PAW Winter Season

Check out Sue Freda, Johnny Adimando Karen Rand Anderson and Creative Feminisms. New work will be up starting late March. Click on the map above to download and follow the current art trail.


191 Westminster Street, 1 & 2

Sue Freda

Copper or tin coated steel, glass, resin, and beads.

Susan Freda is a sculptor and jeweler working in RI. She received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 and her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. Inspired by RI’s textile and jewelry industries of the past, her work is informed by the intricate and handmade detail often found in lace and costume jewelry. Susan's work often incorporates industrial materials that have been utilized to approximate natural and organic systems. Her work references nests, wings, vines, arteries, scales, and neurons, while assuming fashion related forms of dresses and shoes to hybrid incarnations of plant, mineral, and animal structures.
Susan has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an artist residency at the de Young Museum of San Francisco. Her work can be found in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Meditech, and Neiman Marcus, among others. Susan's shoe sculptures can be seen traveling with the Fuller Museum as well as with Craft Alliance of St. Louis, MO. Her wearable fashion pieces have recently been included on the runway in NY's Fashion Week 2010.

To learn more about the artist, please go to suefreda.com
To purchase work, please contact:
Susan Freda Studios at Gallery 4. 3848 Main Rd. Tiverton, RI 02878

URI Library

Adrienne Adeyemi's work has been replaced mid-season for a special URI Gallery exhibition:

IMAGINING PEACE - Artworks by Mimi Sammis and CPT Nicholas Mercurio

July 9 2012 – August 25 with Gallery Receptions July 19th & August 16th 5-9pm

Six-foot panels, each uniquely designed by an artist or group of artists, comprise one large display memorializing Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

Adrienne Adeyemi

Stand Still, Close Your Eyes, 2010

A series of B&W Silver Gelatin photographs

About the Work

My fascination in making portraits comes from a desire to connect with people, both strange and familiar, and to make meaning of these various relationships.

Throughout my various projects, I have always been attracted to the voyeuristic nature of how I observe and capture people in their most peaceful and vulnerable states. I am also interested in photographing the awkward and uneasy space that exists between myself as the photographer and the people I have daily interactions with.

In this series, Stand Still, Close You’re Eyes, I objectively treated each subject in the same way, photographing them in a figurative manner and displaying them in a standardized repetitive way, freeing myself up to examine and make meaning of each individual relationship more closely.

In playing with the viewer’s gaze, my work also aims to challenge the viewer’s preconceived assumptions of what traditional portraiture is. My subjects’ eyes are closed, thereby denying the viewer the one thing that they expect to see in a portrait. The viewer must look for new ways to access these images. This series explores new realms of what portrait photography can be.

About the Artist

Adrienne Adeyemi (b. 1988) is an emerging, photo-based artist. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where she currently continues to live and work. She received her BA with highest honors in Photography and Screen Studies, from Clark University in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in a solo show at the Dana Commons Gallery in Worcester, MA and in several group exhibitions throughout the North East, including the AS220 Gallery in Providence, RI, the Aurora Gallery in Worcester, MA, and the UN Plaza in New York City.

To viw more of her work, please go to adrienneadeyemi.com.

Fulton Street

Johnny Adimando

The First To Leave, 2012
Acrylic and Ink on Paper; 12’ x 12’

About the Work

My images shift along a spectrum that begs question regarding their origin as created or discovered. In compendium, they are a strange codex that makes suggestions and propositions for a deliberately obscured narrative; based in personal experience and the fantastic imagination. I am strongly influenced by both science and science-fiction, so this is a tale that is both revelatory and obscure; and I am most interested in the space between where probabilities and possibilities come to blur and flourish. The transformation of images into a system and symmetry of icons and symbols, is an interaction and involvement with the ever-changing and expanding fabric of space and time, which I view as something that can be manipulated and traversed. The construction of the work is an integral aspect of it’s manifestation; I create things using primarily ink and paper, to alter, distort, disassemble, and reassemble. The goal is to communicate something that is at once intimate and universal, and to articulate a bridge between the cosmic and terrestrial.

About the Artist

Adimando holds a BFA (‘05)from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and MFA (‘09) from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently part-time faculty in Printmaking and Drawing at RISD, and adjunct faculty in Printmaking at Montserrat College of Art. He was awarded the Temple University prize to study in Rome, Italy, the Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop scholarship, a two-year residency and graduate fellowship grant from Bucknell University, and a graduate study grant from RISD.

His work is included in several permanent and private collections and has been exhibited locally, nationally, internationally, and recently at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Showroom Gallery in South Carolina, and at the 17Cox exhibition space in Beverly, MA. His recent solo show, To the Moon which was reviewed in the March/April 2012 issue of Art New England. His most recent solo show, Via Satellite, was exhibited at the AS220 Project Space in downtown Providence.

More of his work can be viewed at www.johnnyadimando.com

RI Housing

Karen Rand Anderson

A Tentative Embrace, 2008
gouache, graphite, acrylic on paper
55" x 64"

About the Artist and the Work
Karen Rand Anderson graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and received her MFA in mixed media in 2010 through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College masters program in Johnson, VT. She has completed residencies in Bulgaria through the Griffis Foundation/Orpheus Foundation, at Vermont Studio Center, and at I-Park Artist’s Enclave in East Haddam CT, and shows regionally and nationally in juried, invitational and solo exhibitions. Her mixed-media sculpture utilizes natural materials, appropriated objects and charred paper; her large-format works on paper relate visually to her sculpture. She states: "I am interested in posing visual questions regarding the nature of relationship between natural elements, physical and emotional tension, and metaphor. Creating metaphor by combining organic materials such as branches, moss, stones, bones, and vines along with paper, wire, and found and altered objects, I invite the viewer to address his or her own relationship to the energy, materials and imagery in my work."

Anderson lives in Providence, and has a studio in Pawtucket.
If you would like to know more about her work, and for sales inquiries, please go to her website karenrandanderson.com.