September 12, 2017 08:05PM
By Nancy Burns-Fusaro
Sun staff writer
WESTERLY — Who is the muse and where does she come from?
That’s the question former Rhode Island state poet Lisa Starr and Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly President Arlene Piacquadio asked themselves as they pondered the idea of an event that would tie together the gallery’s 25th anniversary celebration and get a group of poets, musicians and artists together to inspire one another with painting, poetry, music and storytelling.
After about a year of planning, the two women came up with “Artists Plus Poets,” a program set to take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.
Starr and Piacquadio have brought together 17 poets, 15 artists, three musicians and one storyteller who will combine their talents and artistic expressions in an exhibit of art and poetry, prose and music Saturday at a Westerly Arts Café performance beginning at 6 p.m.
The artists and poets met during July and through mutual, creative sharing, found ways to enrich and inspire each other for the program.
Since its inception about a year ago, the Westerly Arts Café has been bringing alternate forms of art to the gallery.
Some pieces may be finished, some may be in progress, but all will be unique and emotionally charged, said Piacquadio. The program will also include a special anniversary toast and celebratory cake-cutting.
“Artists Plus Poets” will be on exhibit throughout the month of September.
Meanwhile, in the Back Room Art Gallery, even more community art will be on display.
The original art by Walldogs Mural Artists — a group of artists who travel to various American towns annually to transform communities through the power of art and history — will be on display in preparation for a public auction on Saturday, Sept. 16, led by auctioneer Dan Stanavage.
From Sept. 13-17, more than 100 Walldogs artists will visit the Westerly and Pawcatuck for the 2017 Bricks and Murals Festival, the first-ever East Coast Walldogs Festival.
Fourteen murals will be created in the two downtowns during the five-day festival.
Fifty percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Bricks and Murals maintenance fund to preserve the quality of each outdoor mural and the remaining half of sales will be commission for Walldogs artists.
Featured Walldogs artists include Manfred Didier, Andy Goretsky, Mike McEvers, Shawn Gilhenny, Josh Luke, John Tedeschi, Bill Diaz, Anat Ronen, Sonny Franks, Doug Haffner, Alex Falk, Phil Ghi, Ben Diaz, Dale and Brenda Manor, and Cameron Bortz.