The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is celebrating its 25th year.  Special events throughout the year will celebrate this landmark anniversary, culminating with a special invitational show in September celebrating all the artists who have been part of ACGOW over the past quarter century.  

With new shows and openings each month and special Westerly Arts Café events, there’s always something new to see, and experience. 


Spring ushers in freshness and new life.  In keeping with the season, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) welcomes the public to enjoy a stunning array of art from across the Northeast at the Opening Reception of its 24th Regional Art Exhibit, Friday, May 5th from 5-8PM. 

Each year the Gallery is pleased to invite artists to submit their best work for an opportunity to show in this well-known and prestigious exhibit.  Fine art and craft in all media are eligible and over $2000 will be awarded for outstanding work in many areas including the $500 Louise Pittaway Award for Excellence in Oil Painting. 

 A highlight of the Regional Show for ACGOW artists is working alongside a guest juror who, each year, brings a fresh and energizing perspective to the Gallery, creating a unique and exciting exhibit.  This year, ACGOW is honored to have Julia Pavone jury the 2017 Regional Show. Of this challenging process, the artist states, “As a Juror, I feel it is important to be as objective as one can possibly be…I make a conscious effort to view each work on its own merit and try to include as great of a variety of styles and mediums as possible, while keeping the level of the work as high as possible.”

In addition to selecting the pieces for the Regional Show, Ms. Pavone will be responsible for determining the winners of the awards.

Julia Pavone has worked as an artist for 40 years, creating large abstract and mixed media paintings and most recently working in “Encaustic medium” and on “Found Object” paintings.  Her work is found in many exhibits and galleries from New York City to Boston and beyond.  Among her many awards, she has participated in three, month-long Artist in Residency programs in Bulgaria where she was given exhibitions during each residency, including one at the U.S. Embassy in the Capitol of Sofia. Over the past 28 years Ms. Pavone has taught courses in Studio Art, Art History and Art Appreciation.  She is the co-founder and was the Curator/Director of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art, at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus from 1991 -2016.

On a personal level, the artist states that her work springs from her life.  My journey as an artist has brought me so many different internal places depending on what I am experiencing in my life at the time.”  Springing from her deep emotions, she goes on to say, “I do not paint to describe what I see, but rather what I feel.  I paint my inner landscape.” And her advice to others,“With all art, try to take what the work is offering you, interpret it from your own perspective and allow yourself to react in a realm that is personal for you; your feelings, your intellect, your ride.” ​

Check out our other May events!

Westerly Middle School Students Featured in our Back Room Art Gallery (BRAG). See our Events page for more information on this exciting show and it'sOpening Reception, May 7th, 2-4pm.

Bank Square Books and the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly present a reading and book signing with novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, the author of The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas.  Sunday, May 21, 2-3:30pmCheck our Westerly Arts Café page for more information.

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Westerly Arts Café!

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