Sprout CoWorking is honored to be part of the RI Pride Art Show spread out over 4 locations around Providence for Pride Month. This show has been curated by the legendary Pop Icon. The pieces at Sprout include 16 LGBTQIA artists: Chick Baldwin, Michela Carlson, Melanie Ducharme, Thea Ernest, Ricky Gagnon, Susan Garland, Chris Gartland, Peter Grenier, Kathryn Gearon, Pop Icon, Winnie Lambrecht, Raven Morgain, Barbara Rosenbaum, Amanda Thomas and Christopher Thomas.
The works are both large and small and range from photography to painting to mixed media. The art work is for sale and range in price from $50 to $5000. The work is on view for the entire month of June and the public is welcome to stop by Sprout CoWorking M-F, 9-6pm. There will be an Art Opening on June 20th in conjunction with Gallery Night. Sprout will be open from 5 – 9pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Pop Icon was born in Coventry, RI. Schooled at both The Art Institute of Boston (now The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University) and Rhode Island School of Design, he has been a professional performance artist, pop artist and abstract expressionist for over 26 years, and winner of awards in painting, sculpture and film. He formed an art group called Pop Icon & The Cocktail Club in the early 90’s which changed into an LGBTQIA art group known as The House of Icon. He has been dedicated to helping people often marginalized and overlooked to have a voice in the arts.
“Preserve and Protect” is a series of mixed-media art by Ann Boyd. The acrylic based artworks portray a variety of colorful, textured animals whose conservation status is vulnerable or endangered. Mixed media techniques enable depiction of these animals with whimsy and wonder.
Temple’s work in felt has grown out of a love of fabric. After a brief period making non-conventional cloth dolls she discovered felt making. Her current focus is on 3-dimentional figures in the form of women and birds, using a variety of materials and techniques. Traditional wet felting, and especially needle felting, are basic to most pieces along with a variety of embellishments. Some are hand dyed. Found twigs are extensively incorporated, and often dictate both the form and character of the piece. The recent “Whirly Birds” are many-legged (or footed) creatures, which come from the variety of twigs found on woods explorations.
Temple attracted to joyful women and to tall birds, a consequence of many years of New England coastal living.
Felt is both a noun and a verb.
Felt – the textile (fabric), can be created by either “wet felting” or “needle felting” (dry felting), or a combination of both. Felt is loose wool or other animal fibers that are made into a textile with a haphazard fiber structure by using a combination of some of the following: pressure, agitation, water, soap, heat and needles.
Wet Felting is a two stage process: felting occurs first by using moisture, pressure and or agitation to form a loose textile (soft felt) where fibers have become enmeshed. Felting then occurs by applying further agitation and or pressure, and perhaps heat, which causes the “soft felt” to shrink and become firmer.
Nuno Felt (laminated felt) is wool or other animal fiber enmeshed or embedded into non-haphazard textile (such as woven, crocheted, knotted or knitted silk, cotton, rayon or wool) using the wet felting process.
Needle felting is a technique which uses barbed needles to entangle loose wool or animal fibers into a cohesive textile structure.