The Charming Mr. Burleigh

December 9, 2016

Sydney Burleigh (1853 – 1931) is one of the most intriguing figures in 19th century Rhode Island both as an artist and art activist.  He is referenced in nineteen publications with the most notable mention in : Masterworks of American Impressionism from the Pfeil Collection by W.H. Gerdts, 1992.

One of his watercolors is on view in the current exhibition – Woman Sewing – a prime example of his mastery of watercolor. ( Presidential portrait of S.R. Burleigh from the collection of the Providence Art Club).  Find out more about the “Arts and Crafts talent”,  Burleigh, in our biography section.



Cathy @ 4:58 am

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Old Favorites In 2016 Holiday Selections

December 5, 2016

Old favorites in the Rhode Island and American Art scene headline the December 6th opening of “2016 Holiday Selections” at Bert Gallery. Of particular note is a small collection of Eliza Gardiner (1871 – 1955) color woodcut prints. Gardiner is a nationally recognized color woodcut artist who attended RISD (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI) graduating in 1897. She is one of the early women artist pioneers.

Cathy @ 4:59 am

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2016 Holiday Collections coming soon…

November 28, 2016

2016 Holiday Selections, opens at the gallery from December 6 and runs through December 23, 2014. For the month of December, extended Bert Gallery Hours are Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm. Closing Friday, December 23rd at 5pm for Christmas Holiday. Free parking is available on the street in front of the gallery. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Holiday catalogues are already out with an array of consumer goods to satisfy any gift giver. In the midst of this retail competition, Bert Gallery suggests you give a “Gift of Art”, a simple personal gift of a painting, etching, photograph or sculpture that is not mass produced but rather a creative visual marker. A gift selection that is individual, risky and subjective.

The paintings on exhibit are arranged across two rooms with affordable prices. All media are included and works date from 1876 – 2016. Most works are Historic American painters from Rhode Island and varying artist estates.

Cathy @ 7:56 pm

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Vitullo Photographs Continue to Intrigue

October 17, 2016


November 7, 2016 – January 6, 2017
1950 – 2000
Gallery Night Reception November 17, 5 – 9pm.

Four photographs of Carmel Vitullo are included in the upcoming exhibition – organized by URI Feinstein Gallery, the Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence Inner City Arts/Roots Cultural Center. It celebrates the impact of many area artists over the course of fifty years, some who are the product of RISD, RIC and URI and others who were drawn to this creative center long  before it was called the Creative Capital.

Vitullo’s vintage image from 1952 of the Providence River looking out at the Point Street Bridge is included.

Cathy @ 4:11 pm

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Head-dress Obsession

September 29, 2016

The Dutch take their head-dress very seriously. There is even a Dutch Costume Museum in Amsterdam. But the 19th Century American obsession with the costume piece is amazing. Here Oscar Miller (1867- 1921) paints a diligent dutch girl working on her knitting in her quaint hat, scarf, head-dress…whatever.

American artists must have found quite a market for these scenes or were nostalgic for their study days abroad? We will never know why so many artists painted the women in their head-dress but come and see first hand the “Dutch Mother Knitting” on view at the gallery.




Cathy @ 5:47 am

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