For release: June 7, 2019
A new work of public art, featuring a howling coyote on a vintage Rhode Island postcard, has been created by students, alumni and the Visual Arts Department faculty of The Wheeler School as part of a new Thayer Street Public Art Project in Providence. A ribbon cutting for the work with artists, representatives from the City of Providence, and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, is set for 1 pm, Thursday, June 13 at 294 Thayer Street. The public is invited.
In search of a theme for the new Thayer Street mural proposal, the Wheeler Visual Arts department made use of earlier projects by the Wheeler Environmental Science department in an ongoing study of the growing coyote population in Rhode Island. Robert Martin, Chair of Visual Arts at Wheeler, said of the new artwork’s theme, “Our goal is to create a public display that will highlight the animal’s growing presence in our state through a juxtaposition of traditional views of the coyote from the Southwest (how most viewers might associate where coyotes live) with images from Rhode Island (where most viewers might not readily think of as a place where coyotes live). We chose the souvenir picture postcard as our vehicle and collage as our medium. We teach collage in many different guises throughout our curriculum and the project is well-suited for this medium of expression as it calls for a careful selection and repositioning of elements from different pictures to create a new composition” Photography students in the Wheeler Upper School Advanced Art Seminar combined several versions of Southwest and Rhode Island-based postcards using Adobe Photoshop. A website address for the Rhode Island-based CoyoteSmarts public information initiative is included in the mural to lead visitors to learn more.
“It is our goal for viewers of the proposed billboard to stop, take notice and wonder why a coyote in its “familiar” environment of the Southwest should be accompanied with a text that announces, ‘Greetings from Rhode Island,’ said Martin. “In the new mural, landmark views of the state are also contained within the block lettering, adding to the collaged-intention of colliding two previously unrelated frameworks: the southwestern landscape and the Ocean State: now united by the mutual habitation of the coyote and rendered large by the artful design of our students.”
Wheeler School Head Allison Gaines Pell said, “this type of creative undertaking engages our students as members of the neighborhood to create something that the nearby college and university communities, visitors and the whole City of Providence can enjoy. The hours of work to research, design and then create this new community landmark on Thayer Street is part of our academic mission to have students ‘learn their powers and be answerable for their use.’ We are delighted that Wheeler is able to add to the vibrant landscape of Thayer Street in a way that is both educational and joyful.”
Paul Griesinger, President of Capstone Properties said of the project, “We are thrilled to be working with The Wheeler School and the TSDMA to initiate the first art installation on Thayer Street. We hope to continue with other similar projects to bring art to the street in thought-provoking presentations.”
Donna Personeus, Executive Director of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, added, “TSDMA has been developing our Thayer Street Public Art Program for the past several years. It was always our goal to engage the community around Thayer Street in the process. In the Wheeler School, we have found the perfect partner for our public art program.”
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Students and teachers will join a number of local business and government leaders at the ribbon-cutting Thursday, June 13 from 1-2 pm at 294 Thayer St. (alley near Blue State Coffee). Among those expected to attend are Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony, Representative Edie Ajello, Senator Gayle Goldin, Providence City Council President Sabina Matos, members of the College Hill Neighborhood Association and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority Board of Directors.
For more information contact:
Laurie Flynn, Director of Strategic Communication, The Wheeler School, 401.578-7285
or Donna Personeus, Executive Director, Thayer Street District Management Authority, 401.497.5102.
Photos courtesy of The Wheeler School of the work in progress.
Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) collaborates with Brown student organization, Artbeat, to unveil first Pop-up Window Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street (former City Sports location) December 2 at 2:00 PM during the Thayer Holiday Stroll.
Lead by Mandi Cai, Brown student and student organization, Artbeat with mentor, TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus, Artbeat, secured two local artists to contribute to the first of many Thayer Street Pop-Up Window Art Exhibitions. The unveiling the exhibition “In Transition” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at 271 Thayer Street (formerly City Sports) during the Thayer Street Holiday Stroll.
“In Transition” is an exhibition about Providence’s street art scene and its movement through different spaces.. All art can be seen as ephemeral in nature, on display for a period of time and then stored away somewhere private only to be appreciated by a select few. Street art permeates the vacant buildings, piles of rubble, and lonely brick walls to convey a message of its own. The art is not confined to space, instead embracing the space that it finds itself in. The spray paint’s lifespan is at the mercy of the wrecking ball, but the sheer irony that its beauty comes from eventually being destroyed is what makes street art hauntingly beautiful.
The exhibition features two local artists, Linda Handel, digital photographer, and Providence artist Nick Guilbert. The window gallery exhibition will be unveiled on December 2nd and stay up until the empty building begins its transition into another business, or until January 31, 2016.
Thayer Street Merchant Association sponsors 2015 Thayer Street Holiday Stroll Dec 2nd from 10 am to 10 pm. Many Thayer businesses will be offering various discounts on food and retail all day on Wednesday, December 2nd.
2:00 pm: Exhibition Opening of our Pop-Up Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street at 2:00 pm.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Olde Towne Carolers, Santa & his elves will be strolling around Thayer
Free parking on Thayer Street all day and 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Brown parking lot (corner of Brook Street & Bowen Street).
Special Holiday Stroll discounts to be offered on 12.2.15:
Kabob & Curry 20% off food that night
Kartabar -10% off the bill
Andrea’s – 10% off your bill
Paragon 10 % off bill
Flatbread – 10% off your bill and free gingerbread man decorating for the kids.
La Creperie will offer a free hot beverage with any food purchase – They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available.
Allegra Printing offered to discount any printing needs for that night
Pie in the Sky offering 20% off all purchases $20.00 and over
Berks Shoes 15% off full and sale pricing
Facing Thayer will extend their hours and offer 10% off on retail products and when a $100 gift cert is purchased you will only pay $90.00
Spectrum-India will do 30% off all full priced merchandise.
Brown Bookstore will offer 15% off all trade books and campus shop merchandise.
Second Time Around 20% off purchase for the night.
FROYO – 10 % OFF
Sneaker Junkies - 15% off your entire purchase
Salon Persia will be offering $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style.
Au Bon Pain - 3 free mini cookies with the purchase of a full sized sandwich or fully sized salad.
Persia Hair Salon - $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: Thayer Street on College Hill in Providence RI announces their 2nd Annual Fall Artisan Festival. Thayer Stree will be closed to traffic: Bowen to Angell. with over 100+ Artists showcasing their work along with LIVE Music, LIVE Entertainment, Kids & Family Activities, Free Bike Valet, and Amazing Food & Drink. The event is Open and free to the public! Join us...Walk, Bike, Bus or Drive to Thayer Street!
The Festival is sponsored by Festival Fete and Thayer Street District Management Authority.
For details: http://www.thayerstreetdistrict.com/2nd-annual-fall-art-festival-on-thayer-street.html
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: The Thayer Street District Management Authority announces 1st Annual Thayer Street Holiday Stroll.on December 14th 12 am to 4 pm. Thayer Street will host Santa and his elves, Olde Towne Carolers, Brown Student Carolers, LIVE music and special discounts at many of the businesses up and down the street.
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: Thayer Street District Management Authority reports their 1st Annual Thayer Fall Artisan Festival September 20th on Thayer Street in College Hill to be a success with over 2000+ in attendance. TSDMA Board member officially open the Thayer Parklet during the event. The TSDMA plans to make with festival an yearly event.