South County Art Association (SCAA), established in 1929, is the second oldest nonprofit art organization in Rhode Island with deep roots in the local community. We hold 11 exhibitions each year that includes a wide variety of open-juried, invitational, and member exhibits that features all mediums. All of our open-juried exhibits are open to everyone and we welcome all levels of artists to submit their artwork.
We also offer over 100 classes per year in pottery, painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and printmaking for all levels from beginner to advanced. Our classes provide a welcoming environment because we know that creative expression is unique to each individual and to share and learn from each other is essential for artistic growth.
Our gallery and office is located in the Helme House, built in 1886, and is in the heart of the Kingston Historic District. It was the home of Bernon Helme, the founder of the University of Rhode Island. Next door, the building that was once was Kingston’s village school house, is now our pottery studio and classrooms. SCAA’s first exhibit dates back to 1927 when group of artists from the Providence Art Club spent their time painting in South County and decided to exhibit their work. Since then the association has grown to over 450 members. This past year SCAA marked our 50th Annual Holiday & Art Sale. This popular annual event runs during the holiday season and brings in thousands of shoppers to purchase artwork by SCAA members. We also have a year-round gallery store with members' artwork that is open to the public during gallery hours.
To thrive in our mission depends on member involvement and community engagement. Please do stop by anytime Wednesdays–Sundays from 1-5pm to say hello to the staff and volunteers, view the current exhibit and shop our gallery store. Our gallery and classes are open to everyone who would like to experience art in all its forms!
2021 Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting was held on November 7, 2021 in the Helme House Gallery. The meeting contained highlights over this past fiscal year, committee reports, ways we've adapted to the pandemic and the election of our Board of Directors. The 2020/21 Annual Report gives a more detailed look at those topics that we didn't have a chance to touch upon at the meeting. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to answer them. 2020/21 Annual Report
Jen Ferry, Executive Director
Sarah Lawhorne, Education Coordinator
Jason Fong, Exhibitions Director
Kathleen Carland, Development
Todd Kenney, Pottery Manager/Caretaker
Jeanne Wettlaufer, Office Manager
Board of Directors
Lynne Moulton President
Michael Mosca Vice President
Steve Bienenfeld Treasurer
Polly Pedersen Recording Secretary
Nancy Vetters Member at Large