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North Kingstown Gallery

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by Rebecca

Jenness "Paintings by Rebecca Jenness" October 8, 2009 through January 6, 2010

Gallery Location: 1140 Ten Rod Road , North Kingstown . Gallery Hours: Mon - Thurs 9 a.m, to 5 p.m . Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Turks Head Gallery

"Trinity" by Jerome Doyle " The Sketch Book of Jerome Doyle" December 3, 2009 through January 6, 2010

Gallery Location: Turks Head building, One Turk S Head Place, Providence Gallery Hours : Monda y through Wednesday 8 :30 a.m . to 3 p.m ., Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pitman Street Gallerv

"Times Up" by Jeff Porter "Photographs by Jeff Porter" December 3, 2010 through

January 6, 2010 ,

Gallery location:

137 Pitman Street, Providence. Gallery Hours :

Monday through Friday 9

a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9

a.m. to 3 p .m. and Sunday noon to 4 p,m .

The BankRr Galleries are curated by Paula Hart;esian, a Providence-based Artist and arts

advocate. For additional information please contact PaulA at 401-456-5015 ext. 1330 or at

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Meet the Artists


Rebecca Jenness' first and only traveling exhibit was smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. Mud pies drizzled with blue and pink poster paint a la Jackson Pollock and a little red wagon were integral components of the exhibit, as was her grandmother who took the five-and a-half-year old Jenness by the hand and walked her through the neighborhood. Knocking on doors, Jenness found a warm reception for her early art pieces and managed to sell two of her pies for a nickel each. A discussion ensued between her grandmother, a watercolorist, and the budding young artist about whether the mud pies were paintings (Jenness' view) or sculpture (her grandmother's). Thus began Rebecca Jenness career as an artist and educator. Jenness grew up running around the studio of her painter father. She knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up - a painter. Circumstances brought her east when she was ten and she settled in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in decidedly un-urban surroundings. The youngster spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out where the city went. "Where are all the people? Where's all the buildings?" she quipped. Jenness attended a high school in Hansen, MA with a strong focus on the arts and took pre-COllege programs at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Later she attended the Vesper George School of Art, also in Boston. "I never wanted to grow up, " Jenness exclaims. "f just loved it, looking at the art and looking at all the buildings." Boston proved an expensive place to live, so Jenness took off to continue her education at Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU). After earning a degree in arts education, she moved to Providence in 1979.

"I tllOught Providence wa, great," Jenness says, "This is a nice little place - a little bit of grit, a little grimy, 1 like the people and the stuff. I would never leave this little city," Then on December 18, 1989 disaster struck. Jenness had iust moved into a studio in Riverside Mills, "] had been living in the city, painting and having a great lime, 1 was exhibiting in group shows with 19 on Paper. I put everything in my new studio so I could work." The main iornace in the mills exploded, Fire quickly spread through the buildings. Jenness' studio and everything in it was destroyed, Only twelve of her paintings survived from that time period: they were our on exhibit and not touched by the fire. For a while Jenness tried to paint A colleague fent Jenness her studio and gave her a can of brushes to use. "I did try to paint," Jenness explains, "I began to experiment with lots of different materials, but I had lost 11 until oonversation," She had lost the pure joy she felt in something the mid-nineties that Jenness began 10 really paint again. stopped her once more. Personal health issues and family obligations took precedent over painting, In 1999 she secured a job teaChing art at the Gordon Sohool in their extended day and art elective programs, "Ws really nice to be with children ifs just wonderfill," Jenness exclaims, She still teaches there today. An added bonus of the job is the time it allows her to paint "In the middle of the day, every single day," Jenness says, "I have time to go into my studio and work." In the summer, Jenness also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in their pre-college programs. She has been painting abstract, colorful cityscapes now for several years. The activity of the city draws her. "I'm really interested in us - human beings the human hive. It's the hum, the busy-ness that reaLly intrigues me," Jenness explains. "~I think we are better together, what we do and how we do it."


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