2008-04-03 / News

Photography show opens tonight

By Sam Bari

The Conanicut Island Art Association invites everyone to the Town Hall Gallery. Tonight, April 3 to mark the beginning of the "All Island, All Photography Show."

"We're happy to say that our first show, "Art in the Heart of Jamestown," was well received and a tremendous success," said CIAA Vice President Don Miller. "Consequently, we are continuing the program with the "All Island, All Photography Show" which will run from April 3 to May 29."

Miller said, "We learned a lot by talking to people coming to the first exhibit. We now have more of a feel for what people would like to see. The idea for an all photography show was mentioned a number of times, and the pieces that were entered are evidence of the high level of skills and imagination of island photographers. Many of the submissions would hold their own at any exhibit."

"We are particularly pleased with the excellent response by island residents," Miller continued. "We now have many new members, and the works are varied in both size and subject matter. If you'll pardon the cliché, there's something for everyone at this show, and I think everyone attending will be pleased with the high quality and variety of work," Miller said.

The CIAA plans to continue the program with other media on display. The next show will probably have an all watercolor theme, Miller said. He added that the idea is to give artists who work in every medium an opportunity to display their work.

The opening reception is tonight, Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Gallery, 93 Narragansett Ave. Wine and cheese, provided by Phyllis Bedard of Trattoria Simpatico, will be served.

"For this show, all artwork must be for sale," Miller said. The CIAA will take a 20-percent commission on all works sold. He said that the rules for submission are designed to give artists as much freedom as possible, but artwork should be suitable for viewing by all age groups. He also said that accepted artwork must remain in the Town Hall for the duration of the show, and must be picked up at the Town Hall on Thursday, May 29, between noon and 4 p.m.

"The CIAA encourages everyone to join in the festivities and help us celebrate our photographers and the coming of spring and warmer weather. A wide range of subjects, sizes, and imagination from some of the best photographers in the area will be on display in both color and black and white," Miller said.

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