These three friends have been visiting Block Island and being inspired by the island for years and finally a chance encounter and conversation at the gallery last season culminated in the showing of their combinations of painting and ceramics. Please join us in welcoming these new guest artists!
Longtime gallery member and painter Ted Merritt will have his new paintings on display and has been kind enough to share his reception evening with our returning guest Enid Braun who teaches a plein aire class on BI every September. We are excited to have them visiting with us again!
Help us welcome Cindy as our final guest artist of the season, even though Cindy has been involved with the gallery as a teacher for the past couple of years. Cindy’s history of photographing on BI goes back many years and we are excited to have her showing her work at the SSG!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 email@example.com 347-244-0985
Spring Street Gallery 401-466-5374
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or feel free to sign up through the contact information on our website!
**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
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
Class is limited to 8 students
Register through Spring Street Gallery or contact Paige Gaffett (email@example.com)
Tonal Painting Class
OIL PAINTING CLASS 3-5:30
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Paige at email@example.com to sign up!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our the Spring Street Gallery Website.
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
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 email@example.com or call, email or text Paige or the Spring Street Gallery
POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more info
Place: Spring Street gallery
9AM -1 PM (basic class #1)
1:30-5:30 PM (the next step class 2)
Day 2 9-12 PM (combined classes)
Each class is limited to 8 students.
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
Come make your own beeswax kitchen wraps! Do away with plastic wrap and cellophane with these wax coated pieces of fabric- self adhesive and durable! Christine Griele of Littlefield Bee Farm will host this class and each student will leave with their own beeswax kitchen wrap(s) at the end of this one hour course.
$10 per student
Lightweight cotton fabric will be available but if you have your own, please bring it! We will have the other supplies as well but if you have any old irons or cheese graters hanging around, feel free to bring your own! Email email@example.com for more info.
**This is a drop in class but if you'd like to sign up, please text, call or email the Spring Street Gallery or Paige.
Rosemary Connelli :: Dew of the Sea
Dew of the Sea
Rosemary Connelli began creating art when she was a child, inspired by her island environment. Growing up, she began to experience vivid dreams of whales approaching the island and would find herself in the dream helplessly rushing to the shore. “In dream interpretation, whales have been known to lead those back home when the time comes; in a sense, I am constantly being led back to the waters surrounding the island where I was raised”.
While she always had a strong love for the ocean, she also struggled with loving her own body. “How can a woman learn to love herself and the body she carries, when the world forbids her to do so? I adored my island sanctuary, but continued to shame and hate my own body; the vessel I call home”.
By combining her exploration for self love, the ocean and the whales surrounding her island home, she is happy to present her body of artwork produced from afar while studying as an undergraduate.
Mary Newhouse: A Retrospective
Mary Newhouse ~ paintings & ceramics
Spring Street Gallery Aug 28 - Sept 3 2018
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE RECEPTION TUESDAY AUGUST 28th from 5-7pm!
Mary Newhouse (1935-2010) was born & raised in Fitchburg, MA, and attended Smith College, where she received a BA in Art in 1957, with advanced studies in printmaking with the renowned teacher and artist Leonard Baskin. Her love of the ocean began as a small child, when her family summered in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. She grew up working summers in this small coastal town. She married Robert Newhouse, an ophthalmologist, and they lived in New York City, raising 3 daughters. Mary worked continuously on her own art, which included: oil and acrylic painting, photography, sculpture, wood and linoleum block printing, sewing, and hand-formed ceramics. Mary also worked as an elementary and high-school art teacher. In the 1970’s, Mary helped to found G.A.M.E (Growth through Art and Museum Experience) with Bette Korman. G.A.M.E. brought art programs to public schools throughout the city. At this time, NYC was in a fiscal crisis, and art programs were eliminated from many public schools. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, G.A.M.E eventually became the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Its audience has grown to 325,000 visitors each year, which includes 30,000 children who visit as part of a school group and more than 34,000 children served through offsite outreach programs.
Mary and Bob first visited Block Island in 1978, on the advice of friends. They immediately fell in love with the island, and began looking to purchase a property. With some trepidation, they ended up purchasing the Sea Breeze Cottages on Spring Street in 1979. The whole family worked hard fixing up the property’s cottages and planting the gardens.
The Sea Breeze Gallery was first established on-site in 1980. It comprised two rooms in the building that is closest to Spring Street, with art openings happening in the front area by the hedges. The Sea Breeze Gallery soon became a showcase for a wide variety of artists working in many different mediums, and was the first of its kind on the island to show mixed-media exhibits. It was also the first to feature an annual exhibit of artists from RISD, including graduates and faculty members. Artists from RISD include: Eve Kaplan, Barry Gerson, Trina Bumiller, Jack Wax, Gary Niswonger, Willie Dexter, Hank Adams, Liz Pannell, James Watkins and the infamous Dale Chihuly. The Sea Breeze Gallery also showed the works of many other artists including: Margaretta Mitchell, Hank Adams, Tim Prentice, Christopher James, Renate Winston, Robert Ellsworth, Francesco Clemente, Robert Kushner, Mary Harty and Peter De Rosa, and jewelry by Thomas Mann. Block Island artists included: Ben Wohlberg, Gayle Goldsmith, Sean Hartnett, John Urbain, Josie Merck, Bill Padien, Jerry Powers, Sharon Lehman, Tom McAleer, Marilyn Bogdanfy, Stu Littlefield, and Cynthia Bloom.
The establishment of The Sea Breeze Inn, a 10 room intimate bed and breakfast, followed soon after, and continues to thrive under the management of Andrea Moynier, the Newhouse’s youngest daughter. All of the guest rooms at The Sea Breeze contain original artwork culled from over 30 years of gallery exhibitions.
Mary was inspired by the beauty of the natural world around her, and not only conveyed this through her painting, but also through her volunteer work on the island. Mary was one of the original founders of The Committee for the Great Salt Pond, and spearheaded the “no-dumping” movement to protect the clean waters of New Harbor from vessel sewage. New Harbor is a breeding ground for many species, including the horseshoe crab. Thanks to Mary’s hard work, New Harbor is now a federally recognized No Discharge Zone, which protects aquatic habitats and makes pumpout facilities for boaters available. Mary was also a co-founder of Scenic Block Island, another grass-roots environmental group that grew from a desire to protect the island’s beautiful open spaces, small-scale architecture, and keep over-development at bay.
In the summer of 2009, Mary unexpectedly succumbed to a rare bacterial infection. After a 6 month battle in the hospital with an aggressive treatment, her family chose to remove her from life support in February of 2010.
Mary’s selected exhibitions include: Chase Gallery, Baltimore; Exit Gallery, NYC; Alonzo Gallery, NYC; Bell Gallery, Greenwich, CT; Giraffics Gallery, Sag Harbor; Hatay Gallery, Northampton, MA; No. 6 Depot, Stockbridge, MA; Virginia Breier, San Francisco, Scott Pfaffman Gallery, NYC, Terrapin Chelsea Gallery, NYC, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, Encore Gallery, Block Island, Sea Breeze Gallery, Block Island; and The Island Gallery, Block Island. Collections include: Smith College, IBM Corporation, Delouitte and Touche, Chase Manhattan, and the Fitchburg Art Museum. Commissions include : Manhattan Lab Museum, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, NYC Youth Festival, NYC Public Library, and many private collections.
Most recently, her work was shown at the Deja Vu Gallery on BIock Island, in 2013. Her family is delighted to be sharing her paintings and porcelain ceramics with her beloved island once again.
Robin Bell :: Photography
Robin Bell is having a show at the Spring Street Gallery on August 25th. Her works are almost entirely digital images that combine ideas from painting, block printing and photography. This work is experimental and nearly all of it began by accident after she signed up for the wrong class at art school. It was a computer class for advertising and it taught how to make digital ads for things like the Bahamas and eyeglasses. It also gave Robin the opposite technical foundation that a traditional photographer would look for. Instead, it pushed her on to invent digital methods to create abstract composites of real images that come out of Block Island. Everything became a conversation between understandable and iconic scenes and their isolated and pure idea. It all came from a wonderful enrollment mistake.
Every photo is from somewhere on Corn Neck Road on Block Island, within hiking distance from Robin’s home. This pretty much limits her to a field, a dock, a pond, and one old house. But there is lots of color, especially blue—blue is everywhere on an island. And there is lots of weather, so every day a different shape or color stands out, which is a take off point for more art.
Robin lives part time on Block Island and New York City. She has studied at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, both in New York, and the New England School of Photography in Boston. They have all been great.
Berke Marye :: Paintings
The Spring Street Gallery is pleased to present paintings by Berke Marye. The show runs from Tuesday, August 21, – Monday, August 27, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 5 – 7pm.
This new body of work is a departure from Marye’s earlier style of bold colors and composition. His pallet suggests a more ethereal energy that combines texture and subtle depths. Working out of a small studio mainly during the winter months Marye’s work reveals a nod to the chill and crispness of the shorter, colder days. What results are pieces that possess movement and fluidity. To challenge himself Marye likes to vary the shape and sizes of his canvas, which forces him to adjust his style and attitude towards each piece. Gallery hours are 11 - 6 pm daily.
Robin B Langsdorf and Karen Capuciati
Having a Party With the Moon
Have you ever had a party with the moon?
Spring Street Gallery is featuring new work from photographer Robin B. Langsdorf and ceramic artist Karen Capuciati – together in a show titled, Having a Party with the Moon. The show runs August 14 through August 24. The public is invited to join the opening reception on Saturday, August 18 from 5-7 pm.
“For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the extraordinary beauty of the moon in all its phases” says Robin. “I delight in its powerful shifting energy and how it affects planetary activity, including our oceans, people, animals and birds. In another unrelated vein, I am also drawn to abandoned relics and the layers of paint left behind. Following a recent trip to Cuba I started seeing how the layers of color parallel the color and brilliance I observe in the rising moon and scenic skies. That reflection inspired the idea, why not have a party with the moon? In this show, I have paired images of the moon with layers of colorful paint in beautiful places.”
Working separately over the winter, the moon became a focus of each artist as they developed art for this upcoming show. “Earlier this season Robin sent me the images she had selected. I was struck by their sheer beauty, but also was amazed at the coincidence of the moon showing up in her work, as it did in mine” reflected Karen.
“The moon reminds me that there is something bigger in effect, bringing me a grander perspective. When working with clay, shapes and designs come to me organically – and moons started to show up for me.”
Karen created and fired her pottery at Dunn Town Studio here on Block Island. The work is mostly raku-fired which is a firing technique adopted from Japan that uses an outdoor kiln from which pieces are pulled at molten-hot temperatures and placed into wood shavings which then combust into fire. This dramatic process can create crackled glaze that is accentuated by the carbon that gets trapped in the reduction process.
Robin and Karen are both members of the Spring Street Gallery — a non-profit artist cooperative. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 6pm.