Top Drawer eNewsletter 5.3.16

We’d like to thank everyone who came to the opening last week for our brief two-week show LIKE-MINDEDLIKE-MINDED was a collaborative exhibit featuring work by artists from Top Drawer Art At The Brass (LIFE Inc., Warren) and Out Of The Box (Bridges, Inc., Jamestown): two local studios providing art programs for adults with developmental disabilities and curated by MaKayla Reese (Paul W. Crowley East Bay MET School, Newport).  As the title suggests, these two programs share similar philosophies when it comes to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities: encouraging independence, creativity, and self-empowerment through the arts.  It was a great night with lots of familiar faces in the house, and a wonderful unofficial kickoff to our Art Night show season!  Thanks to everyone who came and for those who couldn’t make it, we’ll be keeping some select gift items from Out Of The Box for sale in our retail area, so stop by and check out what other excellent programs like Top Drawer have to offer!

We’re happy to say that the first show of the season, New Folk Art: Work by Anthony Brum, Kayla Buja, Theresa Medeiros, Michael Pascale and Toni Vollaro is up now for viewing in the Top Drawer gallery!  These five artists share a knack for making colorful, exuberant work which always contains that cartoony smile and that hand-made, human touch.  The five artists in this exhibit are tried and true members of Top Drawer, creating work that dates back to the program’s inception in 2005, but who’ve managed to continue and expand their classic styles, always finding new ways to add complexity to their work.  This is the first of six shows we’ll be presenting this Art Night season, each of which will feature five artists each, 30 featured artists in all- a record number for Top Drawer!  There’s just too much great work, and too many amazing artists in our program to not show as much as possible!  Come see New Folk Art this month, our come to the Art Night reception on Thursday, May 26th, 5 pm – 9 pm. 

In the meantime, stop by Top Drawer on Thursday, May 12th, 3 pm – 6 pm, for the kickoff of our CONVERSATIONS Visiting Artist series!  This month’s featured artist is Maine textile designer Kristen Butke, who’ll be leading a sewing workshop where participants will get a chance to make their own tote bag!  This is a great chance to stop by and support our programs, check out some amazing art, and leave with your own tote bag!  $10 suggested donation.  Check out Kristen’s website for more info about her:  www.scissormade.com 

Until next time, keep on supporting your local artists!

-Seamus O. Hames, Director of Arts      

Top Drawer at Grand Opening for Inner Space this Saturday, Dec. 19th, 1-6 pm

Top Drawer has one last event this year!  We’ll have TONS of gifts and artwork at the Grand Opening for Inner Space Gallery at 140 Broadway, Providence, this Saturday Dec. 19th, 1-6pm!  Inner Space is a brand new gallery and retail store focusing exclusively on New England Outsider Artists and will feature artwork from Top Drawer, RHD-RI, Flying Shuttles, Bridges, Re-Focus and more.  Stop by on Saturday and show your support, and please check out the links below and consider supporting and sharing!      

 

Kickstarter Link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945278368/inner-space-outsider-art-gallery-and-store

 

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/574807262666986/

From the artists of Top Drawer Art At The Brass, a big Thank You!!

We’d like to thank everyone for their support this year!  Thanks for attending our events and meeting our artists, and for visiting our retail shop and gallery!  Thanks for helping to see that Top Drawer remains the great Outsider Art center that it is, and that it continues to broaden its reach.  Your support fuels a vast engine of positive activity- every day, Top Drawer’s artists work in a variety of artistic mediums, in a variety of programs such as culinary, gardening, musical and wellness, as well as LIFE Inc. operated small businesses such as Snacks and Stuff, Freedom Café, Broadview Recycling and Recycled Treasures.  One purchase, whether a pillow or a painting or one of our new holiday-themed Rag Trees, provides support for an entire community.  We’d like to thank all those who’ve supported us this year, and all those who will support us in the future.  To make an end-of-year gift please visit www.lifeincri.org/giving.html  or stop by one of our Holiday Sales:

-The Brass’s Annual Holiday Sale - Thurs. Dec. 10th, 5-8 pm -30% off Entire Purchase for One Day Only!  Top Drawer Art At The Brass, 16 Cutler St., Warren.

-RHD’s 2015 Holiday Bizarre Bazaar- Sat. Dec. 12, 10-4 pm, and Sun. Dec. 13, 12-4 pm.  RHD-RI, 24 Commerce St., Pawtucket.

Happy Holidays, and here’s to another great year!

Top Drawer eNewsletter 4.28.15

Hello everyone and welcome to another great season of events from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  We’re extremely excited about our lineup this year, and for our further collaboration with Art Night Bristol Warren! 

Next week kicks off our season of events, with a special event honoring the late Top Drawer founder Tom McAleer.  In the generous spirit of Tom who gave so much to the culture of Rhode Island and beyond, May 6 will officially be made Tom McAleer Day in Jamestown, RI. Join us at The Jamestown Arts Center to celebrate Tom McAleer Day with a retrospective exhibition, which will include an honorary installation by Top Drawer artist Emmet Estrada as part of the Top Drawer Tenth Anniversary Exhibition at Top Drawer Art at the Brass. Knowing how many Rhode Islanders own a painting by Tom, everyone is invited to post their “Tom McAleer” on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #TomMcAleer, leading up to and throughout the exhibition display dates. In addition to the exhibition, we will kick off the evening with a parade beginning at 5pm at the Jamestown Town Hall at 93 Narragansett Ave., and ending at the Jamestown Arts Center with an officiating ceremony. Participants are invited to bring images of their Tom McAleer artwork to parade through the town. Select proceeds from the exhibition will go to fund the Thomas McAleer Visual Arts Endowed Scholarship, which is aimed at sending Block Island students and alumni, ages 14-25 years old, to RISD for a year of art and design study. 

Tom McAleer Exhibition, May 6 - 26, 2015

Opening Reception at the Jamestown Arts Center: Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Parade starts at 5:30 at Jamestown Town Hall

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm through May 26

Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown RI 02835  www.jamestownartcenter.org

Our CONVERSATIONS Visiting Artist program at The Brass, sponsored by Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, also kicks off next month, with a special workshop from RISCA Fellowship recipient Sue McNally!  Go to www.artnightbristolwarren.org to reserve your spot now! Thursday, May 14th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm - CONVERSATIONS Visiting Artist Program: Self Portrait Self featuring Sue McNally / Drawing your own face, as you see in your mind's eye. www.suemcnally.com

And join us at The Brass  for our first Art Night Reception, May 28th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, for the Top Drawer Tenth Anniversary Exhibition (show on display May 1-May 29) featuring classic works by 30 artists from the first ten years!  Take a trip down memory lane and see all the brand new work our artists have been busy creating! 

See you soon at Top Drawer Art At The Brass, and keep on supporting your local artists!

-Seamus Hames

 

         

 

Top Drawer eNewsletter 7.8.14

Hello from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!

 

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this past Art Night and the Public Reception for Top Drawers Part Two: Drawings by Dominic Cabral, Steven Karnes, and Rick Titterton!  It was another great night, in what has turned out to be the most exciting Art Night season yet, with more folks than ever in attendance and more fantastic Outsider Art finding homes in the community, including the brand new UFO tee shirt designed by Rick Titterton.  Thanks to Steven and Riley Chabot for providing the music! 

 

Visit Top Drawer now to see our brand new July exhibition In The Neighborhood: Art by Kayla Buja, Theresa Medeiros and Stefanie Aubin!  These three artists share a common thread of depicting scenes from the neighborhood we're all familiar with: cheerful houses, trees and clouds, cats and fire trucks. The multimedia work in this exhibition ranges from Kayla Buja's painted cabinet doors, to Theresa Medeiros's cardboard robots, to Stefanie Aubin's embroidered ambulances, all designed to bring out a smile.  It's the perfect summer exhibition.  Join us for the Public Reception for In The Neighborhood at the next Art Night, Thursday July 31st, 5-9 pm!  Music once again will be provided by Steve N' Son, so wear your dancing shoes!

 

We're also thrilled to announce our current group exhibition at Temple Habonim in Barrington, featuring work by 28 of Top Drawer's finest artists!  This is a great current picture of the true breadth of Top Drawer's talent, with major new works in a pristine setting, hanging now through the end of August.  Artists with work in this new show are Wendy LeBeau, Katrina Cathcart, Brian Lamora, David Toste, Toni Vollaro, Brian Novasad, Livy Young, Kyle Komiega, Emily Sherwood, Paul Martland, Anthony Brum, Michael Pascale, Stefanie Aubin, Theresa Medeiros, Kayla Buja, Rick Titterton, Roy Santos, Dominic Cabral, Jane MacKinnon, Steven Green, Steven Karnes, Myles Payton, Katie Carcieri, Virginia Tavares, Nick Taylor, Emmet Estrada,  Bill Walker and Alan Aiello. Join us at the reception for this show on Sunday, August 17th, 1-3 pm -at the beautiful Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Rd., Barrington, RI. templehabonim.org

 

Last but not least we'd like to thank the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) Dental Center in Newport for letting us decorate their new offices with classic paintings by artists from Top Drawer!  Over 50 paintings are now hanging in this beautiful new space from 10 classic artists including Katrina Cathcart and Anthony Pontarelli!  The artwork will remain at the dental center, to be switched out with new work annually.  Those Top Drawer fans who live in Newport and need dental care, please visit the EBCAP Dental Center, 19 Broadway, Newport! 

 

Like we did with EBCAP Dental Center, Top Drawer would love to do with other businesses as well, either hanging work on loan or taking commissions for site specific work.  Own a bakery and need some paintings of bread on the wall, or a car repair shop in need of car paintings?  Anything goes, we will work with you.  Call us at 401-289-2894 or email Art Coordinator Seamus Hames at seamush@lifeincri.org. 

 

Until next time, see you at Top Drawer! 

Top Drawer eNewsletter 6.12.14

Hello from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!

 

We'd like to announce our current exhibition is up for viewing- Top Drawers Part Two: Drawings by Dominic Cabral, Steven Karnes, and Rick Titterton!  This is the second in a two-part exhibition highlighting the artists of Top Drawer whose work focuses on intense and detailed drawing.  As opposed to the first part of the exhibition, which featured new work by well-known names from Top Drawer's roster, this second part focuses on those artists whose names are lesser known, but whose work is as equally compelling and finally getting it's chance to shine.  Visit us to see the show throughout the month of June, and join us for our Public Reception on Art Night, Thursday, June 26th, 5 pm - 9 pm.  This Art Night at Top Drawer will feature live music by Stephen and Riley Chabot, as well as a brand new tee shirt design by Rick Titterton!  Join us for another really fun night!     

 

We are also thrilled to announce our next Conversations Visiting Artist Series sponsored by Rhode Island State Council On The Arts will be hosted by our very own Art Center Director and Top Drawer visionary Tom McAleer!  Those of you who've driven through the Providence/East Bay Area in the early mornings or evenings may have seen Tom parked by the roadside, with his easel out and his ear buds in, painting and dancing away.  Tom's work is about an exuberant observation of the outside world and the joy of the senses, and his prolific output of plein-air oil paintings illustrate the way he's turned his daily painting routine into his therapeutic and spiritual outlet. For this workshop, participants are required to bring their own art materials, be it paint, pencil, crayon or Krylon, meet at Top Drawer Art At The Brass for a quick introduction from Tom, then disperse into the surrounding mill-filled area of Warren to observe and appreciate the beautiful details we see through Tom's rose-colored glasses. Join him and the artists of Top Drawer for this fun and funky workshop, Saturday, June 21st, 10 am- 1 pm.

Families welcome! 

 

Keep on supporting your local artists!

Top Drawer eNewsletter 5.5.14

Top Drawer eNewsletter 5.5.14
 
Hello and Happy Springtime from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!
 
We'd like to announce a return to our Art Night season this May, with the special exhibition Top Drawers: Drawings by Toni Vollaro,
David Toste, and Roy Santos!  These three artists' work all involves carefully considered and fully-worked drawings depicting familiar landscapes and symbols, but in each artists' unique way, reminding us that while we all share the same world we all see our unique visions of it.  Their dedication to each work they create continues to inspire those around them, and we are thrilled to commence the Art Night season with these three.  Visit us to see the show throughout the month of May, and join us for our Reception on Art Night, Thursday, May 29th, 5 pm - 9 pm.  This Art Night at Top Drawer will be a dance party, and will feature local blues rock band Ain't No Sin!  Join us for a really fun night!     
 
We would also like to announce a return to the CONVERSATIONS Visiting Artist Workshop, funded generously in part by the Rhode Island State Council On The Arts!  CONVERSATIONS brings artists from the community into the studio to teach one-time Saturday workshops that are attended by Top Drawer's artists and open to the public for a suggested donation.  In the past these have ranged in variety from C.W. Roelle's wire-drawing workshop to Leif Goldberg and Erin Rosenthal's drawn-on film animation project, to Jess Gonacha's monoprinting workshop to Leigh Medeiros's screenwriting class.  This month will feature Pet Portraits: An Embroidery Workshop with William Schaff!  William is a local fixture, an artist who's dark and moody work is instantly familiar to fans of indie rock music, appearing on numerous album covers and even on CBS's This Morning.  He has a soft side as well, so join him and the artists of Top Drawer in creating your own little pet portrait, and spend a fun, educational afternoon, Saturday May 10, 12 pm - 3 pm.  Families welcome! 
 
Top Drawer will also be exhibiting a group show at Barrington Public Library during the month of May!  Top Drawer will be exhibiting large canvases by classic artists such as Katrina Cathcart, Wendy LeBeau, Bill Walker, and Katie Carcieri.  If you are in the beautiful town of Barrington during the month of May, stop by and see the show!
 
Keep on supporting your local artists!

-Seamus



Top Drawer eNewsletter 3.12.14

Top Drawer eNewsletter 3.12.14

 

We'd like to thank everyone who attended the reception for Top Drawer Art At The Brass’s group show at the Central Congregational Church this past Friday!  Thanks to those who attended, to the artists involved, and thanks of course to Central Congregational, including gallery committee chair Donna Templeton!

We’d like to talk a little now about the amazing new gift items that the artists at Top Drawer have been creating!  Textile arts have really taken off, with artists drawing, embellishing, embroidering, and hand-sewing on loads of great and unique items that could only be found here.  Felt coasters, purses and pillows with Top Drawer artists’ hand-embroidered artwork can now be purchased by artists such as Alan Aiello, Theresa Medeiros, Toni Vollaro, David Toste, Kayla Buja and many others.  Each of these artists’ unique hand is as visible in these new sewing projects as it is in their paintings and drawings, adding a whole new exciting dimension to the artists’ personal creative work.

 

Those same embellished felt squares Top Drawer’s artists create for the pillows are also now being pieced together to make epic patchwork quilts, which are amazing and intensely busy group creations that need to be seen in person to believed!  Covered in beads, fealt feathers, and ink drawings pointing every which way, these quilts are perfect embodiments of the Top Drawer spirit: FUN!

 

In addition to these felt products, Top Drawer’s artists have also been weaving rugs out of shredded, discarded T-shirts and blankets, once again creating beautiful, functional objects out of forgotten castoffs.  Artists like Toni Vollaro, David Toste, and Rick Titterton have taken long thin shreds of T-shirt material and woven them in and out of non-slip rug mats, creating colorful and odd-shaped rugs, table runners, and placemats. 

 

Artists such as Johnny McKenna, Michael Pascale, and Emily Sherwood have taken small shredded slips of blanket material and created fluffy shag rugs that are bright, thick, and one of the most satisfying sensory experiences your feet will ever have!  These special rugs are generally 2’ x 3’, but we have made larger, up to 5’ x 6’!       

  

Besides these amazing textile products, Top Drawer’s artists continue to make fabulous, beautiful objects out of paper.  Nick Taylor and David Toste are two artists who have taken a simple recipe for paper angel wings and added their specific, careful, meticulous touch to them, creating beautiful objects that are not just Christmas decorations but are perfect for any sophisticated, Folk Art-filled home!   

 

Paul Martland, the legendary artist who spends his days at Top Drawer selectively filling-in his found blueprint collection with black marker, has worked with Top Drawer in creating a limited quantity of decorative boxes covered in his signature drawings!  Some of these are lunchboxes, hard board with metal handles, and some are on vintage wooden cigar boxes, perfect for the odd bureau-top knick knack!   

 

Last but not least in this special issue on Top Drawer’s new gift items, those of you who’ve visited us in the past six months have probably noticed an influx of large, psychedelic,  vinyl mats covering our gallery floor and hanging from our rafters.  Thanks to a donation from a local business of two pallets of outdoor sign vinyl, Top Drawer’s artists have deconstructed and reconstructed the vinyl tape into wild, large floormats, wall hangings, and tablecloths.  Each of these are completely unique, one-of-a-kind items that will really pop with color and brighten up your living space!

 

Top Drawer is again participating in the annual Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Art Show organized by VSA Arts RI and held at the Atrium Gallery, One Capitol Hill, Providence.  There are always surprises at this remarkable show, which features the talents of amazing artists with disabilities from across Rhode Island.  This year Top Drawer will feature brand new work by eighteen artists: Anthony Brum, Stefanie Aubin, Emmet Estrada, Roy Santos, David Toste, Livy Young, Kyle Komiega, Steven Karnes, Kayla Buja, Martha Canning, Toni Vollaro, Johnny McKenna, Wendy LeBeau, Brian Novasad, Brian Lamora, Theresa Medeiros, Nick Taylor and Doug Nichols.  Public reception, which includes live music and refreshments, is Tuesday, March 25th, 12-1:30 pm.

 

That's all for now.  Be sure to check out these events before we start a busy summer season with the kickoff of Top Drawer Art At The Brass's new Art Night Exhibition series and large new group exhibition at Barrington Public Library, all coming this May!

 

 

Top Drawer eNewsletter 2.18.14

We'd like to thank everyone who attended Doug Nichols's solo exhibition The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols at AS220 Project Space last month!  It was an historic show for Doug and for Top Drawer, with Doug's towering, floating sculptures taking over the gallery and creating a show that the Providence Phoenix's Greg Cook called "a masterpiece."  Thanks to all those who saw the show, and thanks AS220!

 

The winter season rolls on, and it's heartening to know that at the very least there is good local art to see.  Check out Top Drawer's latest exhibition, currently hanging at Central Congregational Church in Providence's historic East Side.  Join us there for the reception on Friday, Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, 296 Angell St., Providence (note that the entrance to the gallery is on the right side of the church on Diman St.!)  Top Drawer artists featured in this exhibition are Roy Santos, David Toste, Livy Young, Kyle Komiega, Wendy LeBeau, Emmet Estrada, Steven Karnes, Dominic Cabral, Toni Vollaro, Katrina Cathcart and Nick Taylor.

 

In March and April, Top Drawer will again participate in the annual Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Art Show organized by VSA Arts RI and held at the Atrium Gallery, One Capitol Hill, Providence.  There are always surprises at this remarkable show, which features the talents of amazing artists with disabilities from across Rhode Island.  This year Top Drawer will feature brand new work by eighteen artists: Anthony Brum, Stefanie Aubin, Emmet Estrada, Roy Santos, David Toste, Livy Young, Kyle Komiega, Steven Karnes, Kayla Buja, Martha Canning, Toni Vollaro, Johnny McKenna, Wendy LeBeau, Brian Novasad, Brian Lamora, Theresa Medeiros, Nick Taylor and Doug Nichols.  Public reception, which includes live music and refreshments, is Tuesday, March 25th, 12-1:30 pm.

 

That's all for now.  Be sure to check out these events before we start a busy summer season with the kickoff of Top Drawer Art At The Brass's new Art Night Exhibition series and large new group exhibition at Barrington Public Library, all coming this May!

Top Drawer eNewsletter 12.31.13

Hello and Happy Holidays from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!

We’d like to start off by thanking everyone for attending our Annual Holiday Sale and Art Night Reception for SCIENCE: Nick Taylor and David Toste, as well as every other event we’ve hosted or took part in during 2013.  With your support and enthusiasm we were able to have a record year, with outstanding exhibitions and unique projects aimed at creating a more fulfilling environment and community for our artists to express themselves in.  Every dollar spent, whether on a $1000 painting or a $3 bracelet, went back into our supplies budget and created the opportunity for Top Drawer’s artists to work in an unobstructed and unfettered way, continuing their work of inspiring and educating others.  Thanks everyone!

We’re thrilled to announce a special start to 2014!  Doug Nichols, Top Drawer’s sculptor extraordinaire, has a solo show this January at the prestigious AS220 Project Space in Providence!  This is a huge deal as it marks the first official solo show for a Top Drawer artist outside of our own gallery, and a great honor for the deserving Doug, as his work screams out to be seen by a wider audience.  Come to the Opening Reception for The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols THIS SATURDAY, January 4th, 5-7 pm, AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson St., Providence.  Doug’s exhibition will be on display from January 4-25, 2014.  www.AS220.org

See you then, and Happy New Year!

Top Drawer eNewsletter 11.7.13

 

Top Drawer eNewsletter 11.7.13

Thanks to all who made it out to this past Art Night on Halloween, and the Reception for Hearts and Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau here at Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  We had a blast handing out candy to visitors, and chatting with ghosts and goblins about Self-Taught Art and the amazing work our artists do here at Top Drawer every day.  Wendy and Katie’s work was the perfect, bright addition to an otherwise dark and spooky night, and visitors even got a chance to sit down with guest artist Lisa Abbatomarco to make wonderfully spooky bat puppets in the Top Drawer studio.  Thanks Lisa! 

Visit us now to see our brand new exhibit- SCIENCE: David Toste and Nick Taylor!  These two artists have built a large body of work based on, among other things, interests in Science Fiction, with references to Transformers, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica.  Extremely technical, with amazing minds for detail and craftsmanship, this work is classic and not to be missed!  Join us for their Art Night Reception- PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR NEXT EVENT WILL BE A SATURDAY NIGHT INSTEAD OF A THURSDAY!  Since the last Thursday of November is Thanksgiving, we’re all taking the night off and hosting our Art Night Reception and Annual Holiday Sale the following Saturday, November 30th, 4 pm – 8 pm.  In addition to amazing work by David and Nick, Top Drawer’s artists have been working away on Holiday-themed gifts such as Christmas ornaments, paper angel wings, scarves, Christmas Tree pillows, and much, much more.  Buy your Holiday decorations here as well as your gifts!

Don’t forget that every penny spent at The Brass supports artists with developmental disabilities- your support is what keeps us going! 

SCIENCE:  David Toste and Nick Taylor

November 4 – December 2, 2013

Art Night Reception and Annual Holiday Sale

Saturday, November 30, 4 pm – 8 pm 

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

artnightbristolwarren.org

Top Drawer eNewsletter 10.29.13

Art Night is THIS THURSDAY! Join us for the Artists' Reception for our current exhibition Hearts & Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau! These two artists are painters who work in a loose style, one whose work centers around cartoon hearts that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and the other whose work is more cerebral and abstract, yet just as colorful and energetic, giving Jackson Pollock a run for his money. Visit us for the public reception for Hearts & Minds on Halloween, October 31, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, featuring special guest puppeteers!

    Don’t forget that every penny spent at Top Drawer art @ The BRASS goes back into the supplies budget - your support is what keeps us going!

Until next time, keep on supporting local arts and artists with disabilities in RI!

Hearts and Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau

October 1 – November 1, 2013

Art Night Reception Thursday, October 31, 5 pm – 9 pm 

 

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

Top Drawer eNewsletter 10.15.13

Top Drawer eNewsletter 10.15.13

Thanks to all who made it out to the last Art Night, and the Public Reception for DEDICATION: Emmet Estrada and Doug Nichols here at Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  The night was full of classic moments, with the artists on-hand to give tours of the gallery and introduce new visitors to their work.  These two are a few of the most driven and passionate artists at Top Drawer, hence the title DEDICATION.  Visitors were wowed by Doug Nichols’ Lion and Tree sculptures, who, when arranged together by Doug seemed to communicate some unknown messages to each other, and by Emmet’s stack of 2013 drawings that weighed a ton!  Always inspirational and never cynical, Top Drawer’s exhibitions could not get any better than with these two artists.       

Stop in to get a sneak peek of our current exhibition, Hearts And Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau at the Warren Walkabout, this Sunday, October 20, 12 - 5 pm!  The Walkabout is Warren's annual autumn celebration, a town wide event of fine arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, shopping and music, basically a wonderful day out for the whole family in beautiful, historic Warren-town.  As with Art Night, free trolleys will bring people to all the participating locations, including dropping you off right on our doorstep!  Top Drawer's newest gift items will be on display, such as our Christmas tree pillows, new scarves by David Toste, as well as our current exhibition Hearts And Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau!  These two artists are painters who work in a loose style, one whose work centers around cartoon hearts that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and the other whose work is more cerebral and abstract, yet just as colorful and energetic, giving Jackson Pollock a run for his money.  Visit us for the reception of Hearts and Minds on Art Night- Halloween, October 31, 5 pm - 9 pm, featuring special guest puppeteers!     

Don’t forget that every penny spent at Top Drawer Art At The Brass goes back into the supplies budget- your support is what keeps us going! 

Until next time!       

Top Drawer eNewsletter 9.30.13

Thanks to all who made it out to the last Art Night, and the Public Reception for DEDICATION: Emmet Estrada and Doug Nichols here at Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  The night was full of classic moments, with the artists on-hand to give tours of the gallery and introduce new visitors to their work.  These two are a few of the most driven and passionate artists at Top Drawer, hence the title DEDICATION.  Visitors were wowed by Doug Nichols’ Lion and Tree sculptures, who, when arranged together by Doug seemed to communicate some unknown messages to each other, and by Emmet’s stack of 2013 drawings that weighed a ton!  Always inspirational and never cynical, Top Drawer’s exhibitions could not get any better than with these two artists.       

Stop in soon to get a sneak peek of our new exhibition, Hearts And Minds: Katie Carcieri and Wendy LeBeau!  These two artists are painters who work in a loose style, one whose work centers around cartoon hearts that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and the other whose work is more cerebral and abstract, yet just as colorful and energetic.  Also stop by to see our Autumn gifts, such as brand new scarves woven by David Toste, our holiday-themed pillows, and our Halloween stand-up cutout featuring a spooky scene by Katie Carcieri and Theresa Medeiros! 

Don’t forget that every penny spent at The Brass goes back into the supplies budget- your support is what keeps us going! 

Until next time!        

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

Top Drawer eNewsletter 8.26.13

Top Drawer eNewsletter 8.26.13                                                                      

Don’t forget this week is Art Night, Thursday, August 29th, from 5 pm to 9 pm, and the Reception for Explosions Of Color: New Work by Katrina Cathcart and Brian Lamora!  .  These two artists are Top Drawer’s original success stories, with both having work included in the Intuit: The Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art’s permanent collection in Chicago, along with such Outsider Art greats such as Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, and Martin Ramirez (check out Intuit at www.art.org).  In addition to that historical distinction, Katrina’s work has been featured in Providence Art Windows and in a three-year touring exhibition organized by VSA Arts and originating at the Dillon S. Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Brian’s work was included in Intuit’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition Architectures of Hope: The Treasures of Intuit, curated by renowned author and filmmaker Roger Manley.  These two have clearly gained international recognition, and pairing that with the fact that their work is so meticulously constructed that it is very, very rare, this show is a must-see!

We’d also like to congratulate all the artists who made it into the 2013-2014 Art Ability Exhibition at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA!  This annual exhibition highlights the work of artists with disabilities from all over the world, and this year Top Drawer has a record number of artists who will be exhibiting!  Top Drawer artists with work in the show are Brian Novasad, David Toste, Wendy LeBeau, Emmet Estrada, Nick Taylor, Katrina Cathcart, and Johnny McKenna!  Congratulations, and to see work by these artists go to our website at topdrawer.squarespace.com. 

Stop by the Reception for Explosions of Color this Art Night, and check out our newest gift items- including our new vinyl tablecloths, rag rugs, felt feather purses, cork-people sculptures, woven T-shirt placemats and of course plenty of paintings and drawings to pour through.  See you this Thursday!  

Explosions Of Color: New Work by Katrina Cathcart and Brian Lamora

August 1 – 30, 2013

Art Night Reception Thursday, August 29, 5 pm – 9 pm

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

Top Drawer eNewsletter 8.1.13

Thanks to all who made it out to last week’s Art Night, and the Public Reception for Matching Colors: Drawings by Kyle Komiega and Toni Vollaro here at Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  It was another great turnout despite some inclement weather, with folks still riding the Art Night trolleys and coming out in force to show their support for the local arts community, and having a great night out in the process.

If you missed the show, never fear, because this next Art Night looks to be equally spectacular.  Here at Top Drawer, we’ve switched out our monthly exhibition, and you can visit now to see the new show Explosions Of Color: New Work by Katrina Cathcart and Brian Lamora.  These two artists are Top Drawer’s original success stories, with both having work included in the Intuit: The Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art’s permanent collection in Chicago, along with such Outsider Art greats such as Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, and Martin Ramirez (check out Intuit at www.art.org).  In addition to that historical distinction, Katrina’s work has been featured in Providence Art Windows and in a three-year touring exhibition organized by VSA Arts and originating at the Dillon S. Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Brian’s work was included in Intuit’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition Architectures of Hope: The Treasures of Intuit, curated by renowned author and filmmaker Roger Manley.  These two have clearly gained international recognition, and pairing that with the fact that their work is so meticulously constructed that it is very, very rare, this show is a must-see!  Visit now to put your red dot on a piece of history, and if not we’ll see you at the next Art Night!

Explosions Of Color: New Work by Katrina Cathcart and Brian Lamora

August 1 – 30, 2013

Art Night Reception Thursday, August 29, 5 pm – 9 pm

Top Drawer eNewsletter 7.8.13

Top Drawer eNewsletter 7.8.13

Hello from Top Drawer Art At The Brass!  We hope everyone had a Happy Fourth Of July!

We’d like to thank all those who attended our last Art Night Reception for Rope Doll Show!  It was another fantastic night and the place was full, with many new visitors and rope doll artists in attendance.  In addition to our exhibition, many other fantastic summer events throughout Bristol and Warren were happening, with Art Night in full swing, giving those who were out plenty of great things to do and discover.  Thanks to all those who stopped by and went home with a rope doll, and remember we couldn’t do it without your support! 

For July, up for view now at Top Drawer Art At The Brass, is the exhibition Matching Colors: Drawings by Kyle Komiega and Toni Vollaro!  Those that are familiar with Top Drawer know that Kyle has been an original member of the team and one of the most successful, with an amazing knack for producing exquisite, very contemporary drawings at the drop of a hat.  His talent is effortless, and his work one of Top Drawer’s most prized possessions.  Over the past year, Kyle and Toni have become a drawing team, sharing markers and drawing together, and this new exhibition highlights this wonderful artistic development by showcasing a selection of their new work.  Full of color and movement, these two styles seem designed to complement each other.  Stop by now to see Matching Colors: New Drawings by Kyle Komiega and Toni Vollaro during our normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, or Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, or visit the Art Night Reception for Matching Colors on Thursday, July 25th, 5 pm – 9 pm! 

Until then, see you at The Brass!           

Top Drawer eNewsletter 6.25.13

Don’t forget this week is Art Night, Thursday, June 27th, from 5 pm to 9 pm!  This year’s third Art Night will feature sculptor and puppeteer Lisa Abbatomarco, mosaic artist Valerie Bretl, ceramicist John Boland, mixed media artist Howard Windham, as well as the Reception at Top Drawer Art At The Brass for Rope Doll Show!  Most followers of Top Drawer know that for the past few years Top Drawer’s artists have been making one-of-a-kind Rope Dolls, based on the traditional rag doll but centered around the process of wrapping material around a rope armature and embellishing with just about every knick knack and doo-dad you could possibly imagine.  These dolls epitomize Top Drawer’s spirit of creating truly unique objects and of recycling materials to create something completely unexpected and magical.  For those who have over the years donated to us boxes of buttons or yarn or old jewelry, stop by and see if you can see your treasures in their newest incarnations!  There is something for everyone in this show, with over 70 Rope Dolls in an uncluttered display and much more, including our new rag shag rugs, felt feather purses, cork-people sculptures, woven T-shirt placemats and of course plenty of paintings and drawings to pour through.  See you this Thursday! 

Rope Doll Show!

Featuring an array of fabulous, all-new rope dolls

from the artists of Top Drawer Art At The Brass

June 3 – 28, 2013

Public Reception Thursday, June 27, 5 pm – 9 pm 

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

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Top Drawer eNewsletter 6.12.13

We’d like to thank everyone who attended last month’s Art Night and the reception for Drawing From The Heart: Michael Pascale and Livy Young!  It was an amazing turnout for an amazing show, turning out to be the MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOW EVER for the Top Drawer program!!  We couldn’t have done it without the support and enthusiasm of the community, and we’d like to thank all those who played a key part in its success, in particular the fabulous Carla DeStefano!  Thanks Carla! 

We’d like to announce that it’s already time for our new exhibition, which is a pleasant change from our typical show schedule – Rope Doll Show!  Most followers of Top Drawer know that for the past few years Top Drawer’s artists have been making one-of-a-kind Rope Dolls, based on the traditional rag doll but centered around the process of wrapping material around a rope armature and embellishing with just about every knick knack and doo-dad you could possibly imagine.  These dolls epitomize Top Drawer’s spirit of creating truly unique objects and of recycling materials to create something completely unexpected and magical.  For those who have over the years donated to us boxes of buttons or yarn or old jewelry, stop by and see if you can see your treasures in their newest incarnations!  There is something for everyone in this show, with over 70 Rope Dolls in an uncluttered display and much more, including our new rag shag rugs, felt feather purses, cork-people sculptures, woven T-shirt placemats and of course plenty of paintings and drawings to pour through.  Stop by during our normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, or come to the Art Night Reception for Rope Doll Show on Thursday, June 27, 5 pm – 9 pm!  We’ll see you soon, and until next time, keep on supporting local arts and artists with disabilities!          

Rope Doll Show!

Featuring an array of fabulous, all-new rope dolls

from the artists of Top Drawer Art At The Brass

June 3 – 28, 2013

Public Reception Thursday, June 27, 5 pm – 9 pm 

Top Drawer Art At The Brass

16 Cutler St. (Behind Tom’s Market)

Warren, RI 02885

401.289.2894

Top Drawer eNewsletter 5.14.13

Stop by Top Drawer Art At The Brass now to see the new exhibition Drawing From The Heart: Michael Pascale and Livy Young!  These two artists have been working at Top Drawer for several years making wonderful drawings that reflect the things they hold dear.  For Michael, those things are his friends, drawn as floating cartoon characters across the page, and his handwritten thoughts, which also float in and out and often contain references to friends and family.  For Livy, those things are her cats, which are drawn in such a loose, giddy way that they lose all form and break down into explosions of color and joy.  These two artists’ works are reflections on life and the simple pleasures that beg us to slow down and smile.  Bright and happy, full of scrawled poetry and hidden gems, and fascinating to see side by side, this is wonderful work from two of our most heartfelt artists. 

Drawing From The Heart: Michael Pascale and Livy Young

May 6 – 31, 2013

Art Night Reception Thursday, May 30, 5 pm – 9 pm

Until then, we’ll see you at Top Drawer Art At The Brass!

Keep on supporting the arts in RI!