The “Little Pictures Show” in 1920, image courtesy Providence Art Club

The nation’s oldest “Little Pictures” show turns 113 in 2017, with a prolific display of over 600 artworks priced to sell. When and where?

The annual “Little Pictures Show” at the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island is the nation’s oldest, and on November 12, the 113th edition will go live to much anticipation. First held in 1904, the show features hundreds of artworks no larger than 16 x 16 inches and priced no higher than $300.

This year’s installment of “Little Pictures” will open on November 12 and continue through December 23. The Galleries of the Providence Art Club will be open seven days a week 12-5 p.m. during the exhibition.

The show will take place throughout the Art Club’s three historic gallery spaces located on Providence’s charming College Hill, steps from the First Baptist Church in America. Over 100 artists, all members of the Providence Art Club, will take part. Works on view will include paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, hand-pulled prints, and handmade artist books, along with sculpture, ceramics, glass, and jewelry. With such a breadth and diversity of styles and media present, there is truly something for everyone.

Each participating member of the Art Club may exhibit up to six original works at a time for exhibition in the “Little Pictures Show.” Sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchased works may be taken home immediately. New works then replace works that have been sold. This results in a constantly changing exhibition of local, affordable artwork — perfect for gift-giving this holiday season!

This show is the perfect opportunity for art lovers to purchase works for their own collection, or find a unique gift for friends and loved ones. It is also a great way to explore the Providence Art Club and learn more about the artists who make up the membership of one of the oldest arts organizations in the nation.

To learn more, visit the Providence Art Club.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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