Block Island has a vibrant arts scene. There are a few high profile sculptors and painters who live here, and they occasionally show at the local galleries. There are also a handful of artists who live on the island and focus on local subjects. Many bartenders and waitresses, for instance, are active in their studio spaces in the winter months. Island galleries offer an excellent array of work in a variety of mediums. Local photography can be seen at Lazy Fish, Greenaway Gallery and the Spring Street Gallery, which is the island’s not-to-be-missed co-op gallery.
Aurora Gallery. The delightful new gallery of affordable art recently joined the island's outpost of art galleries on the second floor of the Post Office Building. The gallery carries a range of creations: sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography and paintings. Works by local and mainland artists are exhibited. Water Street. 401/466-2003.
Block Island photos by resident photographer Malcolm Greenaway are displayed at this shop next to the Empire Theatre. Among his many accomplishments, Greenaway’s profound works have appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Country Living and The New Yorker. He has also been featured on the CBS program Sunday Morning.
401/466-5331 or -2122; 800/840-5331
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays
Hours vary off-season
Jessie Edwards Studio
This gallery overlooking Old Harbor from the 2nd floor of the Post Office building specializes in contemporary American paintings, drawings, photographs, and woodcuts, as well as offering a wide selection of prints, sculpture and ceramics. In summer the gallery is open seven days, and features artists receptions, exhibitions, and demonstrations, in addition to ongoing shows by established artists. Open May through December, or by appointment during the winter months.
Photo Dog Art Gallery & Film Processing
On Water Street beneath the National Hotel, this gallery features local photographer and jewelry designer Lesley A. Ulrich. Her photography captures Block Island in its purest form. During summer she accepts appointments for weddings and family portraits. The gallery also shows the fine art paintings of Whitney Knapp and Micheal Ulrich. Also: unique gifts and photo supplies such as custom Block Island albums, frames, film, memory cards, and batteries.
Spring Street Gallery
In a renovated barn on Spring Street—opposite the Manisses Hotel—you’ll find work by Block Island artists on exhibit in a cooperative gallery space. A wide array of arts and crafts can be seen here, including watercolors, oils, prints, jewelry, photography and quilts. The displays change throughout the summer, but a wide array of work by local artists is always featured.
In summer, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.