Sunset, art, drinks, music = the ‘Troop’Top vibe at the WaterFire Arts Center on Thursdays, June 16, July 21, and August 18, this summer. Valley neighborhood favorite Troop PVD is bringing the drinks (+ snacks!) to WFAC for these three summer nights, you can check them out on the street where they serve creative food, beats and drinks in their restaurant, 60 Valley St The gallery, directly under the rooftop terrace, is open every Thursday evening until 9 p.m. and hosts a new art experience every month. Aligning with the third Thursday of the month means it’s also Gallery Night Providence (GNP), of which WFAC is a membership gallery as well as a “pick-up” and “drop-off” location for one of GNP carts.
Come after work, ‘Troop’Top opens at 5pm, have a drink on the roof terrace and hop on the 6.30pm trolley tour to explore a few other galleries in town, different each month, then come back to visit the current exhibition in the WFAC gallery. The gallery and bar are open until 9 p.m.
Stars + Spirits
NEW to ‘Troop’Top Thursdays!
Skyscraper, Inc. is a local group of amateur astronomers who want to share their love of the sky with others. After the sunsets, volunteers from Skyscrapers will be set up with telescopes for you to observe the skies of Providence and immerse yourself in the world above! (Keep in mind that skyscrapers will join us on these evenings, “clear skies” allowed).
Rhodium by RI Spirits, will also support ‘Troop’Top parties. Starting at 6 p.m., they will be offering tastings of their premium gins, vodkas, and liqueurs, all of which are gluten-free, organic, and kosher. Everyone should be able to enjoy the unique and distinctive flavors they have to offer!
What is Providence Night Gallery? GNP gives you the opportunity to discover works of art and meet artists in various galleries and museums throughout the city. On the third Thursday of the month from March to November, these creative spaces come together to organize an artistic party!
A tram tour departs from WFAC each Gallery Night at 6:30 p.m., returning between 8 and 8:30 p.m. More trolleys are coordinated at Graduate Providence.
Individuals are more than welcome to design their own walking tour to visit specific galleries of interest. Check out member galleries here.
Reserve a seat on a trolley in advance, or take a look at where tours are taking place on GNP’s upcoming events page.
Special thanks to the sponsor ‘Troop’Top, Cross insurancefor having contributed to making possible these summer art nights in the Valley.
In the gallery
Envision Resilience: Designs for the Living With Rising Seas + New Work by Aymar Ccopacatty
Join us this Thursday night with WFAC and TroopPVD as we team up to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our local rivers clean. The 2022 Envision Resilience Narragansett Bay Challenge is full of adaptive proposals for sea level rise in Narragansett Bay. Explore the region’s vibrant history and resilient communities.
Joining this project in the gallery is Aymar Ccopacatty who uses traditional reed boat building techniques to reconnect with the many species found within using locally invasive species Phragmites found all over the east coast, to build his boats.
WaterFire’s Accelerate program is a one-year professional development program for artists under the age of 30. the gallery.
After graduating from RISD, Lois Harada had been an artist and printmaker working in Providence since 2010. Over the past decade, she has shared her work through her work at DWRI Letterpress as well as creative spaces like WFAC. Harada continues to draw inspiration from his family’s story of incarceration and US government propaganda.