Carved from Stone: 

Legacy of a Granite Town

Sept. 9th at 7:00


The story of the Westerly Granite industry that we are so proud of, a PBS documentary written and produced by Westerly’s Betty Jo Cugini and a project of the Babcock-Smith House Museum.  The presentation will also include a panel of Westerly Granite experts.

See the Westerly Arts Cafe page here.

For auction now on eBay until

August 22:

Five beautiful beach chairs with custom artwork by Gallery artists:

Coming Events for September:

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at

7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, 1-5PM.

Please call 401-596-2221 or visit

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The Ken Serio Jazz Trio will be performing in the Gallery on Sept. 16th.

For more information, click on the Events page here.​

Concert at 7:30.  $10 donation per person accepted at the door.

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August:                “Forces of Nature”
                      The Glory of Wind and Water

​                                            Features Lora Branin Cobden and Karen Dodez

August enters our consciousness with visions of breaking waves and hazy mornings, the sounds of crickets and soft summer rains, the heady fragrances of late-season flowers and the electric air that holds the promise of a summer storm. 

In August, all are invited to celebrate the “The Forces of Nature”-The Glory of Wind and Water at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly with featured artists Lora Branin Cobden and Karen Dodez.  The show runs from August 3 -28 with an opening reception on Friday, August 5 from 5-8 PM.


Featured artist Lora Branin Cobden started painting eleven years ago, after receiving a Readers’ Digest beginner’s painting set as a Christmas gift from her mother. Believing that her mother saw in her an undiscovered talent, the artist began taking lessons two months later, and she’s been painting ever since.

 “Mystic Lilies” and “Narragansett Bay,”  two of Ms. Cobden’s watercolors, illustrate what she describes when she states:  “The beauty and essence of nature and its cycles of life resonate in my soul. Whether I paint crabs and oysters or shells and flowers, I am living in and with our treasured island home, earth.” The artist continues, “When I travel, painting people of different cultures has the same effect. We are one, sharing one world, one home. We must do everything we can to protect and preserve it.”  

Featured artist Karen Dodez is a painter, ceramic artist, and master gardener. “My artistic journey began 20 years ago when I took a watercolor class at our local Swinburne Academy in Newport, RI.”  The artist continues, “Ten years ago, Jack Vartanian, master potter and manager of the pottery studio at South County Art Association, inspired me to apply my creative energies to the medium of clay.  After taking classes for several years, I set up my own studio where I’m able to carefully control every step of the process of creating my ceramic sculptures and pottery.” Ms. Dodez combines her skills to capture nature’s many stories on land and in the sea. Her ceramic pieces in the August show reflect not only her knowledge and appreciation of the many microcosms of ocean life but also, as especially illustrated in “The Spider Crab and Anemone,” great command of her medium. “My work reflects how I feel about life and my intimate relationship with nature,” says the artist.  “I am reminded daily how delicate the balance is and the mysteries of nature never cease to amaze me.  Hopefully, I will be successful in capturing some of this energy in my work.”

“The Forces of Nature”- The Glory of Wind & Water runs from August 3-28.


Presenting on September 9th,

the opening of the new

Westerly Arts Cafe.  

Click here for more information!