The Art Association's busiest time of year is upon us. Please mark you calendars!
July 19 to July 22
The Annual Art Exhibit will open in the community center on July 18, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit continues with free admission from Thursday through Sunday, July 19 to 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Drop-off day for artists is Monday, July 16, and we hope to see many people enter one or two pieces. Drop them off between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you do not have a prospectus, you may download one from the CIAA website: http:// www.jamestownri.com/CIAA, click on "Events." Please check the new rules about size and mobility of entries.
Opening night is always a festive time, with the opportunity to greet old and new friends, see the latest work that the island's fine artists have created, and vote for "People's Choice" award. Our juror will be Dr. Karl Emil Willers, executive director of the Newport Art Museum. If you have specific questions about your entry or the show, you may contact show manager Tania Biddle at 423-0479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Craft Show, Aug. 18
The Summer Craft Show will be one day only this year, also at the community center, on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event has been re-scheduled from its usual time in July to coincide with the week-long celebration of Jamestown's 350th anniversary. Plan to drop in after checking the fun goings-on at the Fool's Rules Regatta. There may still be time to enter the show. If interested, please contact one of the co-managers, Priscilla Foley at 423-2776 or pcfoley@verizon. net, or Karen Krider at 423-3833 or email@example.com.
Library Exhibits and Opening
Meanwhile, at the library, Jillian Barber has been busy creating new exhibits. The hallway area showcases the work of Patsy Mc- Candless who is, sadly, leaving the island. Her lovely papersolos and other works have graced our island and art shows for years. Patsy was also generous with her time, serving on the CIAA board and volunteering at many events. Please be sure to wish her well.
Jeanne Bunkley Retrospective
The large meeting room in the library will showcase the paintings and portraits of longtime Jamestown artist Jeanne Bunkley. The opening of Jeanne's show, and the new library exhibit space, will be celebrated with an opening reception on Friday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Jeanne is a member of the Art League of Rhode Island, the New England Printmakers Guild, and was a founding member of the CIAA. She studied art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, the Hinna studio in Rome, the Grand Central School of Art and Design, and with various artists including portrait artist Jerry Farnsworth. During her training, she was a recipient of the William H. Fogg Memorial Scholarship. Her work has been widely exhibited, and is included in private and public collections, notably the Naval War College Museum.
The Retrospective, which will feature several of Jeanne's larger paintings in the meeting room, will also include a selection of her charcoal portraits in the library hallway. During the 1970s, Jeanne sketched many Jamestown men, and the result is an interesting visual record of that time in the island's recent history.
Sculptor Peter Diepenbrock has a one-man show at the Newport Art Museum. If you stop by, you may be able to watch him create a new work in place, and better understand his creative process. One of Allie Sabalis' paintings has been purchased by the Newport Art Museum for its collection. Jillian Barber's outstanding work with flowers earned her two blue ribbons, two green ribbons, and one silver cup at the recent Newport Flower Show. One of Kate Petrie's photographs is hanging in the Newport Art Museum's Photo Guild Show. Don Miller has been very busy, with photography published in the Jamestown Press and on the striking cover of the new Jamestown phone book. Barbara Huchison created the vivid signs and posters that call attention to our art and craft shows.
CIAA membership is open to any full- or part-time Jamestown resident, artists and non-artists alike. You may apply at any time, including when you enter or attend the art show. Contact Priscilla Foley for membership information or visit the website. The CIAA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.