For the past sixteen years, once a month galleries and museums in Providence, Rhode Island have open their doors free to the public to host Gallery Night. The event is a chance to meet some of the artists of Rhode Island and for artists to speak about their work.
When Gallery Night first started in 1996, only a handful of galleries participated and there was only one bus to ferry viewers. This year there will be twenty five galleries, museums, and historic sites that will participate and nine buses to help with transportation. Some of these venues include the RISD Museum of Art, John Brown House Museum, the Providence Art Club, the David Winton Bell Gallery, and the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School.
Providence artists Paula Martiesian and Ida Schmulowitz are two of the main organizers who have helped fuel the event. Funded largely by the dues of participating galleries and museums and supplemented with grants and donations, Schmulowitz, one of Gallery Night's few paid employees, says that the event operates on a shoestring budget. Additional information about the event can be found in a recent article by the Providence Journal.
The Gallery Night season opens this Thursday March 15. Galleries will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm. This week's celebrity guided tour will begin at 6pm and be led by gallery owner Catherine Bert and David Winton Bell Gallery curator Ian Alden Russell.
Malcolm Grear Designers has a long history with the David Winton Bell Gallery designing many of its exhibitions' publications, installation graphics, signs, and website. The studio designed the Wheeler School's visual identity, exterior and interior signs, and donor recognition. The studio also recently designed and built a portfolio website for Schmulowitz to showcase her large format paintings of urban landscapes throughout the seasons.