2018-05-03 / Upcoming Events

CIAA annual meeting scheduled for May 10

The deadline is Friday to RSVP for the Conanicut Island Art Association’s 44th annual meeting, a celebration at the Bay Voyage Restaurant that will include a silent auction to benefit artists with developmental disabilities.

The event is May 10 at the seaside hotel, 150 Conanicus Ave., that overlooks the Newport Pell Bridge. A brief business meeting will be followed by bidding, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets cost $21 per person.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Out of the Box Studio on Clinton Avenue. The gallery is administered by Looking Upwards, an agency that merged last year with Bridges Inc. to support residents with development disabilities. Printmaker Casey Weibust, a Jamestown native, coordinates the studio.

The art association also is encouraging residents to seek leadership positions with the organization, either as an officer or on the board of directors. Appointments, which take effect directly after the election next week, are two-year terms. Elected members are expected to attend monthly meetings at the library.

The association is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has overseen art exhibits in town since 1974. Currently, there are displays at the library by Rick Meli and Tom Martino, and the “Sky Above, Earth Below” show is ongoing at Town Hall.

“This show is excellent,” said Elaine Porter, the association’s president. “The variety and quality of work is impressive.”

When that exhibit comes down in three weeks, the association will begin accepting submissions for its “Images of Jamestown” show. Artists may submit up to three pieces. Work, which should be wired and ready to hang, should not exceed 5 feet high or 4 feet wide. Saw-tooth hangers will not be accepted. Cost for the first entry is $20; members receive a $5 discount. There is a $5 fee for additional submissions.

Call Porter at 423-2347 to learn about the ongoing shows, the upcoming show, the annual meeting or running for office.

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