Art

Love Thyself with Sweet Steals

Valentine’s Day, we all know, is associated with courtly love. From History Channel segments and my very Catholic late grandmother, I've learned that Valentine, a priest in Rome, was executed on February 14 — on or about the year 278 A.D., they say. Roman ruler Claudius the Cruel assumed eligible men weren’t joining his bloody army because of their wives…

More Uses for Drones in our Future

Don and Nate Bousquet's remote-controlled aircraft takes aerial photos of our beautiful coastline.

A roomful of dinner guests in Chelo's banquet room last Tuesday night got a glimpse into the future, when Don Bousquet turned down the lights and his son Nate sent a silent, winged drone flying above their heads. The little microplane, about fifteen inches from wingtip to wingtip, weighs less than an ounce, runs on battery power and nimbly responded…

The Nutcracker Brings Local Art to the Big Stage

Magic, mischief, romance, battle and exquisite dance: The Nutcracker has it all, and for everyone in your family. You all know the story, but what makes Festival Ballet Providence’s version better than the rest? It’s ours, that’s why. It’s remarkable in itself that a small, local dance company can put on such a grand show — not just expertly choreographed,…

Shop Expands Into Tiny Artwork

Muse in Warren, which is known for its handmade gifts and jewelry, now plans to sell affordable art.

The calendar is pretty standard, as holiday gifts go. But instead of the one from a big bookstore featuring “Starry Night,” why not buy a handmade calendar featuring original papercuts for just $16? Muse, a shop in Warren known for its beautiful handcrafted jewelry and gifts, is adding affordable art to its offerings. They are kicking off the initiative this…

Red: A Portrait of the Conflicted Artist

In real life, the black swallowed the red: Darkness flooded over abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, and he committed suicide in 1970 at the age of sixty-six. But John Logan’s two-man play Red, onstage now at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, doesn’t dwell on the tragedy to come, at least not openly. Instead, it vividly paints Rothko in all shades, staging in…

"America in View" Exhibit at RISD Museum

"America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now" at the RISD Museum runs through January 13, 2013.

In an age when Instagram interrupts every party, people use Skype in public places and cameras record us running red lights, it can feel as if photography is following us, and it’s not always pretty. So, it’s refreshing to see the impressive new show, "America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now" exhibited at the RISD museum through Jan. 13….

Fine Art with Larger Visions

After about a year in business, a small gallery owner might celebrate survival by splurging on a wine and cheese reception. But K Lenore Siner of Peregrine Gallery in Providence opted for something more socially conscious. This time last year, Siner was a working artist showcasing in galleries like AS220 and the Narrows in Fall River. But when her sister…

Artisans and Antique Dealers Find a Home in Farmstead Attic

Terry and Andy Stone were getting on just fine with their enchanting Warren antiques shop, Bradford Mercantile, when their son Jonathan had an idea. “Jonathan, who is an architect, recognized that the attic of the shop could be a neat space,” Terry says. “We weren’t really utilizing it for anything but storage.” Over the past few months, Terry, Andy and…

Restoration of Mayoral Portraits Continues

Community leaders are working to restore some of Providence's thirty-two mayoral portraits that have been damaged over the years.

Some of the historic faces around Providence City Hall have gotten some touching up in recent months. A restored portrait of former Providence Mayor Patrick McCarthy now hangs in Mayor Angel Taveras’s office. It’s one of three mayoral portraits  that have been refurbished in recent months as part of a larger effort to preserve the city’s collection of thirty-two oil…

Faces of Same-Sex Marriage

A photo series showing in Providence tells the story of some of the people behind the same-sex marriage debate.

The debate over same-sex marriage will likely be front and center during next year’s General Assembly session. Speaker of the House Gordon Fox recently said in an interview with WPRI that he plans to call for a vote on legalizing gay marriage next year. Interested in some of the people behind the politics? Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence is hosting…