Gallery Night Tour Schedule For June 2017

5:30 Contemporary Art Tour (Installations, Performance and More)

Beth Braganca Bell at Gallery Night Providence

This tour, led by Celebrity Guide Beth Braganca Bell (a local illustrator and designer) begins at David Winton Bell Gallery, featuring Kim Faler’s show You Don’t Know My Horizon with a site-specific installation and While Still Before Us All, a show of sculptures by Kai Franz. Then the Art Bus heads to the RISD Museum for a special dance-based performance, Walk the (pink) Elephant by Denizen Arts:. The third stop is ArtProv’s Heart of a Tree show with paintings, sculptures, fiber art and wood pieces that celebrate the essence of trees, including works by Paula Martesian, and the final stop will be at Atrium Gallery for a group show by members of the Warwick Center for the Arts.

5:50 Spotlight on Painting Tour

Dennis Delomba with Gallery Night ProvidencePainter Dennis Delomba is the Celebrity Guide for this tour visiting four exciting painting shows around Providence. See the work of young painter Zachary Prosser at Anthony Tomaselli, a selection of painting and monoprints at the Providence Art Club’s Moods + Attitudes show, and a solo show highlighting the “painterly realism” of Rick Shiers, RISD grad, at BankRI Gallery. The last stop on the tour will be at Bannister Gallery for the solo show Trunks and Tales featuring Stuart Diamond’s ambitiously scaled painted wood constructions. 

6:10 Collector’s Tour

Christine Francis Hosts Gallery Night Providence

This Collector’s Tour is led by Celebrity Guide Christine Francis, who is an illustrator, art collector, and owner of the Downtown vintage shop Carmen & Ginger. The Art Bus will first view the folk art and imported wares at Peaceable Kingdom, then stop by Gallery Belleau to see their newest glass projects. The Art Bus will make its way to Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery, featuring the exhibition “Robots Run Amok” by artists in Pawtucket’s celebrated RHD-RI program. The tour concludes at Gallery Z, currently showcasing the work of painter Areg Elibekian.


6:30 Spotlight on Photography Tour

The perfect tour for photography aficionados, this Art Bus trip starts at Providence City Hall Galleries for a showcase of images of PVDFest 2016 by Scott Lapham. Next, Providence Center for Photographic Arts has their first-ever Members Show featuring a diverse group of artists working in photography, and at Sprout you’ll see the bold and innovative photographic designs of Kate Wilson. The tour concludes at URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery with “The State of the Art” featuring work from URI, RIC, and CCRI, including photographs among a variety of 2D and 3D work.

7:00 “Made in Rhode Island” Tour

This tour is all about pride in locally-made art and design objects! First, the Art Bus will visit Copacetic to see their newest jewelry creations, and then head to J Schatz for a tour of their “Wonder-Certified” ceramics studio. A glass-blowing demonstration at Gather is next, and the last stop is at Dryden Gallery, featuring a show of works by members of the Art League of RI.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Christine Francis

Christine Francis Hosts Gallery Night Providence

We at Gallery Night Providence are so looking forward to having Christine Francis as a “Celebrity Guide” leading our “Collector’s Tour” on June 15, 2017.

Christine Francis, Gallery Night Providence, Carmen and Ginger

Christine Francis, Gallery Night Providence, Carmen and Ginger








Christine Francis grew up in neighboring Massachusetts but spent many summers at camp in Rhode Island as a teen.  She attended the School of Visual Arts and Boston University before moving permanently to Rhode Island in 1997 to run the Summer Programs at RISD.  Following her administrative position, Christine taught Two-Dimensional Design in the evenings at RISD for many years.  She is an illustrator who has done a fair amount of editorial work; her proudest of which is having illustrated the covers of local author Paul DiFilippos first four published books.  She has shown work locally at the Bristol Museum, Spring Bull Gallery, RISD CE Faculty Show and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.  

While an artist by trade, Christine has always been a collector of things as well.  Her collections range from ephemera to tin lithographed toys; and from vintage souvenir pennants to the artwork of others.  Her own work is in the medium of collage and construction; with an aged aesthetic;  clearly merging her interests.

Currently a resident of downtown Providence, Christine owns Carmen & Ginger; a vintage store located in the historic Arcade Providence.

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Ida Schmulowitz Shows At The Charlestown Gallery

We’re very happy to announce that Gallery Night‘s own, Ida Schmulowitz, is part of a group show at the Charlestown Gallery.

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Work by Wendy Ingram at the BankRI Turks Head gallery

The BankRI Turks Head Gallery Presents

“Paper Landscapes by Wendy Ingram”

May 4 through May 31, 2017 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

 There will be a Gallery Night reception on May 18 from 5 to 8:30 pm with guitar music by Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

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.

Wendy ingram in her studio

“It’s been a wandering path,” says Providence artist Wendy Ingram.  “And everyone who wanders,” she adds with a polite show of spirit, “isn’t necessarily lost.”

Ingram’s wandering started in Lynn, Massachusetts and then crisscrossed the country from Providence to San Francisco to Boston back to Providence again.  That same path includes a 50-year plus friendship with her college roommate, two marriages, two daughters, two degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, a career as a textile conservator and a bed and breakfast.  Along the way Ingram has tried her hand at sculpture, paper making, collage, clay, tapestry, pastels and painting.

For a quiet, unpretentious and petite woman in her seventies, Ingram is never still. She is a familiar figure at gallery openings, dressed in rich colors and a sequined-studded baseball cap in either magenta or turquoise.  She is a member of the Providence Art Club and helps out on the installation committee.  Ingram enjoys taking art classes and learning new techniques.  Six years ago, she picked up a paint brush for the first time and started painting.

Yet most in town know her for efforts to run and promote the Art Connection.  The non-profit arts organization pairs other non-profits with artists and their works, installing art in places that normally would not have a budget for anything but the basics.

The original Art Connection is based in Boston and was the brainchild of a friend of Ingram’s, Fay Chandler.  Both Ingram and Chandler had a studio in the Boston Center for the Arts.  Despite their age differences, they became friends. Chandler was an older artist who worried about what might happen to her artwork when she was no longer around. She had a large exhibit and on the closing days of the show, invited area non-profits to come and take a piece for free.  The idea behind the Art Connection was born.  Today there are several Art Connections all over the country.

Ingram is exhibiting her nature-based paper collages at the BankRI Galleries.  Using handmade paper, Ingram creates abstracted scenes in nature – canyons, mountains, rocks and waterfalls.  A palette of blues, greens and greys dominate. There’s a pure simplicity to these collages that’s refreshing.  Using only texture, shapes and subtle shifts of color, Ingram takes a perfect gem of an idea and makes it reality.

“I’m not good at making statements about my art,” Ingram says.  “I just like to do it.”

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

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Tour Schedule for May 18, 2017


5:30 Rhode Island Maker-Spaces & Artists Tour (Celebrity Guide Mike Ryan)

Join Mike Ryan, editor of Motif Magazine (a local publication that focuses on arts, entertainment, and alternative news) on an Art Bus tour visiting four exciting creative spaces around Providence. The Art Bus will go to J Schatz’s new studio filled with their newest “Wonder-Certified” ceramic designs, then visit an exhibition of painting, drawing, and photography featuring four local artists at Sprout. The tour will make its way to a live glass-blowing demonstration at Gather Glass and finally view locally-made jewelry downtown at Copacetic. Staff Guide (and featured artist at Sprout!) John Housley.


5:50 Tour for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Celebrity Guide Peter Geisser)

Deaf and hard of hearing, Peter Giesser, Gallery Night Providence

Peter Giesser

This Art Bus tour, led by Peter Geisser (an activist for education and the arts) and accompanied by a signer, will visit four exhibitions around Providence. The Art Bus will see the video and photographic work of Pierre Huyghe and Gabriel Martinez at David Winton Bell Gallery, then make a visit to see some of the world-class treasures of the RISD Museum. At Anthony Tomaselli’s Historic Fleur de Lys Studio you’ll see a selection of his newest landscape paintings, and the tour with conclude at the exhibition Art of Pace: Reflections of Grace at the Providence City Hall Galleries. Staff Guide Kate Champa.


6:10 Collector’s Tour with Hillary Salmons

Hillary Salmons hosts a tour for Gallery Night ProvidenceThis tour, led by Hillary Salmons, executive director of PASA (Providence After-School Alliance, which brings the arts to youth through after-school programs) will start at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, where a special exhibition highlights stories of enslaved and indentured Rhode Islanders from the 17th-19th century. The Art Bus will make its way to a collection of contemporary artwork in a variety of media displayed at ArtProv, organized around a common subject of horses, then to Gallery Z to check out fashion collections, and conclude at the  URI Feinstein Providence Campus Galleries which features an assembly of over 350 student artworks at the show “PS2017 and the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island.” Staff Guide (and featured artist at Gallery Z!) Richard Bradley.


6:30 Spotlight on Technique: Weaving & Glass Art Tour

On this tour, the Art Bus will bring you to Providence’s Fox Point, where you’ll see fair-trade weavings newly imported from Myanmar at Peaceable Kingdom and a selection of beautiful locally-made glassware at Gallery Belleau. The Art Bus will then head to the West Side for a live demonstration of glass-blowing at Gather Glass and a visit to Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery, see “A Bouquet and Two Buoys,” an exhibition of new work by artists and weavers at Flying Shuttles Studio. Staff Guide Ted DiLucia.

7:00 Rhode Island Artists’ Tour

This tour starts at BankRI Gallery, which features Wendy Ingram’s solo show of paper landscapes. Then you’ll visit the historic studio Fleur de Lys studio featuring new paintings by Anthony Tomaselli. Right next door, the tour will view the work of six local artists in the exhibitions “Natural Selections,” “Another View” and “On the Verge” at the Galleries of the Providence Art Club. Finally, the Art Bus will stop at Dryden Gallery, where the member’s show from the Art League Of Rhode Island is on view. Staff Guide Anthony DiPalma.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Hillary Salmons

We are so pleased to welcome Hillary Salmons, Executive Director of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), as one of our Gallery Night Providence “Celebrity Guides” on May 18, 2017.

Hillary Salmons hosts a tour for Gallery Night Providence

For 12 years Hillary has led the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), a public-private non-profit organization whose mission is to expand and improve quality after school, summer and expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence. She is responsible for PASA’s community engagement, management, planning, and long-term development and sustainability. Hillary has worked closely with three mayors, five superintendents and over 100 community groups to manage a high quality after school system that has served 12,000 middle school youth – connecting 35% of Providence’s middle school youth and 300 high school youth each year  to real hands-on learning experiences that are steeped in youth development practices. Hillary has been a national advocate for building quality after school systems having hosted 4 annual City Symposiums in Providence inspiring 40 cities to  replicate components of  PASA’s systems model, as well as an active leader of the Every Hour Counts board.
Prior to PASA, Hillary led the Health & Education Leadership for Providence (HELP) coalition of the city’s non-profit colleges and hospitals that focused on improving the health and education of the children of Providence. While there, she worked to establish numerous systemic health and education initiatives which continue to this day. Hillary worked in Japan for 8 years with Refugees International, as well as in New York City as a deputy director at CAMBA, a Brooklyn community development organization. She has an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of the Learning Community Charter School and is President of the Workforce Board’s Youth Council.

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May 2017 at the URI Feinstein Campus Gallery

the urban arts and culture program &
rhode island alliance for art education presents

Uri Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

May 1-25, 2017

with a Gallery Night Reception & Presentation and
student performances May 18, at 5-9pm

The mixed media exhibit features more than 350 artworks by K-12 students from public and charter schools throughout the state, and the honored selection of CHARIHO Public Schools for the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island – adding 9 new works to the permanent collection of more than 200 works – due to their extraordinary work in the visual and performing arts in the CHARIHO schools, and their efforts to integrate the arts into the curriculum across disciplines.  The Rhode Island Alliance for Art Education and the Gift of Art began as a funded part by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Art Education.

All events are free and open to the public.

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