to Oct 24

SSG Art Workshop Series :: Ceramics with John Warfel

Ceramics: hand building and extruding workshop with gallery member John Warfel at his home studio! All materials and Raku firing included for this two day workshop

Wednesday October 23 from 3:30-5:30 and Thursday October 24 from 3:30-5:30.

$50 per student- please email Paige at heartspacebi@gmail.com to sign up! *** SIGN UPS REQUIRED, Please and Thanks!

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to Nov 14

SSG Art Workshop Series :: Pit-Fired Ceramics with John Warfel

Gallery member John Warfel continues his ceramics tutorials with this second workshop he is offering this fall! Once again, come to his home studio to learn ceramics and an introduction to pit-firing (versus the typical kiln-firing process).

Tuesday November 12, Wednesday November 13, and Thursday November 14 from 3:30-5:30 each day.

Cost is $40 per student (covers all materials and firing)

Please email Paige at heartspacebi@gmail.com to sign up ***SIGN UPS REQUIRED, please and thanks!

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to Dec 5

SSG Art Workshop Series :: Slab Construction Ceramics with John Warfel

Once again, John Warfel is offering his third workshop in this season of the SSG Art Workshop Series. Come visit at his home studio to learn the basics of ceramic slab construction.

Tuesday December 3, Wednesday December 4 and Thursday December 5 from 3:30-5:30 each day.

$40 per student (covers materials and firing) ***SIGN UPS REQUIRED, please and thanks! Email Paige at heartspacebi@gmail.com to sign up!

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Cindy Wilson

Cindy Horovitz Wilson Exhibition

For Immediate releasePhotographer and former Block Island resident Cindy Horovitz Wilson is the guest artist at the Spring Street Gallery September 21-October 14, 2019. The artist’ reception is Saturday September 21, from 5-7 PM.

Cindy will show “Block Island: My Yesterdays and Today”, a selection of black and white photograhs taken on Block Island from 1985 to 2019.

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Ted Merritt and Enid Braun and Class

Block Island Plein Air 2019 will show pastel paintings by seven artists from a five-day landscape workshop organized by Brooklyn artist/instructor Enid Braun. The group spends each day painting a different view or location on the Island in an intensive workshop that includes critiques and field lunches. This is the third year Braun has organized the workshop on Block Island, and the third time Spring Street Gallery has welcomed them in an exhibit of some of the work as a one-day pop-up show.

Enid Braun uses urban and nature landscape imagery in mixed-media drawing, pastel, and oil. She currently teaches private figure drawing classes in her Brooklyn studio and pastel and drawing classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She was a visiting artist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and was awarded a pastel fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Pratt Institute. Check out her website for more information.


Ted Merritt will launch his annual art show at the Spring Street Gallery on Saturday, September 14 with a wine and cheese opening party from 5-7pm . All are invited .He will share space with Enid Braun and her art students. Cameron Greenlee will entertain on the keyboard.

It is at this opening reception that Ted will debut his new book,” My Love, My Art and Block Island.” The book is how Ted sees Block Island through his poetry and art. Metaphorically, the book’s cover is of a painting of Crescent Beach with its seagull “guardians”.

Islanders are familiar with Ted’s interest in maritime painting and his support for various Block Island sailing organizations.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his book and his paintings will go to various community organizations, including:

Block Island Community Sailing

The Block Island Club

The Block Island Yacht Club

Of special interest in the show include paintings of Town Beach which are actually photos taken by Ted and enhanced with acrylic paint. They are printed on fine art paper and overpainted with quality acrylic paint. It is a very interesting technique and often difficult

Ito tell whether one of his paintings is an enhanced photo or an acrylic original!

The show will also feature several large gallery wrap maritime acrylic paintings such as the one shown below. They all highlight value differences in color so common to the Block Island maritime environment.

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Lisa Sprague

Lisa Sprague (Blue Moon Creations of Block Island) will be the featured guest artist at the Spring Street Gallery with an opening reception of her show “Sanctuary In Sacred Space” on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 5-7 PM with (weather permitting) music by Jayme Hennessy. The show runs through Friday September 20, 2019.

This exhibit will feature a collection of photos that evoke a sense of peacefulness and place, and observations that encourage the viewer to stop, breathe and examine parts of life that may be overlooked.

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Claire Marschak

Claire Marschak to exhibit oil paintings titled “SKY + SURF + EARTH” at the Spring Street Gallery August 17th -30th.

This is Claire’s first solo show at the gallery and she is excited to share new works exploring the basic elements of clouds, water, and land. While attending a workshop in Farnese, Italy she produced works on paper and canvas with images of the Tuscan hills and countryside. Also on display are a series of seascapes painted on linen and wood panels using fewer colors and heavy brushwork.

Claire studied Industrial Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Philadelphia College of Art. She is a member of the Block Island Artists Guild, Wickford Art Associaton, and Warwick Museum of Art. Also an avid art teacher, she gives classes at the gallery and in her West Warwick, RI Studio. Visit ClaireMarschak.com to see more work and class schedules.

Claire welcomes you to the opening reception Saturday August 17 from 5-7pm. She will also be hosting a gallery talk and painting demo on Wednesday August 21 from 3-5pm at Spring Street Gallery.

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Leah Robinson & Jamie Marie Rose

Jamie and Leah have appreciated each other’s artistic works and talked of having a painting show together for many years. Both artists are inspired by island seascapes and landscapes and through the process of painting express an intimate connection with the places they love. Together, they have also created beautiful wedding floral designs for Jamie’s floral business, La Bella Rose on Block Island.

Leah Robinson’s watercolor paintings reflect the spirit of Block Island and present details of contemporary daily life in a place abundant with historic charm. Leah is in love with watercolor and has been blessed to have lived on Block Island for 8 years seasonally. Where a ride to work or a bowl of cereal is an inspiration.   

Jamie Marie Rose is a painter, a poet and a floral designer inspired by the natural and authentic beauties of Block Island where she has lived her whole life. Her plein air oil paintings reflect her love of old Block Island and obsession with islands around the world.

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Jerry Powers

There’s something undeniably exhilarating and beautiful about a passing storm. The barometer drops, the air gets still and then the wind rises, rain comes and then clears. Maybe the excitement comes from a sense of disaster avoided, and in this time of climate change, we’ve all become more aware of the lethal power of nature. Human nature has it’s stormy elements too, and we certainly live in a tempestuous period.

The deformity of the trees and the erosion of the bluffs at Rodman’s hollow, on the south end of the island, testify to unrelenting natural forces, and the existence of the island itself, part of a glacial moraine, is the result of even greater force over a longer time. Walking around the island with a camera or paintbox, I think of how amazing it is to be able to experience this moment in this place. It seems that the storms that don’t kill us make us stronger and more appreciative.

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Tom McAleer

On the fifth anniversary of his passing, Spring Street Gallery will host the colorful works of Thomas “Mac” McAleer.

An en plein air painter, Mac was an avid artist of classic New England coastal scenes. His work embodies the same level of whimsy and unending playfulness for which he was famously known while on this Earth.

The opening reception will be from 5-7p on July 27th and the show will run until August 9th.

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Sharon Lehman

Sharon Lehman’s “Block Island Reflections” at Spring Street Gallery

Join us from 5 to 7 PM on Saturday, July 20th for the opening of Sharon Lehman’s newest works celebrating nostalgic Block Island images.

“I have always been captivated by the dramatic views, old buildings and rolling hills with ocean views, hidden ponds and stone walls of Block Island. The ability to share this through my paintings is tremendously satisfying,” Sharon said.

New works, predominantly in watercolor, will illustrate Lehman’s sentimental treatment of everyday life on Block Island.

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Tom Kalb

Tom Kalb is presenting his black & white photography silver gelatin prints at the Spring Street Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday July 6 from five to seven PM. The exhibit is entitled “What I really meant to see”, with images from The Maze, the network of meandering woodland and shoreline trails down Corn Neck. Tom works entirely with film, not digital processing, relying on an old Pentax 6x7 medium format camera to produce 120mm negatives that he develops in his attic on Block Island, and then spent a big chunk of winter in the darkroom facilities at the International Center of Photography in New York to create the final images. By being in control of the image making process from exposure, development, print and toning treatments, Tom hopes to shepherd and nurture the mood and experience of those dawn and early evening walks through the serene landscape when the light is dappled and low. Each of the technical choices along the way to producing these images were made with the hope to preserve a tonal softness and ethereal texture to match that mood. The final product offers a dreamlike quality and may suggest a biomorphism that is not entirely unintended. The frames were stained and finished by the artist to harmonize to the gentle mid-tonal hue of the prints. A catalog accompanies the exhibit, with image duotone reproductions and interspersed essays that muse on the creative notions that propelled the work.

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Leigh Klonsky

“Long After Me” at Spring Street Gallery makes art from trash

Leigh Klonsky’s first exhibition on Block Island, “Long After Me,” features two bodies of work, the Beach Trash Series and the Tree Bags Series, both addressing human consumption, waste and the natural world. The opening reception is Saturday June 29th from 5-7 pm at the Spring Street Gallery.

Klonsky first developed her work for the Beach Trash Series during the summer of 2018 as an artist-in-resident at Mazie De Mar, Kristin Baumann's salon on High Street. “The landscape here on Block Island is so strikingly beautiful. When I see trash on the beach, in the dunes, it’s very disorienting. It’s one thing to see garbage when I walk out my apartment door in Brooklyn, it’s another when I’m taking a walk at Scotch Beach.” Klonsky collected trash and embroidered the bits of plastic and metal to textiles. The collages recall the natural environment, while being constructed from man-made waste.

Klonsky will also be showing a selection from an ongoing series of photographs of plastic bags in trees. These images are of a related theme; transforming the way we see waste. The images ask the viewer, can there be beauty in a toxic object? Although Klonsky made these photographs in New York City, the images are relevant to the conversations concerning plastic waste and its impact on the island.

“Bigger systemic changes must happen to stop climate change and extinction, but sometimes it feels like the only thing you can do is one small act. Making art about trash helps me engage in the conversation around personal responsibility and the environment, helps me examine my role as a guest on the Island, and in some tiny way makes me feel like I’m doing less harm by offering some visual joy.”

Long After Me is up from June 29 through July 17.

The Spring Street Gallery is located at 105 Spring Street, open daily from 11am to 6pm.

For more information, contact:

Leigh Klonsky leighbklonsky@gmail.com 347-244-0985

Spring Street Gallery 401-466-5374

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Story Time at the Gallery

Thursday, June 27th at 11AM is the kick-off to our "Read Around the Block" Pop-up Storytime series for the summer! We will be at the Spring Street Gallery this week, and will continue traveling to different locations throughout the summer (except for the 4th of July!). Our location schedule is posted on our website (www.islandfreelibrary.org) and in the library. We had so much fun last year, Jami and I are so excited to hit the road again this year to bring reading into the community!

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to Jun 21

Creative By Nature :: Week of events honoring BI, art and conservation

6/15: Opening Reception from 5-7 :: Live music, guest artists and specially made pieces by gallery members! Portions of profits donated to local conservation groups of artists choice

6/17: Community Art Installation, all day! :: Come leave your mark on our community mural!

6/18: Photography Walk @ Hidge Property at 9 :: Walk led by Scott Comings of the Nature Conservancy and Grace Luddy and Keith Lang of the Spring Street Gallery; Rain plan- meet at the gallery for a discussion on ones creative inspiration!

6/19: Film Night starting @ 7 :: Andy Goldsworthy film “Leaning Into The Wind” shown in the gallery- many thanks to Josh from Soundwaves for assisting us!

6/20: Plein Aire drawing class @ 2 :: Join gallery member Claire Marschak for a plein aire drawing class- meet at the gallery and walk to the Ocean View Foundation; Rain plan-drawing class in the gallery and on our porch @ 3

6/21: Closing Ceremonies from 5-7 :: Join us on the solstice for the closing ceremonies of Creative by Nature- live music by Kat McLaughlin, refreshments, “reveal” of our community mural and much more! Last chance to see the wonderful work that created this amazing show!

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SSG Art Workshop Series

Seaweed Pressings

Join Spring Street Gallery guest artist Mary Chatowsky Jameson as she leads us in a study on the seaweed that surrounds us. We will start the class by foraging for various seaweed specimens and then return to the gallery to press our findings into collaged works of art. Visit Mary’s website www.saltwaterstudio.biz to see examples of her work. Not only has she shown at the gallery but is also a regular at the various arts and crafts fairs on the island throughout the summer. Cost of this class is $45 and includes transportation to foraging and all materials. We need a minimum of 4 students to hold this course so please email heartspacebi@gmail.com to sign up or feel free to sign up through the contact information on our website!

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to Apr 7

Photography Workshop Retreat w/ Cindy Wilson

**Cindy Wilson is the contact person for sign ups but portions of this workshop will take place at the Spring Street Gallery and we fully endorse this course**

I invite you to share my love of photography and Block Island for a three day workshop, April

5, 6 &, 2019. For this event, I have secured a private home on the island for visitors (islanders

will want the comfort of their own beds), scrumptious catered meals and an itinerary full of

lessons and on site photography.

In this workshop you will learn black and white settings on your camera, seeing light, shadow

and tones in black and white, the use of black and white as metaphor and the post processing

steps necessary to process a well crafted black and white image.

Cost per person with lodging and meals $675

Cost per person for tuition alone $275

Included in the tuition:

Lessons, on-site instruction, discussion and critique

For visitors: lodging in a private home, mouth watering catered meals, transportation

Meals are also available to island photographers

What you need to bring:

A camera capable of photographing in RAW mode

A laptop computer with software for RAW conversion (optional)

The workshop is limited to 10 people

Registration is on a first come first served basis

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SSG Art Workshop Series: Camera to Computer

Digital Photography from Camera to Computer: An Introduction to Digital Photography

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Spring Street Gallery, Block Island

In this full day workshop, we first explore the camera menus and settings and digital terminology in the classroom.

The classroom experience will be followed by an in the field walkabout to practice our newfound knowledge.

In the afternoon, we will introduce the editing program ‘Photoshop Elements’. We will go through the workflow of downloading, enhancing and resizing images taken by students.

This class is designed for the beginning digital photographer or as a refresher course. All cameras welcome!

Date: Saturday November 3, 2018

Time: 8:30-4:30 with a break for lunch

Place: The Spring Street Gallery

Tuition: $150

Class is limited to 8 students

Register through Spring Street Gallery or contact Paige Gaffett (heartspacebi@gmail.com)

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SSG Art Workshop Series

Tonal Painting Class


Join gallery member Claire Marschak to create this tonal dune and seascape painting.

We work with a limited palette and a variety of tools so it's a fun introduction to oil painting.

All supplies included and all levels welcomed. Cost is $30 

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to Oct 23

SSG Art Workshop Series

Pit Fire Pottery Class

Come join Gallery member John Warfel in this 4 part class. It will be 10/15, 10/16, 10/22 and 10/23 3PM-5PM each day (Please don’t let the start/end times above mislead you!) at John’s home studio. It is $30 per student (for all 4 days- not per day) and each student will have all of the materials provided to create their own hand-built ceramics and participate in pit-firing the pottery.

While we are calling this an “all ages class”, be aware there is a very important fire element involved so be prepared. Also, please be ready to get a little dirty.

Email springstreetgallerybi@gmail.com or contact Paige at heartspacebi@gmail.com to sign up!

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SSG Art Workshop Series


Indigo dying class taught by Liz (The Traveling Seamstress!) at the Spring Street Gallery. This course is $25 and includes all materials and tutorial on how to dye fabric with indigo and at the end you will leave with your own hand-dyed material! Email to sign up: heartspacebi@gmail.com or through our the Spring Street Gallery Website.

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SSG Art Workshop Series

Low Light Photography Workshop

Don't miss this great opportunity to photograph inside the hidden spaces of the Southeast Light!  You will learn low light photography techniques practice long exposure photography while creatively interpreting interior spaces. 

Cindy Wilson will be your hands-on instructor to assist you in seeing and capturing unique images in this very historic and challenging environment. 

Bring your tripod!  All levels of photographers are welcome.

Thursday September 27, 2018, 12-4 PM

Place: The Southeast Light, Block Island

Tuition: $95

Maximum 8 students

Cindy Wilson will lead this course, assisted by gallery coordinator Paige Gaffett. 


*a portion of the cost per student will be donated to the Southeast Light

For more info and to sign up please contact springstreetgallerybi@gmail.com or call, email or text Paige or the Spring Street Gallery

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to Sep 21

SSG Art Workshop Series


Digital Photography from Camera to Computer with Cindy Wilson

Block Island Fall 2018

In these two-session classes, students will first learn about their cameras, their settings, exposure & composition in a classroom, then practice in a walkabout session.

Class two will be in the classroom, where work will be shared & students will learn the process of downloading images, sizing and the basics of image enhancements. 

The Next Step class will focus on more advanced techniques such as composition, creative metering, focus modes and raw capture.

This class is designed for the beginning digital photographer, or those wishing a refresher course.

Dates: September 20th and 21st, Thursday and Friday

email springstreetgallerybi@gmail.com to sign up and for more info

Place: Spring Street gallery

Day 1 


9AM -1 PM (basic class #1)

1:30-5:30 PM (the next step class 2)

Day 2 9-12 PM  (combined classes)

Tuition: $175 

Each class is limited to 8 students.

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SSG Art Workshop Series

Create your very own abstract expressionist painting. Michael Chapman will lead you through some techniques on visual form combined with layering color with texture. This exercise in painting will allow you freedom from conventional practices in visual art making.  

When: Thursday, September 19th
Time: 3-6pm

Cost: $45

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