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, Twitter, or our Face Book page for information about the show, ACGOW and its artists.
What bridges viewpoints, stirs souls, and connects one end of Rhode Island to the other? As well as artists from across the Northeast? The 22nd Annual Regional Exhibit at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. All are invited to view this juried show of fine art and crafts, the largest and most diverse show of the year. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, May 1, from 5PM to 8PM, with awards at 6:30 PM. Exceptional work will be recognized in various categories and prizes awarded, including the $500 Louise Pittaway Award for Excellence in Oil Painting. Opening in conjunction in the Back Room Art Gallery (BRAG), “Drawings by Louise Pittaway,” featuring twelve never-before exhibited works, will be on display.
This year ACGOW is honored to have Clint Slowik, Director, Marquee Gallery, New London, CT as juror. Mr. Slowik is also Program Director of the International Contemporary Artist Space Residency Program in East Lyme, CT.
On viewing and jurying art, Mr. Slowik says, “Being presented with a visual banquet of works, all with unique style and artistic vision, and to have a hand in rewarding an artist for their talent and accomplishment is a true privilege… Integrity, vision, and honesty are just as paramount as technique and style when it comes to what the artist conveys through their work…”
Mr. Slowik will be responsible for determining the winners of all awards.
For its second year, the $500 Louise Pittaway Award for Excellence in Oil Painting will be awarded in honor of the late Connecticut oil painter and photographer. Robert Pittaway will present the award. Fine Art awards also include the $100 ACGOW Award; the $200 Professional Planning Award and the $100 Jerry’s Artarama Award. Five $250 Craft Awards will be given by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation.
In conjunction with the Regional Exhibit, “Drawings by Louise Pittaway” will open in the Back Room Art Gallery (BRAG). The exhibit features twelve never-before exhibited drawings as well as paintings and photos. Ms. Pittaway’s art will be available for purchase to benefit the Louise Pittaway Award Fund, created by friends and family in Ms. Pittaway’s memory. It will be awarded each year as part of the Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibit. Donations to the award can be made to The Louise Pittaway Award, The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 7 Canal Street, Westerly, RI 02891.
More from juror Clint Slowik: “The importance of art”, he continues, “is unequivocal… At the level of an individual, art helps to reflect both inwardly and outwardly, helping us to understand, preserve, and pass along concept and culture to others, and acts as a universal language. It helps us to cope with and to express our thoughts, experiences, and emotions. It brings us together, enriches and uplifts communities, and entices us to feel and consider what we may not have imagined without the encouragement of an artist's vision.”
Louise Davis Pittaway was Curator of the Old Light House Museum on Stonington Point from 1984 to 2012. The artist and her husband Robert Pittaway lived in Stonington, CT. The arts were important to Ms. Pittaway, who sang second soprano with the Westerly Chorus from 1971 until 2012. She was an accomplished photographer and oil painter, and worked at her studio at the Velvet Mill. She was a member of both ACGOW and the Mystic Art Association, and her photographs and oil paintings appeared in many area galleries.
22nd Annual Regional Art Show and "Drawings by Louise Pittaway
Opening Reception Friday, May 1st, 5 to 8 pm.