The Paintings and Prints of Kevin Eager at the Dryden Gallery

Kevin Eager at Dryden Gallery on Gallery Night Providence

If you stop by the Dryden Gallery on Gallery Night, September 21,2017, you won’t be disappointed as they are showing works by Keven Eager.

Kevin Eager in his own words,

I live in Rhode Island with my wife, three kids and dog Tug. We’ve lived here in Lil’ Rhody for just over the past decade. I grew up in Reston Virginia with my parents and my ten siblings.Yes, ten!  I’ve always had a love of art. I got it from my talented dad. On weekends we would all paint together or hop in the family wagon and drive to the Virginia countryside and he would sketch old barns.

I studied painting and drawing, getting my Fine Arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. My time there showed me that art embodies limitless ways to communicate.  Being in Rhode Island has fostered my love for the water. I have always been drawn to things that have great color and a lot of wear to them; lobster boats, buoys, barns, lighthouses and old box car trains. All of these are true New England subjects. I love the idea of the lobster boats going out, casting out their nets, battling the elements and return to their harbor wearing all of their battle scars. They hold beautiful colors. I take photographs from my travels all around New England and chose my subjects from those photos.

My approach to painting is the building of color with acrylic paint through layers. I then can distress,scraping away color where I want to show age.

I work in a shared mill studio in Pawtucket,Rhode Island. Much to my wife’s chagrin I still love to paint at our kitchen table. I hope you enjoy looking at my art as much as I love making it.

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Gallery Night Schedule For September 21, 2017

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)

Bell Gallery

Chazan Gallery

Peaceable Kingdom

Gallery Belleau

Atrium Gallery

5:50 Latinx Heritage Month Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Tour (Celebrity Guide Rebecca Flores)

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)

Rebecca Flores to host a Gallery Night Providence Tour Gather

Gallery Z

Providence Center for Photographic Arts

URI Feinstein Campus Galleries

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)

Anthony Tomaselli

BankRI Gallery

ArtProv

Bannister Gallery

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)

Charlie Hall, Gallery Night ProvidenceSprout CoWorking Community Gallery

J Schatz

Dryden Gallery

Copacetic

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)

Rich Watrous to host a Gallery Night Providence TourAS220 Project Space

Providence City Hall Gallery

John Nicholas Brown Center

RISD Museum

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State Native American Art Exhibit at The Atrium Gallery

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) proudly features

the State Native American Art Exhibit on display at the Atrium Gallery from August 21-Sept 29, 2017.

A Gallery Night Providence reception will be held on Thursday evening, September 21st from 6:00-8:30pm.

The evening will feature artwork from a variety of artists and live musical performances allowing you to immerse yourself in Native American art and culture. The State-run gallery is located at One Capitol Hill, State’s main administration building on Smith Street in Providence, RI.


This exhibition will feature work that represents traditional and contemporary approaches to Native American art in a variety of mediums including painted gourds, traditional/contemporary quilled textiles, Wampum bead making, embroidery, portraits and sculptures.

Artist Exhibiting:
Geraldine Barney- mixed media art, layering imagery and patterns, reinterpreting traditional Navajo motifs.
Willow Casanova- ribbon dresses
Nancy Brown Garcia – beaded jewelry, and leather belts
Graham Gruner- pencil portraits
Eleanor Dove Harris contemporary mixed media artwork
Heebe-Tee-Tse-Lee- embroidered glass beads and crystals on various textiles, including a pair of intricate canvas sneakers.
Emily Manning- finger weaving
Julia Marden- with twined bags, traditional painted gourds and male Eastern Woodland Doll
Nycole Matthews- watercolor
Deborah Spears Moorehead- mixed media artwork
Angel Beth Smith- colored pencil portraits, and weavings.
Yolanda Smith- Curator, sculptural ceramic pieces and traditional leather bags
Loren Spears- finger weaving with shells, cedar wood and deer antler.
Robin S. Spears Jr.- deer antler fan

Dawn Dove from the Tomaquag Museum, will be opening with a special blessing at 6:30pm.

Yolanda “Yani” Smith, of the Seaconke/Wampanoag Tribe, is the curator for the Native American State Art Exhibit. Yani, an artisan of North Eastern quill and beadwork, mixes traditional and contemporary art forms to connect the past and the present. Yolanda’s attention to detail and collaboration with the previous curators have given way to this synergetic exhibit that similar to her artistic approach combines the past with the present. Her work has been sold, demonstrated and exhibited at numerous Native cultural events throughout New England. In 2014, she was the featured artist of the Warwick Museum’s “Love Medicine” exhibit, and has been showcasing her work in RISCA’s annual Native and cultural exhibitions in the Atrium Gallery since 2013.

We would like to thank the previous Native American curators whose wisdom, commitment, and expertise have made this event so special. Their heart-felt appreciation for the Native American Art and Culture is evident by their continual support and guidance for the next generation of artists and curators.


Deborah Spears Moorehead is an internationally known visual and performing artist from the Wampanoag Tribe nation, who has been drawing since she was a child. From colored pencil studies to beautiful oil paintings her work focuses to assert the existence of the East Coast Woodland Native American past, present and future. She is a descendant of Massasoit through his daughter Amie and also Narragansett, Pequot, Mohegan, Nipmuc and Mohawk. Her group, Nettukkusqk, is an all-native woman Traditional Eastern Woodland singing and performance group that will be performing as part of our opening Gallery Night night celebration.


Loren M. Spears is an educator, essayist, artist and two-term Tribal Councilwoman of the Narragansett Tribe, member of the State Council on the Arts, and Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI. The Tomaquag Museum is dedicated to sharing and preserving Indigenous arts, culture, and history.


Dawn Spears of the Narragansett/Choctaw Tribe, is the Executive Director of Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA), formed from her prior role as the Native Arts Program Manager for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in Boston, MA. This newly formed organization works to support the Native American artist population regionally by sharing resources and artist opportunities, addressing artist needs and seeking ways to increase the visibility in the northeast. In 2016 NIAA partnered with IFAM and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum bringing the first large indigenous market to the east with “IFAM East”. Dawn has recently joined the staff at the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME to produce the inaugural 2018 Abbe Museum Indian Market.


Angel Beth Smith, of the Narragansett Tribe, is a multifaceted artist with more than 30 years of experience providing artistic content, teaching, and marketing support to academic institutions, churches and private organizations. As graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Angel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design She creates intricate weavings and meticulously detailed images using various mediums including pastels, conte crayon, and watercolor as a means of expression.

Traditional music will be showcased during the opening event on Thursday, September 21st between 6-8:30pm.

 

Eastern Medicine Singers are an Algonquin Drum Group from Providence, RI. The Eastern Medicine Singers are dedicated to keeping the eastern woodlands American Indian culture alive.

 

Nettukkusqk is an intertribal Native American Traditional music-singing group.

 

Geraldine Barney is an artist and musician whose music is featured on the Smithsonian Folkway label. She has performed at the Department of the Interior Celebration for Native American Awareness Day in Washington, D.C.

About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

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About Atrium Gallery:
The Atrium Gallery was developed by RISCA to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and art organizations from across the state. The contemporary gallery frequently showcases artwork from a variety of diverse groups including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Native American community among others.

For additional information contact: Elena Calderon- Patino, Community Arts Program Director, Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov.

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Land, Sea, Sky at ArtProv

Land, Sea, Sky

September 20 – November 4, 2017

At ArtProv

Opening Reception, Thursday, September 21, 5:00-9:00 pm

during Gallery Night Providence

Vast horizons, expansive views and endless waterways will be explored in the new group show “Land, Sea, Sky,“ at ArtProv Gallery, a contemporary gallery located in the Jewelry District at 150 Chestnut Street.

 

The works in “Land, Sea, Sky” depict both the majesty of the natural world and its solitude through the use of shape, texture, color and light. The show features landscapes by:

  • Karen Rand Anderson, whose recent work reflects an abstracted, energetic investigation of place
  • Jeanne Tangney, an artist who creates almost all of her work with pastels for their unlimited variety of color and effects
  • Michelle Courier, who applies her mastery of color in her vibrant, contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings
  • Nick Paciorek, a contemporary artist who explores the landscape through hyped-up color in oils
  • Jana Matusz, a painter whose works are about strength: strong composition, strong color, strong feeling
  • Nina Weiss, a landscape artist inspired by the power of the Midwest’s landscapes and love of color
  • Ewa Romaszewicz, who creates personal and invented skyscapes, landscapes and nightscapes that communicate a psychological state of mind

“The pieces in this exhibit are inspired by nature but push the boundaries of traditional landscapes to captivate viewers,” explained gallery co-owner Michele Aucoin. “I’m excited to share this body of work that is so full of passion.”

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September 2017, at The Chazan Gallery

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present

Intersections, Architecture and Nature,

a group exhibition of works by

Emmett Barnacle, Colby Charpentier, Ruby Dorchester and Adam Waimon, from September 21 to October 14, 2017. 

A Gallery Night Providence reception will be held on September 21, from 5:00-8:00 pm. The public is invited.

Work Bt Emmett Barnacle at the Chazan Gallery, Gallery Night ProvidenceEmmett Barnacle’s focus is on architecture and memory, while dealing with the concepts of home and human habitat, as well as our relationship with our surroundings.

Due to his family’s involvement in the real estate industry, architecture and the overall concept of “home” have been a consistent influence for him and a huge part of his life. Within his work, Barnacle aims to deal with these subjects through the themes of memory and architecture. For him, glass is the perfect medium to create sculpture because of its ability to capture a specific memory or moment in time. Much of his work’s focus stems from past experience, architecture, memory, blueprints, ancient civilization, travel, tradition, building, and edged weaponry and cutlery.

Featuring architectural scenes and cityscapes cast in glass, his work aims to mimic and examine the historic “bare bones” upon which our cities are built. Stylistically interpreted Greco-Roman and Asiatic elements merge, creating playful scenes in lieu of traditional renditions.

For Barnacle, working in glass is both a privilege and a pleasure. With such a rich history, there is already so much that has been discovered and produced, but yet, there is still so much left to learn. Glass is both a material and a puzzle experimentation, with failure being all part of the extensive process it takes in order to get the piece the way it is envisioned, making its final completion all that much more satisfying.

Emmett Barnacle was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1988. He began working in glass with Peån Doubulyu Glass and artist Steven Weinberg before attending the Rhode Island School of Design and graduating in 2014. After graduation he began his own studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Other than making art, Emmett has worked as a technical assistant for glass artist and sculptor Daniel Clayman for the past two years as well as other freelance work for other artists.

Work By Colby Charpentier at the Chazan Gallery, Gallery Night ProvidenceColby Charpentier’s work is an investigation of contemporary vessel archetypes through vessel-oriented ceramic and glass sculpture. He is intrigued by ceramics and glass as peripheral materials. These are materials that we contact daily through tableware, sparkplugs, microchips, and architecture. By association with the vessel, clay and glass are part of nearly every creation story across the world. The ubiquitous, shared experience of clay and glass is democratizing, but contributes to them existing in the periphery. The project of Charpentier’s work is a celebration of these materials and their associated vessel context. Through physically and mechanically idiosyncratic situations he intends to incite curiosity. He responds to vessel archetypes and material perceptions of clay and glass with broad challenges. For example, what makes a bowl? What is at the core of bowl identity? And how can we make clay and glass do the things we think it shouldn’t?

Colby Charpentier grew up in Smithfield, RI where he began building and firing wood kilns at the studio of Bruce Lenore. He went on to study ceramics and glass at Alfred University, where he graduated with a BFA in 2013. He then worked as a studio assistant to Chris Gustin and Daniel Clayman for three years, while engaged in an artist residency at Dew Claw Studios. After completing an artist residency at Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, CA, Colby will continue making clay and glass as a professional artist.

Work By Ruby Dorchester at the Chazan Gallery, Gallery Night ProvidenceRuby Dorchester creates artwork inspired by the subtle and intrinsic systems which run inherently through our natural world. Working primarily in glass, she uses the medium and its rich possibilities to question and represent her ideas, posing questions which provoke reflection.

Dorchester’s first series, In Situ, was inspired by her deep curiosity for the engineering of human anatomy, evolved from her lifelong study of martial arts. An abstraction of the figurative, her disarticulation of the spine—the foundational architecture of our anatomy—enables her to rouse and interrogate this modular unit, revealing its desire to structurally join and create new forms. 

Dorchester’s current series “Nether” comes as a remembrance of home and her time spent amongst the mountainous geological formations of the Rockies: their scale, the layers upon layers of rock, skyscraping peaks once submerged underwater, and the earthy color that is so distinctly unique to that part of the country. She creates works meant to connect with others using a shared visual language of a natural and geologically rich visual vocabulary and, through this series, convey sculpturally the allure of the natural world.

A Colorado native, Ruby Dorchester received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014, with a concentration in Glass.

Using glass as her primary medium, Dorchester has shown in both national and local exhibitions and has been featured in several publications, including Behance’s Art Served. Dorchester continues to work locally in Rhode Island out of her studio located in Pawtucket, and as a studio assistant to local sculptors and glass artists. 

  Work By Adam Waimon at the Chazan Gallery, Gallery Night ProvidenceAdam Waimon’s sculptural glass forms incorporate subtle monochromatic transparent color. This singular use of color allows the delicately engraved surface to refract and transmit light. Thousands of round depressions are carved into the surface of the glass forms to imply various textures and patterns found in nature, which is the focal point and primary inspiration for his work. Waimon utilizes the glass to create strong elegant forms with a minimalist approach. Multiple forms are often placed together allowing for interaction and use of negative space. 

Through a multiple stage process of blowing, sculpting, grinding/carving and reheating of the glass, Waimon is able to unearth his abstract yet relatable sculptural forms. Each stage brings technical challenge along with creative resolve.

Formally trained at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston Waimon has been working in the glass arts for over 15 years and has continued to study under some of the world’s leading glass masters. Waimon has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States including Ken Saunders Gallery (IL), Morgan Glass Gallery (PA), Behnke Doherty Gallery (MA), Piece Art Gallery (CO), Bakalar Gallery (MA), Heather Gaudio Fine Art (CT), Art/Prov Gallery (RI), Aberson Exhibits (OK). His work has been juried into auctions to benefit the Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), Museum of Fine Art (MA) and is in the permanent collection at the Mattatuck Museum (CT). Adam Waimon has been included in multiple publications, most notably, The New York Times (NYC), New England Home Magazine (CT), and Original Voices exhibition catalog (IL).

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For further information please contact Elena Lledó at elenalledo@chazangallery.org.

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Work by Rachel Desrochers at BankRI, September 2017

BankRI Turks Head Gallery Presents

“Blind Contour Drawings by Rachel Desrochers,” 

September 7 through October 4, 2017 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.  

There will be a Gallery Night Providence reception on September 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist 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, call 401 574-1330.

Rachel Desrochers exhibits blind contour drawings at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 7 through October 4, 2017. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music and light refreshments.  "Up I Go" by Rachel Desrochers.

 

MEET THE ARTIST – RACHEL DESROCHERS

Rachel Desrochers exhibits blind contour drawings at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery September 7 through October 4, 2017. There will be a Gallery Night reception September 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music and light refreshments.  "Up I Go" by Rachel Desrochers.

East Providence artist Rachel Desrochers is fearless in her pursuit of art.  The 24 year-old aspiring artist straps on roller blades to skate on large swatches of rubber roofing material, dispersing paint with every swish of her skates. She dips hockey pucks into paint and throws them on board.  She’s carved ice cubes, trying (and failing) to make prints from them.  She constantly takes photographs of her life surroundings using them as the basis for her blind contour drawings.

Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, she attended New Hampshire Institute of Art, a small up and coming college in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Her professors encouraged her to do things outside of her comfort zone, and gave her the strong foundation she needed to try anything.   Desrochers jumped in, taking as many different classes as she could ­– printmaking, ceramics, landscape, figure drawing, painting and jewelry, just to name a few.  “I wanted to explore what you could do with art,” she explains.

After graduation she and her boyfriend Jeff moved to Rhode Island when she was offered a job teaching art at Sweet Pea Village, an early childhood education and daycare center in East Greenwich.  She teaches 8 classes a week to 3-5 year-olds and helps the other teachers out whenever she has some downtime.  It’s often difficult to find the time to make her own art, but Desrochers does, working late into the night and on the weekends.

The blind contour drawings shown at the bank grew from a working process Desrochers developed using her own photographs.  “I take pictures everywhere I go,” Desrochers says, “and they tell a story, my story.”  She combines the photographs in Photoshop, playing with the opacity to allow the images to morph together to create one single statement.  She uses this collaged photograph as the basis for her drawing.

The term blind contour drawing refers to an exercise where an artist draws the outline of an object in a continuous line without taking the pencil off the paper and without looking at the paper.  It encourages concentration and allows the artist to focus on what an object truly looks like and not what he or she thinks it looks like.

When the contour drawing is done, Desrochers goes back in, this time looking at the paper while adding color and texture using oil pastels, sharpies, oils, watercolors and/or gouache.

The resulting drawings have a fresh, spontaneous feel, bright in color with unexpected imagery that’s both sophisticated and naïve.  Each piece has an entirely different feel and look.

Although the contour drawings are perhaps the safest of Desrochers creative endeavors, they are also her most personal, drawing on her life and fearless approach to making art.

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

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September 2017 at the URI Feinstein Campus Gallery

URI Providence Campus Urban Arts and Culture Program and EcoArts USA present

CUBA INSIDE AND OUT September 1-29

Gallery Night Reception September 21 5-9 pm with musical performances.

September 28th 7:00pm Film Screening Socialism or Death (1996) and Return to Cuba (2016) with Vladimir Ceballos Filmmaker.

 

After years of strained diplomacy and fractured relationships, gradually there is a stronger relationship being forged between the USA and our neighboring Southern island of Cuba.  Science, Technology, scholarship and rich cultural exchanges are possible.  This exhibit brings the work of Cuban Artists to Rhode Island as well as local artists with Cuban roots going back to their homeland to nurture new growth reflected in painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture by Astrid,  Ana Flores, Evans Molina Fernandez, Felix Diclo, Raphael Diaz, Tamara Diaz and photos from Cesar Augusto, Tamara Diaz, A. David Guerra,  Christopher Johnson and Tom Morrissey, along with films by Vladimir Ceballos.

As we celebrate Cuban culture through this exhibit, we learn more about the culture, the history, the people, the politics, and the rich natural resources in this exchange.

EcoArts USA is a non-profit arts and cultural exchange organization founded by Delia Rodriqguez-Masjon. Delia Rodriguez-Masjon, M.P.A., originally from Argentina, is an Artists and Cultural Development Professionals with diverse production and coordination expertise in performing arts, music, visual art as well as media, social media and digital promotion.  Since 2015 she has been developing and arts and culture exchange program with Cuba by bringing local artists to Cuba and sponsoring Cuban artists here in Rhode Island. Delia is also a well know Spanish radio Talk-Show Host and Producer.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from RIC and a Master’s in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from URI.

Led by Rhode Island based Latino, Afro-Cuban and African-American Cultural Development Professionals from the United States and Cuba, the mission of EcoArts USA is to support, coordinate and lead arts, cultural and educational exchange programs between artists of color from the United States and artists in Cuba by cultivating, promoting and documenting their talent, creativity and magic to tell their own stories and histories.  Their vision is that international arts and cultural exchange is an honest person-to person engagement which encourages communication and dialogue to promote better understanding of other cultures among people from diverse countries, races and ethnicities as they come together for a profound and sustained engagement among artists and between artists and audiences.

They represent artists and cultural development professionals with diverse art and cultural backgrounds, disciplines and talents which include performing arts, music, visual art as well as media and social media and digital promotion with 20 years of experience in the art and cultural equity world.   Since 2015 they have been working to connect directly with Cuban artist and arts organizations, as well as create and strengthen partnerships with artists and arts organizations of color from the US to create a program that has Cultural Equity, sustainability, inclusion and diversity.

It is no surprise that with the opening doors of diplomacy between the US and Cuba, there has been a great deal of interest by everyone, both here and there, to learn from each other.  Americans are fascinated by wanting to visit Cuba “before it changes”, however, the magic and beauty of Cuba is directly connected to the people and their stories.  The best way to connect with another country is meeting directly with people through the arts, cultural conversation and convening, thus this program offers that direct people-to people, artist-to artists, artist-to-community component essential to successful international exchange programs.

The University of Rhode Island Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies is Proud to present this dynamic exhibit and events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Gallery

80 Washington Street  Providence, RI 02903

Hours Mon. -Thurs. 9-9, Fri & Sat 9-4 closed Sundays and holidays.

For information call 401-277-5206 uri.artsandculture@gmail.com or visit uri.edu/ceps/prov/arts. All events are free and open to the public.

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