You know what they say…April showers bring May flowers! During the month of April our Turks Head Gallery is hosting “Rainy Moments: Paintings by Rachel Brask.” What began as a single moment of inspiration from a window fogged with rain and glimmering with color from the autumn leaves outside has turned into an obsession. Having perfected a technique to emulate the beauty of nature, Rachel’s unique works incorporate thick dots of oil paint aided by viscous stand oil to morph into one-of-a-kind shapes and eye-catching blends of color. While the stand oil requires 72 hours of continuous movement to works its magic, each painting takes several weeks to reach the tacky stage and months to dry completely. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to see Rachel’s paintings; they’re currently on display during our Gallery hours of: Monday-Wednesday from 8:30am to 4pm, and Thursday/Friday between 8:30am-5pm.
Since being inspired by a window fogged with rain and glimmering with color from the autumn leaves outside, Rachel has spent the last several years perfecting a technique she developed using paint and stand oil to emulate the beauty created by nature. From warm blues melting into cool gray lavenders, to deep rusty browns that dissolve into a warm orange, each of Rachel’s paintings is a study in a field of color.
We’re looking to get your weekend started a little early the week of April 19 week when we host our 2nd Gallery Night Reception of the year Thursday evening, April 19, at Turks Head from 5pm-8:30pm. Featuring “Rainy Moments: Paintings by Rachel Brask,” the night will also include live music from guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.
While we’re sure you’ve had your fill of rain over the past few days, we promise you’ll enjoy Rachel’s works, which combine oil paint and viscous stand oil to create blends of color that emulate the beauty of nature and ensure no two paintings are alike. We hope to see you Thursday, but if you can’t make it, please remember that Rachel’s paintings will be on display until May 2nd.
The combined work of Rachel Brask, Shawndavid Berry, and Virginia Purviance call up garden-inspired artwork in ARTBORETUM. Continue reading
After a recent studio visit by curator Paula Martesian, several of my paintings from the Abstracted Rainy Moments body of artwork for a two month solo exhibition in two BankRI gallery spaces. Continue reading
I am excited to announce that I’ve received notice of my acceptance into an artist residency at Edgewood Farm, in Truro, MA, for a two week residency. Continue reading
Rachel Brask will be part of a three-person exhibition at DeBlois Gallery in Newport, RI, along with Virginia Purviance and Shawndavid Berry. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5-7pm. Continue reading
I’m excited to hear news from the Warwick Center for the Arts that two of my paintings, “Rainy Moment 08 (Forested Mountains in Rain)” and “Rainy Moment 15 (Lakeside Mountain Rain)” have been accepted into the 31st Annual RI Open Juried Exhibition! The exhibit will run September 13 – November 2, 2017. Date of the opening reception TBA. Both of these paintings are from a body of work I’ve work I’ve been developing over the past year called “Abstracted Rainy Moments.”
I am pleased to join nine other members of the East Providence Arts Council for the EPAC Members Inaugural Show, exhibiting in the front gallery of the HeARTspot Art Center & Gallery (1942 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI).
Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, September 14, 6-8pm. Light refreshments provided.
In this show, I have two pieces: Rainy Moment 13 (Open Ocean Rain), and Autumn Trio.
SPECIAL Studio Inventory Art Sale
During the week of August 20-26 Rachel Brask Artworks be hosting an online Special Studio Inventory Art Sale! Any online purchases of pre-rainy-moments artwork that week will be significantly discounted 25% off for THIS ONE TIME ONLY! (using the promo code below)
Email subscribers will have EARLY ACCESS to the sale a few days ahead with access to 40% discount, August 16-19, using a special code. To become an email subscriber and get Early Access to this special sale, click here.
August 20-26, use coupon code “PREVIEWSALE1” to obtain 25% off your painting purchase!
This first-ever studio inventory sale is due to running out of room in the studio to store older work while Rachel continues to make new “rainy moment” paintings. Will you help me clear room in the studio by purchasing a painting?
The online shop for original oil paintings has been updated recently with all the paintings inventory from past bodies of work. Browse through, make a note of what paintings you’re interested in, email rbraskartworks[at]gmail.com with any questions.
Follow Rachel Brask Artworks on Facebook & Instagram to see featured paintings in the weeks leading up to the Inventory Sale.
Please note that paintings in the Abstracted Rainy Moments series are exempt from this studio inventory sale.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
I am pleased to be instructing two FREE art workshops at the NR Modern Gallery (170 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI) during June 2017! Each workshop will incorporate a little learning with the chance for participants to make their own painting creation.
Playing Around with Pointilism
Saturday, June 17, 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)
In the weeks leading up to the opening reception for my solo exhibition, Abstracted Rainy Moments at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery, I received coverage in several local newspapers. I’m still not quite used to seeing myself out there with so much publicity…but if it helps bring more people to the gallery to experience my art in person, then I’ll put up with it and try to get used to it. I’m not giving out autographs just yet.
So naturally, I now have a big stack of each of these papers to save for posterity.
Top 5 Things To Do in RI This Weekend, Providence Journal, April 6, 2017
The Valley Breeze, April 5-11, 2017
“Local contemporary artists work shows at Pawtucket gallery”, East Providence Post, April 5-11, 2017
Sakkonnet Times, East Bay Newspapers, East Providence Post, April 5-11, 2017