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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

Bernadette Azar Jerry Aissis Mary Lou Conca Elaine Devonis

Celeste Houle V. Lee Dassault Perchuhy Hamamjian

Joan O'Gara Ronna Pate


Blackstone River Theatre's Art Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of paintings and photography by members of The Art Group of Northern Rhode Island. from January 14 through February 11, 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.

The Art Group of Northern Rhode Island is a group of local artists who promote and exhibit their artwork locally. Working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, photography, sculpture, charcoal and digital illustration, the group meets monthly to present and discuss new pieces at each meeting. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Lou Conca at 401-474-0332. The artists exhibiting in this show are Bernadette Azar, Jerry Aissis, Mary Lou Conca, Elaine Devonis, V. Lee Dussault, Jean Fujio, Perchuhy Hamamjian, Celeste Houle, Joan O'Gara, and Ronna Pate.

The Art Group of Northern Rhode Island was begun in 2010 by Mary Lou Conca after she retired from nursing. After several years of having solo and group shows and working as an intern in a local museum, Conca began The Art Group which meets monthly at the Cumberland Public Library. Conca says, "Artists see a side of the world that is unique to themselves, always expanding and adding to what they have accomplished, and where they are at the moment. With my background as a Registered Nurse, a mother and an Environmental Scientist my creativity has been nurtured, with a special interest in nature, and in the human hand through photography as it captures the moment."

Bernadette Azar's goal as a photographer is to capture a specific and interesting moment in time. Azar takes pictures of people, places and things that catch her eye, striving to produce images that have merit both artistically and technically.

Jerry Aissis is an artist member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. When he retired from teaching he started to take up watercolor painting as a hobby. He believes that to grow and develop as an artist, one must associate oneself with people who share that same love and desire for what they do. Aissis is also a member of the Cumberland Artist Alliance.

Elaine Devonis chooses acrylic as her medium of choice because of its richness of color. Her latest paintings are landscapes of local sites and lighthouses which reflects her interest in the history of coastal Rhode Island. Devonis studied drawing and painting at RISD, at the Portsmouth Arts Guild, and at Hamilton House. In 2008, she received a Certificate in Children's Book Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

V. Lee Dussault was born in 2002. She considered herself an artist from a very young age and in recent years she has been actively putting forth the effort to improve her skills. She recently attended the Teen Intensive at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her focus thus far has been on portraits and graphite sketching.

Jean Fujio began watercolor painting in 2007 after working in many mediums. She says, "Watercolor allows me to work with an infinite range of color. The fluid nature of the process captivates me and I thrive on the challenges it offers."

Perchuhy Hamamjian is a Cranston artist originally from Armenia. She works in a variety of media but specializes in oil painting.

Celeste Houle paints with acrylics and oil paints, and has also done acrylic monotypes for the past few years. Houle has taken art courses at the Attleboro Arts Museum, the East Side Art Center, and Phoenix Artist's School and has exhibited her work at The Attleboro Art Museum, and One Studio Smooch in Cranston. She is a member of Collective Marks Artists.

Joan O'Gara fell in love with watercolor painting back in the seventies after having painted with oils in Florida for many years. She is now a resident of North Smithfield and has been taught by some of the very best art instructors in northern Rhode Island and has exhibited in many local shows over the years.

Ronna A. Pate works in oils, colored pencil and pastels. She enjoys capturing the subject she chooses and then emphasizing an element of the subject that truly intrigues her. She has exhibited at the Museum of Work & Culture and the Cumberland Public Library and she is also affiliated with the Nancy Stephen Gallery and School of Art.




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.