Allison Bianco, Golden Hour 2020, intaglio, screen print, and hot foil stamp, 10 x 22 inches, edition of 7. Courtesy Cade Tompkins Projects.

New Impressions, a print show, opens at the Jamestown Arts Center on March 26 with both an on-site exhibition and an online gallery of the artists’ work at the JAC’s website. 

The exhibition features sixteen Rhode Island-based artists exploring printmaking. New Impressions encompasses exciting and diverse ideas both in terms of processes and expressions. Participating artists include: Kate Aitchison, Lisa Barsumian, Allison Bianco, Edwige Charlot, Annie DeBethune, Nancy Friese, Joan Hall, Mary

Jameson, Peter Marcus, Kelsey Miller, Barbara Pagh, Serena Perrone, Andrew Raftery, Laurie Sloan, Casey Weibust, and Josy Wright.  

The exhibition is curated by Michael Dym, a principal of Vallot Auctioneers, a Providence-based auction house of fine art, amongst other things. Michael has been involved with furthering the work of numerous fine art organizations over several decades. He was a founding member and longtime board member of the Print Club of New York, a NYC print collecting club whose publication prints are now in the collection of MoMa as well as other important institutional print collections. Michael, a Jamestown, RI resident, also lends his expertise and insight on the Exhibition Committee at the JAC.  

New Impressions includes the work of past and present faculty from RISD, URI and Washington University. It also includes several artists represented by Cade Tompkins Projects, and numerous independent working Rhode Island printmaking artists.  

“I’m really proud to be a part of New Impressions at the JAC. It’s very exciting to see so many new ideas happening in what Rhode Island based printmaking artists have been exploring, of late,” Michael said.  

“Numerous artworks from the show will be for sale both online and at the JAC…and at very modest prices given the importance and quality of these works,” he noted. 

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm + Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm and by appointment by calling 401.560.0979.  

The Jamestown Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, “JAC Talks” and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a former boat repair shop, the JAC was awarded Best Gallery in Newport County by the Best of Rhode Island 2017 & 2018 readers’ polls. 

Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, FirstWorks, RISCA, FabNewport, 10 Thousand Small Businesses, RISD, Manhattan Short Film Festival, SENE Film Festival, Providence Art and Design Film Festival, Island Moving Company, The Jamestown Schools, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center has quickly become a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish. For more information go to the Jamestown Art Center’s website.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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