Stephan Brigidi, Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer, Nilton Cardenas and Evans Molina.
October 6th - November 6th, 2016.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20th 5-9pm. Closing Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 5-9pm.





At GALLERY Z - STEPHAN BRIGIDI, SIRARPI HEGHINIAN-WALZER, NILTON CARDENAS and EVANS MOLINA, Thurs., October 6th through Sun., Nov. 6th. Opening Reception Thursday, October 20, 5-9PM. Closing Reception Sat., Nov. 5th, 2-4 pm.

Gallery Z will be exhibiting four dynamic artists in October:

STEPHAN BRIGIDI

Stephen Brigidi is a widely published Providence artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has an MFA from RI School of Design, 1976, where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Italy, MacDowell Colony, and for his photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Universities of Hawaii and Connecticut, Roger Williams University, the RI State Council on the Arts and the RI Committee for the Humanities.

In 1991 Brigidi collaborated with the poet, Robert Bly, on Angels of Pompeii, an artist portfolio and book published by Ballantine Books, New York. Remarkable People was published in 1995 by the Sunningdale Foundation. BVT Publishing, California, published Afraid of the Dark: A Venetian Story in 2016. His newest book, The Fire of Rome, will be published in 2017.

Brigidi has taught photography since 1979, at the Universities of Hawaii and Connecticut, Rhode Island College, Providence College, and for many years at RI School of Design. He currently teaches Aesthetics in the Humanities program at Roger Williams University. He resides in Bristol, RI.

SIRARPI HEGHINIAN-WALZER: Sirarpi is an award-winning artist with work in collections worldwide. She will be exhibiting vibrantly colored mixed media monotypes and collages on paper. Her work has been in galleries throughout Europe and the U.S. She lives and works in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is an artist member of Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, and Gallery Z in Providence, serves on the boards of Cambridge Art Association and Non-Profit Net in Massachusetts, and is the principal of Consult and Design, a small-business IT consulting firm. She is the cofounder and director of Art Without Borders, an online community that champions the artists' rights. In Europe, Sirarpi worked with artists Andrej Woron, Milan Knizak, and Peter Erskine, and in the USA with Timothy Harney, Jon Imber and Ati Gropius. She was formerly an engineer at Biotroniks in Berlin, Germany, where her team designed pacemakers, and at Honeywell in Lexington, MA, where she worked on infrared imaging systems.

Sirarpi studied biomedical systems engineering at Boston University and painting and stage design at the Academy for Fine Arts "Die Etage" and Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany.

NILTON CARDENAS: Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Nilton immigrated to Miami, Florida, with his family as a youth and then moved to Providence. He studied journalism at the University of San Martin de Porres and Painting at the Institute Superior Jose Sabogal in Lima, Peru. He has exhibited solo and collectively in the U.S. and Spain and his paintings are in private and corporate collections. His work reflects an inward search for his native origin; his art is a spiritual rebirth, a liberating reawakening.

Nilton is a past board member of Sol Gallery, which promotes Latino Art and culture. He has taught art and painting for years to youth in Providence schools, summer camps and organizations, including PASA, Achievement First Providence Mayor Academy Elementary, Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, City Arts, Dorcas Place, YMCA, Urban League of RI, Hispanic Heritage Society Museum, RISD, Providence Safe Smart Program and the Providence School District. Nilton also works for the Providence School Department.

Nilton has received recognition awards from City Hall and from state representatives, acknowledging his art work, his support and the impact that he has as a role model for the youth and people of Providence.

EVANS MOLINA: Evans is a Cuban-born artist (1976) raised in an artistic milieu of visual and performing artists. He studied historic restoration and painting in Cuba, extensively restoring urban monuments; scriptwriting and film at the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and the Cuban Institute of Cinematography and Art (ICAIC); and visual performance art studies at Havana's National Folkloric Collective.

Evans immigrated to the U.S. in November 2004. Cuba continues to inform his creativity as he incorporates heritage, ritual, immigration, family, folklore and legend into his painting and performances. His stated artistic goal is to "bridge cultures and break down the barriers and prejudices that separate us as people. Art, for me, is potentially a form of 'social medicine." Evans is a prolific visual and performing arts educator, having taught and performed at various K-12 schools, cultural centers and community spaces. He is a co-founder of the Green Brigade Project in Cuba in 2002, a five-year long multidisciplinary initiative that assembled artists there through concerts, communal art exhibits, street performance and events such as the International Book Fair, Havana.

Evans received critical acclaim by Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, for his short film titled "Tiempo" in 2003, which also received an Honorable Mention at the Independent Film Festival, Havana, Cuba, 2004, and at the Independent Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2011 he was honored with a Citizen Citation for "Dedication to Cuban Culture" from Mayor Angel Taveras.

Evans Molina-Fernandez is known in RI for various accomplishments: his educational workshops in local schools and community centers; founding Gallery La Naive and as percussionist with local Latino band Santa Mamba. His art has been shown in numerous exhibits in both RI and Havana, Cuba.

Gallery Z Hours: Wed. 12-6pm, Thurs-Sat 12-8pm, Sun. 12-6pm and by appt. or chance. ALL RECEPTIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC