J.D. Rice showcases his art at the Velvet Mill
Do not be confused by the Velvet Underground Studio in Stonington’s Velvet Mill. It is not the recording space where Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Mo Tucker and John Cale recorded such groundbreaking albums as “White Light/White Heat.” Or, for that matter, the one with Warholian model Nico.
Rather, it’s a brand new art and performance venue in Stonington’s Velvet Mill, a one-stop enclave of artists, antique enthusiasts and so on. The Velvet Underground Studio will serve as a gallery, live music venue and event space — and on Friday, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., they celebrate a new exhibition featuring the works of J.D. Rice. The tripartite show, “J.D. Rice: Three Perspectives,” contains over 70 works divided into “Portraits” (“Henri” is shown here), “Bodies on the Line” collaborations with artist Sonili Sugiyama, and “Mexico City Blues: 242 Choruses,” based on poems by Jack Kerouac.
Rice, who has studios in New York City and Stonington and splits his time between, studied at Stanford, the Mendocino Arts Center and the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work, which contains influences from Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, Kahlo and Mexican folk art, has been exhibited in the National Arts Club and Farrah Damji Galleries in New York, Mystic Museum of Art, Beef Gallery in San Francisco, Avondale Arts Center in Rhode Island, and many others.
The show runs through July 30 at the Velvet Underground Studio, 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Visit Facebook.com/Velvetundergroundstudio.