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.
Alice in Wonderland
Written by: Lewis Carroll
Directed by: Rachel Hanauer
117 Washington Street
June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 at 8 p.m.
June 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Alice plunges down the rabbit hole and becomes involved in that madcap and deliciously satiric series of adventures immortalized by Lewis Carroll. A kaleidoscope of action and madness, with the necessary elements of suspense and frustration to make it all work.
Starring: Jenna Petrarca, Joham Rosario, Katherine Kimmel, Selina Amargo, Stefan DiPippo, Jessica Gates, Shannon McMillan, Emerson McGrath, Elizabeth Nelson, Rose Peralta and Jonathan Sproule.
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.
An unusual exhibit of rare, early twentieth century hand-painted photographs of Lincoln’s Hearthside House (c.1810) will open on Sunday, June 24. “Color and Light” features more than forty photographs of Hearthside taken between 1907-1912, along with numerous antique artifacts from the photographer’s studio, and set in the historic house where the photographs were actually taken. The exhibit is an exciting blend of both history and art.
The exhibit showcases two photographers from Rhode Island, nationally-renowned David Davidson, and Rufus Waterman. Both of these talented photographers were influenced by Wallace Nutting, the leader of the hand-colored photography movement during the early twentieth century in which black-and-white photographs were colorized with watercolor paints. It was the beginning of “color photography.”
Another unusual aspect of this exhibit is the inclusion of numerous artifacts that belonged to Davidson such as his box-style camera that was used to take the photographs, cases, greeting cards, actual table used in coloring the photographs, several photographs in various stages of being colored, the Davidson Studios sign that hung outside his Providence business, and the 150-year old shawl worn by Mrs. Davidson in his photographs taken at Hearthside. Also shown are the Bronze Medal that Davidson received at the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco, as well as rare pictures he took of Siksika Indians on their reservation taken during his trip to Glacier National Park in 1914.
Davidson was so popular by the 1920s that Shepard’s Department Store in Providence set aside an entire room for the display of those for sale. There was hardly a wedding or bridal shower in New England that did not include a Davidson photograph as a gift.
Costumed interpreters provide information to visitors during tours through the house and exhibit. General admission is $10, $5 ages ten through seventeen, members and children nine and under free. Last admission at 3 p.m.
The exhibit remains on display throughout the summer, with additional public openings on July 22 and August 26.
A special presentation is scheduled to take place at Lincoln’s Summer Celebration at Chase Farm Park on July 22 by Michael Pellegrino, an avid collector and expert on early 20th century hand-colored photographs, especially of David Davidson’s work.
Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Greenway across from 345 South Water St. in downtown Providence! The Flea runs every Sunday rain or shine through September 9 (Fall Markets on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, and 21). The Flea features live music, seventy plus local vintage vendors, artisans and indie makers, food trucks and community nonprofits.
Free and free on-street parking.
Accepting vendors, nonprofits and local musicians throughout the summer at providenceflea.com.
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.”
This four-week class offers a great opportunity for adults and seniors to let go of their every day worries and explore and experiment with their creative expression. Instructor Patty Martucci will lead participants through a new intuitive painting exercise each week. Leave your stress behind and join in on some pure creative fun.
Enjoy books, songs, activities, rhymes and more while building early literacy skills and fostering a lifelong love for learning. This story time will offer parents, caregivers and children reading techniques and new ideas about how interact with a museum.
Explore the museum before or after, make new friends, and enjoy twenty percent discount in the shop!
All are welcome, intended for ages one through five with caregiver.
Please visit website for more information.
Daily Narrated ninety-minute cruises of Narragansett Bay viewing ten lighthouses, ten islands, waterfront mansions and famous Newport Harbor. Reservations highly recommended. Departs from Quonset Point, North Kingstown. Sunset Cruises every Friday and Saturday. Free dockside parking. 401-295-4040 or visit www.rhodeislandbaycruises.com.
Dorcas International is so excited to invite you to its free first annual Welcoming Rhode Island Festival this summer!
Dorcas International’s annual World Refugee Day has transformed into the Welcoming RI Festival to include its Student Recognition Ceremony and to further embrace diversity in the Ocean State. This free, family-friendly community event welcomes everyone to celebrate culture and ancestry during Immigrant Heritage month.
There will be food, live music and performances, kids’ activities, games and more at the Roger Williams Park Casino.