Five ACGOW Artists at Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Library

       During the month of February five members of Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly are exhibiting their work at Hoxie Gallery, on the second floor of our beautiful Westerly Library at Wilcox Park. Stop by on Wednesday, Feb. 7, some time between 5 and 7 p.m. to meet artists Liz Goor, Lois Lawrence, John Craig, Tom O'Connell and Richard Inserra at their Opening Reception!

The large space of this historic gallery provides for many works from the artists to be displayed all together. It is a unique opportunity to see so many of these pieces at one time.

       Please come and support our artists any time during the month and tell your friends. Click on their names to be directed to their Artist Pages on this web site!

Conversations With African American Art

January & February African-American Art Exhibit, February Lectures!

©Steve Prince, We Carry Generations
©Steve Prince, We Carry Generations

        In partnership with the Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition, The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is pleased to announce a special African American Art exhibition from the collection of Bill and Paula Alice Mitchell in our United in the Arts Community Gallery throughout the months of January and February! The exhibition is curated and interpretated by Coalition members April Dinwoodie, Leslie Dunn, and Kevin Lowther. The work on display is just a small sample of the art the Mitchells have been collecting for decades. They honor the stories told in the art that reflects how African Americans viewed the world around themselves.

       The Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition also presents a three-session lecture series in the auditorium of Westerly Library at Wilcox Park.  The series is sponsored by the Washington Trust.

      About African American Art: Talks with Artists and Collectors will be presented on three consecutive Saturdays at the library in February:

Session #1 — Feb. 3, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., visual artist and arts educator, Robin Holder, will present "Let’s Raise Our Racial IQ with Art"

Session #2 — Feb. 10, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., patrons Bill and Paula Alice Mitchell will discuss and present slides of African American Art and will talk about what inspired them to build their extensive collection.

Session #3 — Feb. 17, 2024 / 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dr. Curlee Raven Holton, retired Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts & Culture of African Americans & the African Diaspora, currently the Founding Director and Master Printmaker at Raven Fine Art Editions in Easton, PA, will present "Below the Surface: An African American Story in Printmaking".

       All are invited to learn from these experts about historical and contemporary African-American art. The ACGOW exhibition and these lectures feature artworks that “embrace multiculturalism to address racism to educate, engage, and empower our community in its journey to equity, inclusion, and belonging for all.”

       Each lecture is free and open to the public. Please consider making a donation to benefit the Jonnycake Center and its charitable mission in our community.

Auction of Artwork by William Hewes, Jan. 19 - Mar. 29

©William Hewes, The Cyclist
©William Hewes, The Cyclist

      The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly  (ACGOW) in cooperation with The United Theatre, is pleased to present  "The Cyclist", donated by artist William Hewes, for purchase via silent auction. This enamel and acrylic Abstract Expressionist painting is 40" x 52", mounted on a custom made canvas stretcher. Proceeds from the sale of this piece will be shared with the Westerly Wave Runners, the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly and The United Theatre.

       The work may be seen at the gallery of The United Theater from January 19th until March 29th at noon. Minimum bid is $1,500. Bids may be offered either in person at the auction bid sign-up sheet near the actual painting at the United or via email to Richard Inserra, President of   ACGOW, at: [email protected].

       All bids must include your full name, email address, phone number and amount of your bid. Email bids at amounts below the current high bid will be returned to the bidder advising that their bid would not be successful. It will be possible for anyone to increase their bid.

       William Hewes, a local Westerly, RI, resident, is an American self-taught artist who paints in the action/drip style. Hewes worked in the building trades for 40 years before becoming a professional artist and he often uses the skills learned from his earlier profession in his artworks. After experimenting with different styles of painting, Hewes settled on abstraction because of the freedom within that genre. He built his own spinning table to produce amazing large-scale spin paintings. He is inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, Robert Natkin, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns and Leon Golub.

January through May Painting Classes!


Photography Talk by Ardie Harrison, Saturday, Mar. 23

©A.Harrison, Moonrise on the Cliffs
©A.Harrison, Moonrise on the Cliffs
©A.Harrison, Windmill
©A.Harrison, Windmill

      Member Artist, Ardie Harrision, will present images and give a talk about photographs from his trip to France at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. "Through the Lens of Ardie Harrison" is inspired by life's unscripted moments. He says, "I am motivated by my curiosity, sense of adventure and desire to explore. Discovering the world has been a lifelong personal journey of soul-searching and self-discovery. I have found that I have so much in common with people of different cultures. The differences challenge me to see new possibilities within myself."