The third Thursday of every month is the Gallery Night in Providence. All the galleries stay open and open to the public for their viewing pleasure. There is a free bus service to take gallery hoppers from one location to the next. They even provide docents that guide the visiting public through the galleries. It was a gallery night on May 19, 2016, and we went to see two photography shows and saw part of Providence in the meantime.
Providence architecture offers interesting views with many old buildings still in service. Unlike some other cities I know, Providence maintained much of its character as seen from the streets. The first stop was the photography show by 7 Providence Journal photographers at the old Peerless building. Peerless was a popular department store, I remember it still in operation when I moved to Rhode Island. Now, it serves as apartments with a sizeable atrium area serving as a gallery space. Steve Szydlowski, one of the Providence Journal photographers whose photographs were on the walls took us to the Peerless lobby. Both the exhibit and the space were very interesting. The exhibit will be there until November, worth a visit!
After enjoying the works of the photojournalists, we walked to where Jim had parked the car and enjoyed the view of the streets of Providence. Then the next stop was the opening reception at the Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery where my show had ended a few days before. As we parked the car and arrived at the gallery location, we noticed the large rug gallery Loominous Rugs & Furnishings and started examining the Art Deco style door which had seen better times.
The owner of the gallery stepped out to tell us about the building and invited us inside. In the spacious gallery space, they had rugs priced upwards to $18,000 and maybe more, and many other decorative items. The manager/owner introduced himself as Shahrooz (I believe,) my apologies if I am remembering his name wrong. A very pleasant person who knew quite a bit about the building.
We enjoyed chatting with him, looking around, and thanking him for his hospitality before stepping out on the street to go to the gallery next door. The last photograph you will see is the clothing store window next to Loominous Gallery. Today, I learned that the owners of Loominous also own a good part of both buildings. And they seem to take good care of them too.
Take a small tour with us of the Peerless Building, Providence streets, and the Loominous Gallery.