Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 3/16 to 3/19

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Coming to Rhode Island Exhibit

At the Providence Children’s Museum. In this exhibit you will take a time-traveling adventure and meet real people who came to Rhode Island from many different countries. Hear their stories and find out why they came, what they brought and how they changed the Ocean State.

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Our Recommendations: Art Galleries

Providence is known as the “Creative Capital,” and for good reason. The city is home to many art galleries and museums that display artwork from all over the world. And if you’re visiting at the end of the month, Gallery Night is not to be missed. Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

Yellow Peril Gallery

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Yellow Peril Gallery, photo via theplantprovidence.com

Founded in 2011, Yellow Peril Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career and established artists in the United States and abroad. Their inventory comprises of works of art from critically-acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. Artists represented share their commitment to social responsibility, and 10% from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice.

Thursday and Friday: 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m.-  5 p.m. 

Providence Art Club Gallery

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Providence Art Club Gallery, photo via gallery night.org

Founded in 1880 to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community, the Club has long been a place for artists and art patrons to congregate, create, display and circulate works of art. Located along Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Providence Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic houses, home to studios, galleries and the clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of sponsoring and supporting the visual arts in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

Monday- Friday 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

RISD Museum

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RISD Museum, photo via mhcari.org

The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. The RISD Museum houses more than 91,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture to contemporary art in every medium, including textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture. Part of the Rhode Island School of Design, the museum offers a full schedule of special exhibitions, lectures, tours, concerts and other programs.

Tuesdays- Sundays 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

ArtProv Gallery

ArtProv is a gallery of contemporary art that displays an evocative collection of works centered around color, texture and expression by local, national and international artists. Constructed in a converted loft space in the Jewelry District’s historic Doran Building, ArtProv’s inspired location features three viewing spaces open for private showings.

Wednesday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

The Chazan Gallery

Chazan Gallery, photo via chazangallery.org

Chazan Gallery @ Wheeler is a nonprofit artists’ space which exhibits a wide range of contemporary work by artists living or working in the area. Providence is a city with a very large community of artists, and the gallery provides an excellent space for these artists to exhibit their work. Through an open jury process, the gallery shows work from among the strongest artists in the area in a series of varied and intresting exhibitions each year. Bill Van Siclen, the Providence Journal’s art editor, has called the gallery “a model of quality and consistency. The artists have been among the best the state has to offer.” Located on the East Side of Providence near Brown University and RISD, the gallery is totally supported by Wheeler School, a gift to the Providence arts community from the school.

Tuesday-  Saturday 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday 2:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

Grin Contemporary Gallery

GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District of Providence, Rhode Island. Directed by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in 2013 as a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work, with a steady curatorial hand.

Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

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David Winton Bell Gallery, photo via brown.edu

David Winton Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery is Brown University’s contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the university’s permanent art collection. The gallery hosts four to five major exhibitions each year, as well as annual exhibitions of student artwork and a triennial exhibition of artwork by Brown faculty members.

Monday-Wednesday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Dryden Gallery

The Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame stands as the city’s largest and most versatile space of its kind. It is comprised of two distinctly structured, equally appealing venues. The ground floor Red Gallery is an intimate setting ideal for showcasing individual artists, while the Grand Gallery encompasses the cavernous third floor of one of Providence’s most celebrated restored mill buildings. Providence Picture Frame, in continuous operation since 1889, is the oldest and largest frame store in New England. Dryden Gallery manifests its commitment to support, provide common ground for, and indeed celebrate local visual artists and their peers from all points of the compass.

Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. -6:30 p.m.

Gallery Z

The Atwells Ave. location currently displays an extensive and diverse selection of small-to-medium-sized original Fine Art works (paintings, photographs, drawings, glass, sculptures, collages, assemblages) from Gallery Z‘s deep stable of Fine Artists: locally, nationally or internationally renowned, along with a selection of jewelry, pottery and unusual specialty handicrafts from Armenia and around the world.

Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

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The Haffenreffer Museum, photo via ianaldenrussell.com

The Haffenreffer Museum

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum.  A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. The museum offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery

Peter Miller Fine Art (PMFA) photography gallery opened in March 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island. The gallery is the only venue dedicated exclusively to fine art photography in Providence and Southern New England.

Visit by appointment

AS220

AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit and/or perform in its facilities, which include several rotating gallery spaces, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care and in the juvenile detention facilities, four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a bar and restaurant.

  • Main Gallery: 115 Empire St. Performance Space
  • Youth Gallery: 115 Empire Street (Second Floor)
  • Open Window: 115 Empire Street
  • Project Space (and Reading Room): 93 Mathewson St. (Dreyfus building)
  • Resident Gallery: 131 Washington (First floor of the Mercantile building)

Open the first Saturday of the month from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

For a full list of Art Galleries in Providence and the entire State of Rhode Island, please visit the Discover Rhode Island website.

WaterFire’s recommendations for September 19-22nd

Thank you to (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc., RI Rally4Recovery, The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:46PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

Fall view from Prospect Park

This weekend marks the Fall Eqinox. As the leaves change and the days grow shorter and cooler, the beauty of New England is in full force. Be sure to enjoy the varied palette of colors along historic Benefit Street and take a walk over to Prospect Park for a birds-eye view of the entire downtown skyline. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a walking tour of Providence where you will discover the complex history of the city as well as enjoy the insights and historical perspective offered by your tour guide. As we light the braziers at each WaterFire, enjoy the crackle of the flames and the crisp feel of the night air as you join us to usher in the season of magic and wonder.

Thursday, September 19

Burnside Park Music Series

Due to popular demand, and the generous support of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy sponsors, the Burnside Park Music Series has been extended September 19! This week we welcome Gurpo Sazon to the Burnside Park music stage, a dynamic Latin band that has been featured at WaterFire on two occasion. This is the final evening of the summer music series so get out and check it out. The beer garden is open at 4:30, music begins at 5:30. Free & family-friendly!

Gallery Night Providence

What better way to check out all of the various artists throughout Providence than to check out ‘Gallery Night Providence’! This is a free, fun-filled introduction to Providence’s exciting art scene that is held on the third Thursday of the month, from March through November.

Friday, September 20

PARK(ing) Day

This annual, worldwide event, encourages artists, designers and citizens to transform metered parking spots, or parking lots, into temporary public parks and works of art. With over 30 participating businesses and organizations participating throughout Providence, this will be a great excuse to get out and walk around town. Perhaps you will discover a new park, an outdoor library, cafe seating, a musical ensemble, an art show, a mini-farmers’ market, you name it. Let’s go PARK(ing)!

Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

Taste Trekkers is the nation’s first food tourism conference and is taking place downtown Providence. This event is specifically designed for people who plan their vacations around food.  This is a great opportunity to experience insight from locally and regionally renown chefs and farmers, wine makers and beer brewers, food bloggers and travel writers, all with one goal: to show you how to explore the world through food. Conference begins on Friday and extends through the weekend.

Saturday, September 21

WaterFire Full Lighting

With events starting at 1:30pm, we have a lot in store for you this evening at WaterFire.  Check out  Rally 4 Recovery‘s annual festival at Roger Williams Memorial Park where you can hear great bands and enjoy other family friendly events.  Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more. Be sure to stop the College Street Bridge to check out the tent featuring FoodForward, an event brought to you by RallyRI and WaterFire to showcase some of Rhode Island’s food innovators where you can learn more and sample some great products.

This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsors: (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc. & RI Rally4Recovery & The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid 

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!

The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night. Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 6pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer.

Sunday, September 22

Final Summer Pops in the Park

The Philharmonic Pops Orchestra are performing at Slater Park in Pawtucket at 5:30pm, just a quick jaunt North of Providence. This is their final outside concert and should not be missed. Free and family friendly, Slater Park is a beautiful location for listening to an evening concert.

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