URI Library Gallery spotlights GULLS GONE WILD

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KINGSTON, R.I. –February 6, 2009— After a long career in the motion picture industry, and as a licensed pyro-technician and fire marshal, Jon Campbell decided to become a gentleman/painter. While it hasn’t entirely worked out as he planned, he has produced a significant amount of antler sculpture, stone and silver jewelry, and an occasional painting.

Some of his works are on display at the University of Rhode Island Library Galley, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston. The exhibition, free and open to the public, runs through March 27. The gallery is open Sunday from 1 to 11:30 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Campbell is also a prolific composer of contemporary maritime music. A multi-instrumentalist and reluctant singer, his songs address issues relevant to inhabitants of any of the four coasts (East, West, Gulf, Alaska). He has been a Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Folk Artist since 1982.

Campbell has shunned the traditional gallery route in bringing his work before the public, preferring to follow some of the more alternative methods. However, his work has been shown recently at galleries in Providence.

For more information about Campbell, click his Web site at


The sculpture pieces’ ingredients:

a) Wind In His Hair – Moose Antler

b) Some Guys Hate to Get Dressed Up – Cow Horn, Soap Stone, & Coral

c) Honest Abenaki – Elk Antler (detail)