Old World Charm and Contemporary Art

   10209-Old-World-Charm-2Just Art Gallery made it to the news stands with Art New England (September/October Issue), the Providence Monthly and East Side Monthly (http://www.providenceonline.com/stories/Just-Art-Contemporary-Gallery-Italian-art-Providence-East-Side-Monthly,9646).

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Our space is a casually elegant maze with over 400 linear feet of display space. The artwork is owned outright demonstrating the strength of our conviction in the works we sell and artists we represent. In today’s society, very few things are purchased to last a lifetime art however, is.

Think about a new car; you spend a fortune to get it off the lot and as soon as you drive off the lot it depreciates. As the years and miles accumulate, the value declines. You spend money to repair it, to insure it, to feed it and when you go to bed at night, it sleeps elsewhere. So what is the point of a car except to get from point A to B? It should only be that, a means to get to where we need to go, cheaply and safely versus a status symbol that sits in a garage or is only enjoyable as long as you can keep fuel in it and when driven to and from work. loggiatouffizi

Art on the other hand, lives and breathes with you, in the environment where one resides and for the lucky and smart ones, where they work. So few things are purchased for the significance beyond our lifetime. Why not leave art to one’s children, something that says so much more than just physical money? Buying art does not mean you need an education, it means you need a feeling. If the work talks to you, speaks to something inside then that is the piece for you. How and where do you start? By trusting in galleries who put their money where their mouth is. People who are experts in the works they sell and who invest in the works and artists they represent. embrace

Just Art Gallery has risked its own capital and is the leader in imported Italian Contemporary art today. Our focus and specialty is unique and brings to American soil, artworks, talent and fresh images rooted in antiquity. Just think, you do not have to go to Europe to “feel” the strength and history among the old streets of the Old World but you can feel that through these works of art. Upon stepping in to the gallery, one feels immediately the sensation of art beyond the realm of America.

We are upfront about the pieces and will tell you the flaws because art is not perfect it just “is.” We are honest about the works and today that goes along way in a world full of tricksters. We love Italy, we love art and we love to talk about what we have. Make our space your destination where you can come and not be pressured to purchase. PlantOld

Go to our website to request our mailing list, check out our online store for some of our catalogs and if you wish to see works via email from some of our artists, just ask and we will be happy to send them. If you live outside Rhode Island, consider a B&B weekend in this lovely state and take your time to enjoy the “scrappy” kind of old world charm The Plant provides along with three art galleries and the Cuban Revolution Restaurant. This is where you will find people who have settled in Rhode Island after living in New York or Europe running world-class galleries and proposing real life topical issues along with our gallery’s centric Contemporary Italian and European art. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtheplant1

From Points North
Take Interstate 95 South into Providence. Take Exit 21 – Atwells Avenue. Turn right onto Atwells Avenue and continue straight 1 mile. The Eagle Square Shopping Center will be on your right. Turn left at the light on Valley Street. The Plant is 1/2 mile on your right at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take left at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points East
Take Interstate 195 West to Interstate 95 North. Take Exit 21 – Broadway. Take the second left off the service road onto Atwells Avenue and continue straight for 1 mile. The Eagle Square Shopping Center will be on your right. turn left at light onto Valley Street. The Plant is 1/2 mile on your right at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take left at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points South
Take Interstate 95 North. Take Exit 10 North – Cranston. Take Olneyville Square Exit. Take a left at light onto Westminster. Bear right at Olneyville Square onto Valley (there is no sign, Bank of America will be to your left when you turn onto Valley). The Plant is less than 1/4 mile ahead on your left at the corners of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points West
Take Route 6 East towards Providence. Take left exit toward Broadway/Route 10 North. Turn left onto Broadway. After 1/8 mile, turn right onto Valley Street (there is no sign, Bank of America will be to your left when you turn onto Valley). The Plant is less than 1/4 mile ahead on your left at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

Please note: Visitor parking is available across the street, entrance on Delaine St. between Valley Street and Harris Ave., across from the Plant and The Cuban Revolution restaurant.

Art Collections

“You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. I thought I was rich having good art,” Herbert Vogel

Art CollectingTo build a collection, one does not have to buy big in fact, buying small from relatively unknown artists is the perfect way to begin. Buying what you like is important regardless of market value. Go out and dedicate yourself to what is happening with young artists and emerging ones as well and find out what is going on in your community and local art hubs. Budget constraints are just an excuse because if the Vogels could do it on a 23,000-dollar budget, anyone can. Prints are not the only starting point for buying art just because of the lower prices. Yes your tastes will change but that is what made the Vogel collection the greatest collection ever, it mirrored them through the years. Their passion for collecting turned them into improbable celebrities. They became working-class heroes among the throng of elitists in Manhattan. Herb’s dedication to the Cedar Tavern was for the purpose of just listening as artists such as, De Kooning and Kline, bellowed at each other time and again over the meaning of abstract expressionism. Herb was rooted in his chair listening, absorbing and learning.

peggyguggenheimArt collecting is almost a drug, once you begin and start to live with the pieces you purchase, your life changes dramatically. Not only are you living with the art, but you are also either consciously or unconsciously thinking about it every day; so without trying, art becomes a part of you. Art should make you feel something or it should do something to you, whether it is positive or negative is irrelevant; it is doing something to you.

Collector'sHomeArtists have a unique capability of understanding humanity with more insight and sensitivity than common non-artistic mortals, they seem to be plugged into the world. With a bit of luck, art might change one’s life. Art drives people and forces one to advance and evolve.  If you let it, by abandoning oneself to art, it will infuse your life and inundate the senses. Contemporary art can and will turn us into a student once again.

Contemporary art can be intimidating and inaccessible. People feel as though they need to explain why or why they do not like a certain piece. You do not have to explain anything because you do not need to theorize art to like it. The important thing is to look, because art is visual.

Becoming fully immersed in the art world, not only purchasing pieces, but also visiting the creators in their studios, immersing yourself in galleries, shows and literature and becoming a sponge willing to learn every second of every day will bring you closer to feeling art. So much of contemporary art at first glance can be difficult and that is why you must see it again and again and again because it does grow on you. The brain needs time to reflect from the visual onslaught sent through the eyes although, the Vogels took the visual information and sent it straight down to their souls bypassing the brain. They did not process art in their minds and as such, their collection is one of the greatest of our times.

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