WaterFire Providence and Troop PVD are taking it outside at the WaterFire Arts Center this summer for TroopTop Thursdays, every week 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited —friends, neighbors, colleagues— to enjoy Thursday night drinks (and snacks!) all locally curated by Troop PVD, music by local DJs and arts experiences both inside and outdoors. Sip drinks from Revival Brewing Company, Anchor & Hope Wine, Granny Squibb’s, Yacht Club Soda, and TroopToptails with ISCO (The Industrious Spirit Company). TroopTop Thursdays are supported by our next door neighbors at US Rubber Lofts, proudly managed by Brady Sullivan Properties.
‘On Tap’ for June 17 – July 29:
Thursday, June 17
TroopTop welcomes DJ Sim Sima and #ArtOnTap artists Jeremy Schilling, Derek Raymond, Laura White Carpenter, and Jack Wang. Enjoy light eats from Barrett’s Garden. DJ Sim Sima, Chris Simonelli, is supporting these events on two levels, being the June 17 DJ and helping to develop TroopTop as part of Troop’s ownership team. Meet Jeremy Schilling and Derek Raymond while they live paint throughout the night (and follow them on Instagram @jeremyschil and @two_tears). Laura White Carpenter (@theartistinresidence) will join us for her second TroopTop, get to talk to Laura as she demonstrates her ceramic detail carving “sgraffito” one of her raindrop sculptures. Directly below the RoofDeck, meet artist, Jack Wang (@jackwangart), among his work in the Visitor Center Gallery inside the WaterFire Arts Center, Faith Resilience Perseverance: Photographs by Jack Wang. All proceeds from the sale of Jack Wang’s photographs in the gallery will benefit Dorcas International.
June 17 is also the third Thursday of the month so it’s Gallery Night Providence, which will be both in-person and virtual with Facebook Live. See a full list of member galleries here for a self-guided tour. Walking tours will take place around the city including one in the Valley/Olneyville neighborhoods starting at the WaterFire Arts Center with stops at The Steel Yard and The Gallery @ Sprout CoWorking.
Thursday, June 24
TroopTop welcomes DJ Gibran and #ArtOnTap artists Jeremy Schilling, Sara Breslin, Keira Gonsalves and Violet Bordin. Listen to music by DJ Gibran (@gibranpvd) and say ‘hi’ to Jeremy Schilling (@jeremyschil) while he paints on the RoofDeck. Down by the patio, meet local artists Sara Breslin (@sarabreslin), Keira Gonsalves (@_stonesoup_), Violet Bordin (@nihilist.brat), and Molly Horan (@mollyhoranart) as they create chalk murals throughout the night.
July at TroopTop
For all TroopTop Thursdays in July, visitors are welcome to explore the Mary Beth Meehan exhibition, EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects and Annye Raye Pitts WITNESS an installation by Jonathan Pitts-Wiley and Mary Beth Meehan inside the WaterFire Arts Center. This exhibition features a number of photographs from Mary Beth Meehan’s installations in Newnan, Georgia, Providence, Rhode Island and Brockton, Massachusetts (as well as her recent project in Silicon Valley) which function as a reflection of the community which they are installed in and spark conversations among the people who inhabit them.
Thursday, July 1
TroopTop welcomes DJ Charlie Tunes and Millennial Rhode Island. Millennial Rhode Island, a generational network inspiring millennials to #ChooseRI, is making their summer comeback for TroopTop for a young professionals networking opportunity. This summer social aims to connect young professionals and mentors from all over the state.
DJ Charlie Tunes (@charlietunes) will be bringing the low-key vibes and Spanglish will bring tasty bites with gourmet empanadas. There is an RSVP for this event, tickets are $10, the first 50 signups will receive a free drink on the house.
FRINGEPVD, founded by the Wilbury Theatre Group, provides fun and affordable theater to the community, allowing artists the opportunity to establish themselves in the performing arts. Before (or after) your sips and snacks on TroopTop head to any number of performances outdoors around the WaterFire Arts Center as well as performances across the river at The Steel Yard, Farm Fresh, Nicholson File Art Studios, and ISCO.