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:
Five Richmond, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Lore, Moon Tide DyersPeter Miller Fine Art, and Rhode Island College Galleries!


Gallery EOSS and John Nicholas Brown Center, Public Humanities Gallery


The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler, David Winton Bell Gallery, RIC Galleries, Providence College Galleries, URI Main Gallery


Walter E. Harper Jr. PhD, Collector and Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, will be leading this month’s Collectors’ Tour.

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 Cesare DeCredico for free.

Cesare DeCredico Cockeyed
68"x56" mixed media and acrylic, 2015

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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    Robin Halpren-Ruder to lead 5:50 Contemporary Tour

    I love to paint, I love color, I love patterns! When I graduated from art school my husband started medical school. Being an independent personality and finding a difficult job market I decided to venture into business. I painted murals all over New Orleans .

    I would cold call businesses and say “I’m a professional artist and I believe art should be where you work and live.” Until they said “Lady, I never want to hear from you again,” I would continue to call them once a week. When lucky, I would get the chance to make a presentation of my art. I watched the clients’ expressions as they saw different pictures and we talked about the use of space in their environment. I painted hospitals, banks, industrial buildings, government buildings, retail stores and private homes. I continued this career in Burlington, VT.

    When I moved to Providence, RI, where I still live, I had young children and my husband started his own medical practice. I traded paintbrush for a pen and I learned medical administration. In 2005 I decided it had to be my time to paint. I thought its now or never and it became now in a BIG way! I’m happy and hopefully my paintings convey this. To me it is most important to enjoy life, all vertical moments are precious. I hope my work is full of fun. I hope it brings a smile to your face!

    My feelings on being an artist/collector: There were 3 art lovers who helped form my relationship with the artistic process.

    First, I learned to love creating art from my grandmother. She dressed my sister, cousins and me in our father’s old T-shirts, handed us brushes, paints and canvas board. We went all out with our creativity.

    Second, I learned to love collecting art from my dad. He taught me how to fall in love with an artist’s work. He said you see something and it captivates you. If you wake up the next day still thinking about it, go back and buy it I usually don’t wait until the next day.

    Third, I learned to recognize what art I loved from a wonderful teacher. He introduced me to the work of untrained artists, known as Visionary Artists and Outsider Artists.

    These individuals have no formal art training but do amazing work because something in them makes them need to be visually creative. Their work is full of energy, full of life.

    My husband and I have been collecting Visionary, Outsider and Folk art for 40 years. Our home is filled with fun! Collecting art has been a privilege!

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    Walter E. Harper to lead 6:10 Collector’s Tour

    Walter E. Harper to lead 6:10 Collector's tour

    Collector and Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University

    Walter Edward Harper Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola University of Chicago where he received many awards, wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, and was elected President of his Senior Class. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with an Education minor Walter also earned a MA degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University and a Teacher Education Program Certificate from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Professionally Walter has worked as an elementary school teacher, child care worker, college/university admission officer, college/university financial aid officer, counselor/therapist, public health community educator, and social services agency program administrator.

    Later on Walter was admitted as a graduate student at Brown University (Anthropology Department). He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Educational and Social Worlds in Context: An Anthropological Study of an Urban Elementary School Fifth-Grade Classroom” and formally received his PhD degree during the May 2006 Brown University Commencement ceremony. During his Brown University graduate student tenure he was a Mellon Scholars Program Graduate Student Volunteer, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions Futures Project Special Research Assistant, Leadership Alliance Graduate Student Advisor, Meiklejohn Advising Program Advisor, and Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Student Department Representative/Teaching Consultant. In addition to this, Walter completed two graduate student teaching certificate programs and was an Honorable Mention for the Brown University Commencement President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Award.

    Moreover, during his dissertation writing period Walter received a Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship to conduct a comparative study of urban children in three United States metropolitan cities (Chicago, Illinois, Providence, Rhode Island, and Berkeley, California) and Roma children in Budapest, Hungary.

    After graduation Walter worked as an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, Tufts University, and the University of Rhode Island and completed a three-year appointment as Visiting Anthropology Department Scholar at Brown University. Currently he is a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University. His scholarly research interests focus on the anthropology of childhood, anthropology and United States culture, educational anthropology, ethnicity/race studies, gender, psychological anthropology, social/educational inequality, and urban anthropology.

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    Mary Sokolowski to lead 6:30 Contemporary Tour

    For most of my life, I have worked with language. But then a revelation. Something like what the beautiful Georgia O’Keeffe says: 

”I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”*

    I had been an artist all my life, in secret. But I burst out of that particular closet and began to paint with a passion. I want art–and the tools of art–to be accessible for anyone who wants it. For now, this manifests in a simple mission: use basic design principles and my intuitive feeling for color in making one-of-a-kind works of art and making those pieces affordable.

    I do this by:

    • recycling my own unfinished or partial paintings;
    • upcycling used frames;
    • finding affordable and tasteful ready-made frames;
    • using collage techniques to create new designs from old work;
    • cropping my paintings to fit frames, rather than the other way around.


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!

2015 Gallery Map

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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

Russell Ricci - Gallery Night Guide

Russell Ricci



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.


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:

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!


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



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