...Creating and sharing art for four generations...
The family tradition that Heritage Gallery is based upon is the tradition of producing and sharing unique and personal works of art with the art lover, collector and patron.
The tradition began with George Benvie (1878-1959), a wood carver and sketch artist. His carvings can be seen at Church of the Ascension, Cranston, Rhode Island. There are but a few examples of his work remaining but the influence of this creativity and artistic ambition continued with his son, Chris.
Chris Benvie (1919-1995) was a prolific oil painter and a noted New England Impressionist. His paintings, primarily oils, are scenes of New England in an impressionistic palette and style. Preferring to apply his paint with a palette knife, his paintings have a thick, textural quality. Chris Benvie exhibited at such locations as Mystic Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association and Providence Art Club. His work is represented by New York's Graphic Society.
People said his daughter, Alice, inherited her father’s talent but what she inherited was the drive he had for the creative process. Alice Benvie Gebhart, gallery owner and glass artist, works in the gallery’s studio. Although Alice began as an oil painter like her father, she now works exclusively with kiln fired fused glass. She creates a wide variety of functional pieces and is noted for her unique layered glass landscape panels. A trained art educator, Alice teaches fused glass at the gallery as well as select locations nationally. She, continues the legacy of her father and is a member of the Providence Art Club.
Alice's son Nick, shares the artistic gene. Nick Gebhart is a fourth generation artist. He carries on the family heritage as an oil painter. Even though he comes from a family of artists, his work is strictly his own. His paintings are a realistic portrayal of portrait and figure in contemporary venues. Nick has his MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art in New York City and currently lives and works as a professional artist in Brooklyn, NY.
Heritage Art Gallery and Glass Studios is a unique place. It is a working studio and exhibition space. The artistic legacy of the Benvie family can be seen and evident when you enter.
...RI Monthly Voted Best....
Owned and concieved by Alice Benvie-Gebhart, Heritage Gallery and Glass Studio opened November 6, 2011. The mission of Heritage Gallery, is to carry on the family tradition and share the creation and marvel of art ownership with the public. Ms. Benvie-Gebhart’s goal is to work closely with the collector, designer and architect in all of us. In 2013, 2014, and again in 2017, Heritage Gallery and Glass Studio was voted "BEST WEST BAY GALLERY" by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine for the excellence in performance.
Formerly a florist shop, the 1400 square foot space includes a gallery/showroom and studio/glass workshop/classroom space. Heritage Gallery space is set back from the road and is handicapped assessable with ample parking. Located on convenient Route 1, Post Road, just south of historic Main Street in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is minutes from Interstate Route 95.
5580 Post Road East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818 Store Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-4 Open by appointment or by chance. 401-884-0130