Celebrity Guides

Gallery Night offers free, carefully curated guided tours every third Thursday from March to November.

Special guests guiding this month’s tours!

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    Beth Braganca Bell, Illustrator, Embee Studio leads 5:30 tour

    Beth, The Artist:

    Beth Braganca Bell studied illustration at Mass Art and works as the Art Director at Embee Studio. While she collaborates with her husband Mike on many projects, creating motion graphics and illustrations,  she also does her own design work. The style of Beth’s art focuses mainly on organic subject matter and is mostly black and white. She loves playing with repetitive shapes and is fascinated by manipulating lines to create images often inspired by flora and fauna.

    After graduating from Mass Art and before founding Embee, Beth freelanced on many different art projects, designing images for logos, business cards, invitations and other collateral. Following the birth of their twin daughters in 2006, Beth began to work more closely with Mike to bring her artistic eye to his multimedia projects. Today Beth has begun to further develop her personal brand and now sells her artwork on Etsy.

    To see more of Beth’s work, visit bethbragancabell.com

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    Patty Jeffrey to lead 6:30 Contemporary Celebrity Shopping Tour

    Patty Jeffrey has almost 20 years of retail management experience and most recently, founded the RI-based lifestyle blog PattyJ.com, which spotlights stylish people and shopping, cool restaurants and coffee spots, beauty experts, and the Arts (for starters) in the Ocean State and beyond.

    It was voted the Best Local Lifestyle Blog 2015 in the August issue of RI Monthly magazine. Her blog was also featured in the July 2015 issue of RI Monthly as one of four funny, insightful, and entertaining local blogs to follow.

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    Julie Brayton painter to lead 6:10 Contemporary tour

    Julie Brayton is a Rhode Island contemporary realist oil and acrylic painter. At a young age she began drawing horses and other animals. At age 13, when a family artist friend offered to help her do her first oil painting, Julie was hooked and has been painting ever since.

    Coming from a family of fisherman and farmers, images of boats, seascapes and animals were her source of inspiration.  At that time she was very focused on relaying the details of the subject.  As time went on she wanted to explore a more creative side.

    Julie studied with independent artists but the most influential was renowned artist Ernest Principato.  Prince, as he is affectionately known, introduced her to the Cape Cod School of Art.  There she learned to paint the color of light through “Plein Air“ painting which allows you to see color more accurately and to experience live the subject at hand. She also took continuing ed courses at RISD.

    Julie’s work is now characterized by expressive color relaying the atmospheric effects of light on color. Her brushstrokes are bold with less attention on details. She focuses instead on expressive strokes to relay the feeling of the moment.

    Most recently Julie has taken this expression a step further to more abstracted realism.
    Her artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Some of that work is in the form of commissioned portraits, murals and favorite places to the owner.  Julie is also a member of the Wickford Art Association where she has participated in group shows.


Vote for Art

“Vote For Art” Initiative Rewards Artists Exhibiting During Gallery Night Providence


2015 VFA Voting!

Voting takes place within the galleries and via our online ballot. See this month’s entries here: https://www.facebook.com/voteforartri

Cast your vote online today!





voteforartlogoSupport a Living Artist!

Gallery Night Providence developed “Vote for Art” as a contest that awards cash prizes to living, contemporary artists exhibiting at any one of the 2015 Gallery Night venues.


Eight Months of VOTING – One Artist Prize Awarded Per Month!

HOW IT WORKS : Gallery Night venues each can submit up to 10 pieces of art to the “Vote for Art” competition. The public votes, both online and in person, for their favorite artwork. One winner is selected per month, with prizes awarded on the following Gallery Night. 


Sustaining the CREATIVE Capitol

The “Vote for Art” prize aims to build on the foundation of cultural tourism in Providence that Gallery Night continues to expand and support, drawing visitors from all over the world and celebrating our local and international arts community.


 Long Range Plan

We are thrilled to bring this contest to our community and anticipate expanding our vision in the years to come!



Over twenty galleries open their doors each month – there is so much to see!

Contemporary, traditional, artisan or museum! We’ve got it all. Take a peek at our members to get a taste for what we offer!


Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to
23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final art bus of the evening leaves at 6:50pm.


Please join us in welcoming these new galleries to our organization this year:
Gallery EOSSFive Richmond, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Lore, Moon Tide DyersPeter Miller Fine Art, and Rhode Island College Galleries!


Five Richmond

Krause Gallery

Rhode Island College Galleries

Collector’s Tours

Meet everyday art lovers who love to collect. Surrounding themselves with the art they love, collectors dive in head first, visiting galleries and artists’ studios. Listen as they tell stories of their collecting adventures and personal discoveries. Catch their enthusiasm about the art they discover and the artists they meet.

Start your own collection!

Gallery Night visitors on the Collector’s Tour will receive a small print by Rhode Island artist Peter Miller for free.

Peter Miller - Shepard’s Bridge #3
Photograph, 2014

2015 Gallery Map

Download (PDF, 93KB)



Gallery Night Guides 2015

In addition to our Celebrity and Collector Guides, Gallery Night Providence has Guides on every bus tour. Many of them are artists themselves and are great sources of information for Gallery Night visitors. [More]

Sandra Solomon - Gallery Night Guide

Sandra Solomon

Lucia Huntley - Gallery Night Guide

Lucia Huntley

Judi Dill - Gallery Night Guide

Judi Dill

John Hunter Housley - Gallery Night Guide

John Hunter Housley

Cathren Housley - Gallery Night Guide

Cathren Housley

Betty Grayson - Gallery Night Guide

Betty Grayson



Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

 Starting with nine determined galleries in 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Art buses travel the neighborhoods of Providence letting people on and off at galleries, museums and historic sites. Over 10,000 people each year enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, live music and performances. The 18-year old organization works to introduce and develop relationships between local creative communities, new and old. Take a guided tour or visit the galleries on your own. Enjoy wine and cheese, listen to music and experience the wonderful art Providence has to offer.

How to!

How to do Gallery Night? Start from our info center at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites. Guided tours begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 6:50pm. Whether you take one of our free bus tours , drive, bike or walk – you’re bound to have a wonderful art-filled evening!


Theme-dedicated, guided bus tours leave at 5:30, 5:50, 6:00, 6:30, and 6:50 pm. Tours stop at approximately 4 galleries each and run about 2 hours. Limited free parking available at the Regency on Gallery Night. On-street parking is free after 6pm.


Stop at our info center at One Regency Plaza and learn about the evening’s events and exhibitions. Choose what interests you most and drive directly to the galleries of your choice.


Park at any one of the many parking lots situated conveniently throughout the city and stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoying the Providence skyline and the historic city streets. Use the brochure maps to discover all the artistic amenities within walking distance.




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    Kerry Murphy is an artist and art educator.  She works at Johnston Senior High School where she serves as Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Department.  After serving as Gallery Night’s Fundraising Committee Chair from 2013-14, Kerry has joined us as President of the 2015 Gallery Night board.

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    Vice President

    Steven Pennell is the URI Providence Campus Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture. He steps up as Vice President of the Gallery Night board for 2015.



    Ida Schmulowitz, the General Coordinator for Gallery Night, is a painter based in Providence, Rhode Island. She creates large scale paintings of urban landscapes.

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    Dalila Alves is the Treasurer of the Gallery Night Providence Board 2015. Many thanks for her previous tenure as President of GNP.

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    Deborah Clemons is an educator at the RISD Museum. She develops opportunities for adult learning that emphasize artistic process and connects with the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. She continues her role as secretary on Gallery Night’s board for 2015.

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    Social Media + Celebrity Guides

    Richard Bradley is a familiar face at Gallery Night, documenting our event for Facebook, and the Gallery Night blog. He is also our Celebrity Guide Coordinator. A collector and creator of beautiful objects himself, find more about Richard at mypinkplanet.wordpress.com



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