Our 20th annual artist open studios event of Northwest R.I. this year featuring six local artists who are exhibiting in a variety of ways: Some opening up their studios, some setting up outdoor installations and still others by appointment. Demonstrations. Check the website for details of each artist as well as examples of work, artist information, and a downloadable map and our new video!
Writer Relief: Funds & Fellowships for RI Creatives
What Cheer Writers Club
With so many local creatives in financial straits, What Cheer Writers Club is holding a practicum on financial relief available to writers, illustrators and podcasters negatively impacted by Covid or otherwise in need of funding for creative projects. Register now for Writer Relief: Funds & Fellowships for RI Creatives with RISCA’s Mollie Flanagan, online on Sat, Oct 3 from 1-2:30pm.
Common Fence Music will present the St. Louis Steady Grinders in a Livestream concert at 7 PM on Sunday, September 13. The event will be available at the Common Fence Music Facebook page.
Ethan Leinwand and Miss Jubilee (aka the St. Louis Steady Grinders play old-school, long lost, low-down piano/vocal blues from their hometown of St. Louis, MO. Featuring powerhouse vocals and foot-stomping piano, the Grinders bring a joy and effortless authenticity into a forgotten repertoire.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE LOCAL SCENE : JOHN MONLLOS & JOANNE RODINO
Common Fence Music
Common Fence Music opens a new online concert series, Spotlight on the Local Scene, on Sunday,September 27 at 7 PM, with John and Joanne. Spotlight on the Local Scene is an effort to showcase some of the fine local performers in and around Rhode Island. The event is free and all tips go to the artists. A link to the online concert will be provided at commonfencemusic.org at showtime.
John and Joanne are John Monllos and Joanne Rodino are a married couple who ply the American Songbook. John is a versatile guitarist, composer, performer and educator. He was the Assistant directorof Navy Band Northeast and a member of the United States Navy Band for over 20 years. John has made several TV appearances and has appeared with the Boston Pops with the Navy Showband, and appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival as Director of the University of Rhode Island Newport Jazz Festival Big Band. Joanne Rodino’s roots are in musical theater. She began as a dancer in the Broadway European tour of West Side Story. Singing became a passion while portraying Patsy Cline in the musical Always Patsy Cline. She has performed with big bands from Rhode Island to New York for over a decade.
Figurative painter and multi-media artist Bob Dilworth is the next guest in IFA’s Artists Speak series, a Zoom event
Imago Foundation for the Arts
A 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island Council on the Arts Painting Fellowship, Bob Dilworth is the final speaker in Imago Foundation for the Arts’ second annual “Artists Speak” series. Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dilworth will share the story of his career in a presentation on Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 pm via Zoom.
IFA strongly encourages student artists, emerging and mid-career artists, as well as those interested in the arts to attend “Artists Speak” events. The series is free and open to the public. Register on eventbrite.com or email for a link to the talk.
Dilworth completed his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 1973 and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. He is a professor of Photography, Drawing, Design, and African American Art History at the University of Rhode Island, Art and Art History Department. He currently serves as Chair of the department. Dilworth is a Board member at the Newport Art Museum.
Dilworth’s artwork has been exhibited throughout New England, Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois as well as Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. His work is widely collected, including by Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Fairmont Hotel Corporation in San Francisco. Dilworth’s artwork “give visual expression to [his] experiences growing up in the South in a large family rich with lively personas.” He explores the intersection between memory, myths, folktales, and spiritual beliefs.
“Artists Speak” is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other funding is provided through the Rhode Island Legislative Grant Program, BankNewport and the Jay Barry Cultural Arts Foundation.