Art

Sailboats on the Interstate

Governor Chafee has launched a highway beautification project for gateways along Interstate 195.

A tourist and commuter gateway to Providence is now looking more like a day off. A mural depicting sailboats on the Narragansett Bay designed by local artist Anthony Russo now adorns the Wampanoag Overpass bridge over Interstate 195 in East Providence. “This is the first step in beautifying Rhode Island’s urban Interstate gateways,” Governor Chafee says in a news release….

Becoming Aware of the Bubble

A review of Wendy Richmond’s 'Alone in Public' at the RISD Museum.

Sitting in front of Wendy Richmond’s new piece “Alone in Public” in the RISD Museum is an experience both of watching and of being watched. Three black-and-white video projections surround the small seating area in the museum’s New Media Gallery. The videos were filmed by friends and acquaintances of the artist in public spaces, mostly coffee shops and libraries, using…

Quitting the Day Job

How a Warwick man quit his job and is now making a living doing what he loves.

Eric Sturtevant was thirty-two years old, managing a warehouse in Providence, feeling like he’d missed out on his dream. The Rhode Island College graduate had always loved to draw cartoons, but over the years, he’d gotten away from it. In 2006, he picked up his pencil again. He got a small gallery show in Providence and when he saw people…

Jump!-ing Around Providence and Beyond

The Providence-based youth dance company performs on stage and in the streets.

Tucked inside a Trinity United Methodist Church building on Broad Street in Providence on Tuesday nights, you can find kids dancing to strains of Stravinsky. They're part of the Jump! Dance Company, which was long based on Providence's East side before moving to its current location this fall. It's composed of about twenty dancers, mainly from the Providence area.  What…

Going Back to the Land

Lucas Foglia’s photography at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery explores natural living.

The opening of Lucas Foglia’s show last Thursday night was crowded, and for good reason: "A Natural Order" is a beautifully presented portrait of an emerging artist’s work. The Brown University graduate also celebrated his ties to the Providence community, having lived in Providence for several years after graduation. Many people who I spoke with shared their personal memories of…

A Different Kind of Egg

Learn the Ukranian art of egg decorating this weekend.

Break out your grubby clothes and welcome spring this Saturday by making an egg your canvas. The Audubon Society is holding its annual workshop on pysanky, the Ukranian art of decorating eggs on March 17 in Smithfield. The tradition celebrates fertility and spring and dates back centuries. The introductory class will take people through the history of pysanky, the process…

Q and A with Stephen Frater, author of Hell Above Earth

Today marks the official release of URI professor and Brown alum Stephen Frater’s much anticipated book, Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Co-Pilot Ordered to Kill Him. We caught up with the author for a peek inside the true story of a pilot with alleged Nazi ties and his best friend…

Gallery Night: Improv Edition

Filling the Gallery Night Providence void, one stop at a time.

The winter blues are finally setting in, and not because it dusted enough to cover the pavement last night. This Thursday marks the second month of Gallery Night Providence’s winter hiatus. Even southern Rhode Island’s art groupies couldn’t get their fix last week; Gallery Night Newport took a break in January as well. But they’ll have their night of art…

Lovely, Happy Thoughts

Don't you just love weddings?

Ahh it’s spring and love is in the air. Go ahead, you cynics, call me sappy or silly or overly sentimental if you must, but allow me to explain. We’ve just completed the spring edition of our Engaged e-newsletter (check your inboxes, subscribers) and there’s something about working on this newsletter and its big sister, our Engaged magazine, that tickles…

A Wonderful 'Experience'

We had the pleasure of meeting so many lovely brides on Sunday at our Wedding Experience expo — some nervous and outwardly anxious about planning, others relaxed and floating on cloud nine. Our very own bridal show went wonderfully — it made me wish I was a bride again (maybe we’ll renew our vows for our tenth?).Wedding Cocktail Design kept…