La Galería del Pueblo | The Village Gallery

Rhode Island's Only Latino Gallery & Cultural Hub

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We are very happy to announce that La Galería del Pueblo has found a new home! As of May 1, 2018, we are now located in more ample gallery space with room for artists studios. We are beyond excited about offering youth programming, pláticas (community convenings), artists demonstrations and making our Rhode Island Latino history archives more accessible at: 209 Central St., Central Falls, RI 02863
Our hours have not yet been determined, so please check back. You can also sign up (see tab above-right) for our eNews updates to receive information as it occurs.

For information about exhibiting or selling your work on consignment in our new space, contact us at this E-Mail
: lagaleria@rilatinoarts.org
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La Galería del Pueblo @Rhode Island Latino Arts

La Galería del Pueblo is Rhode Island's only Latino based non-profit cooperative art and culture gallery. It is managed by Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA), the state’s oldest and most respected non-profit organization that supports and advocates for Latino arts.

La Galería is an artists collective (the Rhode Island Latino Artists Network — RILAN) that is built upon trust and mutual respect. We strive to encourage support within the group and use RILAN as an opportunity to educate and promote the Latino arts experience to segments of the population that otherwise might not have access to it. This is a place where local Latino established artists can exhibit and sell their work, offer workshops with fellow artists, mentor emerging artists and host networking events. Like RILA, La Galería serves as a bridge between Latinos and non-Latinos.

La Galería hosts free and informal events such as artists talks, demonstrations, poetry readings and children’s arts activities. We also offer workshops or classes such as Latin drumming, sketching, spray paint visual art, theater and oral workshops. During warm weather we host artists potluck gatherings in an open-air setting.

For the general public: There is a small fee to participate in most workshops offered by members of our Artists Network. Students may be eligible for scholarships — please inquire about this option at lagaleria@rilatinoarts.org

For Artists: You may become involved by exhibiting your work and selling your work on consignment. We do not pay artists to show or install their work — we are a collective and therefore your participation in La Galería is strictly on a volunteer basis. However, if you choose to offer workshops, you may receive a portion of the registration fee or if sponsorship funds are available, you may get paid an agreed upon rate to offer your artistic services. Don’t hesitate to join us by applying to become a Member/Partner in the gallery. Read below for more details.

Artists Membership Information

This section is for artists who may be interested in becoming members in our organization and having your work in our gallery.

If you are a fine artist, crafts person or performer of Latin-American heritage residing in Rhode Island you are eligible to apply for membership in La Galería del Pueblo. We showcase the work of local artists who want to take an active role in the Rhode Island arts community. We ask that you be the sole originator of your work, that the work be original, recent, hand made, and different from other work that we are currently showing. We encourage new and innovative works that respond to yesterday, today and tomorrow and we encourage intergenerational exchange by welcoming artists of all ages. We also encourage non Latino artists and non Rhode Islanders to partner with a local Latino artist to show their work or perform in La Galería.
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Visual Artists may offer for sale framed photos, posters, prints or cards that reflect or are samples of their own original work. Hand-made one-of-a-kind screened work, such as t-shirts or numbered prints, may be accepted upon inspection by and at the discretion of gallery staff. Mass-produced artwork will not be accepted. We operate under RI Regulation SU 99-143 that, thanks to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, has established Rhode Island as the “first state in the nation” to permit the sale of original and limited edition works of art exempt from state sales tax.
La Galería del Pueblo is a co-operative open to artists and artisans who meet the standards of original artwork set by La Galería. We seek artists who are of Latin-American heritage and residents of Rhode Island, but we encourage artist collaborations with other artists who share the mission of promoting Latino art and bringing voice to social justice issues/exchanges through the arts. Non-Rhode Island-resident artists may partner or be sponsored by a Rhode Island artist.

To participate, artists must first qualify through the jurying process, subscribe to the objectives and purposes of La Galería del Pueblo, and agree to abide by the policies, rules and guidelines of the co-op. Currently there are no membership dues, but that may change as the artists collective grows. NOTE: There is a one-time $20 gallery curating fee for each artist that is selected to show his or her work in the gallery.

Standards set by La Galería del Pueblo: To qualify for membership, an artist/crafter/performer must demonstrate a professional commitment to the visual arts through original and continued production and exhibition of his/her visual art/craft and a dedication to the creative community of Rhode Island through participation in local art events.

As an artists collective, La Galería del Pueblo builds upon trust and mutual respect and strives to encourage support within the group. We educate and promote the Latino arts experience to segments of the population that otherwise might not have access to it.

Artists can apply to become Members/Partners in the gallery. Occasionally we invite artists to show their work, and unsolicited applications may go through a juried process. Download a copy of our guidelines and membership form here.

Consignment Information

MISCONCEPTION: Galleries are responsible for doing all the work and all the publicity for their shows. All artists have to do is bring in the art.
REALITY: Active and ongoing participation and involvement by artists is an essential part of any successful artist/gallery relationship.
All exhibiting artists automatically agree to sell their work on consignment. For details on consignment rates, download and read our Artists Guidelines.

Artwork that meets our standards is accepted for sale in La Galería on a limited basis. We ask that you be the sole originator of your work, that the work be original, recent, hand made, and different from other work that we are currently showing. We do not accept third-party art on consignment: manufactured t-shirts, mugs or imported jewelry and outside artisan work. Artists may offer for sale framed photos, posters, prints or cards that reflect or are samples of their own original work. Hand-made one-of-a-kind screened work, including t-shirts or numbered screened prints, may be accepted upon inspection by and at the discretion of gallery staff. Mass-produced artwork will not be accepted.

Frequently asked questions for consignors:

How do you track my items? We inventory all your work upon drop off and maintain a computerized system. All consignors fill out a form that includes an itemized list at the time of consignment, and receive a sold merchandise report with their pay-out check.

How do I get paid for my SOLD items? Checks are picked up at the store the 5th day of the month for the previous month's sales. Please call or Mail the gallery before you arrive so we will have your check waiting for you. Consignors who wish to have their check mailed can provide a SAS envelope and checks will be mailed on the 10th of the month.

What do you do if my item is damaged in the store (fire, theft, breakage, etc.). We do not reimburse you for damage. We strongly recommend that you download and read our Artists Guidelines.

What is your consignment rate? Please download and read our Artists Guidelines.

Can I come and pick-up my item at any time? Do I have to pay a fee if I take my item out at any time before the agreed consignment period? No. Artists who have prints, stickers, cards, etc. may choose to remove and collect all your items at any time with at least five days notice. Visual art that is displayed on the walls, however, must remain there during the entirety of the scheduled exhibition dates. If a painting is sold, we will contact you as per the contract agreement.

Do you call me to come and pick-up unsold items? We do not call consignors to remind them; this is a partnership and we expect consignors to assume some of the responsibility for tracking their items.

Are there any yearly charges? We do not require a membership fee to have your items consigned at the La Galería del Pueblo, but if you choose to select one of our options written on the Artists Guidelines, we will adhere to that policy.

Download a copy of these Consignment Guidelines.