Photo credit: Roger Williams Park Zoo.

6/30 Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts

Why: Take a ride on the wild side! Attend an adults-only bash at the zoo featuring mouth-watering specialties from area restaurants, caterers and bars. Plus, enjoy live music, dancing and more. Proceeds support Roger Williams Park Zoo’s education and wildlife conservation programs. Party animals must be twenty-one and older to attend.
Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence.
More info: 785-3510, rwpzoo.org.

Jun
20
Wed
World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum

Embark on an adventure in to the big wide world of music! Experience music from around the globe, feel the vibrations in the air, explore materials and create your own musical instrument.

PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Art League Rhode Island 2018 Annual Meeting @ Providence Art Club
Jun 20 @ 4:30 pm
Art League Rhode Island 2018 Annual Meeting @ Providence Art Club

Art League Rhode Island will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Providence Art Club on June 20, which will feature Guest Speakers Michael Townsend and Leah Smith from The Tape Art Crew, inventors of the public art movement Tape Art. The artists use tape as a primary medium for creating large-scale drawings and installations. Originating in Providence, RI, where the Tape Art Crew installed its first tape art, The Great Roller Coaster Crash, this evolving group of artists has created over 500 murals and thousands of smaller drawings on walls around the globe.

Their artwork is intended to be temporary, and regardless of the length of time each piece takes to create, the work is removed within 24 hours of completion.
The Tape Art Crew designs murals using Drawing Tape, a low-adhesive paper tape specifically manufactured to be removed from almost any surface without damaging such surfaces or leaving a residue behind. They work on diverse material such as wood, cement, brick, metal, glass, stucco and plaster.

The Tape Art Crew’s 2015 mural for Art Prize is featured in the award-winning documentary More Art Upstairs, which explores the question of who should determine what is good art, in an art competition, when the public has the opportunity to vote for the winner. The documentary had screenings in 2017 at the Hot Docs Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival, and Naples International Film Festival.

Seeking excellence in the arts, Art League Rhode Island fosters participation in and appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities for growth and encouragement of artists. In furtherance of their mission, ALRI has partnered with local art museums, RISD, Rhode Island College, The VETS Foundation, Providence Art Club, New England Foundation for the Arts, and many other artistic, educational, and philanthropic organizations.

The 2018 ALRI Annual Meeting will be held June 20 at the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas St., Providence, RI. Registration and Reception, Cocktails and refreshments, 4:30 p.m., business meeting, 5:15 p.m., and guest speakers, Michael Townsend and Leah Smith, from The Tape Art Crew at 6:15 p.m.

Free for ALRI Members • Non-members $20.
Seating is limited • RSVP required by June 9 – artleagueri@gmail.com
Artwork courtesy of The Tape Art Crew. Visit tapeart.com

Featured: 2015 The Grand Rapids Tape Drawing, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jun
21
Thu
Betty Harrington to present ‘Blackgreywhite’ in group exhibit at IMAGO Gallery @ Imago Gallery
Jun 21 all-day
Betty Harrington to present ‘Blackgreywhite’ in group exhibit at IMAGO Gallery @ Imago Gallery

Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will feature artwork by IFA artist Betty Harrington and guest artists Deb Ehrens and Jesse Thompson as part of a group exhibit June 14 through July 22 at IMAGO Gallery on 36 Market Street in Warren. The public is invited to a free reception on Friday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m.

Harrington will present recent artworks, completed in a variety of black and white media, which she calls, “Blackgreywhite.” She says, “I have always loved the infinite range of marks, textures, and tones made possible by rubbing charcoal across a piece of blank white paper. This thought led me to the decision that a mix of recent artworks could be viewed as my interpretation of ‘drawing’ on a blank gallery wall.”

An interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown throughout the northeast, Harrington is a founding IFA member. She started painting in 1961 and was self-taught until moving to Rhode Island in 1972, where she started taking continuing education classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She graduated from the Resumed Undergraduate Education Program at Brown University in 1992 and has been a full-time artist ever since.

For Ehrens, what began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on her grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. Her artwork for this exhibit, which she calls “Adrift,” consists of still life photographs of plant ephemera she placed in the ripples and small rapids of woodland streams, creating imagery that is lyrical and contemplative. She learned the basics of black-and-white photography as an adjunct to her early career as a journalist, and more recently has studied with Harold Ross, Dan Burkholder, Alison Shaw, Ron Wilson, and taken classes at RISD and Maine Media College. Ehrens is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Center and exhibiting member of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts.
Thompson will exhibit an eight-foot long panel drawing called “Fruit Sellers,” based on the intricate fruit and vegetable stand set up by W.C. Fruits & More along Westminster Street in Providence, RI, just outside Joe’s Meat Market. The fruit shop appeared to him as an elaborate and dynamic still life set up. Some days he would sit and draw the shop, hoping to represent not an accurate, but an emotionally accurate sense of the overwhelmingly interesting and beautiful experience of shopping at and looking at the fruits and vegetable stand.

Originally from New Jersey, Thompson graduated from RISD’s Masters in Sculpture Program in 2007, and established a studio in Providence for a decade, where he made his sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Since moving to Singapore, he has been teaching drawing, illustration, anatomy and animation at The Nanyang Technological University’s Art Media and Design school and developing new directions in his art-making practice.

Other IMAGO artists who will participate in the exhibit include Eileen Siobhan Collins, Mary Dondero, Carl Keitner, Pascale Lord, Yolanda Mazzoni, Linda Megathlin, Rina Naik, Kol Naylor, Mercedes Nuñez, Maria Rodriguez, Anne Marie Rossi, Lenny Rumpler, Howard Rotblat-Walker and Howard Windham.

The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission.

Regular gallery hours are Thursday from 4-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Intersection of Art, Science and Medicine @ hode Island State Council on the Arts Atrium Gallery
Jun 21 all-day
The Intersection of Art, Science and Medicine @ hode Island State Council on the Arts Atrium Gallery

Art League Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will open the third Annual Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorder  Symposium, sponsored by the Warren Alpert Medical School, the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital and the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation, on June 15, with a new juried exhibition: The Intersection of Art, Science and Medicine, featuring two and three-dimensional artwork that illustrates the transformative manifestations of neurometabolic and connective tissue disorders. On display will be chosen pieces of interpretive artistic renderings by individual artists.

This integrative exhibit is the vision of Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD, Director of the Annual CSF Symposium, and the second year for this collaborative effort between ALRI and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, together with the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. Of the exhibit, Dr. Klinge, a Rhode Island neurosurgery specialist, says “I am very excited that the Brown CSF Symposium will again kick-off with a gathering of artists and medical professionals to frame and picture health problems in neurosciences. The arts exhibition will be an important step toward a new dimension in medical science, where artists will enhance the understanding and the approach to complex and challenging diseases, such as disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid.”

The exhibition will be held at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill in Providence beginning June 11 through July 13. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, June 15, from 6–8:00 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum

Embark on an adventure in to the big wide world of music! Experience music from around the globe, feel the vibrations in the air, explore materials and create your own musical instrument.

PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Fresh Air Fun: Solar Printmaking @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fresh Air Fun: Solar Printmaking @ Providence Children's Museum

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the start of summer! Use recycled materials to make collages on special paper that reveal your design when left in the sun. Get out and play in The Children’s Garden each Thursday afternoon this summer.

The Art of Race @ RISD Museum
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Center for Reconciliation Program Director and Curator, Elon Cook and RISD Museum Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Laurie Brewer, for a special opportunity to explore and discuss the racial history of costumes and textiles in the RISD museum’s collection.

There is limited space for this program. Please RSVP to hold your spot. If you are RSVPing for more than one person please fill out a separate registration for each person with their name. If you have any questions please email us at info@cfrri.org.

This event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Please note that all donations go toward ensuring that the Center for Reconciliation can continue hosting public programs that are open to all.