Her love of Celtic culture inspires the creative life of artist Laura Travis. She is a sculptor, carving primarily in limestone, soapstone and slate, and has more than 20 years experience teaching Visual Art at all levels. Travis came to Rhode Island College from New York to study art education. For many years she had a studio at AS220, and through classes on the road and in her studio in Warren Rhode Island she has introduced many to stone carving techniques. Travis lived in Newport in the 1970s, from there developing involvement in traditional Irish dance, music and culture throughout Rhode Island. Recently she has obtained an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Source: NetWorks 2011 – 2012 Catalogue
Video: Richard Goulis
Additional footage: Paul Rochford
Still photography: David O’Connor, Pamela Murray, Laura Travis
Music: Irish traditional music session (at AS220) Jimmy Devine, Hannah Devine, Teddy Scobi, Andrea Cooper, Mark Roberts, Gregory Badigian, Jon Campbell
Providence Ceili Band: Jimmy Devine, Jon Campbell, Patrick Hutchinson, Phil Edmonds, Pierre Lech, Crim Lech Moore, Tina Lech, and friends (Soundjay.com)
Very special thanks to Blackstone River Theatre
Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.
Artist’s website: lauratraviscarving.com