2006-10-26 / About Town

Autumn is a great season for the arts

By Karen Krider

Determined to find a home!

It's time to locate a permanent home for our increasingly active art association. We'd like to get together, have workshops and classes, and show our work in our own gallery space. We are seriously looking for permanent space, and welcome your ideas.

In the meantime, the CIAA is organizing classes through the recreation department, at the Wellspring space on Pemberton Avenue. Can you teach a class? Open times include Mondays until 3 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m., starting in January, Wednesdays until 3 p.m., Thursdays, and Saturdays. Contact katepetrie@ cox.net and support this effort. Also, in the meantime, we've been given permission to hang work in several local spaces, thanks to the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and others. Stay tuned for details.

The board welcomes new member Elizabeth Congdon, an accomplished artist who is also active with the Nantucket Art Association. Nantucket, with a population under 4,000, has an arts center with a very busy class and exhibition schedule.

Art in Jamestown Schools

Kay Worden, Martin Keen, and Josy Wright were great hits with the Lawn Avenue School students, giving three of the several afterschool workshops, sponsored by the CIAA. Your children will love this unique opportunity, so be sure to sign them up! Kate Petrie continues to organize more art experiences in our schools. Please contact her if you can help: katepetrie@ cox.net.

Holiday Craft Fair

Shirley Bell is busy organizing the Holiday Craft Fair for Saturday, Dec. 2. Mark your calendars now, since you won't want to miss this popular show at the Melrose Avenue School. A selection of small artworks will also be displayed for sale. (See entry details below.)

Can we chat?

Please take a moment and send Joce (djdonaghue@yahoo.com) your e-mail addresses. We want to be able to communicate with you, and perhaps enable conversations through our Web site.

Member news

Special congratulations to Patricia McCandless, whose papersolo "Autumn Wind Dance" was one of only 50 pieces accepted into the Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition. Patsy faced stiff competition, with over 600 artists from 34 states entering up to three pieces each. She reports that the Blanche Ames Art Foundation's mansion, grounds, and history make it well worth a visit to North Easton, Mass., Info: www.blancheames.com.

Didi Suydam (third place), Kate Petrie, Eileen McCarney Muldoon, and Jillian Barber had pieces juried into the 20th Annual Rhode Island Open Show, open through Nov. 5 at the Warwick Art Museum. Info: www.warwickmuseum. org, or 737-0010.

Kate Petrie also received an honorable mention in the Mystic Arts Center's 16th annual Open Juried Photography Show, open through Nov. 11. Info: www.mysticarts. org.

The Art League of Rhode Island has its not-to-be-missed show continuing at the NAM through the end of the year. The league is also holding additional exhibits at the Rhode Island Foundation (thru 3/07) and the South County Hospital (through 4/07.) Look for Didi Suydam's unique photography in the Hospital show.

Didi Suydam also has a oneperson show of her original jewelry designs at Jewelers' Werk, a gallery in Washington, D.C., opening Nov.25. And drop by Suydam + Diepenbrock Gallery on 11/9, from 4 to 9 p.m., when Didi and husband Peter Diepenbrock will be hosting a Holiday Stroll Reception, in conjunction with Gallery Night Newport.

Jennifer and David Clancy will be showing work at the Fine Furnishings Show, Oct. 27-29, at the Providence Convention Center. Info: www.finefurnishingsshow. com. The Clancy's booth is a handmade bathroom that displays their mosaic tiles and glass sinks. They will also be at the Westbrook , (Conn.) Creative Arts Festival, Nov. 18 and 19. Info: 203

1388, or www.wywl.com.

Josy Wright has a print in "Press Works: The Monotype Guild of New England's Juried Exhibition" at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, N.H., through Dec, 6. Info: www.mgne.org.

And you only have a few more days to catch Jillian Barber's retrospective show at the NAM.

Calls for entries

CIAA Holiday Craft Show. Contact Shirley Bell for craft entries at sbell137@cox.net. Contact Barbara Hutchison for art entries at barbcous@aol.com.

Gallery 297, Bristol, "Not So Small Picture Show," Oct. 26 to Dec. 29. Info: Carol Strause FitzSimonds at 683-1549 or www. greenriversilver.com.

South County Art Association, "All Media Open Juried II Show, Oct. 26 to Nov. 11. Also, the 36th Holiday Pottery & Art Sale, Nov. 24 to Dec. 10. Info: 783-2194 or www.southcountyart.org.

Wickford Art Association, "Avant Garde/Abstract Show Nov. 3 to Nov. 23 (register Nov.1 and 2.) Also, Little Picture Show & Sale, Nov. 26 to Dec. 22 Info: www.wickfordart.org.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, "Scenes of Rhode Island," entries due by Nov. 18. Info: www.arts.ri.gov/projects.

The Apple Valley Review: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays for spring 2007 issue. Info: www.applevalleyreview. com.

American Watercolor Society, 2007 annual exhibition. entries due by Nov.15. Info: www.americanwatercolorsociety. org.

Library shows

When you stop by the library, you can't miss the colorful work of 16 CIAA artists: Eleanor Gravdahl, Deborah Lichtenstein, Lance Gershenoff, Dwight Smith, Priscilla Foley, Jane McNally Wright, Josy Wright, Tom Todd, Karen Imbriale, Martha Milot, Edwin Roche, Barbara Whitford, Evelyn Thistle Rhodes, Maryann England, Tom McAleer, and Alexandra Kent. Their paintings which overflow the entry walls, stand on easels, and then cover the west wall of the library will be on display through mid-November. Then, Karen Twiss Krider's photographs will be exhibited through mid-December. Contact Jillian Barber, 423-2335, who organizes the CIAA library shows, if you are interested in this opportunity.

Please, please contact karenkrider@ cox.net with arts and crafts news items (Put CIAA in the topic.) We'd like to include more news about you!

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