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BRT Art Gallery

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 5-6 weeks between September and May. Artwork is viewable two hours before scheduled theater events and is often for sale.


Current Exhibit

Nancy Nielsen, Photographer


Blackstone River Theatre's Art Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of photography by Nancy Nielsen through April 12, 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.

An "Out-of-the-Box" photography class is what jump started Nancy Nielsen on her recent artistic journey. Says Nancy, "When I got the photography "bug" I jumped in with both feet and haven't stopped since! I am fascinated by light reflection and refraction, and try to capture the details of that in my photography. Color is also amazing and makes me feel alive."

"I enjoy taking pictures in nature and capturing images that people might not normally see, and/or taking photos from a different perspective. I also photograph still lifes of normal objects, as well as create abstract photos that leave people wondering as the ordinary becomes extraordinary!"

"I want to bring joy, peace, laughter, creativity, and wonderment to people's lives - whether they are inspired by the image, possibly challenged by its mystery, or even encouraged by my enthusiasm to be creative. Life can be filled with joy if we choose it, and my interest in photography has definitely made me look more intently at my surroundings and see its beauty. I also believe that it is important to express our creativity. It balances out our lives. I hope my artistic designs will inspire you to see life in a new way - full of color, detail, uniqueness, wonder, and creativity!

Juried Artist Memberships: Wickford Art Association, Mystic Arts Center, South County Art Association, East Greenwich Art Club, Conanicut Island Art Association, Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly

Juried Show Exhibits: Art League of RI, Mystic Arts Center, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Portsmouth Arts Guild, South County Art Association, Warwick Museum of Art, Wickford Art Association, Woodruff's Art Center, Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket, Festival Fete's East Greenwich Art Festival, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Narragansett Art Festival, Scituate Art Festival, West Bay Open Studios Tour, Westerly Virtu Art Festival, Wickford Art Festival




Art Gallery Info

Art Gallery information: Contact Russell Gusetti

Blackstone River Theatre currently books visual artists for 5 or 6-week shows in the BRT upper and lower theatre lobbies from September through May (usually 18-34 pieces depending on size). We are now reviewing artwork for the Fall 2014 season and beyond; showings are usually arranged 4-8 months in advance. Artists must first contact Russell Gusetti to express interest and then will be asked to show a portfolio or e-mail current samples of work to be considered. All BRT exhibits are now coordinated and hung by Pat and George Sargent. Artwork or visual artists with a connection to the Blackstone River Valley or musical themes are preferred but not necessary. We are currently only displaying two-dimensional work as a rule.

Artwork CAN be sold by the artist with no commission fee taken by BRT. Our sole goal is to have the work of local visual artists combine with our performing arts programming to enhance our audience's total experience. The artist is SOLELY responsible for drop-off/pick-up of work, matting, framing, and taking down their show and for all costs and insurances associated with hanging their artwork in an exhibit space.

BRT will send out a press release with representative image 14 days before your show hangs so please email a biography/artist's statement/show info and a high-res image (200-300 dpi jpeg please at 5 x 7 inches) in a timely manner.