Virtual Gallery Night is back for the Third Thursday of the Month! Sprout CoWorking Providence’s new show features artwork by East Providence High School students. Tune in with Motif Mag and the art students’ teacher, Jade Sisti, for a livestream of the opening on May 21st at 7pm.
Art students undeterred by quarantine
BY AMANDA GRAFE ON MAY 5TH, 2020
“It was not supposed to be the last day of school, but suddenly it was and Jade Sisti had to act fast. Sisti had planned a gallery night for her East Providence High School art students. It was kind of a big deal, an opportunity for the students to hang their work in three real local galleries and to have the experience of being part of a professional show. Except school was ending, months before the show was to happen and with little warning.”
“‘I’d had a bad feeling about how things were going to go in February,’ Sisti says, ‘so I pushed them to get their artwork in, even though it was two months early.’ Sisti remembers the last day had a siege-like vibe – but for artists. ‘Students were running to the classroom between other classes, getting their work in as the announcements were telling them to go home. I took all the work with me in my car, which prevented it from getting trapped in the soon-to-be-locked-up school.'”
“Sisti, who instills in her students that they can’t always get what they want in art (eg, types of paper, fancy supplies) and must work with what they have, took that same mindset and used it to make it work for her students. Her quick thinking and the generous support – post quarantine – of local gallery Sprout Co-Working have enabled the students to still have their day before the end of the year, although it will be a very different kind of gallery opening, one for the age of digital events and social distancing.”
Gallery Night Providence tours have gone virtual! For more online programming and tours of Providence’s many art galleries, please check the GNP website.
Join Art Night Bristol Warren for the first virtual event of the 2020 season! The Gallery at Sprout CoWorking will feature artwork by local photographer Mary Murphy-Taylor. Tune in on May 28th at 5:30pm. Celebrate local music, open studios, arts and demos online with the full line-up of participating art spaces – featuring Sowam Cider Works, Makers RI, HotPoint Emporium, Bristol Art Museum & even more! Check out the Virtual Art Night BW website to learn about the event.