Goodbye Summer, Hello Art!

The fall in Rhode Islands brings lots of opportunities to look at art, with most local galleries gearing up for the season with ambitious exhibition schedules.

One of my favorite Rhode Island artists, Allison Paschke, will be showing her serene Mirror Paintings at Candita Clayton’s Gallery September 14 – October 13th.  Another one of my favorites, Jon Lausten’s work can be seen at CraftLand. His miniature concrete block vignettes and partial construction sites are on view In Terrestial Contact, until October 6.

The large scale installation My dad Is Li Gang by Chinese contemporary artist and agent provocateur Jin Shan can be viewed at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University through November 4, while down the hill, the RISD Museum of Art opens an exhibition reviewing  150 years of American landscape photography, America in View, opens September 21st.  An opening party to be held Thursday, Sept 20th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm is free and open to the public. 

Summer Fall Winter Spring, four large scale, multi-layered self-portraits by printmaker and RISD faculty, Daniel Heyman are on view at Cade Tompkins Projects, September 8 through October 27.  Yellow Peril Gallery at The Plant will be showing Naomi Campbell’s work in Retinal Displacement from September 13 – October 14th.   Gallery Buonaccorsi+Agniel will feature Providence painter Monica Shinn, opening on September 29.

In Pawtucket, starting September 7, for three weeks the 14th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival will once again entertain with everything from Dragon Boat races, music, performances, a film festival and, new this year, the Pawtucket Arts Market Place highlighting a weekend of fine arts and crafts, September 8 – 10.

In the meantime, the Art League of Rhode Island presents its 12th annual members exhibit Visit, View, Collect, through September 23 at the Jamestown Arts Center.

And across the bridge, the Newport Art Museum is showcasing the work of two Rhode Island artists: Bunny Harvey’s paintings are on view from September 1 – December 1, and Didi Suydam’s dreamlike photographs, exploring what she describes as “visual beliefs in the face of ambiguity” in an exhibition entitled Presence.  Later on this month, ten artists’ response to arts patron Dr. Joseph A. Chazan’s, invitation Recasting the Loving Cup, will be on view September 22 – January 23, 2013.

At AS220, some two hundred works on paper will be raffled during the Annual Print Lottery held on September 29.  The art work will be on view all month long starting Saturday, September 8th.   For only $100 you can win one of the two hundred pieces, donated by local artists, and help raise $25,000 to support the community print shop at AS220.

Crossing the state line, at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery at the Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA, CounterTension is featuring large-scale sculptural installations by Mike Hansel, Lisa Hansel, Ted Sturtevant and Doug Cluff, through October 19.

If you don’t feel like going out to an art gallery or a museum you can always catch one of the four new episodes of Art Rhode Island, featuring conversations about the arts in Rhode Island, airing on RI PBS – I am hosting this series to talk about topics like art education and art economy, among others, with guests ranging from artists, gallery owners, museum officials, educators and arts administrators – tune in Wednesday’s at 7pm on channel 36 (re-runs on Sundays 9:30 am)

So much art, so little time!