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NOTE on Cancellations: If we feel it is necessary to cancel or postpone an event due to poor weather conditions, we will offer future date(s) for the event. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled date(s), your registration fee can be applied to future events, classes, camps, gift certificates or a contribution with a tax deduction certificate provided.

 

October

Virtual Opening Reception - 34th Annual RI Open

October 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Live Online Event

Cost: Free

Join us on Facebook live for our Virtual Opening Reception for the 34th Annual Rhode Island Open.  
  • Welcome address from our Exec. Director and President
  • Message from our juror, Michael Rose
  • Announcement of Excellence Winners and Runners Up
  • Virtual tour of the gallery and artworks
  • Interviews and comments from some of our exhibiting artists

There is no need to register in advance, simply join us here on Facebook.

 

October

Autumn Auction in the Courtyard

October 24, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Outdoor Event

Cost: Free

Mark your calendars! Show your support and join us in the courtyard for a fun day including:
  • Silent Auction - a wide variety of gift baskets and art items
  • Art Adoption - find a place in your home for a piece of art donated by some of our talented exhibiting artists
  • Creation Station - art-making activity for all ages
  • Book Signing - by local author Deborah Bradford
  • 34th Annual RI Open - in our main gallery

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the  WCFA online.

 

September

Photo credit: Jennifer Buche

Emerging 2020 - Opening Reception

September 10, 6:00-7:00pm

Live Online Event

Cost: Free

As the world around us continues to rapidly change and evolve, we look to the younger generation to create our future. This show calls upon young artists, aged 16-22 to show us the world through their eyes. 

Register now for our virtual opening reception, September 10, 6:00-7:00 (via Zoom).

 

July 

Photo credit: Barbara Canning

Through the Window - Opening Reception

July 9, 6-7:30pm

Live Online Event

Cost: Free

Join us for the opening reception of our juried show, Through the Window.  The “window” concept is not only a literal reference, but also figurative -- and drawn from our current worldwide environment. A window is sometimes a barrier, and sometimes a portal. It lets in the light or keeps out the cold. It indicates possibilities or limitations. Our juror, Lorena Pugh, will announce the winners for the show and discuss her selection process.  We will take questions from our guests and we will provide a virtual tour of the show.

Event will take place via Zoom.  This event is free and open to the public, however, you must register using the link below to receive your meeting login instructions.

 

MAY

Artist Victoria Guerina with sculpture of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Education. Expression. Participation

May 28, 2020 1-2pm

Live Online Event

Cost: Free, registration required

Join us for a lunchtime chat - Education. Expression. Participation - WCFA’s first live, online event, featuring Rhode Island artist Victoria Guerina. This event will mark the closing of our Abiding Courage Exhibition. Victoria’s discussion is entitled Abiding Courage - Women's Rights, An Artist's Journey and voter information.  The presentation follows one artist's experience with art and women's history and the inspiration for the Abiding Courage Exhibition. This enlightening presentation is a true intersection of art and American history and challenges you to think about women’s representation from both a historic and an artistic perspective. 

Victoria’s presentation will be followed by questions and answers from our audience. Our special guest speaker will be Norelys Consuegra, the Deputy Director of Elections for the State of RI, who will offer voter information and answer your questions.

This event will take place via Zoom.  You can  download Zoom for free.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 

APRIL

Share Gratitude. Share Joy. Share Art!

Ongoing Virtual Event

Calling All Kids! Let’s Say “Thank You!”

The Warwick Center for the Arts thanks all Rhode Island frontline workers for their immense efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID19). Doctors, nurses, technicians, EMTs, first responders and other staff have truly risen to the occasion to protect and treat our most vulnerable population.

These workers, along with store clerks, teachers, delivery personnel and countless other unsung heroes, are helping keep the wheels moving with creativity, innovation and positive attitude.

Send a WCFA Thank You!

  1. Print this template
  2. Add your own drawing or message
  3. Mail your personalized Thank You to the organization of your choice
  4. Take a photo and share it with us on Facebook

All you need is an 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper or card stock, and your choice and color of pencil, marker, crayon, pastel or paint.

In addition to our healthcare workers, you may also want to thank firefighters, police, grocery store workers, delivery people or anyone else who brightens your day! There are many, many organizations that deserve our gratitude; and the below list is just a small sample to get you started.

Kent Hospital
455 Tollgate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Miriam Hospital
164 Summit Ave
Providence, RI 02906

Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

South County Hospital
100 Kenyon Ave
Wakefield, RI 02879

Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Warwick Fire Department
111 Veterans Memorial Drive
Warwick, RI 02886

Warwick Police Department
99 Veterans Memorial Drive
Warwick, RI 02886

 

MARCH

Photo Credit: "Alice Paul, woman's rights activist and suffragist" by Victoria Guerina

Abiding Courage Exhibition

March 4 - April 9, 2020

Opening Reception Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6-8pm -- FREE and open to the public

Join us at the opening reception for Abiding Courage, an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. 

One hundred years ago the US Constitution was amended to ensure individual states could no longer deny women their right to vote. The long struggle to ratify the 19th Amendment brought forward thousands of heroic women who stood up for the first time to demand their rights. 

The goal of this exhibition is to bring together history and contemporary artwork to inspire viewers to think critically about the right to vote and to encourage participation in our democracy. This exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media and individual styles, and will be juried by Jonny Skye, of Skye Gallery, Providence RI. 

This exhibit is also part of the  Shall Not Be Denied initiative -- helping to enrich our understanding of this pivotal moment in our nation's history.

Awards will be announced at the reception. Our special guest speaker will be announced soon.

Join us in our national Call for Art and follow our Facebook activities!

Useful References for Abiding Courage

Image Credit:  Kelly McCullough

Portrait Painting Demo

With Kelly McCullough and Senator Erin Lynch Prata

Sunday, March 8, 2020 1-3:30pm

Cost: $15 Non-Members, $12 Members

Artists have always played an important role in the fostering of civic engagement. Acting as both chroniclers of historic events and drivers of change, artists help us to see the world through a different lens. Keeping with this tradition, The Warwick Center for the Arts would like to invite you to a very special event as part of our Abiding Courage Exhibition. Classically trained portrait painter Kelly McCullough will join us for a portrait painting demonstration, with Senator Erin Lynch Prata as her model. Kelly has studied oil painting in both the United States and Italy, including the famed Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, where she studied portrait painting in the style of the European masters. Kelly’s work is currently on exhibit at the Providence Art Club. Senator Erin Lynch Prata (District 31, Warwick, Cranston) was born and raised in Warwick, RI and has been a member of our State Senate since 2008. She is a supporter of the arts and of our community at WCFA.

Register online. Bring your sketchbook and draw along with the demonstration. Please bring only a ‘lap size’ set up as space may be limited. Your registration fees will directly support our educational programs with local schools.

Register Now

Bring Your Own Improv

Bring Your Own Improv Comedy Show

Fridays, 7pm and 9pm

BYOI shows are every Friday night.

Check Exhibits/Events > On Stage for all the details and even discounts on tickets.

Visions

Rent Space for Your Private Event

We'll soon be posting the 2020 dates that are already reserved. 

Call us if you'd like to book your date!

During rental events, our main gallery is closed to the public. Check WCFA Facebook to see if we're open during normal gallery hours on those dates. Learn more about renting our gallery and classroom.

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