PVDFest, Part 4: Visual Art
It's no surprise: PVDFest is a feast for the eyes.
Muralists, sculptors and very patient macrame artists: We did not forget about you. Over the last week, we’ve covered the best food, performance art and music at this week’s PVDFest (now through June 4). Today, we’re naming five visual art attractions that’ll make you stop, look and maybe even think a little bit.
- Where: 116 Orange St.
- The Details: You’ll have to hike over to the hinterlands of Downcity — might as well stop for a Fez burger, while you’re there — but this brand new mural is worth it. The work, by L.A.-based artist Andrew Hem, was commissioned by the public art nonprofit, the Avenue Concept, and was sponsored by PVDFest.
2. CITY MACRAME
- Where: 165 Washington St.
- The Details: Rhode Island’s own Michael Gabrielle had the artistic task of knotting a twenty- by thirty-foot macrame project that hangs from the Civic Center garage — adding a big dose of crafty charm to an otherwise lackluster building.
3. “CULTIVATE, THEN BLOOM”
- Where: 46 Aborn St.; 705 Westminster St.; 814 Hope St.; Snow Street
- The Details: These pretty floral wheat paste murals, created by Providence-based artist Rebecca Volynsky, will stick around through June 18. According to the artist’s website, “As experiences of joy and beauty often naturally fade but leave a positive impression — so do the intentions and physicality of these artworks.”
4. FOUNTAIN STREET HOOLIGANS
- Where: The Dean Hotel, Fountain Street
- The Details: Designer Kelly Knapp presents an interactive installation called the Tunnel ‘o’ Love. The parking lot also features a whimsical “kitsch lounge” and artwork by sculptor Todd Austin and painter Rebecca Volynsky.
5. PVD’S GALLERIES
- Where: AS220; Big Nazo; 100 Washington; Sol Koffler
- Here’s where we shame you into visiting your local galleries and (maybe!) buying some work by local artists. These spots are in the middle of the action: At AS220‘s Main Space on Empire Street, see Laura Weil’s “Memory Speak” and Katrina Cathcart’s “Ocean Treasures.” AS220’s Project Space, on Mathewson Street, features an installation by Shey Rivera, “La isla fantastic or Fantasy Island Church.” See where the Big Nazo creatures are made on the corner of Westminster and Clemence, or head over to 100 Washington St. for a show of small works by Providence-based painter, S.W. Dinge. On Weybosset Street, check out graduate exhibitions in RISD’s Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery.