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March Events

Free ink-and-brush (sumi-e) demo by Imago member Gary Heise

Sunday, March 17, 1 PM | Imago Gallery

IFA exhibiting artists Gary Heise is offering a free ink and brush (sumi-e) demonstration in association with the exhibit of his work that will be on display at the gallery March 14 – April 21.


The session will also serve as an introduction and sample of a paid two-day workshop he will offer on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday April 28 to those interested in learning more. More details will be announced soon.


Shortly after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting, Gary studied Chinese brush painting with noted Taiwanese painter and printmaker Liao Shiou-Ping. Since that time, Gary has painted the American landscape using Chinese brush painting techniques and materials, integrating both Chinese and Western approaches to watercolor painting.


Gary and his wife, Janelle, moved to Rhode Island in 2022. Prior to that he served as president and program director for the Asian Brush Artists Guild (est. 1989) associated with the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York.

 “Winter Pine,” a painting completed by Heise at a similar demo done at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY last year.

NEW! Imago Portrait Group | Tuesday, March 19, 6 – 9 PM

Interested in practicing painting and life drawing with a model? Bill Chisholm, a new exhibiting artist at Imago Foundation for the Arts, is interested in gathering a group of fellow artists interested in honing their drawing and portrait painting skills in a group setting. Chisholm is a past participant in other portrait groups and is eager to bring this activity to Imago.

The group will meet weekly at Imago Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, RI, on Tuesdays from 6 – 9 PM. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Donations will be collected to pay the model and offset any gallery expenses.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older and must bring their own supplies including drawing and painting materials, surfaces and easels. Tables and chairs will be provided. The sessions will be structured with one model holding the same pose for the evening for 20-minute intervals with 5 to 10-minute breaks in-between to give everyone the opportunity to develop a portrait over the full three-hour session. To sign up in advance, please email or stop in with your supplies on March 19 and join the group!

Poets in Conversation: Wendy Drexler & Diana Cole

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Looking Into: Memory & Art with Wendy Drexler & Diana Cole

dy Drexler, author of Notes from the Column of Memory, and Diana Cole, author of Between Selves, will explore the connections and resonances in their work as they read poems that move through the ways that, over time, our memories amend, embellish, and meld to reconfigure our past experiences and relationships. In addition, the poets will share poems inspired by visual art. This poetry event hopes to create an informal dialogue between featured poets and attendees.

All are welcome to this free event!

Wendy Drexler is a recipient of a 2022 artist fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her fourth collection, Notes from the Column of Memory, was published in September 2022 by Terrapin Books. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, J Journal, NimrodPangyrus, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and The Threepenny Review, among others. She served as the poet in residence at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, MA, from 2018–2023 and is programming co-chair for the New England Poetry Club.

Diana Cole, a Pushcart Prize nominee, has been published in over 60 poetry journals including Poetry East, Spillway, Main Street Rag, Cider Press Review, The Public's Radio 89.3, Friends Journal, Verse Daily, The New Verse News and Orison Books. Her chapbook, Songs By Heart was published in 2018 by Iris Press. She is an editor for The Crosswinds Poetry Journal and has conducted a number of poetry workshops. Her full-length book, Between Selves, was released this summer by Indian Press, More information at


Wendy Drexler

Diana Cole

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