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PROVIDENCE RI February 2017
PRESS RELEASE –
The BankRI Galleries present:
BankRI One Turks Head Place
Gallery Presents: “The Italian Landscape: Watercolors by
Patricia Almonte.” March 1 through April 5, 2017. The branch is located at 137
Pitman Street in Providence. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to
6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more
information, contact www.bankri.com
MEET THE ARTIST – PATRICIA ALMONTE
If a house can communicate the personality of its owner, artist and graphic
designer Patricia Almonte’s home in the Hoxsie neighborhood of Warwick does
just that. Big comfy couches line the living room, an art studio is
located right off the kitchen and an entrance way ceiling is painted sky blue
and accented with puffy white clouds. This is a safe house, comforting
and warm, a haven from the craziness of the world.
Almonte’s college age son and his friends wander in and out. Her daughter Chloe
is never far, a severely disabled young adult who spends her time coloring
images she downloads from the Internet. Almonte has managed a balancing
act of heroic proportions working as a graphic designer, taking care of her
children and painting.
“When my daughter was young, it was so difficult to get through the day,”
Almonte says. “I couldn’t do anything. But I always kept up my painting,
it was my release.”
When Almonte was a young girl, her mother, a kindergarten teacher, encouraged
her to be creative and let her to draw directly on the walls of their porch.
Almonte continued on the creative path at Rhode Island College, where she
majored in studio arts and minored in art history. After graduation, she went
on to work as a graphic artist at Apex and Brooks Drugs, and later as a freelancer.
Today, she works in social services.
“The last two or three years,” Almonte explains “I really started to focus on
marketing my art.” She attended seminars at the Rhode Island State Council on
the Arts that focused on marketing and copyright issues. She began to
exhibit regularly. Successful shows followed at the News Café n
Pawtucket, the South County Center for the Arts, the Warwick Public Library and
Java Madness in Narragansett.
Last October, Almonte brushed up on her Italian and took a trip alone to Italy.
She stayed at a convent in Rome and an AirB&B in Florence. The
trip was inspirational, both for Almonte the artist and the person.
The watercolors exhibited here at the BankRI Galleries are soothing, peaceful
meditations on the Italian landscape. There are no people in Almonte’s
watercolors. She has created landscapes free of the drama that often
accompanies human beings and their actions. “There’s a little bit of
Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Almonte says. “I want people to step
into the watercolors as if they were stepping into their own little world.”
The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist
and arts advocate.