A couple of weeks ago I went over to Warren, RI to view The Warren Mill Project. I've heard about this project for awhile now, as my good friend, Deborah Baronas, is the artist whose paintings accompany the project, but I still was surprised and blown away by this installation. I'm not really sure how much to say about it, besides GO SEE IT!
An exhibition exploring Warren's mill history and culture from the 1800s, I saw it installed at one of the old mill buildings in Warren, but it is currently on view at the Imago Gallery in Warren until October 10.
From their accompanying booklet, "The Warren Mill Project is an aesthetic blending of art and history aimed at raising knowledge and awareness within the community of Warren's rich mill history. The project presents the evocative artwork of Deborah Baronas and research by Doug Hinman to commemorate their formative period and the girls, boys, women and men who worked in Warren's mills."
Part art installation, part display of historic pieces and ephemera, part history lesson, this show is such a unique experience that I've put off blogging about it because it was just so good. It's also an interesting reflection on an industry that did so much to grow this region, but is now essentially gone. It is not to be missed.