‘CoastalSkye’ is a collaboration between two provocative Rhode Island galleries. Coastal Contemporary Gallery and Skye Gallery are focused on exhibiting highly skilled regional, national and international talents.
Owners and directors Shari Weschler Rubeck and Jonny Skye chose five artists from each gallery stable to participate in this unique fusion of ten strong creatives. Shari and Jonny see the advantages of building a bridge to bring new experiences and contemporary discussions to Providence, Newport and beyond. The artworks selected are charged with color, culture, narrative, humor, wit and energy.
Dynamic works, a range of voices, compelling talent, provocative messages - this show will provide a unique experience to observe two distinct approaches to curating the work of the same group of artists in two locations at the same time. Visiting both shows will be the best way to experience the uniqueness and the union of two Rhode Island sister galleries.
Andrew Moon Bain
Austin born and Seattle raised, Andrew Moon Bain moved to Providence in 1993 to attend Rhode Island School of Design and has made his life between Providence and Brooklyn. He is a painter, printmaker, musician and prolific record producer. His art work explores life for the diaspora, dreams, human and environmental crisis, current events, identity and spirituality. Bain currently lives and works in Central Massachusetts.
Of Italian and Lebanese descent, Brett Cimino is a Rhode Island artist transformed after 25 years working long hours as a plumber. His paintings explore the pain, joy and absurdity of modern life through intimate tales and are full of irony, humor and terror. “I was born an artist, but have lived a tough guy life holding it all in,” explains Cimino, and literally from the dark damp of crawl spaces, Cimino compellingly reconnects to the world and himself through his painting.
Daniel Koterbay is a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design and The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. Primarily working in oil paint, he combines both figurative and graphic design elements into a cohesive balanced work. He’s been heavily influenced by the Pop Art movement. Koterbay has exhibited both domestically and internationally. He’s also taken part in art fairs in Miami, FL, and Seoul, South Korea. Currently he has returned for his M.F.A. at the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan, NY.
Boston area native and resident, Bill Porter, is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose studio practice investigates the structures and influence of storytelling. Porter earned an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design as well a BFA in Animation and Minor in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Porter is an Adjunct Professor in the Animation and Motion Media department at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge MA.
Natalie Featherston is a contemporary realist painter specializing in trompe l’oeil- a French term meaning literally “to fool the eye”. Her work is inspired by the Dutch Masters and combined with a modern sensibility, where skill and execution of the painting pair with humor and whimsy.
Calling Providence home via California and Texas, Sierra Sanchez is a painter with unique vision who is currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Working through personal narratives, she creates stills describing moments of decision, dreamscape and intimacies with surreal sensibilities giving room for dreamy rumination on the before and after.
Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Shawna draws deep from the winter-forged well of her overactive imagination. Her narrative, vintage-infused paintings explore many topics such as childhood, animals, nature, patterns, humor, metaphors, space, paradoxes, and fairytales. Shawna graduated in 2000 from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BFA in Studio Art, Emphasis on Drawing and Printmaking. She has exhibited both locally and nationally.
Rhode Island artist Monica Shinn paints large format dreamscapes that integrate everyday moments with spirit driven visions. Her work is delicate, roomy and calling. Also a welder and environmentalist, Shinn calls Fox Point home with her wife Mare.
Joel Rosario Tapia
Lucy Stevens is an internationally recognized mixed-media artist living in Providence, Rhode Island. Lucy paints intuitively, and her work is vibrant and expressionistic as daily life is imagined in a brilliant cacophony of color and pattern. A former newspaper reporter and fiction writer, Lucy turned to painting when she realized she could express things with images that she wasn’t able to convey in words.
Tapia an aboriginal urban artist of Puerto Rican descent who was born in Providence and served 2 tours in Iraq with the US Army. Influenced by indigenous Taino culture and Hip Hop, his work tells stories to keep the spirits present.