn Barrett

We are very pleased to have Dawn Barrett as one of our “Celebrity guides” to start off our 2017 season of Gallery Night Providence.

Most recognize Dawn Barrett as the international designer, artist, and professor who was also the 11th president of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  Before which Dawn was Dean of the Architecture and Design Division at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, a role in which Barrett oversaw seven departments including undergraduate and graduate programs in Apparel Design, Architecture, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

In addition to her administrative and faculty experience, Barrett contributes to the field of design through research and practice. She has an active design and consulting practice, with professional commissions and assignments which have included Duke University; Maryland Institute College of Arts; Imaging Research Center-UMBC, Studio Dumbar-The Hague, PTT Nederland, and the Royal Post in Denmark. Barrett’s curatorial work includes research and co-curation of a number of design exhibitions for such venues as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Barrett is editor of the book Interface: an approach to design, by Gui Bonsiepe (1998, Maastricht), and co-editor of the anthology, Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design (2008, Providence). Her critical writing connects the disciplines of visual culture, history, design and architecture and has appeared in a number of journals including Parallax, Zed, Visible Language, Archis, and Aspect.

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Please Help Save The Arts In Rhode Island


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As you know, the current administration in Washington has been considering plans to either significantly cut or eliminate entirely the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any such move would have a serious impact on arts funding in Rhode Island, keeping in mind that 30% of RISCA’s budget comes directly from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We’re organizing a series of cultural conversations with members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, and we need to make sure there is a strong turnout for each of these gatherings.  While we can count on Rhode Island’s delegation to support the arts – and the Arts Endowment – our elected leaders need to know we support them.  These gatherings are designed to learn firsthand what is happening in DC, and discuss what role we can play in supporting their efforts on our behalf.

Please share this post with your colleagues, friends, board members or anyone you can.  Encourage them to attend and participate in these discussions.  It’s particularly important for our senators and the congressman in your district to see you and hear from you.  Please take the time to participate in these important gatherings.

Click on the link to RSVP to attend one (or, hopefully, more than one) of these meetings.

Friday, March 10 at 10:30am with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the Rhode Island Philharmonic/Music School in East Providence <>

Monday, March 13 at 2:00pm with Congressman Jim Langevin at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich <>

Friday, March 17 at 1:30pm with Senator Jack Reed at the RISD Museum of Art in Providence <>

Friday, March 31 at 11:30am with Congressman David Cicilline – still waiting to confirm location (email me at if you’re interested in attending this meeting, and I’ll make sure you know where it will be held).

Thank you, and again – SPREAD THE WORD!

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Watercolors and Pastels by Holly Wach at BankRI Gallery

BankRI Galleries Presents

“Taking Flight: Watercolors and Pastels by Holly Wach,”

March 1 through April 5, 2017

at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

 There will be a Gallery Night reception on March 16 from 5 to 8:30 pm with light refreshments and guitar music by Mark Armstrong.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, contact or call 401 574-1330.

Holly Wach exhibits pastels and watercolors at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery March 1 through April 5, 2017. There will eb a Gallery Night reception on Thursday March 16 from 5 to 8:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served and Mark Armstrong will play guitar.


“The lions appeared in graduate school,” said Providence artist Holly Wach.

They stood proudly in charcoal drawings, lay languid in pastels and stared out at the viewer in paintings.  And almost always, the lions were paired with a quiet woman who radiated inner strength.

Like many young artists, Wach was a talented, hard-working art star in her own home town of Stuart, Florida.  But college levels the playing field.  Studying at the New York Academy of Fine Arts for her master’s degree, Wach found herself blindsided by the sheer talent around her. “I was completely unprepared by the level of artistry,” Wach says.  “I wanted to be challenged and pushed, but I didn’t know how to navigate that world.”

The museums and galleries of New York showed her artwork far beyond anything she had seen before. Graduate school challenged her skills and pushed her to her limits.
“I felt insecure, unprepared and like I was going to break” Wach explains. “Through that struggle the lions appeared giving me a powerful voice I hadn’t seen in my art before.”
The lions gave her the courage to try new things, to put herself in uncomfortable situations, and mostly, to make art the way she wanted.

After graduate school, Wach found herself juggling her art career with a mountain of student loans. “I panicked,” Wach says. I threw myself into work bartending and managing a multi-million dollar bar. I kept my art on life support taking classes at the Art Students League and New York Studio School.”

In a few years, she made enough money to pay off the loans and put some away for a move to the West Coast.  There she worked seriously painting, exhibiting, managing an arts education program for Oakland schools and reconnecting with nature.

In 2015 she moved to Rhode Island with her partner and their 5 year-old daughter to be nearer to family.  Wach likes Rhode Island, but finds the state’s economy “challenging.”   On the plus side, Rhode Island has proved to be a much more affordable than many of the previous cities she has lived.  On the negative side, traditional jobs are hard to come by.  Instead Wach has found the people and resources in Rhode Island perfect for helping her do something she has always wanted to do – create her very own art business.

Wach is a figurative artist working in charcoal, watercolor, pastel and oils. What Wach seeks to capture is not just a physical likeness, but an emotional one.  The series on women and lions has a sensual, emotive power that sidesteps reality in favor of illustrating a state of mind. The birds and butterflies are quieter, more contemplative, but they too stress a watchfulness beyond mere physicality.  In her artwork, Wach embraces the sensuality of all living things and the “paradox of vulnerability and strength.” <> <>

The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

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