ValleyArts Annual New Seen Exhibit Features Local Emerging Artists

Every August, ValleyArts hosts a show for emerging artists, called Artfull New Seen. The goal is to give young artists the experience and exposure of a solo or small group show in a gallery environment.

This year, ValleyArts invited three young local artists, Stephen Wiggins, Ken Lowe, and Jonathon Butler to exhibit in the Community Gallery. Wiggins is a barista in the artfullbean café, which is part of ValleyArts.

The show, called Handcrafted, is works of ink and pencil on paper, much of it in a comic book or animation style. Each artist selected five drawings from their recent works to hang in the exhibit. Poet Lorenzo Lloyd, who is also a barista at the artfullbean, contributed three poems which are mounted and hung as part of the show.

This show is curated each year by Jeremy Moss, Deputy Director of ValleyArts. In discussing how he selected this year’s participants, Moss says, “I would always see Stephen drawing during downtime at work, often with his friend, Ken, who would come in to the café to draw and have a coffee. Their good rapport and mutual support was inspiring. When they introduced another good friend, Jonathon, I saw the makings of an interesting exhibit in how their work complements each other.”

The opening reception was well attended with a great show of support for these talented artists. Several pieces from each artist sold during the event.

Last year’s New Seen featured artist Skye Volmar, resident of Orange and student at the Rhode Island School of Design.

This exhibit is on display through August 31. The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-2.