Amulets, Talismans, & Reliquaries: The Power of Adornment and Significance of Found Objects as Material and Magic

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 1pm - 4pm | Museum of Russian Icons | 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510

Throughout history, humans have been found to use a variety of found and manipulated materials to adorn themselves for purposes including religious worship, rites of passage, and as powerful symbols of protection for the wearer. Join artist and SMFA Professor of the Practice, Kendall Reiss and Museum of Russian Icons registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt for an engaging afternoon of close object-based exploration around themes of power, protection, religiosity and found objects as material in art.

For more information: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/interactive-lecture/ 

Seeds of Inspiration

Opening Reception: Friday March 22, 2019 6pm - 8pm | On View: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, April 28, 2019 | Bristol Art Museum | 10 Wardwell Street, Bristol, RI 02809

A group exhibition at the Bristol Art Museum curated by Mary Dondero, Seeds of Inspiration will feature works by several artists working in a variety of media. The exhibition will include a display of historic tools from the Tim Bornstein Collection on loan from Coggeshall Farm Museum. Local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss will display ongoing material research pertaining to her most recent project - using a cast iron plumb bob mold on loan from the Bornstein collection to cast a set of bells, which will be permanently installed at Coggeshall Farm in June 2019.

Plumbing the Depths: An Artists Exploration of Historic Tools, Artist Talk and Interactive Investigation

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 2pm - 3pm | Bristol Statehouse | 240 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss will discuss ongoing research pertaining to her most recent project - using a cast iron plumb bob mold on loan from the Tim Bornstein Collection of Historic Tools to cast a set of bells, which will be permanently installed at Coggeshall Farm in June 2019. Participants will have the unique opportunity to handle historic tools from the Bornstein collection and ask questions of the artist, about her work and process.

This artist talk and interactive study of historic tools is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Plumbing the Depths: Forging Workshop at Coggeshall Farm Museum

June 22, 2019 | 11am - 5pm | Coggeshall Farm Museum | 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809

Join local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss as she works to forge a set of hammers on the antique forging set up in the blacksmith shop at Coggeshall Farm Museum, as the final component of her ongoing project, Plumbing the Depths. The hammers will be used as strikers for a number of bronze bells that Reiss will install permanently into the landscape at Coggeshall Farm Musuem in early June 2019. Visitors who come to Coggeshall for this day-long workshop will be given a small booklet for recording their observations, as a way to inspire close looking through investigation, to make connections between the historic and contemporary use of tools, and to compare and question the value of functional objects.

This workshop is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC