Things To Do in January

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • Hit up Monster Jam, go skating by the sea and sip brews with your favorite falcons in your January Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Jan
22
Wed
Winter Drawing Class @ Bristol Art Museum
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Drawing Class @ Bristol Art Museum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Winter Drawing Class with Joanne Murrman

Wednesdays, January 8- 29 | 10 a.m. – noon

$120 BAM Members | $130 Non-Members

This class will focus on different drawing techniques and observational skills in drawing. A variety of materials will be covered.

Topics will include drawing of still-life, drawing from photographs and figure work.

Personal styles and interests will be encouraged.

Jan
23
Thu
Warwick Center for the Arts Artist Member Show Opening Reception @ Warwick Center for the Arts
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for Warwick Center for the Arts Artist Member Show Opening Reception on Thursday, January 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. This exhibit will highlight our artist members and their unique individual styles. Meet the artists and view their works in such mediums as drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, photography, textiles, jewelry and more! Opening receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Jan
26
Sun
Opening Receptions @ Providence Art Club
Jan 26 all-day
Opening Receptions @ Providence Art Club | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join the Providence Art Club on Sunday, January 26 from 2-4 pm for the opening receptions of three exciting new exhibitions.

On view in Maxwell Mays Gallery:
Susan Heuck Allen, Sally Barker, and Kelly McCullough

On view in the Mary Castelnovo Gallery:
All Weems: Off The Wall

On view in the Dodge House Gallery:
Patricia Allen and Nancy Godfray

These exhibitions will continue through Friday, February 14. The galleries of the Providence Art Club are always free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Regular gallery hours are weekdays 12-4 pm, weekends 2-4 pm, and by appointment. For more information about any of these shows please contact gallery manager Michael Rose at 401-331-1114 ext. 5.

Book Groupies @ Newport Art Museum
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Book Groupies at the Newport Art Museum is a monthly book meeting where we talk about the book we read and share art inspired by the book. After the last meeting in May there will be a showcase at the museum of all the work created. For our first meeting, We will be reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Don’t forget to bring the art you make or a picture of the art!

Valley Talks: Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey @ Museum of Work & Culture
Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm
Valley Talks: Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey @ Museum of Work & Culture | Woonsocket | Rhode Island | United States

Valley Talks, a series of free historical lectures, continues on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:30pm, at the Museum of Work and Culture.

Rhode Island International Film Festival Executive Director George Marshall will present Mischief Managed: A Cinematic Journey. The talk will focus on how a small idea to bring foreign films to a Rhode Island audience transformed over a thirty-eight year journey, resulting in a non-profit arts organization with an international reputation. Since its inception, RIIFF has screened nearly 5,500 independent films for more than 450,000 film lovers and has received more than 68,000 entries from around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to view one such film, “A Sister,” the 2019 festival winner for best live action short.

Marshall is the founder and producing director of Flickers, the Newport Film Society and Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization which produces the acclaimed Rhode Island International Film Festival, a BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards qualifier, as well as a qualifier for the Academy Awards short films categories. Marshall teaches mass media communications, film studies, television, field production, digital newsgathering, public speaking, and acting for camera courses at various colleges and universities throughout the area.

Seating is limited to seventy-five and is first-come, first-served.

Jan
27
Mon
Art Exhibit – “Water, Water, Everywhere” @ Bristol Art Museum
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Exhibit - "Water, Water, Everywhere" @ Bristol Art Museum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

A group exhibit on view January 10 – February 23.
Featuring artworks by Rose Esson Dawson, Mary Ellen Dwyer, Ellen Ferrin, Susan Fossati, Priscilla Foley Blackman, Kathy Hodge, Josh Leonti, Dora Atwater Millikin, R. Douglass Rice, Leah Yao, and Erma Wheeler.
– Highlighting selected paintings by Rhode Island artist Kathy Hodge. These works were created during her numerous artist residencies in America’s national parks.
-Curator’s notes. This exhibition seeks to draw attention to our coastal environment through artwork that is either about water or created from water-based material. As a whole, the exhibit reflects the many relationships we have with our marine environment. Viewers will encounter artwork that expresses the artists’ emotional understanding of or connection they have to the ocean, its force, its creatures, illusions and its myths. This is an exhibit of painting, ceramic, and mixed media, with styles ranging from illustrative and realistic to abstract. Curated by Mary Dondero

Museum Hours: Thurs – Sun, 1 – 4 pm

Jan
28
Tue
Painting Landscapes with Acrylics with Christine Mullen @ Bristol Art Museum
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Painting Landscapes with Acrylics with Christine Mullen @ Bristol Art Museum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

This class is for students who would like to learn how to paint with acrylics, or learn new skills to make your paintings better. Acrylic paints are very versatile and a great choice for beginning painters. You will learn how to mix color schemes that “work” and create interesting original compositions. You will experiment with several different painting mediums for thinning or thickening your paints. I will demonstrate a variety painting techniques which will enable each person to progress at his or her own rate.

Jan
29
Wed
Winter Drawing Class @ Bristol Art Museum
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Drawing Class @ Bristol Art Museum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Winter Drawing Class with Joanne Murrman

Wednesdays, January 8- 29 | 10 a.m. – noon

$120 BAM Members | $130 Non-Members

This class will focus on different drawing techniques and observational skills in drawing. A variety of materials will be covered.

Topics will include drawing of still-life, drawing from photographs and figure work.

Personal styles and interests will be encouraged.

Feb
1
Sat
Urban Wildlife Workshop @ Sprout CoWorking
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Urban Wildlife Workshop @ Sprout CoWorking | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Creature Conserve and The Gallery at Sprout CoWorking invite artists to attend a workshop on how to make science more accessible and understandable, using urban ecology as the unifying theme. All skill levels are welcome. Limited to twenty. Registration Fee: $30. Register: https://www.creatureconserve.com/urban-wildlife-workshops-2020. Artists are invited to submit artwork for a juried exhibit, “Urban Wildlife in Rhode Island: Learning To Co+Exist” planned for the Gallery at Sprout CoWorking in Providence for the month of April in celebration of Earth Day. Please visit www.creatureconserve.com/exhibit-entry-form to enter your work for the exhibit. The submission deadline is February 1.

Foundations in Gardening: Small Gardens for Big Enjoyment @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm
Foundations in Gardening: Small Gardens for Big Enjoyment @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Are you reconsidering the size of your garden or thinking of simplifying your garden space? This class will focus on basic garden principles applied to small spaces to maximize your garden enjoyment. Small gardens can be both beautiful and functional: from creating a mini wildlife sanctuary to expressing dynamic tastes to providing a space for relaxation. Learn from Gail’s photo visits to friend’s gardens – discover how they enjoy their small gardens in a big way.