AiR STUDIO GALLERY
CREATING & CURATING CONTEMPORARY ART FOR THE COMMUNITY
On View in February at AiR
myths & realities
Feb 2 - Feb 25
First Friday Opening Reception Feb 2, 5-8pm
AiR is please to present it’s 10th Exhibition, Myths and Realities opening on Friday February 2. A collaboration between guest curator and January artist in resident Shari Weschler, a MICA graduate and Providence based artist who has paired her work alongside the stone carvings of Elizabeth Lind, an MAT graduate of RISD. Both artists work explores Female worlds and form through Myths and realities. They currently share a studio at The Mill at Shady Lea in North Kingstown.
AiR Studio Gallery blurs the line between gallery, studio, and something altogether new.
AiR “artists in residence” gives a peek into what painter Annie Wildey and photographer Michael Fanelli are aiming to do with the venue. With three rooms and an abundance of space, visitors will find exhibitions that brings contemporary art to the community in surprising and inventive ways.
Pop in and say hello!
AiR is also a busy studio where you can find two artists in the midst of the creative process.
At AiR we want the community to feel welcome and are encouraged to drop in for a conversation and enjoy art.
Drawing inspiration from the local landscape, AiR offers painted seascapes by Annie and contemporary photographs with an experimental edge by Michael, along with guest artist thoughout the year.
With a range of work at a variety of price points, There is something for everyone at AiR.
Prior to 2020 my studio was in a community building with other artists and small businesses.at the Velvet Mill. During the pandemic I had moved my studio home, which was fortuitous at the time, but 2 years on I missed 'going to work' at the studio. So In December 2022, I joined forces with photographer Michael Fanelli and we opened new studio called AiR in downtown Westerly. AiR is a space for us to work and also share our work with the public. AiR is a storefront with three rooms, two which we can use as studio areas and min room to showcase our work, and meet with clients. and also offers the possibility to showcase other artists. AiR blurs the line between gallery, studio, and something altogether new. - Annie
If someone connects with our work, we want them to be able to take it home whether it's a large bespoke piece, a small print, or a pack of notecards.” - Annie
View works by Michael Fanelli
View works by Annie Wildey
Located just across the street from the Westerly Amtrak Station,
AiR promises to add something new to the community. - Michael Rose
Read the full article by Michael Rose
Annie is a British artist and long-time resident of New York city where she worked for many years before getting her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Annie moved eastward and eventually settled in Westerly in 2020.
A painter first and printmaker second, Annie explores moments of beauty, wonder and awe in the coastal landscape. She interprets her experience of the landscape through a fluid process of moving between freedom and control, accident and intention, pushing and pulling paint around to translate a subject in motion.
Michael Fanelli is a New England based photographer and graphic designer.
He uses the camera to render images intentionally using the language of traditional photography, even when pursuing experimental imagery. Celebrating what can be seen with a camera that at times may not be viewable to the eye.
Subject, light, composition, and moment are the essential aspects of his work.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
AiR in the News
How many artists does it take to hammer in a nail? In this instance two!
Annie Wildey and Michael Fanelli are bringing something fresh to the arts community in Westerly with their new studio gallery AiR.
“It seemed like the perfect spot for a boutique studio gallery, located directly opposite the train station home to ACGOW. We loved that it had twq small rooms for studios, and a main room that could be a gallery with street access, it’s own entrance and a beautiful big window.
AiR Studio Gallery
19 Railroad Avenue, Suite B
Westerly, Rhode Island
Thursday to Sunday 1–6pm
and by appointment
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Part of a thriving community
Downtown Westerly and the surrounding area has so much to enjoy and explore. Whether you arrive by car or by train at the beautiful Westerly Amtrak station, (home to the Artists Cooperative Gallery), a walk down main street offers creativity and entertainment.
A thriving bookstore to browse in, boutique small businesses to shop, a beautiful victorian park to wander in, make for a fun day downtown.
When it comes time for a bite to eat or drink there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars to satisfy everyone's appetite.
A short drive will bring you to some of the world's best beaches. After a visit here, you'll certainly plan to return.
A few of our favorite places
Eat n Drink
Westerly Land Trust