Picture a gorgeous day tasting wine at Stonington Vineyards. A magical evening with “The Supernaturalists” at Foxwoods. A scenic flight to Block Island. Not to mention paintings, sculpture, jewelry and artwork of all kinds. Now imagine bidding for them in the final moments of a heated auction, as you enjoy lavish hors d’oeurves and live music in a historic Westerly Land Trust building.

Welcome to the 10th Annual Silent Auction and Gala Reception to benefit the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. This year, the event will take place in the Industrial Trust Building at 10 High Street, thanks to the Westerly Land Trust's generous support.  Bidding starts Friday from 1-5 and ends with a Gala Reception and Final Bidding July 18th, from 5 to 7 PM. Bidding will be complemented by hors d’oeuvres created by local restaurants, and live music by Jazz Gallery. A Live Auction with WCRI radio host and auctioneer Mike Maino will begin at 7 PM.

 From art to clambakes to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everyone from chefs to travelers and golfers to gardeners will find something tempting to bid on. We appreciate the generous support of over 75 local businesses and organizations and invite everyone to come enjoy a fun-filled evening and support the arts.

 Auctioneer Mike Maino has spent more than 50 years immersed in the world of singing, speaking and entertaining.

At the Westerly Land Trust's Historic Industrial Trust Building

Artist Gale Loch's painting "Koi" will be raffled off Saturday July 18th. Raffle tickets can purchased at the gallery beginning June 1, 2015

Featured Artists: Oliver LeBras and Lois Lawrence
August 5 - August 30 , 2015
Opening Reception Friday, August 7, 5 to 8 PM 

Special Guest Artist Anthony Tomaselli is featured in a special event designed to enhance the experience of art – Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Free ($10 donation suggested) Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us at this special event with guest artist Anthony Tomaselli who paints, as he says, “because it feeds my soul with purpose.” Artist, teacher and speaker, Mr. Tomaselli will share what he has discovered about leading a life filled with “Passion, Painting, and Purpose”. “Creating a balance between “life’s responsibilities” and our inner passions is a daunting and sometimes discouraging task,” says the artist. “Most people give in to the fallacy that we must put our passions on hold in order to “provide for our families.”  I will talk candidly about our passions, our responsibilities, and intention, all while I demonstrate creating a painting.”

“I like to say that I am a student of life, “ says the artist. “I’ve been lucky to have ventured into the world of art, specifically painting, where self introspection is a daily event.  I’ve also been lucky to have had great mentors, friends, family and the very best partner in life one could ask for (my wife of 33 years, Tina). Mr. Tomaselli graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Art, with a concentration in painting. He studied for two years at the Boston Architectural Center, apprenticed with Gene Tonoff (Art and Philosophy), and Joseph Rotundo (Painting). He is represented by several galleries in the Northeast, teaches, and gives workshops and presentations throughout New England. He and his wife also own and operate 3 T’s Restaurants.

Coming August 1: 

Special guest Anthony Tomaselli presents “Passion, Painting and Purpose”  

Aug 1st From 9 AM to  Noon

Lora Cobden - "Attackler"

10th Annual Silent/Live Auction and Gala July 17-18th

In July, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is proud to feature work by members of the Ninigret Art Guild in the Back Room Art Gallery. Visitors are invited to an Opening Reception on Sunday, July 5 from 2-4 PM. 
The Ninigret Art Guild has been creating art as a group since 1995. The group meets each week in Charlestown, Rhode Island to exchange ideas, create art, and perfect techniques. Members of the Guild bring a wealth of life experiences and artistic talent to their creative efforts.

The Guild’s work reflects the various interests of its members and ranges through a wide variety of subject matter and mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pen and ink, and pastels. Exhibits of their work demonstrate the diversity of the members’ creativity and appeals to a wide range of artistic taste. The Guild’s members have exhibited in galleries, libraries, community centers, institutions and at festivals throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut. 

“Ninigret Art Guild Show” at the Back Room Art Gallery (BRAG) in July at ACGOW.

Swirls of blue and turquoise sea glass, wearable fiber art in muted shades of dawn and dusk, even summer fairies. “Time, Tide, Wind, and Water”, the July show at the Artists’ Cooperative of Westerly, celebrates the sunny, sultry, moonlit magic of summer. All are invited to the shows’ Opening Reception on the First Friday of the month, July 3, from 5-8 PM.

Nancy Nielsen’s unique photographic perspective takes viewers on a kaleidoscopic journey into the colors and images of summer.   One of the artist’s goals is to enable the viewer to “see the unseen”, says Ms. Nielsen. “I enjoy taking pictures in nature and capturing images that people might not normally see, and/or taking photos from a different perspective.  I also photograph still lifes of normal objects, as well as create abstract photos that leave people wondering.  The ordinary becomes extraordinary!” As summer flies past, Ms. Nielsen’s photography offers the viewer an opportunity to capture and savor its fleeting wonder.

Offering a magical, mysterious perspective on nature’s wonders, Madeline Beaudry’s art celebrates the visible and invisible worlds of summer.  A fiber artist and figurative sculptor, Ms. Beaudry spins tales of light and darkness, texture and color, realism and fantasy. Her greatest inspiration comes from nature.  “Every piece I create draws somehow on the beauty, movements and mystery of the seen and unseen world around me. I mostly love when, through the introduction of a particular energy: heat, movement, time, etc., materials begin to take on a life of their own and participate in creating themselves.  This becomes my working environment of constant expectation and anticipation of surprises and miracles. It is a beautiful place to be!”  Eco prints on silk, warm-weather felts and fantastical sculptures will entice art lovers of all ages. 


“Time, Tide, Wind and Water” features Nancy Nielsen and Madeline Beaudry




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​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. Open to the public. Tax Free Shopping. 

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