Weave The Trees
Flying Shuttles Studio 35th Anniversary Exhibition
Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley St.,
Jamestown, RI 02835
Thursday, January 10th
6 pm - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 22
Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat., 10 am - 2 pm
Closed: January 21st for MLK Day & February 18th for Presidents’ Day
In 1984, with the help of a VSA Arts grant through Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, The Arc of Blackstone Valley opened Flying Shuttles Studio. Flying Shuttles was established as a vocational program for 10 weavers with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The original concept was that they would learn all aspects of the trade and then move on to meaningful employment in the local textile mills. They would also focus on developing their own product line of “rag-style” rugs to sell directly to the public. Over the years, the weavers decided they wanted to explore new mediums: embroidery, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture.
35 years later, Flying Shuttles supports the creative endeavors of 20 artists and has become as much of an art studio as a weaving studio. Each artist works hard to develop their own style and how to promote their work professionally.
Flying Shuttles artists show their work regularly throughout Rhode Island and in 2017 were awarded ‘Best Affordable Art’ by Rhode Island Monthly. They have also exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally at such venues as Davenport College Gallery, Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, Umbrella Arts Gallery, the New York Outsider Art Fair, Chicago’s SOFA, and the Museum of Everything, London.