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The South County Art Association’s Opens Its Doors for the Best in Painting, Printing and Drawing | Arts & Living

KINGSTON, RI — About a decade ago, the South County Art Association began hosting an annual painting, printing, and drawing exhibition to showcase artists who work with 2D media.

Although these artists could submit pieces to the gallery’s all-media exhibitions, they were still confronted with ceramics, photography and sculpture – mediums that also had their own exhibitions.

So SCAA Exhibitions Director Jason Fong created the “Open Juried Paint, Print and Drawing” exhibition, and it has become a regular exhibition that the gallery holds each year.

“We’ve never had a show that just focused on painting and drawing,” Fong said. “I thought it would be a good thing to do.”

This year’s exhibition, which opened last week, runs until April 2 and features its typical handful of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, collages and more. – “pretty much anything that is on canvas or paper, and is flat”. Fong said.

But there’s also a unique addition: a 3-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide portrait of a Hindu god, made from 570 mini Rubik’s cubes.

The portrait was created by Harrip (Harry) Rasad, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Indian student spending a semester at the University of Rhode Island.

Rasad creates portraits and abstract pieces entirely from Rubik’s cubes. He lives near the South County Art Association while in the United States and wanted to connect with artists in the area, so one day he stopped by the gallery.

He spoke with SCAA staff members and introduced them to himself and his art of the Rubik’s cube, and the gallery decided to exhibit one of his portraits in the Open Juried exhibition as ” guest artist. The portrait is of Lord Shiva, whom Rasad described as a god in Hindu mythology.

“He’s an Indian god. Lord Shiva is an embodiment of supreme consciousness,” Rasad said. “He has the third eye, which shows the extra vision.”

Rasad, who sells Rubik’s cube artwork to help with living expenses, said he had a positive experience working with the South County Art Association – and Fong said the association was delighted to help. include his work on his show.

“We definitely wanted to show one of his pieces because it seemed so interesting and different to us,” Fong said. “Since he was here for a short time, we thought it would be the show. And ultimately the work he produces is a 2D image.

In total, the gallery presents 71 pieces out of 164 entries. Among them is a creation by artist Carol Dunn, who etched a photo she took of a sand dune in Outer Banks, North Carolina last November, onto a steel plate and then used ink to transfer it to a piece of paper.

The process is called “photopolymer etching,” Dunn said, and she named her finished product “Dune Pathway.”

Another artist, Sarah Hirsch, also submitted an ocean-centric piece to the show. Hirsch exhibits two oil paintings, and one of them is a seascape of a windswept day on Second Beach in Middletown.

Although Dunn and Hirsch drew inspiration from their surroundings when creating their works, artist Tyler Hudock’s work was more fantastical. Titled “Portrait: Fin and Rhody,” his acrylic painting depicts his young son, Finley, riding the family’s black German shepherd, Rhody.

But there’s a catch: Finley is dressed in knightly armor, Rhody is depicted as a dragon, and both are flying above the clouds in a mountainous landscape. Hudock said he painted the portrait for Finley’s birthday because his son loves dragons.

“I call them ‘epic paintings,'” Hirsch said. “I take someone’s face or likeness and place it in a funny or fantastic scenario.”

Hirsch said “Portrait: Fin and Rhody” is the first piece he’s ever submitted to an art exhibition, and he said his experience with SCAA allowed him to begin fulfilling a longtime dream of be part of an artistic community.

“I always dreamed of making art a bigger part of my life because growing up I loved to draw,” Hirsch said. “I would really like to get more involved. I’m dipping my toes in the water with this, that’s how I see it.