On July 15, the Summer Salon returns to OneWay Gallery, saturating the space with hundreds of works of art by thirty local and national artists. The show, a gallery staple, puts a contemporary twist on the four-century-old French tradition.
Painter Stephen Cook, who owns OneWay Gallery, says contemporary art often requires room to breathe on a wall. But in an experiment at the gallery’s former Hope Artiste Village outpost in Pawtucket, Cook learned that breaking the rules could be powerful, as well. He clustered work by photographers, sculptors, painters and mixed media artists and the Salon was born.
“It’s an impactful way to show the work,” he says.
Cavernous in size, the Narragansett gallery lends itself to a salon-style show. The exhibition’s last iteration, in 2015, drew praise from local arts writers and gallery goers alike.
OneWay’s stable artists — including Cook, a physical painter who makes large-scale abstractions; photographer Christian Harder; and Reason, who creates hand-stenciled portraits of pop culture icons — will show work in this year’s Summer Salon. The exhibition also includes work by Rebecca Adams, who studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She employs film noir techniques to capture contemporary subjects in black and white paintings.
Kiera Griffith, another RISD graduate, specializes in textiles. Her “dream spaces” explore memory and gender expression via colorful, repetitive patterns.
Also showing is Giana Sacco, the artist behind Occipital/NYC. The Rhode Island native, who studied at the Parsons School of Design, draws on her fashion training to create expressive, linear illustrations on paper and canvas.
The public is invited to celebrate OneWay Gallery’s Summer Salon at an artists’ reception on July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served, plus two performances by Blue Moon Caravan, a belly dance group that blends Indian, Flamenco and North African traditions with contemporary flair.
Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., and by appointment. The exhibition runs through August 13.
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