Photographer Ron Caplain and assemblage artist Karen Nash will once again combine their talents in their new exhibit at DeBlois Gallery during May. The show, which focuses on several Gay parades, is entitled "Shine on My Parade". It is a prelude to Gay Pride Month which is traditionally celebrated in June. These two accomplished artist members of DeBlois Gallery have exhibited together on several occasions, but their focus on this theme as a joint venture is a first for them.
Ron Caplain is best known in photographic circles for his outstanding street art images. He views the street itself as a blank canvas while people, objects, shadows and reflections become artistic elements in the creation of his work. With years of street photography experience to his credit, Caplain began photographing gay parades in 1999. As he relates, "I began just looking for a new project, but after the first parade I found this to be a great experience. Ten years ago gay people were first coming out and this was the only chance for them to express themselves without ridicule. Now it is different and it is an event that is fun to photograph. Being a street photographer, it is sometimes difficult to take pictures of people, but at the gay parade everyone wants their pictures taken, are willing to pose, and act, and enjoy themselves. It is the latter that I have tried to capture."
Karen Nash is a sculptor and assemblage artist who utilizes recycled and found objects in the creation of her art. When Caplain invited her to join him in this exhibit, he offered her a large bag of parade memorabilia as inspiration. As she explains, "While Ron's photography distills very complex moments into a perfect single image, I needed to figure out how to work with a crazy-quilt of colorful little objects and make them cohesive. Before long, I realized that the objects were symbolic of some very big themes that needed to be communicated. These are: gender identity; personal and civil safety; recognition and respect; family/marriage rights; self-respect and self-esteem; and personhood - being LGBT is integral to a person, but does not define that person. These are profoundly serious themes dressed up brightly for a parade, and accordingly, I am viewing them as divisions of a parade." Her work for this show will feature a large installation that will to be both eye-catching and thought-provoking.
"Shine on My Parade" , which runs from May 4th through May 26th, promises to hold more than a few surprises! The public is invited to attend an Opening Reception to meet the artist and to view their work on Saturday, May 4 from 5-7pm. DeBlois Gallery, located at 138 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5pm. For more information, please visit the website at www.debloisgallery.com or call 847-9977.
For the past 10 years every summer a diverse group of painters, sculptors, potters,
photographers, fabric art, jewelers and mixed media artists from coastal communities
of Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth have come together to promote
and support the visual arts.
This exhibition at Spring Bull features a sampling of the amazing quality and incredible
range of creative work being produced by over 70 artists members of this organization.
Before you meet them in their own environment and view work in progress you now have
the opportunity to become familiar with some these extraordinary artists in one setting
and then mark your summer calendar to explore their individual studios and more.
“ A Sampling South Coast Artists Studio Tour Exhibition” runs from Saturday,
May 4th through Thursday, May 30th, 2013. The gallery will be open until 8 pm. on
Thursday, May 9th for Gallery Night in Newport. Spring Bull Gallery located at 55
Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, is wheel chair accessible and open free to
the public. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm. daily. For additional information on this
exhibition, future gallery events or member artists please call the gallery at 401-849-9166
or visit the gallery on-line www.springbullgallery.com.
Spring Bull Gallery
“A is for Abstract Juried Exhibition” begins with a reception on Saturday, April 5, from 5-7 pm... Abstract art relies on shapes, texture, color for its impact. It can be vaguely based on real objects or totally unrelated. Local artists were invited to submit their works for this unique show. Merle Mainelli Poulton is the juror for this exhibition. She is a well known for her sculptural and works on paper . Her has been exhibited throughout New England, New York, Bermuda, and Holland. Please come and join us for “A is for Abstract”. The exhibit runs April 6, 2013 – April 30, 2013. The gallery will be open until 8 pm. on Thursday, April 10th for Gallery Night in Newport. Spring Bull Gallery located at 55 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island is wheel chair accessible and open free to the public.
“Inspiration from Nature” watercolor by Bettie Sarantos
Spring Bull Gallery
"Deep Woods", an exhibit of the works of Robert Sabin and Eleanor Sabin, will be featured at the DeBlois Gallery during the month of April. This show marks the first time that this talented father/daughter duo has publicly exhibited their work together. And, while their mediums and styles differ greatly, the viewer is certain to enjoy discovering the common thread which underlies both artists' work.
After a long career as a commercial artist and educator, Robert Sabin sought an opportunity to "open the door" to his own ideas through his art. As he states, "In the 'real' world there is always more to learn to see. I'm forever trying to understand the patterns of how the world expresses itself." His paintings in this exhibit are the result of his self-imposed challenge. In discussing this body of work, Sabin explains, "A number of the images are derived from dreams, but most of the paintings start out as single images around which visual and symbolic content condenses, seemingly by coincidence. The most successful paintings take on a life of their own, acquire a narrative and emotional resonance."
Bob's daughter, Eleanor, is a very accomplished artist in her own right. Her most recent award is Best in Show, the Maxwell Mays Award from the Providence Art Club, in their current National All Media Juried Exhibition for her pen and ink diptych called "Augery". For her part in the "Deep Woods" exhibit, Eleanor has created numerous pen and ink drawings as well as 3D works. As she states, "The pen and ink drawings presented in this show represent a body of work based on the theme of modern ruins … pen and ink is often considered a medium of the past, and reminds me of all things antique. Using this medium to portray modern ruins conveys a sense of conceptual, historical and anachronistic weight."
While Eleanor's detailed pen and ink drawings offer stark contrast to her father's liberal use of color in his dream inspired paintings, the viewer may note that the two artists have more than lineage in common. As Eleanor explains, "My Dad and I both love the woods, especially the areas less travelled … the title of the show, "Deep Woods", acts as a metaphor for the conceptual and creative rabbit hole you can fall into while working on a series of artwork - one idea leads to another, and then another, like following a trail of breadcrumbs into the deep woods where larger and more secret ideas may lie."
The public is invited to join this father/daughter duo in commemorating their first joint exhibition and to view their work at an Opening Reception on Saturday, April 6th from 5-7 pm. "Deep Woods" may be viewed at DeBlois Gallery fro April 6th through April 30th. DeBlois Gallery, located at 138 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5pm. For more information, please visit the website at www.debloisgallery.com or call 847-9977.
"Nessus Sphinx and Moonflowers", a painting by Robert Sabin, will be part of an exhibit at DeBlois Gallery during April.
Paintings by Robert Sabin, including "The Stuntman's Departure", will be featured at DeBlois Gallery, Newport.
"Sleeping Giant", a pen and ink drawing by Eleanor Sabin, will be featured at DeBlois Gallery during April
Eleanor Sabin will exhibit "We All Stand Together, Everyone Stands Alone", her wood sculpture, at the DeBlois Gallery, Newport.
DeBlois Gallery: "Deep Woods" Opening Sat. April 6th from 5-7 pm featuring father and daughter: Robert Sabin, oil and acrylic on panel and Eleanor Sabin 2 and 3D. oil work with themes on nature. Show closes on April 28. Gallery night is Thurs.April 11 from 5-8pm. at 138 Bellevue Ave., in Newport, (401) 847-9977, www.debloisgallery.com. Gallery hrs: Tues- Sun. noon to 5.
The DeBlois Gallery proudly wishes to announce the winners of prizes and certificates of merit that have been awarded to participants in its current Open Show. These winners were chosen from the more than 118 entries that comprise the exhibit. The show, entitled "The Seven Deadly Sins", runs through March 29th so there is still plenty of time to visit the gallery, enjoy the show, and cast your ballot for the coveted "People's Choice Award". The winners are:
Felissimo! (Best of Show): Linda Dempsey, "Lust", mixed media.
Bravo! Best in Show 2-D: Martha Antaya and Don Betts, "Pure of Heart", mixed media.
Bravo! Best in Show 3-D: Bill Shockley, "My Vanity", bronze
1st Place Photography: Bonnie Jaffe, "New York Moment"
2nd Place Photography: Marc Jaffe, "American Diner"
Best Wit: Eloise Held, "You're Fired", photograph with acrylic
Best Exemplar of Theme (Most Sinful): Claire Bowen, "Special Sauce", mixed media
Honorable Mention: Jillian Barber, "Hog Heaven", mixed media
Honorable Mention: Judi Israel, "Green Eyed Monster", clay
Honorable Mention: Edwin Roche, "Envy", oil.
DeBlois Gallery, located at 138 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5pm. For more information, please visit the website at www.debloisgallery.com or call 847-9977.