Ann-Marie Gillett at BankRI Gallery

BankRI Turks Head Gallery

“Transformations in Tape by Ann-Marie Gillett,”

September 1 through October 5, 2016 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in Downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

There will be a Gallery Night reception on September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

Ann-Marie Gillett exhibits drawings made of tape at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 1 through October 5, 2016. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm.Ann-Marie Gillett exhibits drawings made of tape at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 1 through October 5, 2016. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 15 from 5 to 8:30 pm.








It wasn’t a very promising beginning.  The young girl sat quietly in art class as a stern woman held up a picture. The children were asked to duplicate the image and the child who came closest was deemed “the best.”  That was the extent of the early childhood art education of Ann-Marie Gillett.

Gillett was not content with copying other people’s artwork. “Even as a young kid,” Gillett says “I “felt compelled to make things with my hands.”  She grew up with a love of making things and a love of teaching.

After graduating from Rhode Island College with a degree in art education, Gillett taught for three years in the Attleboro public schools.  She took a break to raise a family and went on to teach at Wheeler School.  After a thirty-year career at Wheeler, Gillett retired last year eager to devote all her considerable energy to making art.

Gillett, a Rhode Island native, now lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts in a rural corner of suburbia. Birds build nests in the doorways, deer and wild turkey wander through the yard and all manner of creatures are neighborhood friends.  Nature practically spills onto the threshold.

It’s nature that informs Gillett’s work, but it is her method of working that best defines her.

Originally a fiber artist, she began working with the batiking process on gourds she grew in her garden.  Normally in batik, wax is used to create images and patterns.  The parts of the fabric that are waxed resist the dye; the parts that are left unwaxed absorb it.

On the gourds, Gillett substituted tape for the wax.  When she removed the tape from the gourds, she didn’t throw it away. “I was pulling off all these red triangles from the gourds,” Gillett explains “and my leg would be covered with little pieces of tape.  The tape was still tacky and I thought, why can’t I put these pieces of tape on paper?”

Today Gillett paints the tape different colors, cuts it into a multitude of shapes and lines and uses it to create her intricate and lyrical drawings.  She can cut a piece of tape as thin as a single hair.

At the moment, Gillett is working on two different themes – gravity and nests.  The Gravity series is inspired by the life cycle of the garden. “Eventually vibrant plants wither, droop and drop to the ground,” Gillett explains.  “Aging is a force of gravity that pulls on us.”  These line drawings are abstracted images of what Gillett imagines gravity to look like.

The Nest series features more realistic interpretations of birds’ nests.  Like the birds that build their nests twig by twig, Gillett uses hundreds of delicately cut pieces of tape to build hers.  The complexity of the nest is a contrast to the quiet, serene environment of the backdrop.

“This has been the busiest year,” Gillett says reflectively.  “Now I can get up in the morning and make my own work.  That’s my job and that’s a privilege.”

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

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.

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Tour Schedule For September 15, 2016


5:30 Celebrity Tour with Rebecca Flores

This tour will be given in Spanish (Este recorrido es en español)

Rebecca Flores, Gallery Night Providence, Spanish Speaking Art Tour, Latino Arts Events in Rhode Island





The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler 

The Peaceable Kingdom   

Sprout RI

Gallery/Studio Z LLC  

Atrium Gallery

5:50 Contemporary Tour

Providence College Galleries  

Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame  

Anthony Tomaselli

David Winton Bell Gallery  

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

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





J Schatz

Gather: Glass Blowing Studio & Gallery

Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery @ Share Space

Silvershell Gallery at Rosmarin

6:30 Celebrity Tour with Madolin Maxey

Gallery Night Providence, Free Art Tour, Led by Madolin Maxey





URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

BankRI Gallery

RISD Museum

Galleries at the Providence Art Club

7:00 Contemporary Tour


Atrium Gallery


Gallery Belleau

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States Of Incarceration, At URI Providence


URI Providence Feinstein Campus Arts and Culture Program and

Brown University John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities present

States of Incarceration, August 29 – September 24, 2016

 Gallery Night Reception on Thursday, September 15, 5-9pm with interactive pop-up performances and continuous screening of Denali Tiller’s documentary on children of incarcerated parents, Sons and Daughters of Incarceration.

States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multi-media exhibition on the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States.  It was developed by faculty and students at twenty different universities across the country and was designed by the Brooklyn-based architecture firm Matter Practice with graphic designers Pure+Applied.  The exhibition will travel to the home cities of each of the contributing universities from April 2016 – October 2018, with stops at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA; the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs.

Brown University’s contribution to this traveling exhibition came out of History Professor Amy Remensnyder’s “Locked Up: A History of Prison and Captivity,” taught both at Brown and at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston in the fall of 2015.  A group of on-campus students in this class developed the panels Brown submitted.  In addition, the exhibition comprises close to twenty panels on incarceration; they tell personal stories, give historical context, analyze particular prisons and reveal the human face of this national trauma.  The US has the largest prison population in the world, with 2,306,117 men and women currently incarcerated, giving us the second-highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.

In addition to the States of Incarceration panels, the Rhode Island exhibition includes local artwork that addresses the issue of mass incarceration.  A collection of paintings and a series of screen-printed T-shirts made by youth in the Rhode Island Training School and by Providence youth artists was contributed by AS220, whose youth program works to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.  Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) lent sixteen portraits of the students in this year’s graduating class, each of whom has a parent who is currently or has recently been incarcerated; these students receive financial support from the organization to attend private or parochial schools in the state (photographer: Peter Goldberg).  Denali Tiller is showing a selection of powerful film stills from her documentary, Sons and Daughters of Incarceration, which follows the lives of children in Rhode Island with incarcerated parents.  The exhibition also includes artwork by Jordan Seaberry and selections from “Voices From Within” a literary magazines that were produced in the 1980s-1990s by male and female inmates at the Department of Corrections’ Facilities under the direction of long-time warden Roberta Richman.

For more information, visit; be a part of the conversation about the issues raised by this exhibition on Twitter at #StatesofIncarceration.

URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Lobby Galleries

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903

 Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9-9, Fri. & Sat. 9-4, Closed Sundays and Holidays
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For Information call 401-277-5206 or visit

Follow us on Twitter @URIprovarts and @publichumans.  All events are Free and open to the public.


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Meet Celebrity Guide Jennifer Huntley-Corbin

We are so excited to have “Foodie” and art collector Jennifer Huntley-Corbin as our Celebrity Guide, leading our Collector’s Tour on Gallery Night Providence, September 15, 2016

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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Origins And Identity, At The Atrium Gallery

As part of Gallery Night’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we are so pleased to include “Origins And Identity”, the 15th annual state Latin American art exhibit, on September 15, 2016.

Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

Curated by Artist, Gallery Night supporter and Celebrity GuideLiliana Fijman.

Liliana’s statement,                                                                                                                            As an artist and as an immigrant I focused on how origins and culture influence the visual Art form; how do intangible feelings, language and traditions become tangible through the “magic” of creative hands? How does an artist become an artist by simply doing? I invite you to ponder these Questions as you focus your eye on each one of these dedicated artist’s, works, and think about each artist’s roots and their choice of visual language

There is a guest artist from Argentina Carmen Oliveto. Carmen’s work was done especially for this exhibition. She was inspired by Italo Calvino ‘s book: INVISIBLE CITIES. Each work is named after one of the cities Calvino created in his book.  As well as local Latino artists Evans Molina, Tamara Diaz, and Nilton Cardenas.

Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

Carmen Oliveto

Carmen Beatriz Oliveto an Argentine artist living in the province of Neuquen, she studied at the prestigious National Art school Pridiliano Pueyrredon.  She specialized in the areas of drawing, composition, and painting.  She has been an active professional at the Art School Manuel Belgrano for 22 years.






Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

Evans Molina

Evans Molina, with an outstanding knowledge of his roots, Molina takes you to the magical world of Afro Cuban folklore and shows you the serene and proud beauty of the Cuban people.







Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

Nilton Cardenas

Nilton Cardenas, pictorial images polarized by the feelings, memories and nostalgia of identity:  He has a passion for his country and it’s original aesthetic, folkloric and mythological, paintings, drawings and murals offer us a pictorial language popularized by the feelings, his memories and nostalgia of identity.






Origins and Identity, a show curated by Liliana Fijman, Gallery Night Providence

Tamara Diaz

Tamara Diaz, this selection of art examines the constant changes of roles that one plays in their life and what it takes to maintain it.  Some of the works depict healers and/or those who may be suffering.  The Virgincita, the patron saint of Mexico, often appears to provide guidance and comfort.  The tropical colors often helps to transform the difficult subject matter.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Madolin Maxey

We are quite fortunate to have painter, Madolin Maxey as one of our Celebrity Guides on the September 15, 2016, Gallery Night Providence.

Gallery Night Providence, Free Art Tour, Led by Madolin Maxey

Here’s Madolin’s, umm, story, and it’s quite a story indeed,

Version 1.

Madolin Maxey was born in Papenoo, Tahiti, and raised in Vanuatu where she learned to make baskets of fish bones and pandanus leaves. When she was age eight, her family set sail for New Guinea and Samoa where they began a study of the Indonesian rhino. As a teen-ager, Madolin took off alone to sketch seashells and sea snakes near Osakikami-shima in the Sea of Japan. Winters were spent working on a Maui flower farm on the slopes of Haleakala volcano in the Hawaiian Islands.

Her wanderings took her south in search of the Giant Squid in the waters of New Zealand and west to Africa in search of wild apes and pygmy elephants. She has spent countless years sailing among the blue whales off the coast of Baha California. She married a European scientist specializing in Fluid Flows and produced an interesting and beautiful daughter.

It is difficult to determine the accuracy of these facts, but we do know Madolin Maxey spent much of her youth in Washington, DC, with long weekends exploring the halls of the Smithsonian Institution museums and was indeed named after her grandmother, Madolin Smithson. Her adult life finds her revisiting the actual lands of her imagination and returning with stories told through painting and sculpture.


Version 2.

Colors and shapes lead the eye in a vigorous dance around her canvases. At first glance, her paintings seem to depict familiar landscapes and actual locations, yet they are only loosely based on reality. Madolin paints from memory, challenging the conventions of the medium with poetic grace and playful energy, Her emotional reactions to a place or an experience become a story told through color and line.

Madolin Maxey is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. A Providence resident since 1982, she has been a member of the Providence Art Club since 1996. Although primarily a painter, she has built teahouses, designed extensively for theatre, and initiated public art projects in Providence. She maintains a studio in Providence, and can also be contacted through the Providence Art Club.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Rebecca Flores

Gallery Night Providence is very pleased to have Celebrity Guide, Rebecca Flores lead this years bilingual Spanish speaking tour, on September 15,2016.

Rebecca Flores, Gallery Night Providence, Spanish Speaking Art Tour, Latino Arts Events in Rhode Island

More about Rebecca, in her own words;

Rebecca Flores is one of the most prominent and leading influence of our time. Acknowledged as the women with vitality, Rebecca is a business consultant, renowned artist, Internationally acclaimed novelist, poet, speaker, educationalist, producer and TV personality who have been an artist for most of her life and gallery owner, for years people have been collecting her art and used as a means for fundraising to help raise funds for causes. She is of Puerto Rican ethnicity who was born on June 18, 1957, in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and the oldest of 8 children. Rebecca considers herself a Nuyorican artist and poet. She remembers living through the artistic expressive sounds of dance moves and tunes of the hip hop era, salsa era, the spoken word, along with graffiti art and writing during the 70’s and up to the mid 80’s at a time when the Puerto Rican migration and movement was materializing steadily and prompt, she witnessed how the transformation in neighborhoods characterized the exertions of cultures to preserve their significance and value. In spite of this, she took in consideration the mayhem of perseverance and respect over the years that came with independence and those who wrote about it, including both her parents being poets themselves, her father an artist and how this did not stop them from surviving. At age 10, Rebecca had an affinity for painting and writing compositions that won her first award in writing in elementary school. As a young girl growing up poor in the South Bronx she had dreams and a fascination for the arts, although she helped raise her siblings, she still kept her passion alive. She knew in her heart that one day her love for painting, poetry and speaking along with her other talents would later be the Spiritual highlights of her foundation. In 200l, 2002 and 2003, Rebecca exhibited her art and was a speaker at the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce during Business Med Week in Providence. In the same year, she was warded the Community Merit Award for her community participation in the arts at the Providence State House, where Senator Patrick Kennedy and other community leaders presented her with numerous accolades. Her daughter Natasha Love, recited the Stars Bangle Banner. The following year after the loss of her father she wrote, illustrated and self-published her first book, Elements of Life – Elements de Vida. Later, Rebecca was involved with the Rhode Island School of Design Art Committee, writing for the schools’ Museum’s Hispanic photography exhibition, which entailed speaking on behalf of the Latino artist and interpreting for the artist. During that time she joined the Writer’s Circle, and the Women’s Guild. Shortly after, an opportunity for hosting television came to play. Rebecca now broadcasts and produces her own TV program on Public Education and Government (PEG), Rhode Island Stations. In 2007, she was a guest art exhibitor and speaker for The Girls Inc., at the Latina & Empowering Symposium, in Hartford, Connecticut and also the Guest Artist/Speaker at the Connecticut State University, in Hartford. Rebecca also had the privilege to exhibit her art, speak and recite her spoken word poetry at The Community Renewal Team, Inc, Hartford, CT., for “Grandmothers raising children Again” and for Johnson and Wales University for the Latino Business Networking Evening Event in Providence. She also performed her spoken word poetry at the Rhode Island Black Repertory Theatre Entitled “An Evening with Rebecca.” Since the loss of her daughter in 2008, Rebecca’s art and language, and measures of life continue to arouse our spirits, essence and the vitality of our mind by energizing, healing our heart and soul in a therapeutic form. 2010, was a year of greatness when she received a call from Daniel Padilla, the Executive Director of the Francisco Oller Museo de Arte, Bayamon, Puerto Rico who asked her to come and exhibit her work and speak to the Scholars on violence and education. She was greeted by dignitaries and received applauds from the people of her heritage with a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place in her honor with her son Joshua Elijah, after her uplifting speech of the tragic loss of her daughter and how her son controls her life with his blessing, strength and courage. Ms. Flores continues exhibiting her art and speaks to the world with her spirituality. Her aim in life is to inspire every age especially the younger generation to embrace life and realize that they can account for its change in an expressive manner and belief. Currently, Rebecca is studying voraciously, mastering her degree in art therapy, mentoring high school students and working with women and underprivileged youth as a Therapeutic Artist and Poet in hopes of improving and enhancing physical, emotional, social and psychological awareness. She is surrounding herself with knowledge and wisdom in the area of her culture on Puerto Rican Literature.

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