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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

Jerry Aissis Germaine Gerie Margaret Lachut

Barbara Testa Rachel Marzocchi Pearl Ferland

Blackstone River Theatre's Art Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of paintings and photography by members of the Cumberland Artist Alliance from October 29 through November 27, 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 Cumberland Artist Alliance is a group of Cumberland artist who promote and exhibit their artwork locally. The group consists of oil painters, watercolorists, and photographers whose goal is to foster the appreciation of local fine art. The professional artists exhibiting are Jerry Aissis, Pearl Ferland, Germaine Gerie, Margaret Lachut, Rachel Marzocchi, Dan Orfan, and Barbara Testa.

Jerry Aissis is an artist member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. While in college, he studied biology and art, hoping to combine the two areas as a scientific illustrator. Aissis landed a teaching job in Central Falls and continued to work there for 33 years. 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.

Germaine Gerie earned her Bachelors degree and Teaching certificate in Art Education in 1981. Painting and teaching has become a full-time and deeply fulfilling profession as Gerie specializes in custom artwork ranging from portraits to 3-story wall murals. She teaches a wide variety of art classes through demonstrations and hands on learning to both adults and children.

Margaret Lachut started her art career as a fashion illustrator. As her family grew, she began teaching art in the Cumberland elementary schools while continuing to paint in both oils and watercolors. Lachut has three art degrees and has won national recognition with an Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America. She also has an award from the RI Watercolor Society National show and Best of Show with the Wickford Art Association. She continues to teach art lessons to teens and adults.

Dan Orfan is a Central Falls-based photographer who specializes in outdoor and scenic photography. He has exhibited at the Wickford Art Festival and in other venues throughout Rhode Island.

Barbara Testa is a New England watercolor artist whose realistic work includes landscapes and floral paintings. She is best known for her vivid use of colors. A lifelong love of art led Testa to pursue formal studies in painting, drawing and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has received numerous awards for her works from the Attleboro Arts Museum, Foxboro Art Association, Newport Art Museum Artists Guild, and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She was honored by the RIWS as 2008 "Member of the Year" and has served as a Board Member and Vice President of the Society.

Rachel Marzocchi is a self-taught, award-winning photographer from Cumberland who has mastered the art of capturing the abstract in floral photography. She shows her work throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is an Associate Member of the Art League Rhode Island. Her mission is to have her photographs help people re-visit a certain moment in time with renewed emotions and awareness.

Pearl Ferland devotes much of her time perfecting art in the form of watercolor and photography. As a lifelong learner, Ferland believes there is always more to learn and experience in both art and in life. Upon retiring from the Cumberland school system she has had more time to devote to her art. She is an artist member of Rhode Island Watercolor Society, The Foxboro Art Society, and The Art Group of Northern Rhode Island.

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.