The ceramicists have taken over the Providence art scene and beyond with the members of NCECA descending upon us for their conference! I really wanted to take this opportunity to explore some new places today, but since many galleries are closed on Mondays (sigh) it took some time to plan my day. Thankfully I discovered quite a few with a little help from my roommate and the NCECA exhibition guide.
White Electric Coffee
Now this is technically NOT a gallery, but as I previously discussed coffee shops are great places to find art from local artists. Not only did I get my iced coffee, but I got to check out the beautiful tiles, mugs and large printed ceramics from Amanda Soule. I’ve definitely had my eye on a few of these and would love to hang them all over my walls. I was told that she’s been really experimenting with some striking colors and textures which you can see on her mugs.
I’ve never been to this space before, but I was pleased to discover this well tailored, welcoming space on Chestnut Street. In celebration of the NCECA conference, they not only had an an extensive exhibition of a few ceramicists, but a juried exhibition of many Maine College of Art (MECA) faculty and alumni. They are having another reception on Friday (like everyone else in town), but the artists will be there discussing their work.
I’ve never been to the Providence Art Club, though it was not unknown to me, especially since my grandfather was a member once upon a time. When I went in though, it was quite eerie. I saw not a single soul in that space. No gallery sitter nor any staff… just the echoes of footsteps every now and again. It didn’t stop me from navigating my way through the open juried show Earth Elements upstairs. While there was a selection of ceramics, it was an all media show with a national reach of artists and quite a few Rhode Island ones. I really enjoyed the luminescence of Mary Dondero’s acrylic works, but I’ll share those another day.
Held in the open space of what seemed to be a multitude of design and artist studios, I crept into the space off a very sketchy side street. Inside though was Of Earth, an exhibition of RISD grad students that work in various ways with ceramics.
Pretty good for a Monday with not many places open! Friday there will be quite a few receptions all around the region, but on Wednesday there will be a fun, low key reception at Faust for the Ceramicists of The Steel Yard at 6pm.