September 22, 2023

ART SALE: the Leonard Iannacone Collection “SPACES AND PLACES IN RHODE ISLAND”


The East Providence Historical Society presents two sales of the Len Iannacone collection, a life’s worth of drawings, oils, and prints of his beloved RI and East Providence. Len was a 1st generation Italian American, born in 1942, who grew up near Pierce Field, went to local schools and graduated from RISD. He played tennis at the Indoor Court, loved the EP Band and was loyal to his family’s roots. Some of you may remember his raccoon coats? Late in life, Len opened a gallery on Warren Avenue filling 5 rooms with his own works. In the early 1990s, Len could be found sketching at Hunt’s Mills and socializing with all of the volunteers. We have kept his sketches of Hunt House and the gristmill for our collection.

We have tried to photograph the 65 works in the catalogue ( as clearly as possible but some are quite old and need to be seen in person. There are original drawings galore and prints at prices everyone can afford. You can furnish your office with local art! Len’s oils are very unique, as seen through his mind’s eye, and his oil of the Oyster House at Watchemoket was shown at the Providence Art Club. Some framing is highly ornate and decorative, done by Len himself in most cases.

Len’s estate was very generous to EP groups, including the Historical Society. These sales are a collaboration by the Historical Society, the EP Libraries and the EP Arts Council. We will have a retrospective of Len’s family/ life photos as part of this tribute. This is your chance to own an Ianacone original of the spaces and places we call home.

SALE #1 : Sunday, September 11: 1-4pm John Hunt Museum -65 Hunt’s Mill’s Rd - 02916
SALE #2 : Saturday, October 1: 12 - 4pm Weaver Library - Grove Ave - 02914

No art work will be held back. All pictures will be for sale on Sept 11.

To preview the catalog:  A suggested price will be on each picture at the sales.

A group of Len’s East Providence work will be on display at City Hall from Sept 19 - 30.


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