artists' exchange highlights
july 2010
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Highlights at a Glance:
  • YART Sale Lays Groundwork for new annual event
  • One Act Play Festival to Open in August... Black Box Theatre Actors are Hard at Work
  • Artists' Exchange Receives Fun and Useful Donations
  • Art Class Visits Tracy's Farm
  • Summer Camps are in Full Swing
  • Artists' Exchange Awarded RISCA Grant for 2010 Production of "A Christmas Carol"
  • Artists' Exchange Day Program Welcomes New Art Teacher
YART Sale Lays Groundwork for new Annual Event!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the YART Sale, through donations, volunteering or participating.

yart saleDespite the cloudy skies, we had approximately 400 attendees, and hope to grow this number each year.

There was a lot of positive feedback from attendees, who wYART crowdere inspired by the work of the artisans and by the artists featured in our Upcycled Art Showcase, and equally excited to find secondhand treasures amidst our yard sale vendors' collections.

The children working with BIG NAZ0 artists to create robot creature masks with recycled foam proudly paraded their creations while doing "the robot" and inventing their own monster-inspired movements.big nazo robot parade

upcycled art showcase
Our reuse workshop participants discovered new uses for cd cases, which they turned into upcycled cd journals, and magazines and surplus Census posters, which became decorative flowers and upcycled beads for earrings. We saw many smiling faces leaving with secondhand and handmade treasures, and were thrilled to see these two worlds collide.
reuse workshopRobot Creature Mask

Orlando and Iris at YART

The total income from the YART Sale was a little over $1500, and after expenses, profit was a little over $1100

This is the first installment in a series of fundraising efforts going toward our capital campaign to raise funds for a NEW HOME for Gateways.
One Act Play Festival to Open in August... Black Box Players Are Hard at Work...

Rich wouldCatherine like to highlight the hard work of two particular Black Box Theatre players, Catherine Fay and Bob Macaux. Catherine will appear in a "The Rental," a stbobory about a lonely young woman whose friend rents her a dream date for her birthday... Catherine's character is thrilled to finally meet a man who knows how to make her happy. Bobby will play a retired private eye with a haunting past in "The Case of the Missing Brother." Rich feels Catherine and Bob have shown tremendous growth, and that the fruits of their labors are evident in the characters they are currently developing... come check them out at the festival!

Performances are on the following dates:

August 12 - 14    7pm
August 15           2pm
August 19 - 21    7pm
August 22           2pm

Mark Your Calendars!
Artists' Exchange Receives Fun and Useful Donations

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mannequinse recently received donations from Ruth's Lingerie and Johnson & Wales University.

Ruth's, one of Artists' Exchange's neighbors on Rolfe Square, was doing some cleaning and wanted to get rid of a bunch of beat-up mannequins. They stopped by Artists' Exchange to see if we'd be interested... and we took them all.

See if you can find Elaine hiding amidst the camouflage!

Elaine initiated a painting project to transform the mannequins, and with Shannon's help, the project was ultimately completed with fabulous results.

painted mannequins
With a little love, the unwanted mannequins have become artsy decor in our gallery! Thanks to all our day program artists who assisted in the painting of the ladies.

Johnson & Wales also recently invited select nonprofits to tour their warehouse and collect from unwanted items.

Artists' Exchange walked away with 3 overhead projectors on audio visual carts with built-in power strips... these will be extremely useful for art projects, and possibly for use during events as well.

Art Class Goes to Tracy's Farm!

David and Cows
Sandra had a great idea to take art class to Tracy's farm, to observe and draw the animals and to share a unique experience together. They had a great time with the chickens, goats and cows... and Tracy's sweet black labs.

Thanks to Sandra for putting this experience together, and to Tracy for welcoming everyone to her home and showing them around the farm!

Vanessa and pupBob on Tractor
Summer Camps Are In Full Swing!

Theater Campers 2Artists' Exchange kicked off its first week of summer camps on June 28th, with Arts of the Great Outdoors, the first themed art camp and the first of 3 two week theater camps developing a production they're calling "Beauty is a Beast."

Christin Goff, the new Theater Camp teacher, is an experienced and talented actor/educator winning recent acclaim for a Second Story Theatre one woman show as Emily Dickinson. She has dived in and is doing great things with her group.

Art Camper 2

Shannon, through her inexhaustible creativity, has been generating tons of fun projects with her campers, from outdoor mosaics, to recycled candles made from crayon stubs and hand painted window art.

Alison has been doing a great job assisting with art camps, and was recently nicknamed "Awesome Alison" by one of the campers.

Art Campers 3

mosaic 1
Camp Evaluations are collected from all parents on the last day of camp. We've received rave reviews so far... and here's one we found particularly fantastic:
"Justin has many special needs - emotional and behavioral. All of his needs we met beyond my expectations."

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Awarded RISCA Grant for 2010 Production of "A Christmas Carol"

Artists' Exchange has received a $1500 grant for its 2010 production of "A Christmas Carol." This grant will help to alleviate costs involved in this large scale production which is scheduled to once again take the stage at Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts at the Historic Park Theatre.
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Program Welcomes New Art Teacher
With Sandra pursuing a summer opportunity elsewhere, Artists' Exchange sought out a temporary replacement, and happily found Sara Loos. Sara has been a welcome and easy addition to the Artists' Exchange team. With her warm smile and enthusiastic approach to teaching, Day Program Artists have responded very well to their new teacher. The next time you come by Artists' Exchange, stop by and say hello to Sara!