AiR Studio Gallery
Paintings, Prints & Photography
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 together paintings, photographs, and prints in surprising and inventive ways.
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Coming up in February at AiR
Opening February 3rd, reception 5-8pm
REAR VIEW - objects may appear closer
Mining Michael's photo archives, Air's second exhibition features his polariods from 1989–91. A series of introspective and experimental photographs, Michael often uses double exposures and developer smears to create mystery and depth. Other polaroids in the show push the theoretical aspect of the medium, and explore abstraction by manipulating the polaroid emulsion - effectively making painted photographs.
Annie also looks back to 1989 when she moved to New York from the UK. She shares with us snapshots of her early years in the city, seen through the eyes of a newcomer. New York became the subject of a body of work in 2009/2011. Through Monotypes and monochromatic paintings, the series explores the human experience navigating the New York City's industrial landscape.
Online preview coming soon
A studio and gallery where everyone is welcome
View a selection of works by Michael Fanelli
AiR is a busy studio where you can find both of us 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.
With a range of work at a variety of price points, we hope there is something for everyone at AiR.
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.”
Explore a selection of 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 a separate room for us both, 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
anniewildey.com/air • email@example.com
michaelfanelli.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to be 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