Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Capturing the stories of internationally acclaimed artists in Our Backyard

November 25, 2013 by linchpin

In the art world, New York City is often seen as one of the epicenters for the arts, yet Rhode Island is the most concentrated state per capita with artists. Many artists have achieved success regionally and internationally, making their life and work right here in Our Backyard.

The RI ART ARCHIVE PROJECT asks, What draws artists to Rhode Island and why do they stay? How do Rhode Island’s art institutions stay topical and provoke artists and the community? Sparking a thoughtful community exchange can build new audiences for the art community and beyond.

“Rhode Island is prolific and plentiful in creative entrepreneurship,” explains Holly Gaboriault. “Artists here are amongst the best in the world, yet unknowingly some facets of the arts community exist unaware of itself. The RI ART ARCHIVE PROJECT serves as a bridge to expand the stories of individuals and capture a moment of time here in Rhode Island.” RISD grad, Holly Gaboriault is the curator, producer and director of the project who has a passion for bringing artist together to highlight the value of art in our lives.

Check out the project’s online Vimeo channel featuring individual profiles for artists that will be a part of a four-part documentary film series focusing on the vast and often unknown arts community in Rhode Island.

The 14 artists included in the Film 1 are: Deborah Baronas, Howard Ben Tre, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Gretchen Dow Simpson, James Montford, Saberah Malik, Leo Narducci, Sal Mancini, Kenn Speiser, Ilse Nesbit, Brian Shure, Howard Newman, Peter Geisser, and Morris Nathanson.

The next screening of Film:1 will be at RI College’s Roberts Hall Dec. 12th 6:30PM to accompany an exhibition at RI College’s Bannister Gallery which runs through December 20.

"The atmosphere was casual. It didn't take us long to realize that Rhode Island was where we wanted to be and there was no turning back. Rhode Island offers a different way of life, a slower pace. We love it here." Nancy Gaucher-Thomas is a nationally recognized and awarded painter, and signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

“The atmosphere was casual. It didn’t take us long to realize that Rhode Island was where we wanted to be and there was no turning back. Rhode Island offers a different way of life, a slower pace. We love it here.” Nancy Gaucher-Thomas is a nationally recognized and awarded painter, and signature member of the National Watercolor Society.