Closing Artist Reception July 26 at The Olive Tap 

Rachel Brask is the featured artist at The Olive Tap in Wayland Square, Providence, RI for July 2017. Stop by the evening of Wednesday, July 26, 5-7pm for light refreshments and to meet the artist for the closing reception. 

The Olive Tap is located at 485 Angell Street, Providence, RI. Nearby street parking is available. 

Rachel Brask Art at The Looff 2017

IMG_2224Rachel Brask Artworks will again be participating in The Looff Art Festival on Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11am-6pm. This fantastic art festival is held at the historic Looff Carousel at Crescent Park in Riverside (East Providence), RI. The art festival boosts live music performances throughout the day, food trucks, and many fine art and craft vendors.

Rachel Brask Artworks will be present with a booth including selections from the Abstracted Rainy Moments series, along with some other earlier abstract paintings and prints. She’ll also be at her easel, painting LIVE throughout the day.

This event free and open to the public, no admission charged.

For more information, visit http://www.eastprovidencearts.org/the-looff.html

Rachel Brask Art at The Olive Tap Wayland Square July 2017

During the month of July 2017, The Olive Tap Providence will host Rachel Brask as the featured artist. Visit The Olive Tap at 485 Angell Street, Providence, RI (in Wayland Square) to see several paintings and prints by Rachel Brask in the rear gallery & tasting area. A selection of “Abstracted Rainy Moments” paintings will be on exhibit July 1-28, 2017. All paintings and prints are for sale through The Olive Tap.

Join us for two events this month!

  • Meet the Artist at a Tasting Friday, July 14, 6-9pm: Every Friday, The Olive Tap hosts a tasting of a meal, pairing oils, vinegars with local chef-prepared cuisine and wine. On Friday, July 14, 6-9pm, meet Rachel Brask as she’ll be attending this tasting. Tickets are just $15 for an unforgettable tasting of food, wine, fresh bread, inspiration, and more than 40 artisan olive oils and authentic balsamic vinegars on tap. Please remember to RSVP via Facebook or by calling the store at 401-272-8200 as space is limited.
  • Closing Reception: Thursday, July 27, 5-7pm: Join the artist for a closing reception and light refreshments, free and open to the public.

 

2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Days 10-11: The Mountaintop

After starting the week unable to pick up a paintbrush for fear of what would or would not come out on canvas, these final 48 hours have given me the opportunity for redemption, and to move forward past that redemption.

I’ve envisioned a ‘rainy moment’ painting for awhile to include a mountain lake, but just hadn’t gotten to it (like many good art ideas). I started that idea, and I’m pleased so far with how it’s turning out.

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2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Days 8-9: Redemption

As you may have read in a few previous posts about the status of progress for my 2017 in-studio artist residency, you will notice that this period of 10 days started off on a bumpy and somewhat uninspired start (except for the day trip to NYC – that was inspiring).

In the previous two days, progressed onto brushing gesso and inscribing canvas, so my goal for today is to actually start painting another ‘rainy moment’ onto a large canvas. Continue reading

2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Day 7: Urban Night Rain

Once I graduated from painter’s block to brushing gesso, my next adventure was to put paint on that black gesso. I had been contemplating an urban night rain series of photos for awhile now, so this week is a good time to start experimenting with what method would be most effective for an urban night rain scene.

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2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Day 6: Painting Pep-Talk

So after I created my blog post for yesterday, I did go ahead and I gessoed four small canvases. The saying about momentum is true, because once I started out doing that, I looked around the studio to see what else I could gesso without being too committed to the perfection of the outcome.

I gessoed a 16″x20″ canvas with black gesso. Continue reading

2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Days 4-5: Failure to Launch

I’m on day 4 of an in-studio artist residency in order to focus on exploring the next direction in my ‘rainy moments’ series.

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2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Day 3: Daytrip to NYC

As part of my in-studio artist residency, I wanted to plan a few field trips out of studio to spark some creativity with a change of location, and going to art museums always helps to get that going — art museums help to remind me why it is that I paint. Why do art? Why live art? Because. Art. Continue reading

2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Days 1-2

At around this time last year, I had decided that I was going to take 10 days off of everything else just to focus more intensively on my art, and on the next direction for my art. A good portion of the work created in the “Abstracted Rainy Moments” series of paintings took place during that in-studio artist residency.

I decided that I needed to do it again, and that I wanted to make this an annual practice. Continue reading

Abstracted Rainy Moments Exhibition Catalog now available!

The exhibition catalog for “Abstracted Rainy Moments” solo exhibition at the Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery has been published! It’s now available for preview and for purchase.
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This exhibition catalog chronicles the solo exhibition of Rhode Island contemporary abstract painter, Rachel Brask, in her exhibition of “Abstracted Rainy Moments,” held at the Samaritans of Rhode Island Forget-Me-Not Gallery in the spring of 2017. Included in this book are full-page, full-color photos of the 14 paintings on exhibit, photos from the programs, a curator’s statement by Eric J. Auger, an art review by Carrie Decker of Motif Magazine, and several poems inspired by the Abstracted Rainy Moments series.
Click here to virtually flip through the pages.
Exhibition catalogs are available for purchase online here for $16.00 each or contact Rachel to inquire: rbraskartworks@gmail.com

Creating with Clay Class

Our final weeks of the Creating with Clay art class for ages 10-14 went very well. The students were keen to learn and apply what they’ve been studying. Continue reading

FREE Class Offered Again – Playing With Pointillism

Saturday, July 8, 2017,  1:30-3:30PM
NR Modern Gallery (170 East Main Road, Middletown, RI)

Cost: FREE, art supplies provided!

Registration: register online here or call 401-859-1406

This interactive class will explore the brief background of the Neo-Impressionist movement of pointillism and its pioneering artists. Participants will then have an opportunity to make a painting inspired by the concepts of pointillism. This class for teens & adults, art materials provided. Registration is required. Class taught by Rachel Brask (rachelbraskart.com)

Registration required. Register online HERE or call 401-859-1406

Closing Reception: June 23, 5-8pm

I can’t believe that the public gallery debut of “Abstracted Rainy Moments” at the Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery is finally coming to a close. The solo exhibition of oil paintings has been open for about three months from April to June 2017. There have been many events and programs throughout, and now it will all be coming to a close, as all good things do.

The closing reception will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 5pm-8pm at the Samaritans of Rhode Island Forget-Me-Not Gallery at 67 Park Place, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I will give a brief talk about the art, followed by announcing the winner(s) of the People’s Poetry Prize award!

A newly-printed catalog of the Abstracted Rainy Moments exhibition will also be there, fresh off the press! People can look it over, and even order the catalog to take home to keep an archival version of this exhibit, with special back-stories to each of the paintings, a little about the artist, the gallery, and a special piece published by an art review of the exhibit, along with a curator’s statement by Eric J. Auger, Curator-in-Residence for the Samaritans of Rhode Island Forget-Me-Not Gallery.

 

How A Demonstration Painting Turned Out from Plein Air in Park Place Day

On May 20, 2017, I participated in the Pop-up Plein-air Painting in Park Place Pawtucket event. In the afternoon I performed a painting demonstration to a small group of interested people who gathered to watch how one of my “Abstracted Rainy Moments” paintings came to life. I’ve chronicled the process here Continue reading