With a weaving path of expanding and contracting, a simple idea took its delicate time developing over the course of summer 2018. Original plans and visions, with the assistance of the universe re-routing Coastal Contemporary Gallery towards chance and connectivity, brought us to our November exhibition, UNRAVEL. This exquisite collaboration features designer and stylist Leslie Grant, designer and painter Taleen Batalian, painter Rebecca Stern, fashion photographer Rob Van Petten and musician and composer Sam Hollister of Aurora Collaborative, with cellist Maia Ashley and harpist Sarah Smith.
Our featured artists exhibiting in October, Topher Gent and Conny Goelz Schmitt explore multiple levels of planes, fusing color and texture within the two and three-dimensional forms that they construct. There is a clean, pure and mechanical precision in their work and a subtle soft fusion of organic properties. Gent and Goelz Schmitt find themselves pushing the boundaries of their materials, while remaining open to what is communicated back during their ritualistic process. Unexpected shapes and spaces intermingle in both bright colors and earthy shades, equally commanding a powerful physical presence.
Featuring an intimate group of thirteen artists who concentrate on translating the(ir) world(s) through the freedoms of abstraction. Karen Rand Anderson, Margie Butler, Steven Cabral, SW Dinge, David Gonville, Amy Goodwin, Michele Poirier-Mozzone, Barabara Owen, Jessica Rosner, Christian Rubeck, Masha Ryskin, On-Kyeong Seong, Kenneth Steinkamp.
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The following artists are participating in this first annual W-Intermission: Karen Rand Anderson, Taleen Batalian, Steven Cabral, Sandi Daniel, Julie DeRosa, SW Dinge, Kim Ellery, Topher Gent, Amy Goodwin, Cynthia Guild, Monica Lee-Henell, William Kendall, Daniel Koterbay, Will Kurtz, Sarah Jane Lapp, Ian Mohon, Michele Poirier-Mozzone, Karen Murtha, Barabara Owen, Nick Paciorek, Bill Porter, Lorena Pugh, Christian Rubeck, Shari Weschler Rubeck, Masha Ryskin, Kim Silva, Conny Goelz Schmitt, On-Kyeong Seong, David Skillicorn, Ken Steinkamp, Rebecca Stern, Lucy Stevens, Annie Wildey and more.
‘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.
Koterbay, Tapia, Stevens, Sanchez, Bain, Featherston, Porter, Gilmore, Shinn, Cimino
Scott Lapham and Joan Wyand’s creative practices engage the community, and their sculptural works share a compatible material and aesthetic quality. Both are dedicated to confronting destructive social habits through their visual art, while simultaneously working with youth to connect new generations to the natural world. ‘Sea Change’ will incorporate photography, sculpture and installation at Coastal Contemporary Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island during the month of March 2019. This exhibition has the legs to continue its message way beyond our gallery walls and into other spaces for future collaborative opportunities. In April, a portion of ‘Sea Change’ will be displayed in the Middletown facility of Clean Ocean Access, affording its guests a unique look at the gritty realities of our world. Join us for a champagne artist reception with a special presentation at 491 Thames Street, on March 9th from 2:00-5:00 pm. Percentage of net proceeds from these shows will be donated directly to Clean Ocean Access.
‘Into The Fold’ features two New England artists working in mixed media to construct a hearty collection of installation, sculpture, painting and stitchery that will fill our gallery as spring bursts forth in April of 2019. Both Seong and Brent push the boundaries of beauty and ugliness through the inimitable guidance of their materials. Bundles of textiles, foam and ‘trash’ in Brent’s work, behave as if they were thick paint, where threading in Seong’s, left loose or tightly sewn, draws delicate lines and connections. We are boldly wrapped in worlds that speak about woman’s work, motherhood, nature, technology and curious relationships that manifest in our conscious and unconscious minds.
There is a messy, yet beautiful, organic chaos of form that melds effortlessly into an orderly management of geometric shape. Colors are bright, clean and clear in moments of rest or muddled and earthy where they collide.
Seong’s quilt-like worlds occasionally shift between two and three dimensionalities; deftly crawling along walls, agreeably transformative upon installation in order to bend and curve around sharp angles. Visitors are enticed to a walk through Brent's site-specific “garden archway” of old clothing, studio debris, paint, and recycled materials. This piece fluently mimics the “growths" pouring out of her wall works and sculpture.
There is much meat to sink our toothy souls into as these two masterful creators provide abundant opportunities for digging in and climbing back out.
Our three May artists focus on water, examining the life that resides and plays within, or the destructive realities of waste that are discarded into its magnificence. Wildey, Mozzone and Schultz all recognize and honor time that passes as a journey. Be it through erosion, an emotion or recreation, water carries strength, offers a cleansing breath, a moment to honor the past or sit in the present. It breaks down surface with relentless persistence, is vastly deep holding darkness and mystery, distorts reality and can exist in three physical states. Water makes up sixty percent of our adult bodies and it is a relevant metaphor for our complex lives and the human condition; fleeting as each wave, bubbles and reflections of light travel up and out.
We were thrilled to bring Newport and the world around, a fresh body of artworks for the summer months of 2019. Three salon-style exhibitions, featuring thirty plus artists in our gallery - an enticing line up of contemporary creations that will lit up Thames Street. We reconnected with return visitors and met many new friends. Coastal Contemporary Gallery is ready to guide and educate at the beginning stages of acquiring art or to assist with building upon established collections. Our variety of incredible artworks and artists brings cheer! Celebrating Arts Diversity in Newport, Rhode Island.
With DJ MIKE DELICK from PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
BOLD and BRAVE
OPENING EVENT July 12th 4-8 PM
OPENING EVENT August 9th 4-8 PM
With Live D.J. Mike Delick
With Lorena Pugh, Sandi Daniel and Gin Stone
Painting, Photography and Sculpture
OPENING EVENT Saturday, September 14th 4:00-8:00 pm
With Adam Waimon, SW Dinge, Nafis White, Sumo Bunni, Jeffery Palmer
Glass, Fiber Sculpture, Painting, Video Projection
OPENING EVENT Saturday, October 12th 5:00-9:00 pm