Providence Art Club’s annual Little Pictures show crams the club’s three galleries with hundreds of small works that top out at $300. The 130 artists are arranged alphabetically and vertically, with each artist stacking six or seven pieces in a column. As pieces are sold they’re pulled off the wall and replaced, with red dotted price stickers at ground level hinting which artists are selling the most. Alice Gebhart’s very giftable quahog plates seem to be a big hit, for instance. The show has a pleasantly random feel, even when the subject matter gets a little repetitive. Jane Puerini’s teacup with paper drink umbrellas was my favorite of the five—possibly six—tea-themed still lifes, each from a different artist.
photo by Law and Order Party; pictured (l-r): Jana Matusz, Craig Masten, Sally Ann Martone, Michael Manni, Gayle Wells Mandle,