AS220 Date in the Dark(room)

This just in at the rose and chocolate strewn disaster of my newsdesk - AS220 is your Valentine's Day date hotspot!

AS220 Date in the Dark(room) - Valentine's Day photo offer

It's a charming offer: you and your sweetie (or BFF, or beloved pet) head to the Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220 today between 1-6pm. A talented, in-house photographer will shoot your free, old-timey portrait on black and white film using an old-fashioned camera. Sign up for a follow-up printing workshop on either February 22 or 25th, and get a hands-on lesson for printing your portrait taken today! Workshop cost is only $25, and includes a take home 8"x10" print for you and your amore. Don't have the time nor the inclination for the workshop? You can still take home your keepsake portrait, printed by the in-house experts, for a mere $30.

The Paul Krot Community Darkroom is located at AS220: 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Weekend Preview: FH13

As the grinding ice floe of this week rapidly collides with Friday, I'm told that the mercury is going to cooperate; so, hopefully leaving the house without dying a little bit will be an option. I'm recommending the cozy goodness of Firehouse No. 13 as a venue for washing away those winter blues this weekend, as they've got a spate of programming in store:

The Low Anthem: performing at Firehouse No.13 on Friday, 2/6. Photo Credit: Willa Mamet Photography

Above: The Low Anthem. Photo by Willa Mamet.

Friday 2/6: If you are not yet stricken with the late winter ick, arrive early for the return of Providence's own Low Anthem at Firehouse No. 13 tonight. The band is having a special ticket pre-sale on their website, so early-birds get the worm. Word has it that Low Anthem heads to the jolly old stomping grounds of Austin for SXSW 2009...something tells me it won't be easy to catch them in a small venue after that, so be forwarned.

Roil and Flush: Exhibition of work by Will Machin and Anna Shapiro - FH13 Feb 4-28

Saturday 2/7: The long-awaited opening reception of Anna Shapiro and Will Machin's exhibition "Roil and Flush", featuring new work by both artists. The opening reception, from 6-9pm will be followed by live entertainment from Allysen Callery and the Land of Nod, Tallahassee, Brown Bird, Ben Pilgrim and The Free Union Band & Alec K. Redfearn. Look for a review in upcoming posts!

Sunday 2/8: Sleep in, you deserve it.

Firehouse No.13: 41 Central Street, Providence, RI 02907.

Visit Me at Open Studios This Weekend

Every time December comes around I feel like a piece of pulled taffy. There are so many things on my "to-do" list, and so many events and invitations piling up! I'm feeling the full plate pain a little extra this year, but that's not stopping me from piling it a little higher with a new job, projects and events.

Hyde Park Open Studios - December 6-7, 2008

Fill your plate and cross some holiday shopping items off of your to-do list THIS WEEKEND at Hyde Park Open Studios. Visit me at 65 Sprague Street, 2nd Floor, Studio #4 (rear window) and get an exclusive look at my magical workspace. After 8 long years of managing this multi-use studio, I'm moving it all down to Providence.

Meredith Cutler Studio Shots

To save myself some packing drama, I'm offering special pricing on all of my archived artwork, '07-'08 jewelry from Crostini, and a nice selection of unique studio supplies. Come meet me and Henry the ginormous stick plant (then tell me how I'm supposed to move him, he's 10 feet tall...)

With over 80 local artists participating, it's sure to be an exciting and enjoyable weekend. Please stop by and introduce yourself!

Use It Or Lose It: What To Do Tonight

Well, it's Friday night...and what a week it's been! Monday seems like a month ago. I suggest using some of the nervous energy we've built up over the course of this momentus, nail-biter of a week to get out and circulate.

Local to Providence? My picks for tonight:

Drink and Draw at Firehouse No. 13 - November 7th, 8pm-midnight

"It's an art party! Come drink and draw at Firehouse 13 on November 7th starting at 8pm! There will be interactive drawing games, lots of beer and general rowdiness. Everyone's drawings will be hung on the gallery walls and photographed. It'll be a super fun time. Bring your own drawing tools; we'll provide the paper, inspiration, and a soundtrack. Hope to see you there!"

Firehouse No.13 is located at 41 Central Street, Providence, RI 02907

1st Annual Itty Bitty Invitational at YES Gallery + Studio

Also on the calendar for tonight is the opening reception for the 1st annual "Itty/Bitty" invitational, a group show of affordable, small-scale artwork at Warren's YES Gallery + Studio. All artwork is sized at 9"x9" or less, and will be priced at no more than $495. The participants represent a spectrum of emerging and mid-career artists, hailing from near to far.

Here's an idea...collectors, redirect some of that investment money you just pulled out of the stock market. YES Gallery + Studio is a tax free zone, so feel secure that none of your honest art investment will go to bail out Wall Street!

The show remains on view through December 21st. For more info, visit the YES Gallery + Studio blog.

YES Gallery + Studio is located at 146 Water Street, Warren, RI 02885

Elizabeth King: "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye"

An exciting exhibition opens tonight at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. Artist Elizabeth King pushes the boundaries of the mechanics and emotion of human movement through her evocative, cross-media works.

In a groundbreaking mid-career survey, "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" represents a wide selection of the artist's meticulous automaton sculptures and their accompanying film studies. King's otherworldly human portraits in fine porcelain, glass and wood bridge the time-honored practice of sculpture with the science of human movement and the illusion of film.

Elizabeth King, Animation Study: Pose 7, 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in.  Collection of the artist.

Image: Elizabeth King, "Animation Study: Pose 7", 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in. Collection of the artist.

To preview tonight's opening reception, Elizabeth King will give a free lecture at 5:30pm today in the List Art Center Auditorium.

"The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" is on view from November 7th through December 21st, 2008 at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. You can read my full review of the exhibition in the November/December issue of artscope magazine.

The David Winton Bell Gallery is located on the first floor of Brown University's List Art Center: 64 College Street, Providence, RI 02906.

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