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State Arts Council Announces Late Summer Show at Block Island Airport Gallery

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by Neal T. Walsh is on exhibit from July 25 through September 21, 2017 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in quarterly exhibitions.

Neal T. Walsh's paintings are grounded in the landscape, abstract but made from observation of real phenomenal experiences of light and color in the urban and rural environment. Walking every day, Walsh finds inspiration in the interplay of light and color; the fleeting, peeling and faded. His paintings offer a humble, worn beauty that may dissolve with the slightest change of perspective. His technique uses salvaged, reclaimed and repurposed canvases which are then worked both additively with dry pigment, oil and wax, and subtractively using sanding, wiping, and gouging techniques. He seeks to summon forth possible hidden color relations, striving to pull out the right amount in the right gesture to create a work that resonates with a small bit of beauty.

Artist and curator, Walsh is the Gallery Director for the Providence arts organization AS220. Recent exhibition credits include the RISD Museum's Locally Made exhibition, the group exhibition We Don't Make Mistakes at the Chazan Gallery and co-curated with Maya Allison, and Among the Breakage: New painting from Providence at the David Winton Bell Gallery. Additionally, Walsh was curator of NIGHTVISIONS, a series of experimental site-specific films and performances for the City of Providence.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery's 2017 season were selected by juror Catherine Little Bert; art historian, owner and curator of Bert Gallery in Providence. The Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

About RISCA: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC: The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport, the Block Island Airport and four other general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions.

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  • Release date: 07-26-2017

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