NORTH KINGSTOWN – The work of artists Lori Jeremiah and Scott Simmons couldn’t be more different – Jeremiah mainly paints seascapes and outdoor landscapes, while Simmons said his paintings boiled down to “Star Wars and the Rubber Ducks” .
But pieces made by both, as well as a wide variety of works by other artists, will be on sale in the same exhibition: the Wickford Art Association’s “Small Works Holiday Show and Sale”, which will run until to December 22.
At the annual exhibit, each participating WAA member has a few feet of wall space to fill with whatever they want to sell, with any artwork priced under $ 300, the president of the Wickford Art Association, John Pitocco.
Forty-five artists will exhibit their works, which range from painting to photography, mixed media and three-dimensional art. Pitocco said the variety and affordability of the artwork is a reason to visit the exhibit.
“It’s a good opportunity for artists to exhibit what they’re doing,” Pitocco said. “And it gives people the opportunity to try and sell some of their art at a great time of the year.”
Most of the works of art presented by Jeremiah pay homage to his neighborhood and his condition. She will be selling 8 inch by 10 inch pastels to places like Black Point, Narragansett Town Beach and the Narrow River Estuary.
“I live fairly close to everything; I’m in the Point Judith neighborhood of Narragansett, and I’m right across from Black Point, ”Jeremiah said. “And it’s one of my favorite places, so it kind of fits into my paintings.”
Artist Mary Wojciechowski will sell similar paintings at WAA’s Small Works exhibition. Hers are floral and landscape scenes made with alcohol ink, which she says is a fluid medium that can be used to paint on non-porous surfaces and dries quickly to create “unexpected textures when dry ink “.
This year marks the fourth time Wojciechowski has attended the Small Works Show, and she said she enjoys being a part of each one.
“I love the way it’s set up, where each artist has a designated area to design and hang works,” Wojciechowski said.
Although Wojciechowski is a veteran of the Small Works show, Simmons is contributing for the first time.
A WAA member for about three years, Simmons said he would sell oil paintings at the show. They would be considered “pop art,” he said, and are mostly paintings of Star Wars characters, sci-fi scenes, etc.
Simmons, who has exhibited and sold his work for 20 years, called the Small Works show a “win-win” for the creators of the artwork on display and the community that buys it.
“The good thing about this exhibit is that if you start to get into buying artwork, all paintings are reasonable for purchase. You can whet your appetite by purchasing artwork this way, and a lot of artists themselves are just getting started, ”Simmons said. “There are some who are new to painting in the last one to three years, so they are the ones who are trying to sell their work in a smaller venue.”
Many artists cited holiday shopping as a reason they would encourage the public to visit the exhibit. Among them, the artist Denise Boisvert, who has participated in the Small Works fair since 2017 and this year will sell fruit and vegetable pastels in artisan frames.
“The Small Works Show is a great exhibit where people can find beautiful, original artwork in various mediums at very reasonable prices,” Boisvert said. “They make great gifts because all artwork is less than 14 inches. It’s a buying and delivering show, so there’s no waiting for mail-order shipments that may be late.
For Pitocco, who has sold his photographs in the Small Works exhibit in the past, the idea of customers vacationing at WAA is part of the exhibit’s appeal.
“It’s kind of fun when something’s a gift. To think about Christmas morning, someone is going to open your work, ”Pitocco said. “It’s something that I really like.”
The display and sale of the small holiday works will be on display during regular gallery hours, and Pitocco said the gallery will extend its opening hours on Friday, November 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.