5:30 Spotlight on Photography Tour (Celebrity Guide Kate Wilson)
This tour, led by photographic artist Kate Wilson, visits four galleries showing photographic works. The first stop is the Providence City Hall Galleries for a special exhibition, “Scott Lapham: Images from PVDFest 2016,” and the second stop is the first-ever Members Show at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, featuring a wide range of photographic techniques. Then you’ll head to Dryden Gallery for the new exhibition “David Lewalski: Photographic Biography” with gorgeous images of abandoned structures. The tour concludes at Sprout’s show “Coastal Curiosities,” which features art inspired by the beauty of the ocean and beach, including photographic work by Celebrity Guide Kate Wilson herself! Staff Guide Anthony DiPalma.
Providence City Hall Galleries
6:00 Glass & Ceramics Tour
See a live glass-blowing demonstration and a variety of beautiful glass and ceramic creations on this tour of Providence’s creative spaces. The first stop, Peaceable Kingdom, has a special exhibition of “Celestial and Terrestrial Folk Art” and nearby Gallery Belleau has a wide selection of beautiful glass objects. The tour will head to the Olneyville studio of J Schatz to meet with the artisans in their converted-mill working environment, seeing works in progress as well as a variety of finished wares. The tour concludes at Gather Glass with a live glass-blowing demonstration! Staff Guide John Housley.
6:30 Explore Providence Painting & Drawing with a Painter (Celebrity Guide Madolin Maxey)
Madolin Maxey, a talented and knowledgeable painter, is the Celebrity Guide for this tour that explores drawing and painting work around Providence. The first stop is the RISD Museum’s exquisite new exhibition “Stranger than Paradise” which juxtaposes contemporary and historical works. Then the tour heads to BankRI Gallery for a solo show of charcoal works by Barbara Rosenbaum, and to Inner Space for a group show featuring drawings and paintings from Top Drawer Arts at The Brass in Warren, RI. The final stop will be the festive opening night of “Figure and Form” at ArtProv, featuring works inspired by the human figure, including paintings, pastels, ink drawings, and more. Staff Guide Ted DiLucia.
7:00 Local Artists Tour (Celebrity Guide Ginny Fox)
Learn about and support your local artists on this tour led by Celebrity Guide Ginny Fox! The tour begins at the “Local Artists” show at Gallery Z, then visits the historic studio of painter Anthony Tomaselli, where the artist will be speaking about his new summertime-themed paintings. The third stop is Copacetic, where local jeweler Don Boehner plies his creative wares, and will be on-site to answer questions about his inspiration and process. The final stop is the Art Connection-RI Summer Exhibit at URI Feinstein Providence Campus Galleries, featuring more than 100 pieces of artwork available for selection by Rhode Island nonprofit community service organizations. Staff Guide Cathren Housley.