Artists Rachel Brask & Tammy Tappan present Rains & Reins, a collaboration of paintings and sculptures celebrating their similar and different approaches to the subject matter of horses and rain. They have been invited by internationally acclaimed curator Alfio Borghese to exhibit in Italy June 21-30, 2019 at the Villa Comunale di Frosinone in via Marco Tullio Cicerone, Frosinone. During April to May 2019, a preview of their exhibit is on view at the Equestrian Artists of Tryon Gallery in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
These two artists first met at an art business conference last summer, and then got to know one another a bit more when they both exhibited in a cross-cultural art exhibition in December 2018 in Rome, Italy, also curated by Alfio Borghese. During the pilot art residency program at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Rachel and Tammy planned out their collaboration for this exhibit.
Now both Brask and Tappan will be returning to Italy again in this feature exhibition.
Rachel Brask is inspired by the colors and textures of rainy days, and captures contemporary abstract impressions of landscapes and seasons as viewed through a rainy window. Brask’s oil paintings portray rains as a contemplative, renewing, and colorful contrast to the perception of rain’s gloomy reputation. Brask maintains her art practice, Rachel Brask Studio, LLC, in Rhode Island, USA.
Tammy Tappan’s artwork is inspired by the power of the horse and is fascinated with its interaction with humans. Her bronze sculptures and gestural acrylic paintings express these powerful creature’s elegance and the unique relationships between it and its rider. Tappan’s artwork features tools and tack of the trade along and capture horses’ expressive eyes and body language. Tappan also runs her own art gallery and studio, Equine Instincts, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA.
Rachel Brask will be the featured artist at Sprout Coworking Warren Gallery for February 2019. Her bright abstract impressions of rainy days will be up Feb 1-28. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 15, 6-8pm. Free and open to the public, come on out and meet the artist, enjoy light refreshments and take in the art!
Sprout Warren is located on 489 Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island. The gallery also includes sculptures by Neal Personeus and Ed McAloon.
Rachel Brask and Jennifer Gervais will take over the AS220 Main Gallery with an exhibition of each of their respective works. This exhibition will be on view November 3-24, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 3rd 5-7pm.
Rachel will exhibit a selection of oil paintings from her Abstracted Rainy Moments series of paintings inspired by the view through a window during a rainstorm. This exhibition will include the first public gallery showing of 10+ paintings created during her art residency in Maine this past summer. Many of these paintings are inspired by the changing daylight reflected over the harbor in sunrises and sunsets, and through photos she took while exploring Acadia National Park and the harbor.
Rachel Brask Artworks will soon be evolving to become Rachel Brask Studio, LLC. This change comes as the next step in the development and direction of the varied creative practices of artist and graphic designer, Rachel Brask. “Calling my creative practice Rachel Brask Studio LLC vs. Rachel Brask Artworks is really about opening the definition of studio,” states Brask. “This will better provide a one-stop hub for my art studio, graphic design studio, photography studio and teaching studio.”
Rachel will be working on rebranding some of her identity materials and logo, and will be reconfiguring how her website works. She plans to officially launch and celebrate this new business name sometime between November and the new year. Stay tuned!
Rachel Brask will be participating in the Seekonk Artist Network’s Seekonk Open Studios, a two day event featuring over 20 artists in 11 locations throughout Seekonk, MA on Saturday & Sunday Oct. 13-14, 11am-4pm each day. Brask, an alumni member of Seekonk Artist Network (SAN), will showcase her recent paintings from a residency in Maine along with LIVE painting demonstrations all day on both days at 116 Read Street, Seekonk MA.
The following is the complete list of locations and artists also participating in Seekonk Open Studios:
60 Hope Street: Dianne Burns – Painting, Drawing; Dawn Campbell – Pottery
32 Read Street: Mark Holme – Wire Sculpture, Painting; Lars Grant-West – Fantasy Illustration; Seth Holme – Photography, Film; Zachery Holme, Photography
112 Read Street: Bill Clark – Photography, Calligraphy; Beth Goulet – Mosaics, Painting
116 Read Street: Phil Gruppuso – Woodworking; Tim McCarthy – Assemblage Art; Rachel Brask – Painting
11 Cleveland Street: Elaine Petrasky – Sea Glass Jewelry; Bryan Bzdula – Photography; Debbie Moody Shard – Oil Pastels
92 Walker Street: Bob Desrochers – Sculpture; Pottery
104 Walker Street: Mary Jane Andreozzi – Wood Painting, Fiber; Deborah Baldizar – Sculpture; Ann-Marie Gillett – Mixed Media
128 Walker Street: Sarah Jane Lapp – Cards, Puzzles, Painting; Rick Lescault – Skyjelly Live Music
128 West Avenue: Tony Lunghi – Woodworking; Ken Moore – Painting
399 Central Avenue: John Mitchell – Pottery (Pottery Wheel Demonstration)
46 Coleman Street: 7:00 pm SATURDAY only, Patti Dalton hosts a folk concert by Jim Trick
AS220 has announced the list of artists and arts organizers accepted to its Fall 2018 session of its arts administration professional development program, Practice/Practice. This four-day conference for those involved in the arts will provide participants a forum for learning best practices in the arts administration field — networking, community outreach, public art, increasing accessibility, marketing and more.
Brask is an abstract artist best known for her current body of oil paintings evoking the impression of viewing rain on a stormy day. She is also involved in several area arts organizations. For Art League Rhode Island, Brask is a board member, secretary, and co-chair of the Communications committee. She is also involved with the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Seekonk Artist Network, and East Providence Arts Council. Brask hopes to apply what she learns over the course of this professional development program to her involvement in these organizations.
The 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions, presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations, hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and a party. Workshops will include presentations and breakout sessions with AS220 staff and expert visiting faculty, and will allow plenty of time for discussion and debate. In the spirit of Practice//Practice, some workshops also involve working sessions, bringing theoretical discourse into the practical realm.
Rachel Brask is pleased to announce the lineup of summer and fall festivals and open studios in which she will be exhibiting her artwork. Links for more general information about each event has been provided below. Since some of the festivals aren’t for several months, check back to the links occasionally, as each organizer will be updating their event’s info as details are finalized for each event.
July 15 (3-7pm): EP Heritage Days Festival, Pierce Field, 201 Mercer Street, East Providence, RI. Rachel will be at the HeARTspot Art Center booth.
August 11 (11am-6pm): Looff Arts Festival, Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Ave, E. Providence (Riverside), RI.
August 18 (12-5pm): Attleboro Expo for the Senses, Attleboro, MA.
September 8-9 (11am-5pm): Slater Park Fall Festival, Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI
October 13-14: Seekonk Open Studios
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Above photo by Eric Johnson
Rachel Brask will have up to 10 of her coastal-inspired paintings of beaches, oceans, coastal sunsets, and dunes. Some of these paintings are from her residency in Truro at the Castle Hill Center for the Arts in March 2018. This exhibition will include several other artists, full list TBA.
Sprout Coworking Gallery is located at 166 Valley Street, Building 6M Suite 103, Providence, RI. Sprout Gallery will be hosting a Providence Gallery Night reception with the artists in attendance on Thursday, June 19, 5-9pm, open to the public.
More about Sprout Coworking Gallery
Thursdays 6-7:30pm, June 14-July 19, 2018
Fuller Creative Learning Center
260 Dover Ave, East Providence, RI
In this new art class for adults, Rhode Island artist Rachel Brask will help students learn to understand the world of colors. Participants will learn the history of different pigments, the emotional associations with different colors, and of course, the mixing and use of each main color.
Registration required as space is limited.
Contact: Ryan McCauley 4012283903 firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Fuller Creative Learning Center
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.
Clad In will host oil paintings by Rachel Brask for the months of April and May 2018. This exhibition will feature the most recent “Abstracted Rainy Moments” paintings by Brask, recently painted during a two-week art residency at Truro Center for the Arts Castle Hill’s Edgewood Farm, located on Cape Cod. Throughout the residency, Brask scouted out potential locations and landscapes that she could photograph as reference images to inspire new scenes for her to paint, then to have it “rain” on her painting compositions.
There will be an artist reception on Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Come out for some light refreshments, meet the artist, and see how the the shop is curated to have the artwork and fashionware complement one another.
The combined work of Rachel Brask, Shawndavid Berry, and Virginia Purviance call up garden-inspired artwork in ARTBORETUM. Continue reading
I visited the Warwick Center for the Arts to see the latest Art League Rhode Island Members Exhibition, in which I have one oil painting, “Mountains of Purple Rain II.” 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