Grigor Saribekyan’s love of friendship is apparent in his artwork, which often features his staff and friends. He enjoys taking photos with people and then meticulously recreates the scene, giving it his own artistic spin. A diligent artist and enthusiastic socialite, he always has a long waiting list of who he’ll draw next. With each new friend he makes, the list grows longer. In his own words, “It’s my picture. I draw flowers, I draw butterflies. I draw Shay and small Sarah—is very small baby. Colleen’s picture is very long paper. I tell her, ‘I’m not finished Colleen, it’s very surprise.’ First pencil. Pencil all done pencil delete. Sharpie marker and watercolor. I’m draw Alexa. I’m draw Dawn Cat. I’m draw Kyla. I’m draw Chris. I’m draw Ayesha too…” His list of fortunate friends, of course, continues.
Grigor is an artist with Resources for Human Development-RI (RHD). Since 2004, RHD has helped adults with developmental disabilities reach their goals. With a strong focus on the arts, RHD works with our Participants to develop new skills, become more integrated in the local community, and explore a variety of employment opportunities.
We believe that art allows people the opportunity to be productive in a truly distinct and meaningful way. We believe the people we support possess their own unique artistic vision, and our daily purpose is to help find the means to turn that vision into reality and, ultimately, share it with the world. Our frequent art and music shows are joyous affairs that showcase the talents of our Participants, help them earn money, and raise awareness of the richness of the lives and talents of people with disabilities.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Warren Folks Festival!
Sunday, August 5th, 12-8pm
COLD BEER! LIVE MUSIC! ART for SALE! LOCAL FOOD!
Featuring music from:
Haunt the House...Roots Government... Bernard John... The Low Cards... The Quahogs
AND adding a second stage this year featuring bands from 75orless Music
Local food from The Original Balascos Pizza & Bella Roast Beef... Eli's Kitchen and more!!
A live art festival featuring artists from around the state...and beyond!
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Ages 15 and above
Class is limited to 10 people
$15 per person
You'll will be learning how to roll a cone, how to mix the henna + practice the technique of draping.
You will also get a chance to practice the basic shapes + how to put them together to create henna designs.
Holly Ferreira is a local artist, teacher, and dancer who focuses on empowering women all around the state. She began doing henna 10 years ago at India Restaurant, where she was the featured dancer every weekend. It brought her to doing festivals, and various parties and events all around New England. She has learned about the history of henna, as well as many different styles. She only uses all natural henna, When not taking care of her family, working, or teaching, she is consantrating on her Life/ Empowerment Coaching business. She does everything in her life with a healing energy and love in her heart.
Pop-up Sunday continues with artist & designer Matt Roza on Sunday July 1st. Come by and check out his beautiful work from 10-3pm.
Matt Roza • Design | Studio hand-crafts light fixtures, furniture, and other home-decor statement pieces. His art focus is blurring the lines between form and function of home-objects. Through sculptural light fixtures, furniture, and his current series of abstract wall clocks, he intends to create objects that have presence in a room through a striking form while serving practical functionality.
The Collaborative is excited to welcome, from Nashville, Rusty Clanton and Riley Moore to entertain at the gallery space on Tuesday June 12th at 7pm.
This is a free event. Donations for the artist always appreciated! BYOB.
Rusty Clanton is from Nashville, TN. He started uploading his songs to YouTube in 2011 and since then he has consistently attracted a dedicated audience. He began playing in living rooms around the US in 2014 and discovered that touring was his truest love. He has performed in venues and 70+ houses across the United States and has toured twice in the UK opening for Dodie Clark and Emma Blackery respectively. His newest EP, Big Bear, Little Bear, was released everywhere on January 4th, 2018.
Riley Moore was born in Dallas, Texas. He relocated to Birmingham, Alabama at 2 and to Nashville, Tennessee at 3 and a half. He hiked up a mountain backwards when he was 11 years old. At the ripe age of 18, Riley moved from Nashville to Sydney, Australia where he grew his first beard and wrote his first song. Since then, his beard, his travels and his songwriting have continued to blossom and he now lives on a Sailboat in Nashville.
His latest musical adventure is to become one of the first modern musicians to walk an entire tour. He and the rest of The Walking Guys completed an entire 1600 mile tour from Portland, Maine to Nashville, Tennessee on foot. Riley wants the lyrics of his songs to share stories that bring people together over common struggles and triumphs.
$15 per person
This workshop is an introduction to the alternative photographic process of Cyanotype. In this session, we will discuss different methods for creating a contact print and the versatility of working with Cyanotype. You will be able to choose from a variety of pre-coated papers to create and develop your own prints. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring objects or leaves/flowers with interesting silhouettes to use in your print. Keep in mind that the flatter the object, the clearer the resulting image will be.
Emily Rodrigues is a native Rhode Islander who now resides in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She obtained her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Although her degree is in glass, she enjoys working in a variety of mediums from photography to woodworking. Recently her focus has been on making memorial jewelry by melting the ashes of pets or loved ones who have passed away into glass beads. She is very passionate about creating these keepsakes and helping people keep a physical reminder of the ones they have lost.
Join us in celebrating the work of illustrator Michael Brousseau at the gallery space on Friday June 8 from 6-9pm.
Light refreshments provided. Donations always appreciated!
"I'm a tattooer, illustrator who is influenced by graphic art, graffiti art, tattooing, cartooning and architectural design. I draw by creating layers with different colored markers, and lately I'm leaving the layers on the finished work because I find the look it creates pleasing. I own Hope Street Tattoo, and have been tattooing for 19 years."
Join us at the gallery in celebrated the work of student artist Bella Patterson on Saturday, June 2 from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
Bella Patterson is a sophomore at Seekonk High School. She has been interested in art her whole life. After her mom passed away from breast cancer in 2016, Bella uses her art to express her feelings about pain and loss.
Her mediums include pencils, sharpies and a tissue. She will be celebrating her Sweet Sixteen on June 28th.
Come down to the Fort for a night of poetry readings, the first of what we hope to be many more. Whether you write or simply want to listen in and enjoy the poets, we hope to see you.
The doors will open at 6:30 and there will be a sign-up sheet.
(3 poem limit, 10 minute time limit)
Join us in celebrating the work of talented artist, Emma Hancox on Saturday May 12th from 6-8pm at our gallery, 498 Main St, Warren.
Emma is a senior at La Salle Academy. She loves art, simple as that. Ever since she was young Emma would create with everything she could get a hold on, whether it was making dresses for her toy horses or drawing on the walls. Over this past summer, she found her own style. Since then, Emma has done a lot more work in developing her unique style. Painting is one of many ways she enjoys expressing herself. Many of the paintings she creates don’t have any particular personal meaning to them, so they are up for interpretation.
T-shirt Yarn Workshop: Scarves and Necklaces
Instructor Marny Kindness
For Adults and Kids (ages 6+ accompanied by an adult)
Kids, bring your parent to this workshop that will show you how to create yarn out of cotton t-shirts (reuse/recycle) and how to arm knit and finger knit.
Forgotten t-shirts can now become a cool and stylish accessory!
Perfect for Mother’s Day presents!
Supplies will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a 100% cotton t-shirt that doesn’t have seams on the sides.
There is a requested donation of $10 per Adult.
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!
BUT THERE IS A WAIT LIST IN CASE FOLKS DROP OUT
Marny Kindness is a local artist who uses all kinds of media, and mainly focuses on fiber and textile art. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she has worked in arts administration for nearly 20 years. She’s currently an exhibition manager at the RISD Museum. When not spending time with her family in Warren, RI, she volunteers for the Bristol Warren Education Foundation board and the Hugh Cole PTO.
Join us as we celebrate the colorful work of Joe Lytle on Thursday May 3rd from 6-9pm.
Light refreshments provided.
Joe Lytle lives and paints in Bristol RI. He began to seriously pursue visual art in the late 60’s. His medium of choice is Acrylic. His work has morphed in many directions over the years while maintaining a unique personal style. He approaches each painting as an adventure and the process a pleasure. The artist wants you to wander with him through imaginary worlds where myth blends with reality and color is not restrained. Influences are numerous
Briefly describe your primary art focus: The creation of unique high quality objects of art that generate critical and market acceptance without compromising artistic vision and integrity
Join The Collaborative for a closing reception for the Warren Art Academy. You will get to see samples of the hard work (and fun) from all the students who participated in the Academy throughout the month of March.
Light refreshments provided. Donations always appreciated.
Join us for our Grand Re-Opening Fundraiser on Saturday April 7th from 4-10pm.
SEE new work from many of our Member Artists!
MEET many new Artists who are eager to show their talents!
HEAR original music from Warren's own Kate Mick!
ENJOY refreshments and fun all evening!
SPONSOR our monthly music program!
DONATIONS always appreciated!!
The Collaborative Teen Art Program with Artist Faye Silvia will run on Saturday November 11th from 12-4pm at the Collaborative space 498 Main Street Warren.
Faye has been a Member Artist at the Collaborative for over a year, starting out as a featured Student Artist. She has since become one of the groups most successful members and an advocate for other young artists.
This workshop will bring up to 12 teen artists (ages 12-19) together to work on building confidence through art, motivation to keep creating, to teach about marketing and taking steps toward selling art and to teach teens about stress and dealing with it through art.
All supplies for this workshop will be provided.
Light refreshments will also be provided.
This is a FREE workshop, but limited to 12 participants!
SIGN UP IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM
Join us in celebrating the beautiful work of Jenny Brown! Saturday October 14th 4-6pm.
Jenny Brown is visual artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island, whose primary mediums are drawing, collage, and works on paper. Her work brings to life a mythical world of sea creatures and celestial beings, realized through her love of paper ephemera.
Her recent collage works focus on a dream of representing harmony amongst different elements of the natural world (flora, fauna, the moon, the sea). An abundance of flowers in the work represent the hearts and souls of these fantastic creatures. Branches and tentacles share their yearning to be connected to the most basic elements of life which created them...the cosmos, the oceans, the skies.
Jenny studied art at Bennington College and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York in 2005. She was a guest this spring on The Jealous Curator’s “Art for Your Ear” podcast, as well as a featured artist in both Create Magazine and “The Handmade Life,” published by Thames & Hudson.
Light refreshments provided.
Nicole Fontenault is a local artist whose work primarily focuses on portraiture and figure drawing /painting. She received a bachelor's degree in fine art from Bridgewater University in 2009. She works in the human service industry providing support to adults with disabilities.
Nicole's work will be on display all month long with a reception scheduled for Thursday August 31st from 6-8pm.
Light refreshments provided. Donations always welcome.
Calling all artists and graphic designers! The Collaborative and Discover Warren are having a little competition for Warren residents only!
The goal: to design this year's Warren Walkabout flyer.
The image should be digital and measure 11x17. We are looking for an image that represents this town in creative ways.
No need to add any text, but please design something with space to do so.
A panel of townsfolk will select a winner.
Also, ten submissions will be part of a gallery show at the collaborative during the Walkabout!
Submissions are due no later than September 2nd and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
This is last year's flyer, designed by Collaborative artist Adam Tracy, for inspiration.
Join The Collaborative, 30 Cutler Street & Chomp Kitchen and Drinks for the 2nd Annual Warren Folk's Fest!
This year's festival is sure to be fun and exciting!!
There will be art from many local artists.
Games and a super fun kids craft table.
Food from Eli's Kitchen, Balasco's Pizzeria, and MORE!
Comedy from local and national comedians!!
A craft beer tent sponsored by Chomp and featuring:
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Whalers Brewing Companys
Two Roads Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing Company
And, of course, the music!! This year's stage is sponsored in part by the generous contributions of: Sage Cellars, Amy Davock, Ric Wild, Kate Mick,Laurie Heyden, Patty MacDonald Silvia + Faye, Meghan Brennan, Marjorie Jane McClelland, Jennifer R. Reynolds Lial, Janet Moscarello, Tara Emsley, Sandy MacDonald & Sue McCarthy
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! We couldn't have done this without your help.
Jodie Treloar Sampson
Natural Vibes (feat. members of Natural Element)
Viking Jesus - Kris Hansen
Six Star General
The Low Cards
and Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else
All proceeds from this event go to The Collaborative to help their mission to bring meaningful and fun events to the community and to provide an environment that supports, encourages and celebrates the diverse talents within Rhode Island.
Join us for a new Student Artist Spotlight on Thursday July 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Collaborative gallery, 498 Main Street Warren, RI. The reception is curated by EyeSky, an online marketplace for youth artists. www.EyeSkyshop.com
Emily Riordan is an 18 year old graduate from School One. She likes painting, drawing, playing instruments, and sometimes looking at screens. Those asked about her have described her as “a pleasure to have in class”.
Aidan Furze is a 17 year old who graduated this year from Tiverton High School, AND from Bristol Community College with an Associate's Degree. In the fall he will be starting at Bard College to study Neuroscience. He loves to paint and loves bright colors. Constantly radiating love and happiness, Aidan wants to work to make the world a better place, and is doing it.
The reception is free and open to the public, light refreshments provided.
Join us at a kickoff event for a new Student Artist Spotlight series on Thursday June 8th from 6 to 8 pm at the Collaborative gallery, 498 Main Street Warren, RI. The series will spotlight a different high school student artist in the gallery space each month and is curated by EyeSky, an online marketplace for youth artists.
EyeSky, www.EyeSkyshop.com, is the creation of Bristol native Sky Tanner and is an online marketplace for youth to showcase and sell the art and products they create.
The first artist in the series is Lola Rael, a sophomore at School One in Providence and winner of a Silver Key in the Scholastic Arts award. Rael’s work will be hanging in the gallery at The Collaborative all month long with an artist reception this Thursday June 8th from 6-8pm.
The reception is free and open to the public, light refreshments provided.
GROUNDBREAKING ROCK POSTER EXHIBIT TO "DRAW THEM IN"
We are pleased to announce the closing reception showcasing artwork of Dan Blakeslee titled: "DRAW THEM IN." This Rock Poster Retrospective showcases 13 pieces spanning two decades of work and will take place on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 5pm at The Collaborative, 498 Main Street Warren, RI.
Blakeslee's rock posters have been hanging on record store windows, telephone poles and cafe walls across the country for 23 years. Various Blakeslee posters are featured in Grushkin & King's "Art Of Modern Rock" published by Chronicle Books in 2004. He is also the artist behind "Heady Topper" and "Focal Banger" beer labels for The Alchemist Brewing Company. He is both an artist and musician and a recent resident of Providence, RI.
Following the reception will be a musical concert from Blakeslee and Jenee Halstead at 7pm. Blakeslee has been making music throughout New England and touring the U.S. performing for over a decade. In 2015 he played the Newport Folk Festival. Joining Blakslee is singer-songwriter Jenee Halstead, winner of the Emerging Artist award at the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. The concert is presented on behalf of Warren native Shanley Zeilstra as part of a sponsorship program the Collaborative runs. “These sponsorships are a way people can make a donation to the Collaborative to help pay the musicians at our concerts,” says Executive Director Uriah Donnelly. “This month was purchased by Shanley’s parents for her birthday.”
The reception and concert are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome and encouraged.
Join The Collaborative, Warren’s all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization, for its one year anniversary fundraising event the weekend of March 24-26 at the gallery space!
The weekend will consist of three days of reflection and fun including live music, art sales, a t-shirt release, a tiki toast, and the much anticipated Student Art Exhibit: Self.
In March 2016, we opened with a showcase of work from six, established local artists, a four person board with a list of ideas, and a budget that would allow it to remain open for at least a few months. Overwhelming support from the local community during the opening and in subsequent months provided the necessary support The Collaborative needed to continually offer a variety of exposure to the arts.
On display will be founding artists: Janet Moscarello of Janet Moscarello Photography, Sandy MacDonald of Sandy MacDonald Studios, William Schaff, Nate Shaw, and Adam Tracy, of Dubs Deep. Also in the gallery are: Jennifer Daltry, Jennifer Hrabota Lesser, Nathan Murrell, Lelia Byron, and Christopher Roe. The gallery had also expanded to include handmade wares and crafts from Sweet Trade, Art of the Gem, Faye Silvia of Recedentian, and Elwood Donnelly.
In its first year, The Collaborative held two major events, the 2nd Annual Warren Folks’ Fest (it was actually the first one), and the Afterlight, a late November holiday celebration. They also hosted a monthly Figure Drawing workshop and poetry night: Words at the Fort. Monthly performances from several of the area’s talented musicians, including Will Houlihan, Ian Fitzgerald, The Vox Hunters, Krista Baroni, and many, many more filled the small space with an eclectic mix of styles for all in attendance. Other events included a Printmaking workshop, a Halloween-themed storytelling night, a CD release reception for folk duo, Atwater-Donnelly, and the launch of the first issue of The Warren Zine.
These events will continue, and in addition, The Collaborative is designing a Summer Arts Camp for youth in coordination with the Warren Recreation Department, will begin to offer a variety of evening art classes for adults, and hope to publish the first volume of Graphia, a journal of art and poetry. Plus, the 2nd, 2nd Annual Warren Folks’ Fest will be held in late July and there are still plans for a parade.
The three day event will kick off on Friday evening, March 24th at 7pm, with a live performance from Collaborative house musician Josh Grabert and his band The Vamps, continue with an open house anniversary celebration and fundraising event all day and night on Saturday, March 25th, and end with Self, the Student Art Exhibition on Sunday March 26th, starting at 1pm. Self is an autobiographical exhibit featuring high school student artists from all over Rhode Island.
All events are free and open to the public.
Proceeds and donations will help fund The Collaborative’s continued mission to “provide an environment for creatives that supports, encourages and celebrates the diverse talents within Rhode Island, giving artists an opportunity to network, create, exhibit and sell their work.”
The Collaborative announces the Cookies & Crafts event on Saturday February 18th, 12 pm-4 pm.
All are welcome to come to the gallery to make a Girl Scout Badge. Materials will be supplied free of charge. Donations are always welcome.
Girl Scout Cookies will also be available for purchase for $4 per box, cash only.
Join The Collaborative in welcoming the super talented Chris Monti for an intimate show in the gallery. A little about Chris:
Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by Rock and Roll, Country-Blues and Old-Time Fiddle Music as well as music from West Africa, Egypt and India. In addition to playing solo he also currently performs with Big Biscuit, Wilbur Hill and The Chris Monti Trio.
Chris has toured the East Coast, opened many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, played with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, played Terry Riley's "In C" with a hundred-piece ensemble, and played the world's largest hurdy gurdy for "Hurdy Gurdy Pallooza". Chris is also an amateur naturalist and avid bird watcher.
Doors are at 7:30. This is a FREE show, donations always welcomed.
Join The Collaborative in celebrating the work of Christopher Roe with his gallery show titled: Inspiration: The Poetry and Paintings of Christopher Roe
Christopher has been painting for over forty years and while his work covers most genres, he has spent the past ten years capturing the beauty and wonder of Ireland.
He is also a published poet with thirty-eight books to his credit.
The Gallery at The Collaborative is open Fridays 6-9 and Saturdays and Sundays 12-4. Christopher's work will be showcased all month long with a reception on Saturday January 28th from 6pm-9pm.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Join The Collaborative in welcoming Jennifer Hrabota Lesser to our gallery for the month of December.
Jennifer is an artist based in Providence, RI. Her work references fables, mythology, social and religious constructs. Her subjects are often embattled, finding or losing their own power. They deal with what the unconscious conveys beyond the armor of the exterior, and the need to cover up the unseemly with something beautiful. Her work is influenced by the story-telling art of golden age illustrators as well as the current pop-surrealist painters.
The Gallery at The Collaborative is open Fridays 6-9 and Saturdays and Sundays 12-4. Jennifer’s work will be showcased all month long with a reception on Friday December 16th from 6pm-9pm.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Dennis Kelly is a talented painter, tattoo artist and musician who lives in Rhode Island. His work seems to be influenced by Renaissance painting, symbolism, and 20th century illustration, as well as the aesthetics of Robert Williams, Francis Bacon, and Big Daddy Roth. Mr. Kelly finds endless inspiration in the pulp art and popular culture that infiltrated the margins of post WWII America. His paintings evoke obscure records, the occult, regional legend and lore, tabloid newspapers, and general outcastery. Mr. Kelly graduated from Rhode Island School Of Design with a degree in Film/Animation.
Mr. Kelly's work will be on display in The Collaborative for the entire month of November. The reception will take place on Saturday November 19th.
Light refreshments will be provided. Donations always welcome.