The Art and Craft of The Scenic Artist: Richard Ventre

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Scenic Artist Richard Ventre will discuss his five decade career creating environments for stage and screen.

About this Event

Behind The Scenes: The Art and Craft of the Scenic Artist

A Zoom Lecture with Richard Ventre

presented by the Providence Art Club

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00pm

Admission: $10 PAC Members, $20 Non-Members

Members please register directly with Michael Rose at

About This Program

The Scenic Artist, whether in the theatre, motion pictures, television, or any visual media, is the one who materializes the set designer’s ideas into the reality the viewer sees on stage or the screens of any size.

The art and craft of the Scenic Artist can encompass every aspect of visual interpretation. It calls for an understanding of the drawn and painted form, sculpture, mixed mediums of all sorts, lettering, broad theatrical brushwork, exacting cinematic detail, et al, etc, and literally whatever. It is an expansive skillset that is not required anywhere else.

Behind The Scenes will give the members and guests of the Providence Art Club a backstage tour of the how, the where, and the why of painted scenery. This visual and anecdotal tour of the theatre, motion picture sound stage, and Metropolitan Opera will enhance the member/artist as viewer and perhaps inspire a further exploration of their chosen medium.

About Richard Ventre

Richard Ventre formed a five decade career as a professional Scenic Artist working out of New York that began in the theatre. As a Chargeman Scenic Artist on more than fifty major motion pictures his work includes the Emmy Award winning DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1985), and the Academy Award winning SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) as well as other popular films like GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992) and YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998). Ventre completed his career painting for the Metropolitan Opera. He now is a studio artist focused on his own work, which combines photography and painted models to form dramatic narratives.

All are welcome but registration is required. Registrants will receive a Zoom link the day of the event. For questions or more information, please contact Michael Rose at

Event Date
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Event time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost / donation
$20 general admission
Michael Rose,


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