Spring 2015 brought an exhibit at the Gallery of art by Block Island students Their teacher, Lisa Robb, used preparation for the exhibit as part of her winter curriculum. A community reception took place at the Gallery on May 15th. As a result of the exhibit, several students sold work and one student made a connection with Rhode Island School of Design, who offered her a place in their acclaimed eight week summer program. The Block Island community responded with great generosity and helped this young woman raise the money she needed so she could take advantage of this opportunity.
The North Light Fibers once again held a workshop in the Gallery at the end of May and twelve knitters worked very hard, met the artists and enjoyed themselves.
In late September 2014 Spring Street Gallery was thrilled to host an incredible knitting class connected to a knitting retreat sponsored by North Light Fibers (www.northlightfibers.com). The knitters had a great time working and learning in the inspiring gallery space and we were amazed by what they accomplished.
This year we had a great list of programs that will continue into next year. We scheduled weekly "Art Nights" when the Gallery artists and guests could get together informally at the Gallery and enjoy each other's company, share information and experiences. During several Art Nights, a Block Island School student led artists through origami instruction, which everyone loved. Our instructor, Mia, was outgoing, funny and very good at what she does. She impressed us all.
Several of our photographers led evening photo tours around the Great Salt Pond by boat. Each tour was filled to capacity and many new people learned new things about photography, the Pond and Spring Street Gallery.
Gallery artists took on the job of mentoring new artists at the Gallery and in the community to help them creatively and with business and marketing efforts. An enjoyable and educational process for all concerned. Many of our artists make a living selling their art and several have moved on to open their own art galleries.
We collaborated and supported other Block Island organizations in publication of the extremely popular Art Trail Map, invented and designed by our members Karen and Gerard. In 2015, even more artists and galleries will be featured on the Map.
The Block Island Poetry Project has held gatherings and readings in the Gallery space, which included art and drumming instruction.