AFTERGLOW: A POP-UP ART SHOW, Friday 4/1/16, 5p-9p


InDowncity and Cornish Associates are excited to collaborate with a trio of Rhode Island’s talented local artists Shawn Gilheeney, Buck Hastings and Martin Smick on a pop-up exhibition of the artists’ new paintings. The one night only gallery, entitled AFTERGLOW, will be located on the ground floor of 270 Westminster St.

About the artists:


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Buck Hastings currently lives and works in Providence, RI. He earned a BFA in painting from RISD 2006. He has since exhibited extensively in local venues and has executed numerous small and large scale painting and mural commissions. In 2012, he joined fellow artist Shawn Gilheeney in founding Providence Painted Signs. They have been significant players in the revival of the trade and craft of sign painting, while each continuing to develop his personal body of work.

Buck’s personal work stems from a strong affinity for art, music, and nature. His approach is intuitive and meditative, drawing on the influence of his contemporaries as well as that of art history. He employs skills acquired through his years of commercial art experience in a search for his own sense of intimacy and awe in his paintings.


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Shawn Gilheeney is a painter and a printmaker from Providence Rhode Island. Founder of Providence Painted Signs, the graphics arts has been a constant in his life for the past 15 years. Gilheeney has a BFA from Rhode Island College with paintings in Private, Corporate and Museum collections . Most days he can be found at the sign shop with a paint brush in his hand.


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Martin Smick received his MFA from RISD in 2009 and was awarded a 2009 -10 Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA. Born and raised in the Boston area Smick has been a resident of Providence since 2007 and maintains a studio at the Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket. He has exhibited work nationwide and teaches on the faculties of RISD and Brown.


A brief description from the artists….

Afterglow: a phenomenological term evoking a sense of euphoria following an ecstatic experience.

In relation to landscape afterglow is the dimly lit sky at dusk when atmospheric moisture is reflected by the waning sunset. In contemporary slang afterglow infers a sense of repose after sex or a feeling of transcendence following a psychedelic experience.

This exhibition suggests the painting itself as a kind of afterglow, the lingering residue of the painter’s process. 

The three artists in this exhibition examine painting through the lens of process; with backgrounds in the disciplines of sign painting and decorative painting these artists explore the afterglow in painting and its powerful reverberations in our body and mind.

Join us at 270 Westminster St (next to Aurora) as we celebrate the visual sense on the evening of April 1 for an opening party featuring music and beverages. Festivities from 5 to 9 pm.



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