Three Nights of Lights Nighttime Public Art Gallery December 3, 2022, 5-9:00pm

Saturday Dec. 3rd performances canceled. Lights are on!

Thanks for joining us for illumination + activation with lighting, sound, and culture on Thursday + Friday.

For our nighttime public art gallery, we’ll illuminate 12 murals and sculptures throughout downtown. At various exhibits, we’ll add layers of sound and performance;

  • Cultural activations with Tomaquag Museum | Center for Southeast Asians | Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Musical performances hosted in collaboration with The Columbus Theatre
  • Digital Projection Experience with Julio Berroa and Friends
  • Local restaurant and business promotions with ENO Fine Wines. Kin Southern Table + Bar, Marcelino’s Boutique Bar, NicoBella’s, Rory’s Market + Kitchen, The Red Door, Providence G Pub, Queen of Hearts & Modern Love, Symposium Books, The Vig at Hilton Providence Hotel, Trinity Brewhouse, Yoleni’s Providence
  • Self-guided tours

Activations will take place each night of Dec. 1-3 between 5:30-9:00pm and will be staggered to allow people time to move and create a route from one location to the next.

On Thursday evening December 1, Gallery Night Providence will offer a trolley loop with stops at several of The Avenue Concept’s Night Time Public Art Gallery. Seasoned Gallery Night Guide, Jenn Wilson, will offer previews of the art as the trolley makes its rounds. Details about the trolley loop coming soon!

 

Illumination at Murals + Sculptures
32 Custom House | 118 Orange St. | 122 Mathewson St. | 35 Weybosett St.
Empire & Sabin | Empire St.+ Fountain St. | Francis Street + Exchange Terrace | Fountain St. + Dorrance St.

***The Avenue Concept is part of Providence’s Three Nights of Lights events, Dec. 1-3, presented by the City of Providence, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rhode Island Commerce in partnership with The Avenue Concept, FirstWorks, and WaterFire Providence.***

Activations Schedule

Thursday, December 1

5:00-9:00pm Illumination + self-guided tours, plus local business specials 

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“Still Here” mural at 32 Custom House St.

5:30pm Tomaquag Museum culture activation with performance and storytelling by Thawn Harris. 

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Manny Escobar 

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“Misty Blue” mural at 118 Orange Street 

6:00pm Center for Southeast Asians culture activation
6:00 Monk Chanting
6:30 Bracelet Ceremony

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pmMusic activation by House Red

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“Salt Water” at 122 Mathewson

6:15 pm Rhode Island Black Storytellers culture activation with storytelling by Rachel Briggs and Len Cabral

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Daedelus with live visual performance by Andrew Hlynsky

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Stationary Creature Envelope Windows
35 Weybosset (lot side)

6:30-8:30pm Digital Projection Experience by Julio Berroa and Friends (Corinne Gregoire, Mark Medeiros, and Eduardo Veras Martinez) 

 

Friday, December 2

5:00-9:00pm Illumination + self guided tours plus local business specials

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“Still Here” mural at 32 Custom House St.

5:30-6:30pm Tomaquag Museum culture activation with performance and storytelling by Lynsea Montanari.

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Bittersweet 

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“Misty Blue” mural at 118 Orange Street 

6:00-7:00pm Center for Southeast Asians culture activation
Traditional Laotian Dance Performance

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Host

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“Salt Water” at 122 Mathewson

6:15-7:00pm Rhode Island Black Storytellers culture activation with storytelling by Ramona Bass Kolobe, Sylvia Ann Soares and Valerie Tutson

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music and light activation by Daedelus with live visual performance by Andrew Hlynsky

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Stationary Creature Envelope Windowsat 35 Weybosset (lot side)

6:30-8:30pm Digital Projection Experience by Julio Berroa and Friends (Corinne Gregoire, Mark Medeiros, and Eduardo Veras Martinez)  

Saturday, December 3

5:00-9:00pm Illumination + self-guided tours are still on!

Saturday, December 3rd. LIVE PERFORMANCES CANCELED due to weather and high wind concerns. 

Due to weather concerns, particularly high winds, The Avenue Concept live performances are canceled tonight.

Illumination is ON for our murals + sculptures throughout downtown, and our self-guided tour app is up and running. We encourage visitors to access the tour and explore our illuminated murals and sculptures between 5-9pm.

Thanks for making our first two nights of #threenightsoflightspvd a beautiful and inspiring celebration of light and community. We hope you’ll bundle up, see the lights, and support our business partners for dining and shopping tonight. And please visit our cultural and musical partners to learn about their upcoming activities.

Columbus Theatre columbustheatre.com/
Tomaquag Museum tomaquagmuseum.org/
Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) ribsfest.org/
Center for Southeast Asians cseari.org/
Berroaworld (Julio Berroa) https://berroaworld.art/

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“Still Here” mural at 32 Custom House St.

5:30-6:30pm Tomaquag Museum culture activation with performance and storytelling by Thawn Harris. (canceled)

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Kamyron Williams + Damont Combs (canceled)

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“Misty Blue” mural at 118 Orange Street 

6:00-7:00pm Center for Southeast Asians culture activation (canceled)
Historical/Cultural Evolution of Thai dance introduction + performance

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by The Huntress and Holder of Hands (solo) (canceled)

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“Salt Water” at 122 Mathewson

6:15-7:00pm Rhode Island Black Storytellers culture activation with storytelling by V. Raffini and Rochel Garner Coleman (canceled)

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm
Music activation by Daedelus with live visual performance by Andrew Hlynsky (canceled)

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Stationary Creature Envelope Windows
35 Weybosset (lot side)

6:30-8:30pm Digital Projection Experience with Julio Berroa and Friends (Corinne Gregoire, Mark Medeiros, and Eduardo Veras Martinez)

(canceled)

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Sat. performances canceled: 5:30-6:30pm Nightly Performance Tomaquag Museum, with Lynsea Montanari and Family at “Still Here” mural 32 Custom House St.

Lynsea Montanari (performing Friday) is the Educator Supervisor for the Tomaquag Museum. Starting as a high school intern, Lynsea has grown through the Tomaquag Museum’s Indigenous Empowerment program to becoming the Educator Supervisor. Through that role, Lynsea now trains education interns to be the next generation of education staff. She coordinates programming, develops and hosts our beloved Children Hour, and supports the development of tours and educational resources. Lynsea utilizes her role to uplift the Indigenous community through education. Lynsea expresses herself through her art. Her visual arts have been featured across Rhode Island and neighboring states. Lynsea also writes, and sings her own music, performing at many local venues including the Hard Rock Café in Boston. She is also currently writing a book. Lynsea earned her B.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change from College Unbound and plans to continue her education. If Lynsea looks familiar, you may have seen her face on the “Still Here” mural located at 32 Custom Street, Providence, RI.

Thawn Harris (performing Thursday and Saturday) lives together with his wife and their seven children adjacent to their tribal lands where they pass on the values and cultural lifeways of their people. Thawn has shared his culture with the greater community for the past twenty five years while working for his tribe as an Environmental Police Officer and completing his Physical Education and Health degree at the University of Rhode Island. Following in the traditions of his ancestors, Thawn plays the Cedar flute and hand-drum, is a social dancer and singer, as well as a former World Champion of the Eastern War Dance. 

Thawn’s storytelling and cultural performance credits include; the US Department of Defense, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Brown University, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rhythm & Roots Music Festival, Rhode Island Public Libraries, Volvo Ocean Race, Providence Children’s and Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museums, in addition to many New England schools, post-secondary institutions, organizations, and corporations. Additionally, Thawn has had the opportunity to travel as a cultural ambassador to Tanzania, Africa with URI’s Coastal Resources Exchange Program. Thawn is currently a Physical Education Advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center located in Rhode Island.

Tomaquag Museum

Our mission at Tomaquag Museum is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today. Tomaquag Museum envisions its future as an Indigenous Cultural Education destination that engages visitors in thoughtful dialogue that promotes understanding and strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and the interrelationship with the wider world.

Sat. performances canceled: 6:00-7:00pm Nightly Activation with CSEA at “Misty Blue” mural, 118 Orange Street

Center for Southeast Asians Activation Schedule

THURSDAY 6:00 PM

Monk chanting + explanation

  • Esoteric Theravada: The Story of the Forgotten Meditation Tradition of Southeast Asia
  • Chanting: Wat Thormikaram of Rhode Island, Inc
  • Bracelet Gathering

FRIDAY 6:00 PM

  • Traditional Laotian Dance Performance (Lao Youth Center)

SATURDAY 6:00 PM

  • The Historical/Cultural Evolution of Thai dance
  • Thai dance Performance (NMR Buddhist Meditation Center Thai Sunday School)
  • Performing Thai Instruments

About the Center for Southeast Asians

The mission of the Center for Southeast Asians (CSEA) is to promote the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island.

Southeast Asians are active participants in the social, civic, and political life of Rhode Island. Our generations work together to preserve the traditions and culture of Southeast Asians, plan for the future, achieve economic prosperity and ultimately enrich our communities. The Center for Southeast Asians is a welcoming, vibrant and trusted resource for the advancement of the Southeast Asian community. We foster the knowledge and skills necessary to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. We promote cultural diversity, understanding, and preservation.

Sat. performances canceled: 6:15-7:00pm Nightly Performance by Rhode Island Black Storytellers at “Salt Water” mural 122 Mathewson St.

THURSDAY:  Rachel Briggs and Len Cabral

Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976.  A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa,  Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world.

FRIDAY: Ramona Bass Kolobe, Sylvia Ann Soares and Valerie Tutson

Ramona Bass Kolobe – “The Watermelon Lady”, is a “story wheeler.” Miss Ramona brings her traditions of storytelling from her Jamaican and Native American ancestry together with her formal education to create works that open up the treasury of healing and understanding. Watermelon is a fruit of peace, friendship and sharing good times – all around the world!

Sylvia Ann Soares – Ms. Soares has worked for many different theater companies in New York, L.A. and Rhode Island including the New York Public Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, L.A. Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company and the Westerly Shakespeare Theatre. She was active in theater in New York and L.A. during the late sixties and seventies and considers herself a part of the Black Theater Movement. She returned to Providence in 1981 and worked as a live-in nurse for several years before deciding to go back to college. She gained her associates degree from C.C.R.I. in 1993 and then enrolled in Brown University’s Resumed Undergraduate Education program. She graduated from Brown in 1995 with a BA with honors in Theater Studies. Ms. Soares is an actress, poet, playwright and activist. Throughout her life, Ms. Soares has been involved in activism and what she calls “entertaining education.” She worked for the Amos House in Providence, RI, helped build a school in Nicaragua through the Providence-Niquinohomo Sister City Project, and has written several poems and plays about slavery in Rhode Island.

-Excerpt written by Gabrielle Fuentes

Valerie Tutson – Valerie Tutson has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history. In addition, she is gaining quite a reputation for her exciting retelling of age-old Bible stories.

She graduated from Brown University with a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed Major-Storytelling as A Communications Art

SATURDAY: V. Raffini and Rochel Garner Coleman

V. Raffini, a self-made artist, actress, and teacher from the South Side of Providence has long been committed to the community, teaching Black History, and theatre, telling stories and nurturing the spiritual and creative abilities of youth.

Rochel Garner Coleman, actor, singer, storyteller, has been performing since he was 9 years old. He travels nationally and internationally sharing stories of Black historical legends such as Nat Love and Cool Papa Bell in shows developed using the research to performance method.

About Rhode Island Black Storytellers

Founded in 1998, RIBS is a small non-profit based out of Providence, Rhode Island dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black storytelling. They define Black storytelling as an oral art from African and African descended people from around the world. They share their craft through performances, workshops, cultural, educational, and historical experiences. RIBS does not just tell Black stories; they also aim to help others do the same. They do it not just because they believe it is important for Black communities to know their own history and culture, but for everyone to experience Black culture presented by Black people.

Sat. performances canceled: Digital Projections shown nightly 5:30-9:00pm at 35 Weybosset Street Facade (lotside)

Julio Berroa

Known for his multi-faceted approach to the field of art and design which weaves both the analog and digital, artist Julio E. Berroa is often creating hyperreal and immersive scenes of intense experiences using vivid colors and organic shapes and textures depicting very intimate moments.

Centered around the intersection and blend between the artificial and the natural, Berroa’s world is hyperreal – delicate and intricately detailed, as well as bold and dynamic.

Berroa’s practice is informed by the thought that everything that’s unique and constantly changing is alive in different forms of expression and art-making.

Corinne Gregoire

Corinne Gregoire is a multimedia artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Over the last decade, she has evolved from graphite and charcoal still-life drawings and portraits to creating 2D and 3D digital artwork. Corinne Gregoire is a first-generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Media from Rhode Island College (RIC)  in 2021. She was a RIC Art Talent Award Recipient from 2018-2020.

She is inspired by cinematography and uses a camera (physically and digitally) as a “second set of eyes” to capture unique and interesting perspectives and compositions. She has always been interested in creating an almost realistic presence in most of her works, as well as challenging the viewers beyond the lens.

In the most recent years, Corinne Gregoire has created renderings of still-life images to imitate a cinematic presence. She has also used sound in previous pieces to trigger the mind into thinking about the surroundings beyond what the viewer’s eyes can see. She uses her platform to create works that provoke questions, thoughts, and emotions through a digitally manipulated way. Gregoire hopes to pursue a prosperous career in a film/media-related field.

Mark Medeiros

Mark Medeiros is an interdisciplinary artist exploring his way through filmmaking and photography to question why new media artists work in the medium they do.

Fascinated by cinematography and well-crafted computer-generated imagery, he hopes to create work that leaves an audience in awe and an emotional attachment to being made to his work.

Mark was born in 1995 in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Digital Media from Rhode Island College in 2020. He has extensive coursework in both analog and digital photography. His short film, “The Best a Man Can Get” was featured at the RIC Film Festival at Rhode Island College in February 2017. His projects, “Junk” and “Evolve” can be found in the May 2018 and 2019 publications of the RIC Arts Magazine. He is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island, and can be seen expanding on his skills in the art of contemporary cinematography.

When he is not seated at his computer desk working, he can be found working at local coffee shops on his laptop.

Eduardo Veras Martinez

Eduardo Veras Martinez is a Digital Media Artist who was born in the Dominican Republic. Eduardo and his parents moved to New York City at less than a year old. He lived in Manhattan most of my life. Eduardo moved to Rhode Island in 2014 where he double majored and earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Digital Media Design and a B.A. in Computer Science. His works center around experimenting with technology to see how far it can be pushed and its relationship with humanity, science, and art. Creating media that invokes feelings of wonder and familiarity.

Sat. performances canceled. Lights are on: Tour Warming Stations - Business Partner Promotions

ENO Fine Wines (225 Westminster St.) Show us your app for a complimentary wine tasting, plus take a look at holiday gift box promotions.

Kin Southern Table + Bar (71 Washington St.) – Stop in for a special Three Nights hot cocoa promotion.

Marcelino’s Boutique Bar (1 W Exchange St.) Stop in and mention the tour for a complimentary signature cocktail.

NicoBella’s (10 Dorrance St.): $1 coffee, cocoa + mention the tour for $7.77 coupon for use after Dec. 3

Sarto Providence (86 Dorrance St.)Stop by the Sarto Patio for a cocoa or $10 holiday cocktail.

The Red Door (49 Peck St.): Stop in for a signature “Misty Blue” cocktail.Tour warming station: Rory’s Market + Kitchen (113 Washington St.): hot cocoa, cider and coffee with egg nog from 5:30pm-7:30pm. On Saturday, Springline Coffee will be in-store offering espresso martinis as well!

Rory’s Market + Kitchen (113 Washington St.): hot cocoa, cider and coffee with egg nog from 5:30pm-7:30pm. On Saturday, Springline Coffee will be in-store offering espresso martinis as well!

Symposium Books (240 Westminster St) Show your app for a complimentary glass of wine available during Three Nights of Lights plus with a $75 purchase, you get a free tote bag.

Trinity Brewhouse (186 Fountain St) – Show the tour app to receive a free order of fries with any beverage purchase.

The Vig at Providence Hilton Downtown (21 Atwells Ave) $1.00 hot chocolate to stay or to go; spike the Hot Chocolate for an extra $5.00; Mint Chocolate Martini Special for $8.00

Queen of Hearts & Modern Love. Stop in and mention the tour for Three Nights promotions.

 Yoleni’s Providence (292 Westminster St.) – Mediterranean platter for two special.