Current Exhibit

The BRT Art Gallery is an ongoing initiative to have the work of local visual artists combine with BRT's performing arts programming to enhance the audience's total experience and expose them to the many talented artists that live and work nearby. Exhibits generally change every 5 or 6 weeks between mid-September and May. Artwork is viewable two hours before scheduled theater events and is often for sale.


From left, Photographs by Aaron Usher, David Brookhart, and Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

Blackstone River Theatre Art Gallery presents
'Three Perspectives of Ireland'

Blackstone River Theatre's Art Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of photography by Aaron Usher, David Brookhart, and Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk from March 4 through April 28, viewable two hours before and during scheduled theatre events, in the upper and lower lobby of the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. The BRT Art Gallery is an ongoing initiative to have the work of local visual artists combine with BRT's performing arts programming to enhance the audience's total experience. 
There will be an opening reception for "Three Perspectives of Ireland” on March 4, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., before a 7:00 p.m. concert by Robbie O’Connell and Rose Clancy. It was on a trip to Ireland organized and led by Robbie O’Connell in May, 2016 where these photographs were taken.

Three photographers travel the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. What emerges is three very different looks at the places and the charm of the Emerald Isle. For ten days they visited the same places, with the same people, often standing shoulder-to-shoulder while capturing the same scene. The exhibit at the Blackstone River Theatre clearly shows how the photographers saw the same places quite differently. Ireland is a beautiful country that gave each of them many stories to tell photographically. These images are a just small portion of those stories.
Aaron Usher is a long-time professional photographer in the RI/MA area, most noted for his architectural work for clients in the building industry. An avid travel photographer, Aaron generally focuses on the little things most people often overlook. This exhibit will include colorful, interpretive landscapes, a humorous image or two and some new photos for his ‘Outstanding in Its Field’ series. Aaron is a Board member at Blackstone River Theatre.
Long-time photography enthusiast David Brookhart, of Cumberland, was captivated by the color and quality of light as we traveled from Sligo to the Cliffs of Moher. David has a passion for abstract images, doorways, windows and wide angle views. David is a volunteer at Blackstone River Theatre.
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk is an amateur photographer from Pawtucket. She has been taking photos since 2001, and has developed an affinity for travel and street photography. In addition, she likes to shoot landscapes, flowers and birds. Karen shoots what she loves and that shows through in the stories told by the photos. Karen is a volunteer at Blackstone River Theatre.