2007-01-18 / News

By Karen Krider
Let's begin with who we are…Not all artists, but all for the arts. The CIAA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 Corporation, chartered to promote and share the arts and crafts of Conanicut Island. Volunteers produce a summer art exhibit and two craft shows yearly. Proceeds are returned to the town in many ways. We're the largest contributor to student scholarships on the island. We have also teamed with the Jamestown Education Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation to provide the art workshop component of their after-school enrichment program at the Lawn Avenue School. We are working with the town to provide art classes in temporary spaces. Additional plans include activities that are more vital to Jamestown and our membership.

These education and service plans require a home. We do not have a facility to hold meetings, classes or workshops for adults and children, host ongoing exhibitions and shows, hold events, or house our equipment. A Municipal Art Center at Fort


You may have heard the buzz. We're asking the Town Council to consider giving us the Fort Wetherill site, including the current Town Garage, when it becomes available. Is it possible and affordable to turn the Submarine Mine Storage Facility into an attractive municipal arts center? (And how, we wonder, have our town workers managed in the sorry state of this facility?)

The building is very large, and we began to think larger thoughts: Do other arts-related groups have similar needs? Imagine a municipal art center where we can all go to participate in fun, lively, interesting activities . . . imagine a blues guitar workshop with a fine player, filmmaking classes for teens, vacation art camps, barbershop quartet and band practices, poetry slams, a flower arranging demonstration by a renowned florist, important art and craft shows . . . imagine what activities you and your family would enjoy.

Members have received letters about these ambitious plans, and a members meeting is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 23, over a friendly, potluck dinner at the PAC. Bring your questions, concerns, talents, interests, and enthusiasms . . . and a dish to share. Watch your mailbox for details!

Are You a Member? Perhaps you are not an artist, but want to help create an arts cen- ter. We need you! Contact Jocelyn Donaghue about memberships at 3297 or djdonaghue@yahoo.com.

Art Classes

Evelyn Thistle Rhodes teaches "Fine Art Pastels" at the Newport Art Museum, beginning early January. Call 848-8200 ASAP to enroll.

Registration for Community Courses at the Steelyard, Providence, begins Monday, Jan. 15. Welding, anyone? Info: 273.7101.

Contact katepetrie@cox.net if you can teach a CIAA-sponsored art or craft class through the Jamestown Parks & Recreation Department, or contribute to the ongoing after-school art workshops at the Lawn Avenue School.

Shows and Calls for Entries

CIAA Shows at the library: tWork by Evelyn Thistle Rhodes' students, through Feb. 12; Beginning Feb. 12, "Portraits Old & New," your family heirlooms or new work. Call Jillian Barber at 423-2335.

American Craft Council, public and wholesale shows, Baltimore, Feb.20-Feb. 25. Info: 212.274.0630.

Art League of Rhode Island, RI Foundation Show, through March 7, One Union Station, Providence; South County Hospital Show, through April 7, Wakefield.

Mystic (CT) Arts Center, Annual Members' Show, opens Friday, Jan. 12. Info: 860-536-7601.

National Watercolor Society, All Member 2007 Show, February deadline, Info: 909-289-9401.

Photographers might check www.pdn.online for news, upcoming shows, contests, events.

South County Art Association, members invitational, opens Jan. 15. Info: 783-2195.

Monotype Guild of New England, juried exhibit, enter by Jan.15. Info: www.mgne.com.

Wickford Art Association, open juried, all media show, "Interiors," end of January. Info: 294-6840.

Providence Art Club, Fidelity Investments 9th annual juried show, "Works on Paper," enter by Feb.2. Info: 331-1114.

Links & Contacts

Our Web site has links to these and other arts-related sites:ciaa@ jamestownri.com.

Contact karenkrider@cox.net with news items, or with comments about the arts center proposal. Put CIAA in the topic, please!

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