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For thirty-four years Bert Gallery has looked regionally to rediscover what has been lost, forgotten or suppressed in the construction of an American art history. The Providence School: GRITTY, IMAGINATIVE AND ENDURING shows the distinct art culture that resonated in Providence in the 19th and 20th Century.
Over the decades Providence, Rhode Island was home to several innovative and resourceful artists and collectors. The industrial and manufacturing businesses leaned heavily on artistic trades attracting a diversified multi-cultural work force. In the 1880’s, the wealth generated in Providence was invested into the foundation of a rich cultural capital city and the coterie of artists became the city’s creative engine.
The Providence School of artists contributed to the regional American art scene. Many were innovators and advocates in the national arena of American art. The Providence School: GRITTY, IMAGINATIVE AND ENDURING examines artists who shaped the cultural scene. Since the 1830’s artists set up studios in Providence, entrepreneurs found galleries (Vose Gallery 1842, Bert Gallery 1985); collectors acquired paintings and philanthropists established cultural institutions (RISD, Providence Art Club, Handicraft Club & Providence Athenaeum). This exhibit explores artists such as:
Exhibit Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 – 4
The Studio Tour at Bert Gallery: Gasbarro, Hodge, Martiesian, Speiser, Thornton & Vitullo is a sampling of the contemporary artists represented by Bert Gallery. One example of each artist is on view and a new work of art by each artist will be installed every month until September.
Being a contemporary visual artist has never been simple, the personal struggles from Van Gogh to Lee Krasner are the historical record of many a publication or exhibit. By the late 20th century the “contemporary artist” has been marketed as the sacred “seer” of society’s struggles - a kind of psychoanalyst for the world community. These are pretty heavy and lofty responsibilities to assume for any profession. Yet, over the centuries all artists share the common goal of creating a visual image that reflects their insights about the world around them. Refining their craft to develop their own visual language and commentary to inspire, provoke or sooth an audience.
For the past thirty-four years Bert gallery has handled hundreds of paintings, sculpture and works on paper from artists in the past. It is hard not to reflect upon the legacy of historic artists and consider how contemporary artists are thinking and creating today in a rapidly fluctuating social melieu. With this in mind, Bert Gallery celebrates six contemporary artists, Gasbarro, Hodge, Martiesian, Speiser, Thornton & Vitullo. What ties these artists together is their singular dedication and passion for making art despite the artistic climate or other life distractions. They “make art” day in and day out working in their studio, honing their craft, exploring their ideas in a visual media with little consideration of the consumer of their art. Stripped down to its essence, they create objects that give insight into their world.
Bert Gallery is fond of the historic continuum of painting, photography and sculpture. This exhibit selects one work each by six artists who have a combined career of 500 years of making art in Rhode Island. Bert Gallery is happy to celebrate their success and dedication to creating visual images that will endure beyond this generation and speak of the 21st century in years to come.
Exhibit Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 – 4
We continue at Bert Gallery to re-examine the significance of the oft-neglected Providence School of painters with feature topics. Postings will cover the topics: