The Institution for Savings Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Firehouse, hosts 12 art exhibits each year. Artists are invited to submit examples of their work for review and selection by our Visual Arts Committee once a year. All art is for sale and proceeds benefit the artist and Firehouse Center for the Arts. A reception is scheduled for each show and offers a great opportunity to meet the artists.
Wednesday - Sunday
12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM (or until curtain)
Audacious and uncompromising abstractions, done in acrylic and powdered pigment on canvas (tapestry-style), commingle organic forms and the codified icons widely used by hobos and migrants for survival and safe passage during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Darkly dramatic self-portraits of the artist within reimagined “film stills” from the Sherlock Holmes film noir series explore variant interpretations of female clichés and stereotypes.
Whimsical yet wistful portraiture composed from a mosaic of color swatches and patterns, and inspired by the artist’s love of vintage objects and clothing.
Finely crafted and painted wood-relief guitar constructions dedicated to the genius of iconic guitarists such as Bob Dylan, Ronnie Earl, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mighty Sam McClain among others.
Capturing the very essence - the inner form and light - of natural objects such as apples, onions or magnolia blossoms, these hyper-realistic still lifes offer deeply intimate portraits of their inanimate subjects.
Photo imagery of man-made things – built up, broken down, discarded, but not forgotten. Nostalgic and sometimes beautiful in their demise, may these objects eventually be repurposed without detriment to the environment.
Reflecting on the mysteries of life and human existence, these spiritually emotive scenes in oil explore the nature of joy, innocence, and vulnerability as well as the interdependency of human and non-human animals.
Whimsical, gestural, expressionistic, and organic patterned abstractions drawn from verdant natural landscapes, hillsides and grasslands.
Are you ready for a winter getaway? Come down the rabbit hole and experience Bill Oakes’ otherworldly wonderlands, subterranean vistas, organic jungle habitats, microscopic imaginings and other spectacular views that will make your imagination soar.
Duality in Paint and Metal
Eclectic works in oils and metal address the dichotomy between fabric and armor or floral and metal, both of which speak of inherent qualities of power and defense from a feminine perspective.