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ART! 119th Little Picture Show & Sale, Providence Art Club – oldest little picture show in US

The historic Providence Art Club will host the 119th Annual Little Pictures Show & Sale from November 5 – December 22, 2023.

The exhibition, which is the oldest and largest art show of its kind in the United States, will feature hundreds of small and affordable artworks. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 700 artworks by 140 artists spread across three unique gallery spaces at the Art Club’s distinctive home on College Hill. The exhibition is a remarkable opportunity to purchase works of original fine art for one’s own collection, or to give as a gift during the holiday season. Sales of art are tax free in Rhode Island.

First mounted in 1904, the Little Pictures Show & Sale features original artworks which are all sized at 16” x 16” or less and which are all priced at no more than $350.

Works in a wide range of media by exhibiting artist members of the Providence Art Club will be on view. Items ranging from paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as mixed media works, glass, jewelry, and fine woodworking will all be on offer. As works sell, buyers can take them home immediately. Sold works are then replaced, making for a constantly changing exhibition. Over more than a century this exhibition has become a beloved tradition for viewers and art collectors from throughout Southern New England and beyond.

Of the show, Art Club Gallery Manager Michael Rose says, “We are excited to welcome visitors to experience the nation’s oldest, largest, and best exhibition of little pictures. With its long history, vast selection, and salon-style installation, this show is a special opportunity for art-lovers to see and buy works by local artists. I hope our neighbors from throughout the region join us in November and December to see Little Pictures 2023.”

Little Pictures will run from November 5 – December 22. Gallery hours during this special exhibition will be seven days a week from 12-5pm each day. The Club will also host a celebratory block party event featuring food, drink, and activities on December 2. The galleries will be closed occasionally for holidays as well as for private functions and Art Club events.

For more information about this exhibition or to schedule an interview with participating artists, please contact Art Club Gallery Manager Michael Rose at 401-331-1114 ext.5, or via email at [email protected].

About the Art Club

Founded in 1880 to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community, the Club has long been a place for artists and art patrons to congregate, create, display and circulate works of art.  Located along Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Providence Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic houses, home to studios, galleries and the clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of sponsoring and supporting the visual arts in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public

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