To be accepted as an Elected Artist member of the Art League of Rhode Island.
The annual meeting was at the historic Aldrich House, in Providence, on June 21st. The five new members were invited to each bring a piece of their art to be put on a lovely wrought iron easel. I brought Chaos (don’t I always?)
The new members were introduced during the meeting. It was exciting to meet the other artists, and it turned out not to be at all intimidating, as everyone was very friendly.
ALRI was founded in 2000 by a group of about 40 artists, and provides exhibitions for member artists in all media!
As a tapestry artist I appreciate this open-mindedness, as some arts groups are not so inclusive. Rhode Islanders are far more informed about the textile arts than people in other regions, and my theory is that this is the result of growing up with Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Every child in RI visits there at least once on a school field trip. In addition to this, the Rhode Island School of Design, with their excellent Textiles department is very prominent here.
The mission statement reads:
The Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI) was formed based on a shared vision to encourage and foster artistic recognition and growth among Rhode Island Artists. ALRI was incorporated with a goal to contribute, encourage and promote integrity and excellence in the arts in Rhode Island. The Art League of Rhode Island numbers among its founding members some of Rhode Island's most prominent artists working in a wide range of media from painting to furniture making.
More information about that later.
In the meantime I need some new tapestries to exhibit!
Time to leave the computer and get back to my looms!