NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – It may be called “Small Works:” Lil Rhody Art Show / Sale, “but this Wickford Art Association event represents a wide range of art at affordable prices for those looking for the good original without ruin .
This is the first time the event has been offered outside of the holiday season and is designed to help the typically “hungry” artist – those who cannot depend on sales for a living – increase their income. .
“Most are offered at reasonable rates compared to the price of fine art,” said Catherine Gagnon, director of the WAA gallery, of the win-win for artists and consumers looking for this eye-catching personal piece. to enhance a home, office or any other special item. space.
The association points out in its advertisement for the show that “With works priced from $ 25 to $ 300, this is a great opportunity for first-time holiday buyers and for other wonderful gifts for all occasions. . “
It will run throughout August and through Labor Day at the association’s 36 Beach St. Gallery in North Kingstown. The exhibition featuring 36 artists takes place Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is no admission fee.
In their own words
“I showcased my work in the ‘Lil Rhody’ exhibition because it’s tourist season and the small paintings are a snap to buy and transport – no worries about crating, l ‘shipping and insurance. It’s affordable fine art too, ”said Maryann Tirocchi McNamara of North Kingstown, whose painted scenes from the village of Wickford and a few flowers are between $ 100 and $ 275.
She added that people of small paint are just as attractive as the big ones.
“Small paintings are among the most famous and popular in the history of Western art. For example, Vermeer’s “Girl in the Red Hat” measures only seven inches by nine inches. I was surprised to learn this, as I had always imagined it was huge! she said.
This small painting, signed by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, is considered one of Vermeer’s many tronies – representations of fancifully dressed models that were not intended to be portraits of specific and identifiable subjects, but of others think it is a portrait.
A tronie (related to the French word trogne for face or cup) is the name given to a type of work common in Dutch Golden Age painting and Flemish Baroque painting that depicts exaggerated facial expression or people in suit.
Also at the exhibit, five artists from the neighboring artist collective Shady Lea which hosts a workspace of creators in a variety of mediums. Gagnon said this was the first year Shady Lea’s performers have co-participated in the show usually only offered around the December holiday season.
Collective artists on display are potters Lyndsey Vanderbeck and Mary Walsh, carpet hooker Debra Walland who is a carpet hooker, painter Trisha Hurley and mixed media artist Renee Syed.
Lynn Krim, owner and manager of Shady Lea, said, “WAA has been nothing but fine art for so many years. I am delighted that they are opening their doors to the growing arts community here at Shady Lea. The past year has been difficult for everyone here, but many have found ways to showcase their art. “
Hurley, from Wakefield, was an instructor for the WAA Outdoor Classes. Her works and those of others reflect the region, she added.
Narragansett’s Paula Childs hit that local point directly.
My work for this exhibition are oil paintings of scenes that I love – the ocean, the rocky seashore, the beach roses and the seashells. I grew up in Rhode Island so these are some memorable scenes from my childhood, ”she said.
She explained that “my paintings are little scenes that tell a story. And I hope people will feel like they are watching my work in this moment. I use a palette knife rather than a brush which makes my paintings look distinctly different due to the way the paint adheres to the canvas.
Linda Sanfilippo, from North Kingstown, is a jury member for the Wickford Art Association and appreciates the opportunity to sell her framed watercolors which range between $ 75 and $ 100 each.
“My husband and I moved to Rhode Island five years ago. We have traveled to many beautiful places in the state. I love to paint seascapes, lighthouses, historic buildings and parks, ”she said.
Exhibitor Lori Jeremiah of Narragansett, who paints in pastels and watercolors, noted that for consumers, these are affordable with no state tax charged in other states.
“Although I usually work on smaller scale pastel painting series, I decided to complement (using) the ‘state of the ocean’ theme. My work includes seascapes and salt marshes, which are common themes in many of my larger pastels and watercolors, ”she said.
“I think it’s important that works of art are affordable so that people can enjoy them in their own homes,” she said.