Déjà Vu Gallery to showcase local talent
A new Chapel Street gallery shines a spotlight on Block Island’s gifted community of artists.
Tucked behind the Wave and next door to Eli’s Restaurant, Déjà Vu Gallery is collaborative project between island residents David Flamand, Ray Ordway and Marie-Eve Guindon. In years past, the multimedia artists sold rustic folk pieces at farmers markets; this summer, their popular creations move indoors. “It’s time to think bigger and create a platform to show off local art,” Guindon says.
The opening exhibition at Déjà Vu, from June 1 to June 14, displays the talents of the three gallery owners, who work with driftwood, copper, stone, cement, reclaimed objects and barn finds. “The subject is usually the piece of driftwood, wood or metal,” Guindon says. “It inspires us and dictates the direction of the project, creating a story around the matter itself.”
Flamand, Ordway and Guindon seek and find inspiration in everyday objects, even if they’re destined for the dump. “The Chapel,” a sculptural centerpiece of the exhibition crafted by Ordway, pays homage to that notion.
The piece is largely constructed out of reclaimed materials: The steeple is a piece of driftwood, the stained glass windows are remnants of a vibrant blue solar panel and the foundation is made of beach pebbles. “It’s significant because it beautifully embodies our motto, ‘Nothing is lost, nothing is created, all is transformed,’ by Lavoisier,” Guindon says.
With Lavoisier’s words in mind, the gallery will transform on a regular schedule. Every two weeks, Déjà Vu will feature new exhibitions by local artists working in a range of media, from photography and painting to jewelry and sculpture. See works by Tracy Finn, Thomas McAleer, Ayla Shade, Andrew Collins, William Padien, Scott Moran, Jessica George Townes, Nettie Locke Rogers, Felicia Cinquerana and the late Mary NewHouse. Visit the exhibitions during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or attend opening celebrations every other Saturday night.
The public is invited to celebrate the first opening night of many at Déjà Vu Gallery on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., complete with wine, music and nibbles. For more information and an updated schedule, visit dejavugallerybi.com.