An auspicious numerical figure, three is often a representation of balance, harmony, and completion. The newest exhibit at Gallery4 expresses the essence of these attributes with elegance and cohesion. The works of three bold contemporary artists, Ruth Hamill, Susan Strauss, and Harry Nadler are on display in a brilliant showcase of color and imagery under the wing of Gallery4. Amidst dazzling red rugs and decorative art within the centrally located gallery, TRIO: Texture, Stucture, Passion is a must-see this summer.
Coming together for the first time, the three artists represent a range of passionate expression. Ruth Hamill is a native of Massachusetts and blends various oil painting techniques with ancient ritual, infusing her landscape inspired paintings with historic reverence, volume, and graceful commotion. Susan Strauss has showcased at the Gallery before, but her evocative works are just as stunning the second time; washes of vibrant colors vibrate on the canvas giving viewers an emotional impression of movement and serenity. Lastly we gaze upon the late Harry Nadler‘s geometric masterpieces. His structured work varies greatly from the fluidity of the two surrounding female artists, yet the depth and intelligence of the paintings together provide ample congruence. Nadler’s beloved paintings along with Strauss and Hamill reminded us of the magnetism and seduction of lines, value, and color.
Come see for yourself at Gallery 4, 3848 Main Rd. Tiverton Four Corners, RI 02878.
The exhibit runs through September 7th 2014. For more information contact the gallery at 401-816-0999 or online www.gallery4tiverton.com
Looking for a great excuse to enjoy a summer evening outdoors? Here’s one for you: music and food on the lawn of the Meeting House. The Arts Center has officially kicked off the summer with the first of three Food Truck Concerts in Four Corners featuring local bands and delicious local food selections parked right on the the lawn.
During the first concert, The Little Compton Band and Smith& Weeden warmed the stage with a mutual rooted rock sound while the Z Food Truck served hungry patrons a healthful symphony of snacks, wraps, and salads. With blankets and chairs spread wide across the grass, it was hard to imagine a more leisurely place to enjoy the company of good friends.
Don’t miss the next two Food Truck Concerts coming up: Kate Grana & Friends on July 27th and Abbey Rhode on August 17th.
If you purchased a season pass be sure to cash in your discounts on ALL other concerts happening at the Arts Center through August. These concerts include THIS WEEKEND’s Bobbi Carrey & Will McMillan on July 12th and WindSync, on the lawn of the Meeting House on August 3rd.
Warm night air, amazing bands, and wholesome outdoor dining, it doesn’t get better than that. See you there!
It’s all happening at once! Get down to Tiverton Four Corners this Saturday JUNE 14th for 3 gallery openings featuring spectacular local art. Stop by for the day or just the evening and have a chance to meet the owners & artists behind these new galleries while enjoying the work and company of Rhode Island locals.
First stop: Sakonnet Collective, Grand Opening 6-9pm. Expect to find painting, sculpture, fine handmade furniture, live music, food, and wine at this first floor gallery opening adjacent to Milk and Honey Bazzaar in a brand new location at 3842 Main Road in Tiverton Four Corners. Run by resident artists Padraic Manning and Stephen Kinnane, the gallery blends the rustic and contemporary featuring mix-media paintings and tons of light. www.thesakonnetcollective.com
Next visit Kathrine Lovell at her Grand Opening from 6-9pm in her studio’s NEW location at 3895 Main Road in Tiverton. Taking up shop in the previous Donovan Gallery, Kathrine Lovell has transformed the space into an equally loyal sanctuary of canvas and paint. Expect to find acrylics, geometric and natural collages, and plenty of fresh flowers. Artist website www.klovell.com.
Last but not least wander past the Provender to Pantina Studio, also from 6-9 for its Grand Opening at 8 Neck Road where you’ll find Theresa Mowery’s collection of nature-inspired metal work blending together science and art. Learn her process and maybe take home a copper piece or two. The gallery also features fine wood furniture. More information at PatinaStudio.com.
Be sure to visit old friends at the rest of the Four Corners shops open all weekend long. The forecast for Saturday: SUNNY!
The rain held off this Saturday and the Garden and Herb Festival was a great success. Thanks to all that stopped by! Have a great long weekend and stay tuned for many NEW shops coming to Tiverton Four Corners.
If you haven’t heard about the Garden and Herb Festival, perk up your ears because this year’s celebration is going to be fantastic. Counting on now two decades of honoring spring’s bounty, Tiverton Four Corners will host the 20th annual Garden and Herb Festival on May 24th from 10-4 on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House.
This free, kid-friendly horticultural extravaganza will feature music, a petting zoo, pony rides, and popular local vendors offering everything from landscaping advice to raised bed garden kits, annuals & perennials, local art, treats, and the best tomato plants you will find for miles. Polly and her husband, who have a farm in Little Compton, have been running the Garden and Herb Festival in T4C for 20 years and they’re ready to celebrate!
“I love the Festival every year, but this year we are offering a special boxed lunch from Four Corners Grille and Carriage ride package. We wanted to something a little different since we are celebrating our 20th annual festival, but also wanted to keep with the feel of the historic village.”
Purchase a ticket for the lunch and carriage ride for only $15 and enjoy your choice of three locally-made sandwiches and a ride round the historic village. Kids will love the old-fashioned ride and you will too. The horse and carriage will be making stops around the village to drop people off and pick others up, so you can do some local shopping at your leisure. “The festival is really fun for all, there is something for everyone. It is in a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere.”
So mark your calendars and get your gardens ready for the best of this seasons pickings from Tiverton Four Corners.
The event takes place May 24th from 10am to 4pm rain or shine. See you there!
To purchase tickets for the boxed lunch and carriage ride and have your lunch waiting for you Saturday afternoon, click here.
“From 2012 to 2013 Rhode Island Artist, Nora Rabins, with help from a grant from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, researched and created colorful sails that would eventually be hoisted onto the 17th century Sherman Windmill at Newport Restoration Foundation’s Prescott Farm in Portsmouth Rhode Island. On May 19th 2013 with the public’s help, the beautifully painted sails were put in place onto the windmill which gave the mill the ability to run on wind power and grind corn for the first time since 1987.”
-History in Color Exhibit 2014
Nora Rabins was at the Meeting House in Tiverton Four Corners this past weekend for the opening of an exhibit showcasing the once aerial sails she conceptualized over year ago. The vibrant and graphic color blocks visually inspired by the Sherman Windmill represent, not only a dedicated artistic pursuit, but a an even longer history of a close relationship between man and machine.
The story of how the project came to be is a combination of serendipity, music, trial, error, hard work, and enthusiastic community support.
A background in furniture design and a M.F.A from RISD propelled this young artist into a world of big ideas, structures, materials, and space; some just as fantastical as the windmills she would soon adopt. “You have a vision that confronts reality. I knew this project was about not giving up,” she says.
Nora responded to an ad by the Newport Restoration Foundation looking for someone to make a sign for an upcoming exhibit. Being a “maker,” Nora, along with the help of a colleague, jumped into the project with eager eyes and able hands. That’s when she discovered the NRF’s windmill. “It was already its own thing. It had history. It was beautiful.” One thing led to another and pretty soon Nora had secured a residency with the NRF and had rigged up a loom inside the windmill that played music by stepping on the petals. No small feat.
Weaving song and history together soon gave rise to a new idea: Nora wanted to reenact the past in the present; she wanted to make this windmill turn. And so began Nora’s yearlong love affair with windmills. Her research went deep into their history and opened a world of colorful revelations about people past and present. “I fell in love with the ‘other’ Rhode Island,” she said referring to the more southern, “self-sustaining” cultures like Newport and Portsmouth.
Even more remarkable for Nora was the idea that windmills were a real means of communication. Wars, celebrations, messages, were all communicated through the turning of the mill. The disparity between modern technologies and the windmills was eye-opening, sobering, and enough to make Nora get out her paints.
Using airbrush paint, giant stencils, and sail cloth, Nora mimicked a windmill in the stencil design with the hopes they would bring to life the windmill that had been dormant since 1987. “We imagine the past was in black and white, but it was equally colorful as it is now,” she said of her choice to use bright yellows and blues for the design. “I wanted it to be modern. I didn’t want to just tell my story, it’s about real life.”
Nora overcame small bumps in the design process propelling her own artistic vision to one of maturity and perseverance, and an extra dose of artistic integrity. The windmill project received a lot of press and Nora did not shy away from the limelight, even through her most challenging days. “I wanted people to see the process. This is a problem to solve.”
Out of this display of history and dedication came a blossoming of connection and community support that Nora never saw coming, but nonetheless impacted her profoundly. Making friends was just the start; she now has invitations to build sails for real sail boats, and perhaps do an encore of the beautifully surreal windmill exhibit at Prescott Hall.
“Windmills were a gathering place. They brought people together,” she says. It is only fitting that the sails should now make their appearance in Tiverton’s The Meeting House. The cloth sails are hung magnificently inside the aptly named meeting place for an exhibit that Nora hopes will continue to unite people, communities, history, and time. “
We invite you to come gather for two more inspiring events featuring the work of Nora Rabins:
Wednesday March 5th 3 documentary short films reveal the process of Nora’s work; she will be present to answer questions.
Sunday March 9th celebrate the closing of the exhibit with a demonstration by Nora.
What’s on your list ToDo list this season? Getting a tree? Finding the right gift? Taking time to relax? Four Corners has you covered. Our small shops are brimming with ideas for you and your family this season, each to be accomplished at a leisurely pace.
If admiring Christmas lights is part of your holiday tradition, we invite you join Four Corners for an “up cycled” community event featuring non-traditional christmas trees all made from recycled materials. The free Re-Tree Event is December 14th from 4-6pm at the Meeting House in Tiverton Four Corners where they will announce contest winners! If you can’t make the date stop by anyway, the trees will stay up for viewing through January 4th.
Need some gift ideas? Tiffanny Peay was pictured with this beautiful necklace in the Herald News. Know someone who might like one? Any art lovers on your list? Galleries are a great place to go to find a beautiful and completely unexpected gift. Kathrine Lovell and Libby Gilpatric have open studios this month and the Donovan Gallery is having one last big sale before it closes its doors. Shopping online this year? Sue Freda Studios and other T4C boutiques now have on online retail stores!
photo by www.laurapreshong.com
A Holiday Sale for Tiverton Lovers! The Tiverton Historical Society will hold a gift sale on December 7th and 8th at the Chase-Cory House featuring jams, jellies, mugs, caps, collectable ornaments, and more.
The Winter Arts and Artisan Fair the 14th and 15th is a great excuse to get out with the girls and get inspired. This year you will find fine handmade clothing, sea glass jewelry, this lovely art made from old farmhouses, goodies to eat, and lots more!
Going to a party or having guests? Milk and Honey Bazaar make the holiday munchies worth it. Put your own basket of goodies together or have them make one for you!
Santa is coming to Four Corners! Cutie Curls consignment will host Santa himself from 10-2pm December 14th and 15th. Come by to take a picture with the big guy, do some free crafts, and look around at our favorite consignment store! You can even ride there in a horse and carriage!
Wherever your holiday season takes you, we hope you stop by our neighborhood to savor a community of relaxed and cheerful local shops.
From all of us at Tiverton Four Corners
Gallery owner Bob Smith got it right when he said the newest exhibit at Gallery4 is “a feast for the eyes.” The works featured at “6@4″ present a fascinating exploration of color, contrast, and form, palatable to the senses and pleasing to behold. The exhibit features six local artists: Joseph Edwards Alexander, Victoria McGeoch, Susan Strauss, Gedas Paskauskas, Mark Wholey, and Harry Nadler, each dynamic in their own right.
Harry Nadler –long represented at Gallery4, and nationally acclaimed– strikes a emotive chord as you enter left the exhibit with a wall-sized color abstraction, uncharacteristic of his usual geometric paintings, but equally, if not more, charged. Juxtaposed with more familiar geometric splices of color his paintings articulate strength, power, and mysticism entirely un-matched. Among his credits, Nadler’s work was showcased at the Louvre in 1972.
Tucked between canvases around the gallery is the sculpture work of Victoria McGeoch. Her bronze and iron figures capture familiar emotions with deep, muscular and poised human forms. Victoria combines an element of fashion into each sculpture, drawing on a combined passion for textiles and beauty of the natural landscape. Victoria is a resident of Little Compton.
Gedas Paskauskas likewise resides in Little Compton and makes his mark on the walls of Gallery4 with a series of stark and simplistic ink paintings, and a small selection of colorful oil paintings inspired by his travels. The paintings are clean, pure, and soothing.
Across the room, viewing the work of Joseph Edwards Alexander is like remembering a daydream; a surprise of vivid colors flood through acrylic brushstrokes with fervor and splendor. The gallery also represents a deviation from his bold abstractions, showcasing serene and light-filled New England scenes.
Sunny and spacious is the work of Susan Strauss. She masters the canvas with indefinite depth and lightness of color in a series of reflective oil paintings produced with a plain air technique. Her representation at this show has comes after a successful debut at Gallery4 last year and substantial involvement with important local arts communities.
But perhaps the most stunning is the work of Mark Wholey that greets visitors to this bold exhibit with a lighting bolt-like outdoor sculpture at the entrance to the gallery. “Hephastus” is a greek-inspired representation of the god of metallurgy, “composed, yet a bit spastic.” The work celebrates the capable emotion of metal and also of color; “violet is linked with the need to delve into hidden and obscure knowledge, it promotes the search into the meaning of life, ideals, and perfection.” Mark’s abstract sculpture work is also showcased indoors.
This summer 6@4 offers an exclusive chance to view powerful art amidst a tranquil rural landscape, and local art at that. 6@4 will be open July 5th through September 29th. For more information visit www.gallery4tiverton.com.
The Four Corners Arts Center has been busy this year, and their latest installment came boldly in the form of steel, making for a striking sculpture-park opening and offering poignant enthusiasm for the world of nature, sculpture, and poetry.
Staggered on the lawn of the Meeting House, muscular works of steel pose frozen amidst the trees in a deft combination of power and submission. A wolf, elk, deer, and porcupine stand juxtaposed in a shaded wood. These sculptures are the works of Wendy Klemperer, a Brooklyn based sculpture artist who has devoted her career to exploring the animal world and relationship of both beauty and beast. She found this most recent home for her work in the woodlands of Tiverton Four Corners where the landscape itself becomes part of the exhibit as it weaves through negative spaces in the work.
Wendy describes her animals as “raw, present, and absent,” all imagined with the potential for new life. But the process to create them begins in a junkyard. Wendy searches scraps for discarded pieces of workable metal to weld into sophisticated sculptures, transforming lifeless, tarnished metal into artistic splendor. Grand in posture and poise, her sculptures are both graceful and fierce and their presence is arresting.
Curator Kate Mullen found the space for this exhibit and likewise sparked the idea of mixing the sculpture with written word. She invited poet David O’Connell to create a poetic verse to accompany the exhibit. “It was my first on demand piece,” he said, but found a jolt of inspiration in the vocabulary of Wendy’s work. “Extricated,” he says was an unfamiliar word but eventually inspiring to his evocative poem. “Banished they Return to Us” weaves a story from multiple perspectives –the viewer and then eventually the animals themselves– capturing the essence of Wendy’s emotional art works: a transformation of something forgotten.
Kate Mullen wanted the exhibit to be accessible to children and adults alike, a vision come true as all ages gathered with fascination at the sculpture park opening. David O’Connell along with his wife will be offering a free poetry workshop for kids on August 6th.
You can view the sculpture exhibit anytime on the lawn of the Meeting House and also during the Four Corners Art’s Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration this August 18th at the Meeting House. Kid friendly, teenager approved, and grownup favored, this exhibit is worth a trip to Four Corners this summer.
How does a painter paint, and paint well? What are the methods, the tricks, and techniques? These were questions answered for Libby Manchester Gilpatric–lover of light, contrast, and color– when she dove into an inspiring academic career at Lyme Academy. Before then she had been an avid calligrapher and dabbled in watercolors, but it wasn’t until her move to New England that she endeavored to fulfill her dream of becoming a skilled oil painter. Learning under precise and diligent “American masters” she accomplished something great: a wealth of oil paintings, numerous awards, and now, her own studio in Tiverton Four Corners.
The small second-floor room on the corner of Main Road is a place of wonder. Cultured, gentle, and sultry, her realist paintings live on hand-stretched linen canvases bringing a home to spirited scenes from her imagination. Having traveled widely in her career and lifetime landscapes dominate her inspiration although, for Libby, subjects are always the most interesting. “I love to paint figures, it’s always based on something real for me,” she says. In her studio overlooking the small village you will discover a world of fishermen, hydrangeas, bedrooms, and corn fields. Her paintings range in size and appear in galleries around the state. Most recently, her work has received the worthy title “Best in Show” at the Little Compton Art Show.
Of all painting practices mastered and spontaneous, the most tantalizing for Gilpatric is the color play. As she explains, fundamental oil painting technique limits the painter to four or so colors, the basic earth tones found in nature. “I love mixing color, I find it very satisfying to mix those colors and see how many you can make.” One look at Gilpatric’s studio and you will realize her success: a world of colors dark, deep, rich, light, fresh, fragrant, and wonderful.
“Oil paintings go through transitions; the coloring acts differently and you can’t always control exactly how it will change overtime; It’s so forgiving.”
Now beginning her own artistic transformation, Libby has the pleasure of working with the most natural light in her studio career at this new Tiverton setting. “This is the purest light you can get,” she says motioning toward the natural light pouring from not two, but three large windows around the room. After spending the first weeks setting up the studio, she it ready to get to work, and visitors can be sure with this potent mixture of unblended light, experienced passion, and oil painting prowess they will find exceptional works of art here.
Libby is a member of the SouthCoast Artists Group. You can visit her in the studio at 3879 Main Rd. in Tiverton Four Corners anytime, or stop by her website or Facebook page for updates on her work. Libby is also offering private art lessons, call her at 401-440-3974 to make an appointment.