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artist spotlight: ben anderson

 

I’m so pleased to have the work of Ben Anderson gracing our gallery, ready to share with fellow art appreciators.  Thanks to a friend and loyal collector of Ben’s work who needed to downsize her art collection, we’ve acquired a vast and varied number of ceramic reliefs and plates.

Among my favorites are Ben’s molds of a freshly caught fish, not unlike the Japanese fish printing process where a fish is rolled onto a soft paper. The glazing on his fish is luminous and perfectly slippery.  I’m also lucky to have one of his crab and lobster plates too, inspired by the traditional Portuguese dish from Friends Market in Providence.

Learn more about Ben and his series of highly charged compositions that remind us of the simple beauty found in living things.

Only the best,

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The following video features Ben Anderson at his studio. He gives a great explanation of his influences and process as an artist.

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Visit taste to view the following available pieces in person, or view the collection in our web-based gallery at www.tastedesigninc.com.

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Ben Anderson – Flounder – Ceramic Plate – 13 x 16 inches

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Ben Anderson – Garlic and Mussels – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fish in Forest Stream – Ceramic Plate – 10 x 10 inches

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Ben Anderson – Blue Fish in Forest Stream – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 14 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fiddleheads on Forest Floor – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 18 inches

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Ben Anderson – Two Fish – Ceramic Plate – 13 x 13 inches

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Ben Anderson – Three Trout – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 14 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fish Swimming in Green Pool – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 19.5 inches

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Ben Anderson – Shells – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 19.5 inches

 

 

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Ben Anderson – Mushroom, Okra and Bay Leaves – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4.5 inches

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Ben Anderson – Blue Crab – Ceramic Plate – 17 x 17 inches

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Ben Anderson – Three Cloves – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4 inches

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Ben Anderson – Mussels on Green Plate – Ceramic Plate – 9 x 6 inches

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Ben Anderson – Shells on Forest Floor – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 17 inches

 

Our gallery furnishings and art are available for our in-home “try it before you buy it” program.

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Artist Spotlight: Christian Potter Drury

painter of the natural world and its unseen details

 

 

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We were honored to feature Christian Pottery Drury’s inspiring work at our Gallery Open House in August.  Here’s a snapshot of Christian and a preview of the pieces currently hanging in our gallery. If you’re a local, please stop by to view in person…

Christian Potter Drury comes from a long line of artists. Her relative Allyn Cox spent two decades painting the murals in the Capital rotunda in Washington, DC, and her father was the art book publisher Clarkson N. Potter. Christian spent her childhood in New York City and London and summered in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where she now resides.

Drury trained at London’s Sir John Cass School of Art and at SUNY before embarking on a long and successful career as an Art Director at newspapers, notably the The Los Angeles Times, and most recently the Wall Street Journal.

Christian has drawn and painted since she was 13. Two years ago she returned to painting full time.  We’re so fortunate she did.

Enjoy and be inspired, as we are everyday as we take in the subtleties and messaging in her work.

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Christian Potter Drury – In the Deep Dark Forest You Will See a Golden Light – Acrylic, Pencil, Watercolor, Varnish – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – en famille – Acrylic, Collage, Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Varnish – 16 x 20 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Buds – Watercolor, Acrylic, India Ink, Collage, Varnish – 8 x 8 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Opera Coat for David Lynch – Gouache, Acrylic, Pencil, Collage, Varnish on 100% Cotton Arches Paper; 300 lb – 36 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Rogue Wave – Acrylic, Collage, Pencil, Varnish – 16 x 16 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – High Tide – Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Varnish – 24 x 24 inches

 

 

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Christian Potter Drury – Tulipus (sp.) Margarettas – Acrylic, Pen, Watercolor and Pencil – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Drury – Mount Wilson – Gouache, Watercolor, Pastel Collage – 24 x 30 inches

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Christian at an Open Gallery Night this past August with her piece Tulips (sp.) Margaritas

Artist Spotlight: The Fab Five

new show opens August 11th and features the work of five fabulous women

Our final show of the summer season opens August 11th and we’re brimming over with work from five fabulous and innovative women.  Join us Thursday night, August 11th to experience truly outstanding works of art, from these exceptional women — Kelly Jo Shows with her eclectic series “Portrait of an Artist”, local mixed-media artist Christian Potter DruryKaren Murphy and her oil seascapes and our longstanding favorites Dora Atwater Millikin and Kelly Milukas.  Read on for a sampling of their work and stop by Thursday evening, August 11th and throughout August to be inspired.

See you soon at the gallery at taste.

Only the best,

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P.S.  In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line, or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.

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Open Gallery Night, May 26th, 5 – 8 pm

Memorial Day is just a week away!  To kick-off the summer, the gallery at taste will host monthly Open Gallery Nights beginning next Thursday, 5/26 from 5pm – 8pm.

Next week we will feature three artists in collaboration with Candita Clayton Gallery.  Like me, Candita is dedicated to discovering and promoting both emerging and mid-to-late-career artists from Rhode Island, and believes that art should – and can – be accessible to everyone.

This month’s featured artists are Jenny Brown of Rhode Island, Estelle Chojnicki of Rhode Island and Rebecca Mickelburgh of the United Kingdom. We’ll have select pieces on display in our gallery.

Mark  your calendars for Thursday’s Open Gallery Night. If you can’t make it next Thursday, stop in Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Thursday & Friday nights from 5-8 throughout the summer.

Only the best,

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Jenny Brown is an artist living and working in Providence, RI, whose primary mediums are drawing, collage and works on found paper. Her work brings to life a mythical world of sea creatures and forests, realized through her love of paper ephemera. Jenny studied art at Bennington College and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts. Recent shows include “Here” at Lore Collection in Providence, RI, and the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford School of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Sea Peach by Jenny Brown

 

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Having art in her blood from her name sake Grandmother, Estelle had always dabbled in art. Attending Munson Williams Institute for the summers while residing with her Aunt in Utica, New York, many exclaimed that she should be an artist. Throughout several moves and raising her children, her art has been an outlet to express that which lies within. The colors of her paintings are drawn from the memories of the corn fields, the fall of the autumn leaves, and the harsh winters of Central New York. While the energy comes forth from her travels from New York to Paris, from East coast to West coast, and points in between. The canvas remains the outlet of her abstract expressionism and up to the interpretation and the imagination of the viewer to enjoy.

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Prairie by Estelle Chojnicki

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Rebecca was brought up in the Kent countryside from a young age and has been inspired by her natural surrounding and animals and wildlife in general.  Her palette knife paintings come from enjoying the odd gin while painting, and a unique ability to paint vibrant colourful paintings while maintaining the form and integrity of her chose subject. Rebecca studied Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design and went on to achieve a BA with Honours at the University of the Arts London (Formerly Chelsea College of Art and Design)  She paints professionally from her Studio in the beautiful Scottish Borders, and exhibits across the UK and America.

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Leviticus by Rebecca Mickleburgh

Dora Atwater Millikin at Taste

During the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of introducing and placing Dora Atwater Millikin’s work at my client’s homes.  (If you’re a client, you’re probably shaking your head in agreement that yes, Dora’s paintings are always at the top of Patti’s recommended art list.)  Her oil paintings capture our coastal locale in an original and fresh spirit, always drawing you in and inviting you to be a part of that moment in time.

My respect and regard for Dora’s work makes happenings at the gallery at taste the past two weeks that much sweeter.  We’re proud to include Dora’s paintings on our gallery walls, further deepening our on-going support of her work.  Five exceptional pieces have arrived the past two weeks and while one has already found a home with very special clients, four others are available to see and appreciate, at taste.

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“Down To Sea” 2010

Sold to special clients in Providence.

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“Returning”

12 x 12 inches

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“On Round Pond”

36 x 54 inches

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“Morning Soon Come”

36 x 54 inches

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“Campers” Diptych

30 x 48 inches

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“Confidante”

Sold, because my husband surprised me with this to celebrate our 18th anniversary this year.  I’m so lucky that I get to appreciate this every day.

Stop by or call the studio to see these exceptional pieces, or arrange for an in-home viewing. You’ll be glad you did.

All the best,

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inspiration @ work: architecture, art and light

We’re constantly inspired by our collaborators in the field of design and by new technologies we incorporate into our projects.  Lately we’ve had the pleasure of adding personal relationships with artists to our well of inspiration.  This week we’re brimming over with inspiring people and things.  Here’s a snapshot of three people and things bringing excitement to our work.

Daniel Forster Photography

Swiss-born Daniel Forster has covered eleven America’s Cups and ten Olympic Games. His photographs appear in every major nautical magazine in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia, and in general interest magazines like STERN and TIME. He’s also been commissioned to photograph Maxi yacht owners yacht participation at major sailing events in book format.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting Jamestown-based Daniel and gasping at some of his photographs he so humbling shared with me. As a result, his work now proudly hangs in the gallery at taste and hopefully in our client homes in the near future.

A. Tesa Architecture

Since it’s founding in 2011, A. Tesa Architecture has earned a reputation for designing homes that offer an admired interpretation of classic New England character coupled with modern flair and functionality. For Alec R. Tesa AIA, the firm’s principal, the process begins by taking the time to thoroughly understand the client’s vision and how they live. This thoughtful process, from concept to completion, is a partnership unfolding over time ensuring that every detail is carefully considered.

Alec’s style is one I’ve long admired and I’m so pleased to have been selected as the interior designer on one of his client homes in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Let the thoughtful and considered collaboration begin…

Radio Ra.2 by Lutron

Designing in layers of light has long been an important part of our practice. Creating scenes with those layers of light enables our clients to easily adjust all, or some, light fixtures in a room to a pre-set level. Add to that the ease of lowering window shades and controlling the thermostat from a keypad or remote, and we’re able to bring an ease to our clients lifestyle and the way they use their homes.

(I’m still tickled when I visit a client home where we installed Lutron’s electronic shade controls a few years ago with a favorite collaborator, Back Bay Shutter. My lovely client still takes great pride in demonstrating how easy it is to raise and lower the room-full of shades in the family room with a touch of a button. It makes her happy and I couldn’t be more pleased.)

Currently, we’re designing lighting plans for two client homes that use Lutron’s RadioRa system. Savvy electricians are key to incorporating a lighting control system and we’re fortunate to be working with two of the best. Bring on the layers and the ease of designing with light.

Stop by taste anytime or click on over for a dose of inspiration!

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you’re invited- grand opening events

join us Thursday evenings in August at taste

We’re nearly there! It’s been quite the operation to move us, our gear and what feels like millions of samples to our new home. Next week we’ll open our doors at 17 Narragansett Avenue and welcome friends, clients and neighbors.

Join us and everyone who helped make it happen at grand opening events the next three Thursday evenings in August from 5 – 8 PM.

August 13th – Ribbon Cutting and Open House

August 20th – Open House

August 27th – Open House

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17-N-Finished-Floors-2015-Editedbeautiful hardwood floors before move-in

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a framed giclee of Evelyn Rhodes’s Crow in Snow, an exclusive reproduction to celebrate the opening of the gallery at taste

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See you soon!

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a sneak peek: the local artist lineup at taste

plan to attend an Open House event in August to meet the artists

We’re just two weeks away from opening our doors at our new home at 17 Narragansett Ave. and introducing the gallery at taste – where we’ll feature vignettes of custom furnishings and accessories by taste, finished with local art.

Be sure to join us at one of these open house events and meet team taste members and the artists whose work will grace our walls and finish our interior compositions.

Thursday, August 13th, Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 20th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 27th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Here’s a sneak peek at the artist lineup, with more to follow in the next few weeks:

Evelyn Thistle Rhodes moved to an island in Narragansett Bay in 1976 because it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. Since then she has been painting the light and shifting colors of the landscape and coast, capturing the rural character and rendering the many moods of nature and the subtle movement of the seasons.

Evelyn’s work has been a longstanding favorite at Jamestown Designs for nearly thirty years. As we take the reins from Debbie Swistak and Carol Andersen, we’re pleased to continue to present Evelyn’s work, yet shift the focus to her abstract works of art juxtaposed with her classic coastal scenes.

Equally as exciting is Evelyn’s agreement to reproduce a giclee of her Crow in Snow oil painting – a favorite of mine discovered during a creative session at Evelyn’s studio. The Crow in Snow giclee is an exclusive print available only at taste and I couldn’t be more pleased to share this special piece with clients and friends.

Evelyn Rhodes Bio PhotoJamestown’s own Evelyn Rhodes

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Susan Strauss paints directly on site as well as from imagination in her barn studio. Layered, musical and original, her colorful work evokes feelings of discovery. Strauss’s abstract oil paintings are inspired by local land and water, gardening and weather.  Her paintings are the perfect finishing touch to a fresh, coastal home.

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Kelly Milukas is a professional multi-media and multi-faceted artist. There is a playful side of Kelly’s artistic range inspired by her travels, observations and passions. She creates colorful, expressive art in pastel and encaustic that capture the essence of various cultures, animals and still life with big, bold, brave color, shape and texture. Kelly is pure positive energy and her works in encaustic and pastel exude this quality and her limitless curiosities.

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Barbara Owen is a contemporary painter and mixed media artist. After 12 years in New York she moved to Rhode Island with her family.  She mainly works out of a studio in Pawtucket but maintains her close ties and studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Barbara’s Paper Forms works in cut paper can be thought of as “paintings I have bent or sculptures that depend on the wall”.  I’m so pleased to have her work on our walls.

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Jessica Pisano is Inspired by land & sea. She begins the painting process by documenting what she’s drawn to in nature, either by sketching “en plein air” or using a camera to capture a scenic view. She is interested in the portrayal of time and how atmospheric conditions change the landscape. Jessica strives to create a sense of depth in her work by using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give the paintings a rich, radiant appearance. As a contrast, she also uses contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in a looser, more experimental and intuitive manner. This combination of art techniques from the past and the present is not just a juxtaposition of style, but also of time.

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But wait, there’s more…  Works of art by New England’s Michael Rich, Peter Roux and Wendyll Brown will also grace our walls. Look for upcoming posts with a sneak peek at their work.

Be sure to join us as we celebrate an abundance of local talent!

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