As always our Gallery Night Providence ArtBus tours tours are completely FREE and begin at our information center, One Regency Plaza.
If you’d prefer, you can stop by the information center or any of our member galleries, pick up our free gallery guide and create your own tour. However you choose to do Gallery Night, we thank you for supporting our mission toward making art accessible to everyone.
5:30 Sculpture, Installation & Mixed-Media Tour
This Art Bus Tour is a celebration of artists working in a wide variety of media, from clay to glass to traditional bead-work. The tour begins at Bell Gallery with the installation/sculpture work in the solo show “Richard Fishman: What Remains,” then visits Chazan Gallery for an innovative 3D group show titled “Intersections, Architecture and Nature.” The next stops are Peaceable Kingdom (displaying resonant Tibetan singing bowls and Noah bells) and Gallery Belleau (featuring locally made glass), and the tour concludes at Atrium Gallery’s State Native American Art Exhibit, showcasing painted gourds, quilled textiles, Wampum bead making, embroidery and more. (Staff Guide John Housley)
Latinx Heritage Month is September 15th-October 15th, and Gallery Night is joining in the celebration with a special Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Tour led by Celebrity Guide Rebecca Flores, who is a renowned poet, artist and speaker. The tour begins at Gather for a live glass-blowing demonstration, then visits Gallery Z’s exhibition of LatinX artists. The third stop is Providence Center for Photographic Arts, displaying bodies of work by Gary Beeber and Rocio de Alba, who both explore ideas of identity and self in their photography. The tour concludes at URI Feinstein Campus Gallery’s “Cuba Inside and Out” which explores the rich cultural exchange between the USA and Cuba. (Staff Guide Cathren Housley)
6:10 Spotlight on Painting & Drawing Tour
If you love seeing new painting and drawing work, this is the Art Bus tour for you! The tour begins at Anthony Tomaselli’s studio, featuring the artist’s new paintings and abstractions by Zakk Prosser, as well as some live music. The tour then visits BankRI for a solo show featuring the contour drawings of local artist Rachel Desrochers and stops by the opening reception of “Land, Sea, Sky,” a show of dramatic landscapes at ArtProv Gallery. The final stop of the tour is the Annual 2D Faculty Exhibition at Bannister Gallery. (Staff Guide Melanie Ducharme)
6:30 Local Artists & Designers Tour (Celebrity Guide Charlie Hall)
This Art Bus Tour, led by Celebrity Guide Charlie Hall (a comedian, artist and social activist) will first visit Sprout for a special exhibition highlighting Mike Rodrigues, local designer of Crit Plates used in Olympic BMX Racing. The second stop is J Schatz, a beautifully renovated ceramics studio run by a dynamic duo always thinking up new designs. The third stop is Dryden Gallery, currently showcasing paintings by local painter Kevin Eager, and the tour concludes at Copacetic, a shop featuring a selection of locally made jewelry and clocks. (Staff Guide Anthony DiPalma)
7:00 Contemporary Art & Photography Tour
This Art Bus Tour first visits the AS220 Project Space for a solo show of paper, drawing, and mixed-media work by Li Jun Lai, then stops by the Providence City Hall Gallery for a photography show featuring the work of Scott Lapham documenting PVDFest in 2016. The third stop is the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage for a special new exhibition, “Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo” focusing on photography related to Guantanamo Bay, and the tour concludes at the RISD Museum to check out the innovative mixed-media exhibition titled “Stranger than Paradise.” (Staff Guide Ted DiLucia)
Providence City Hall Gallery