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.

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The Artists’ Sacrifices for Just Art

Pillino Donati

Pillino Donati

Our Italian and European artists are making huge  sacrifices to bring their works to the United States. There is an ocean in-between, horrific shipping costs, customs fees, Italian fine art regulatory laws and international phone bills that   would discourage most from even attempting the risk. Add to that consignment and framing (because Italian-made frames dance circles around the ones made in the US), all these out-of-pocket expenses for our European friends are more than most could withstand. In fact, Just Art’s decision to bring artists over to the United States comes with heavy responsibilities and expenses; just imagine sending art back to an artist where they have duty to pay, value taxes and fiscal fiascos to manage and, the gallery has to ship and pack the works as if they were going to go through WWIII.

ImportingFor some artists, their works are very personal, similar to having a pet or a child. They cannot let go of these easily and putting an ocean between them is tantamount to tearing their heart out. For others, the piece is important during the creation and formation and upon completion the significance is over so separation is not a problem. Nonetheless for a gallerist it is crucial to be sensitive to this issue and treat both artist and works of art with reverence at all times. Thus, it is with great pride we present these artists and their works and bring them over for solo exhibits. Our focus is ours alone making us one of the first and only galleries in the United States to cater almost solely to Italian and European artists.

autostrada_duecorsie Our collection represents years of close contact with the artists. Italy is a small country but it is compact and fraught with travel issues, there are so many places where the roads are as they were hundreds of years ago, repaved but still winding torturous and slow (unless you have a Ferrari). The Alps cut the country in the form of a cross; east to west across the northern portion then north to south slicing through from Bologna to Abruzzo.  16595756-long-winding-road-through-italian-mountains-landscape-view-from-above
The time traveling to visit each artist in their surroundings, in their studios is worth every headache that comes with driving in Italy. The agreements one makes while in the studio are priceless, the energy, the soul of the environment all come into play; things occur while under the spell of that artist in his or her environment. These are the memories we take away and bring to the gallery and then try to impart when talking about the various works.

At Madonna di Campiglio

At Madonna di Campiglio

The time and experiences we dedicated to them in Italy lives in us allowing us to mirror the spirit of what is behind the works and to present a gallery with an Italian flair as well as European know-how and class. This method today, in these times, is not always possible for many galleries in fact, due to the size of the United States, not many can just run off and visit one of their artists in Arizona if the gallery is on the east coast. Thus, what is truly missing with many galleries is this close and almost spiritual exchange with the artist and their works.          

Viviani's Mountains

Viviani’s Mountains

  Just Art is happy to share our knowledge and our numerous books available for perusal and research. The environment at the gallery is relaxed, we have chairs and an umbrella outside in the courtyard of the Plant (among the many chairs and tables of the artists who live and work in this creative environment) and hope to make our gallery a destination experience, a place to come and stay warm on cold and gloomy days, or stay cool on hot summer days. Come find your escape and dream world among the many works presented.  

With Matthias Brandes

With Matthias Brandes

In Luca's studio

In Luca’s studio

Studies Abroad

ImageThursday the 16th is Gallery Night. We are replacing the conceptual and abstract works with figurative works and these will be available for two weeks when we will be again changing the exhibit to display the latest works from Luciano Bellet arriving this week.

The links below go along with our focus and goal of fostering art abroad and that means both ways, from the US to Italy and from Europe to the United States. In fact, we are organizing for next summer a few art studies here in Providence with visiting artists from Italy so stay tuned.

http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/template/studyabroad/home_italy.shtml and this is another link to art studies in Florence. http://santareparata.org/

One of the reasons we believe studies abroad are crucial to artistic development is for the same reason we chose Italian art, the fact that historically, Italy has contributed so much to the European art world and consequently to the world. Living abroad for just a few months is not enough time for one to absorb and immerse oneself into the minutiae of all the art contained not just in museums but also on the streets of all of Europe. Every building and corner and door is a work of art and finding a way to give the brain an overload of everything that inspired our ancestors is crucial to becoming the artist that lies within. “One must un-learn in order to make room for the poetry, that works of art were just a sum of errors.” Riccardo Schweizer

Lest we not forget, that an education is one thing but, an education obtained via museums, travels and living in Europe and abroad will stimulate the artist to un-learn, leaving room for the expression within.

Why Choose Contemporary Italian Artists?

ImageJust Art has been queried many times about its focus on Modern and Contemporary Italian Artists. The gallery response is based on both fact and the historical depth pertaining to all the arts, Italy has one of the world’s richest art heritages in fact, according to UNESCO, Italy is home to 60% of all the art in the world and 30% of that resides in Florence. Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, 47 of them to be exact. In fact, 80% of all stolen art on a yearly basis is Italian art. The country hosts 6000 archeological sites and loses roughly a museum’s worth of art every year to thieves.

Italy experienced for more than 2000 years migrations and invasions and, was divided into many independent states. This gave Italy one of the richest art legacies in the world. The country inherited a great diversity of civilizations and with those, numerous periods of art, which are heavily patronized worldwide. Italy unified relatively late, in 1861, and because of this has an enormously rich cultural heritage made up of customs and traditions from the many regions. This allowed Italy to contribute immensely to the cultural and historical heritage of Europe.

Clearly Italians know what they are doing when it comes to art. They live and breathe 2000 years of history everyday. They walk by ancient walls, gaze upon fascinating rooftops and cupolas from their office windows or homes as an everyday occurrence. There is more “eye candy” in Italy than Miami Beach.

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Just Art has recognized this cultural heritage and is focused on promoting the unbridled artistic talent residing in Italy; art did not stop after the Renaissance in fact, art has been the cultural turning point of every decade. Nowhere in the world is there such a concentration of talent. Do we need to mention Ferrari, Alta Moda, cuisine, jewelry designing and manufacturing, the silk trade of the northern regions, architecture, comics, literature, motion pictures, music, science and technology, sculpture and visual arts?

Just Art Gallery focuses on contemporary art but includes modern Italian masters and grand masters along with their European and American artists. The goal is to make the gallery a destination experience where one can go spend the day browsing the art books and general catalogs of many of the Italian masters and grand masters while seated outside in the courtyard under an umbrella sipping an espresso or a glass of wine or even a handmade fruit soda from the Cuban Revolution. The Plant is a wonderful environment for all, not just the many artists and clothes designers who live and work there in fact, that was one of the many reasons the gallery decided to open its doors at The Plant, it is a cultural hub for art.