Art display pops up on Child Street

By Elizabeth O’Connell and Erin DeThomas
Posted 11/23/22

All the art in the windows is up for purchase until Dec. 23, and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the artist.

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Art display pops up on Child Street

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The Warren Arts and Cultural Commission has installed a “pop-up” shop of ten local artists in the windows of 22 Child St., next to the “Rising Tides” mural which was completed in October. All the art in the windows is up for purchase, and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the artist. The art will be on display and available for purchase until December 23, 2022. 

This pop-up shop was created to provide a larger stage for local artists who are not currently affiliated with a gallery, as well as fill the windows of a vacant storefront along Child St. The hope is to continue to offer this pop-up shop until the storefront has been filled. New artists will be selected every six weeks. Interested local artists who would like to participate in future displays can contact WACC at warrenartsandculturecommission@gmail.com.

This group of fall artists includes:

  • Butch Lombardi, award winning local photographer and environmental activist. Butch has included two pieces printed on metal; “Waterfront Etching” is a black and white photograph of the Warren waterfront, and ”The Fourth of July”, a fireworks display.
  • William Schaff, an internationally known multimedia artist whose studio is on Water Street, has included a striking black and white cut-paper piece, “The Annunciation”.
  • Hayley Perry, a textile artist whose studio “Loop by Loop” is housed in Cutler Mill, is displaying two hooked pieces: “Winter Fox” and “Abstract Pillow”.
  • Allison Newsome has included two ceramic sculptures: a pitcher named “I am Missing a Button” and a old style crock, “Frock Crock”. Her studio is on Baker Street.
  • Ed McAloon, a multimedia artist whose studio is on Water Street, is offering his driftwood and glass sculpture, “Out of Breath”.
  • Gina Croce, an award-winning realistic watercolor artist, has included her piece” Fisherman”. “Hummingbird Studio”, her teaching space, is on 136 in Warren.
  • Kathy Kittell, a well-known artist, instructor, owner of Don’s Art Shop on Main Street, and coordinator of Warren’s Art Festival, is offering her oil painting collection, “Four Birds”.
  • Suzanne Munroe is an award-winning textile artist whose work encompasses quilting, embroidery, and embellished art on fabric. Her quilt, “Prayer Catcher”, has embroidered inspirational words of several Native American leaders.
  • Musician Allysen Callery has just finished a European tour and is known for her original lyrics and “ghost folk” vocals. She offers fans her collection of five CDs.
  • Ellen Blomgren, clay sculptor and owner of Mudstone Studios at Cutler Mill, is offering her whimsical piece “Honey Bear and Bees”.

The Warren Arts & Culture Commission exists to cultivate and support Warren’s diverse artistic and cultural assets; expand opportunities for public art, and for activities that speak to the history and cultural identity of the Town; review public art requests to ensure they adhere to the public art guidelines, and provide guidance or assistance for public art projects when needed; and act as a local arts and culture resource online and around town.

Prices and contact information will be posted at the storefront and interested customers can contact the artists through a “QR” code or by email until Dec. 23. They all invite you to stop by and “window shop” for their original, locally created art.

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