Yes, art lovers will indeed cross the Pequonnock River, leaving cozy Black Rock and downtown enclaves, for an art opening.
A dozen or so artists delivered work that reflects a comic-book aesthetic. Ricky Mestre‘s played off Roy Lichtenstein with Spanish-language panels. Allen Wittert, a storyboard artist, had no trouble employing line and movement effectively in a large scale. E Fitz‘s pieces seemed to pay homage to the EC Comics of the 1950s.
Mark and Theresa DeMatteo Tillinger, who own and are resuscitating this 19th-century factory building, are obviously proud of the 305 Knowlton development — studios and offices are elsewhere in the building and a river-front part is in the works. And I’m not the only one who was there grateful for their generosity and hospitality last night. The show was a joint venture between 305 Knowlton and Eileen Walsh, owner of the Black Rock Gallery.
Knowlton Street, which historically is home to light-industrial businesses, and today has a salvage yard and a seafood market, is not so remote. At least when you spot it on a map:
The show will be open Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, from noon until 5 p.m. Tours of the newly renovated 305 Knowlton Street Artist Lofts, as well as space for arts-related businesses, will also be available at the same time.