The Block Island Times

Gerard Closset and Stephen Mancini at The Island Gallery Aug 13th-Aug 19th(Opening reception will be held on Sat aug 13th from 5 pm-7 pm)

By Bill Hall | Aug 10, 2011

second floor of the Post office buliding — Block Island Through the Eyes of Gerard Closset

Gerard Closset, a resident of Block Island, will be showing his favorite scenes of Block Island at the Island Gallery starting Saturday, August 13. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm (wine and cheese served).

Gerard is a nature and wildlife photographer with a passion for exploring destinations off the beaten path. Besides his Block Island photos, he is known for his vivid pictures of wildlife in Africa and the Everglades and for his underwater photography of denizens of the Pacific and Caribbean coral reefs.

Closset has been taking photos of Block Island since the early 1970s. The island remains his favorite place, a feeling expressed in his photographs. His show exhibits only Block Island images: from black and white photos of stone walls and landmarks in the fog or snow to bright, colorful images of sunsets, fishing boats, and many Block Island scenes. He also captures “Block Island off-the-beaten path” and scenes that are lost today. The barn in the image entitled “Leaning Old Barn on a Country Lane” collapsed several years ago and the image could not be recreated today. Photos he took in the late 1970s show two of yesterday’s beloved ferries, the “Yankee” and old “Block Island”.

Closset explains that “capturing the mood of an island location or landmark at a given season is what matters most…” A moody, foggy autumn scene entitled “Fall on the West Side” exemplifies that goal. As a throwback to a simpler era when life was slower paced, Block Island allows him to “regain a sense of peace and find new ways to capture the beauty and uniqueness of this special place”.

Steve Mancini

Stephen Mancini is an artist and photographer of national recognition, who also earned a coveted "Clio" award for film. His work is included in galleries in Newport, Boston, Block Island and Naples Florida as well as in corporate and private collections across America including: the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame, Armstrong Cork Co., Mass. General Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

Artist Member: Providence Art Club, Newport Art Museum, Naples Art Association, Voila Gallery, Complements Art Gallery.

His paintings offer memorable emotional impressions of his New England surrounds as well as his travels in Italy, the Caribbean and Southwest Florida. He is also well known for his portraits. Mancini paints in oils and acrylics on canvas. Many of his works are collages incorporating artifacts found at the sites he has painted.

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