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 www.westerlyarts.com
Art Heist in July!
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Anyone who has ever entertained the fantasy of being an art thief will have the opportunity to live out that fantasy as the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly hosts its first Art Heist at Stonington Vineyards on Saturday, July 16th.The event starts at 6PM and the Art Heist starts at 7PM. As well as supporting the arts in downtown Westerly/Pawcatuck, tickets to the Art Heist will entitle “art thieves” to enjoy an evening of live jazz by the Jazz Gallery Quartet, artisanal cheeses, fresh local oysters provided by Watch Hill Oysters, and best of all, take home an original work of art. Stonington Vineyards wines will available by cash bar. Tickets to the fundraiser are on sale for $100 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, a non-profit arts organization, and will be limited to the number of pieces on display. Art ranging from original paintings and photography to monotypes, sculpture and jewelry will be on view at Stonington Vineyards, and by catalog at the Artists’ Cooperative, beginning June 16. For more information please visit westerlyarts.com or call the gallery at 401-596-2221.
Thanks to Stonington Vineyards, Watch Hill Farms, Thorp and Trainer Insurance and Jazz Gallery Quartet for their generous support.
June: “Flora and Fauna”
A Celebration of Earth’s Passions
Wednesday, June 1, until Sunday, June 26th.
Opening reception is Friday, June 3, 5-8 PM
Featured Artists: Mimi Huszer-Fagnant
and Floral Interpretations by
Ocean Community YMCA Garden Club
June arrives with long sunny days and short sultry nights. As the earth bursts forth with new life, plants and animals begin their yearly rituals of love and renewal. In June, art lovers will enjoy a stroll through the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery to view
“Flora and Fauna”- A Celebration of Earth’s Passions.
The opening reception for the show is Friday, June 3, 5-8 PM.
Featured artists Irene Virkutis-Harman and Mimi Huszer-Fagnant will present works that echo the color, vitality and exuberance of the season. And members of the Ocean Community YMCA Garden Club will create floral interpretations of artworks on display.
With a long history in the arts dating back to the late 70’s, Mimi Huszer-Fagnant fashions molten glass into intricate works of art. With a technique called lampworking, Mimi uses a propane and oxygen torch to melt multi-colored glass rods. The molten glass is coaxed into limitless shapes including beads and tiny sculptures. Mimi creates a variety of mini sculptures used in fairy gardens, mobiles, ornaments and sun catchers. Her beads vary from complicated glass patterns to exquisitely blown hollow forms finished with precious metal. Many of her beads are stand-alone works of art and some are used as pendants, such as her award winning trumpet flower.
Mimi has found her true passion in lampworking. Every time she sits at the torch there is something new she has to try or further develop, thus her product line is ever changing. Creating both flora and fauna, Mimi has found a way to reflect nature’s passion in her own work.
Irene Virkutis-Harman, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and a fashion designer by trade, uses her knowledge of textiles to create multimedia pieces. “In the late 70’s I decided to experiment with the idea of making artwork using fabrics,” says the artist. Starting out with pieces originally conceived to hang, Irene‘s work has evolved into framed pieces that are virtually paintings made of fabric. Drawing from her experience as a screen print and embroidery designer, Irene creates fabric/mixed media pieces that take on a three dimensional quality; threads become grasses, beads become bits of pollen on beach roses and acrylic paint becomes ocean foam. Many of her works reflect the beauty of Southern Rhode Island. “I find the ocean exceptionally inspiring and have used this beauty in most of my recent works,” adds Ms. Virkutis-Harman.
Enhancing the June Show will be original flower designs by the Ocean Community YMCA Garden Club. Every year members of the Garden Club create beautiful arrangements of seasonal flowers that interpret individual works of art.
“Flora and Fauna”- A Celebration of Earth’s Passions runs from Wednesday, June 1, until Sunday, June 26th.
Read more about this month's show in The Westerly Sun.