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Land of make believe

"It's like getting to run away into a photograph," Corey Grayhorse tells me of her photos. "If I built it I could go there."
Corey Grayhorse's 'Artificial Memories' at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2013

‘Love Nest’ at Craftland; Ian Cozzens at AS220

The ink drawings and watercolors of Jen Corace, a Providence artist and illustrator as well as one of the folks behind Craftland, often depict worlds of fairy tale adventure.
Objects of desire
By GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2013

These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012

Kristin Sollenberger at Craftland; and Flynn Grinnan

"Assembled by hand, guided by eye, embracing error and accident, with hope for resolution" is the way Kristin Sollenberger of Wakefield describes the thinking behind "Precipitate," her smashing new show at Craftland (235 Westminster St, Providence, thro
Arresting abstractions
By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012

Science meets fantasy in Mollie Goldstrom’s prints

If you hang around the art world much, you often hear that there are currently no major movements.
When worlds collide
By GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012

‘Traces: Persistent & Fleeting’; and Kathy Halper’s ‘POS’

Jon Laustsen's new Lilliputian-scaled sculpture is a shack made of wooden shipping pallets precariously balanced atop a stack of more shipping pallets and a familiar real estate yard sale sign rejiggered to read "21st Century/For Sale."
All the small things
By GREG COOK  |  June 01, 2012


Daria Tessler at Craftland; AS220’s ‘Delicate Shudder’

The realm of Daria Tessler's "In the Realm of the Seedkeepers," an exhibit of drawings at Craftland, seems to be an often hushed, mystical place.
‘Realm’ of wonder
By GREG COOK  |  May 04, 2012

Mirthful morbidity

Greenville painter Greg Stones writes that he sketches a basic landscape or figure study, "then I try to think of what would make the painting especially awesome. Penguins, zombies, and nudes are invariably the answer."
“Penguins, Zombies, and Nudes” at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  April 06, 2012

‘Valentined’ showcases geek love at Craftland

These missives don't have the swooning, steamy, bodice-ripping passion of romance novel covers.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2012

Exhibits worth buzzing about

After a couple of shaky years, 2011 saw the local gallery scene blossom again.
Vivid visions
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011

Buonaccorsi + Agniel opens its doors with “Yes!”

Providence is one of the most fertile art-making communities anywhere, but commercial galleries showcasing groundbreaking art made here — the art that defines the future — struggle to stay in existence.
An artistic revival
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2011


Emily Klass at Craftland; China Blue at Newport Art Museum

The main motif of Emily Klass's pen and black ink drawings is circles.
Interpreting patterns
By GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2011

Review: Kovac's ''Comfortable Distance'; Kurt's ''Sex Objects''

In Delia Kovac's painting Semi Self-Portrait As a Ski Mask , the eyes stare out of the cartooned mask doleful and maybe a bit bonkers, while the mouth hole is empty.
Covered up, stripped down
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011

Review: Leitzel and Billings at AS220; and ''Creative Collective''

In Marc Leitzel's sharply real scratchboard drawings in AS220's main gallery (115 Empire Street, Providence, through June 25), he depicts a tense moment between a couple in bed, a wind-blown woman wrapped in a cape, and a woman with tree branches and lea
Light and dark
By GREG COOK  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Cody Thompson's ''Witch Doctor'' at Craftland

The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin.
The human touch
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2011

Review: JustSeeds' ''Resourced!'' focuses on ecology at AS220

The political printmaking group JustSeeds was begun by Josh MacPhee in Portland, Oregon, in 1998 as a way to distribute art and posters.
The art of protest
By GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2011


Review: Striking work by Torsone, Sharlin, and Udvardy

In her awesomely charming show "Mixed Messages" at Craftland (235 Westminster Street, Providence, through February 26), Providence artist Arley-Rose Torsone fills one wall with a grid of 72 letters, each hand-painted on its own square of wood.
Bold and beautiful
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011

Museums and Galleries preview: Looking ahead

In November, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans called for the Smithsonian to shutter its National Portrait Gallery show surveying gay identity in a century of art.
Marianetti, Sharlin, Schnitt, and "Feminism Now"
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2010

Review: New work by C.W. Roelle and Nick Hollibaugh

C.W. Roelle of Providence twists black wire into dazzling optical illusion magic tricks resembling pen drawings whose lines have wandered off pages and into the air. His show "Lamp Lit" at Craftland (235 Westminster Street, Providence, through November
Wire and wood
By GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2010

Review: '10 Most Endangered Properties'; plus, 'Chromophilia'

The most striking reminder of the threat to buildings featured on the Providence Preservation Society's "2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties" list is that Brownell & Field Company at 119 Harris Avenue, which the society highlighted because it feared
Faded glory
By GREG COOK  |  October 01, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Old meets new this season

Art in Rhode Island this fall is a parade of founding mothers and fathers. AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca fills his institution with his latest "ugly" work.
O pioneers
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010


'Round town: ''New Growth'' and ''Sleight of Hand''

Jen Raimondi’s “New Growth” exhibit turns AS220’s Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through July 24) into something of a haunted house, with odd stuff sprouting from bouquets of dried flowers and silicone replicas of human bones.
New works at AS220 and Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  July 16, 2010