Our Plan of Action Updated July 18, 2020
The South County Art Association has begun to move forward into a world that has changed for all of us. We know that connecting to the arts is important during this time and we want to keep providing you the resources so you are able to view, share and learn about art. Our priority is the continued safety of our students, members, volunteers and staff. We have started opening our programs and exhibits following all of Rhode Island's guidelines. We are back to our office hours of Wednesday – Sunday from 1-5pm with limited staff each day. We are also working from home with the primary mode of communication being emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Knowing that we are transforming to a more virtual world, we’re going to focus on updating our website regularly with new classes and exhibit information as they become available. During this uncertain time, gift certificates are a wonderful way to support the South County Art Association, and for anyone to attend future classes/workshops. Following are some specific steps we are taking to keep everyone safe.
Our updated exhibit schedule is here. There will not be any public exhibit openings for the foreseeable future rather an invitation to view exhibits during our open hours Wednesday - Sunday from 1-5 pm (four persons at a time).
We are lucky to have the summer weather and a beautiful backyard to hold our classes in. Our Fresh Air Series has made our students feel comfortable and we hope the weather holds up into late fall so we can continue providing that open space. Once the weather gets cooler, we’re switching to our gallery to hold painting and mixed media classes. Its large size can safely hold 10 students within the social distancing guidelines but, as an added precaution, we are limiting class size to 6 students along with the teacher.
Whether indoors or out, each student will have their own table/chair placed 6 ft. apart from the others. We have sanitizer spray, gel and wipes for everyone to use. Gloves will be provided if common objects are being used. Masks must be worn inside and requested to be worn outside. For specific details about our Pottery Classes, refer to this document.
We are continually working with our teachers and staff to provide an environment which will help you feel comfortable and safe here. We have always been a place for artists to use their art making as a retreat to relieve stress, relax and freely express themselves. It’s times like this when it’s even more important to be a safe refuge for our community. If you have any questions, or concerns, please do get in touch with us.
On behalf of the entire South County Art Association Team, we appreciate everyone being flexible
and continuing to work together with us and we thank you for choosing our nonprofit arts organization to support.
Please contact us by email at any time. email@example.com.
Left to right standing:
Gail Dandurand, Principal, Narragansett Elementary
Abigail Dandurand, Project Coordinator, Sean Comtois
Kathleen Carland, SCAA Executive Director
Mary Walsh, SCAA Board Member
Left to right kneeling:
Christine Sullivan, SCAA President
Jen Ferry, SCAA Assistant Director
Jason Fong, Exhibits Director
Jeanne Wettlaufer, Past President
Left to right front row:
Paula Imbergamo and Lynne Moulton, Current Board Members
Kris Greco and Beth Casagrande, Past Board Members
South County Unveils Community Mural at Peace Dale Library
On Saturday, January 12 at 2 pm the public gathered at the Peace Dale library to help dedicate and unveil a community mural created by 100 South County residents of all ages. This art making public art project was made possible by support by a Rhode Island Foundation Community grant awarded to the South County Art Association. Kathleen Carland, Executive Director said, “Our community is full of vibrancy and diversity and we are so glad so many residents participated to create this beautiful mural for the whole community to enjoy.”
The program included a short story by Marc Levitt, local Storyteller, followed by the ‘unveiling' of the mural and refreshments.
Everyone involved in this SCAA community art project expressed their artistic viewpoint of our community. The goal of the mural is to connect the community and beautify public space. A sense of place is the theme and the mural will remain a permanent reflection of South County and has found its home on the lower stairway of the Peace Dale library.
The South County Art Association outreached organizations and the general public throughout South County offering community wide art making events to create 4 x 4 painted canvas squares which are now joined together to create a repeating circle motif. The circles became a four foot mural and serve to highlight the importance of the individual in relation to their community. In addition to the Rhode Island Foundation, additional support was provided by the People’s Credit Union for materials.
We are grateful to volunteers Richard Casagrande for framing the mural, Beth Casagrande and Paula Imbergamo for finishing and attaching all the squares. A warm thank you to Abigail Dandurand, who created the overall design and coordinated the details of the project.
Our eagerly anticipated events are a chance for art lovers to come together to support our organization.
Below are three annual events that have a long history with SCAA.
Below are three annual events that have a long history with SCAA.
Dinner Under the Trees
The garden behind historic Helme House serves as the backdrop for our garden themed party. This catered dinner, while listening to live music, is an annual tradition. Always on a summer evening in July, this celebration offers a preview of the opening of our Annual Members' Exhibition.
Annual Holiday Pottery & Art Sale
This is our 49th year celebrating the holidays with our annual sale of unique original art made by our members. Always beginning on Black Friday, we have a loyal following of repeat shoppers. With good reason, with one-of-a-kind items at affordable prices, you'll find something for everyone on your holiday list.
The Great Art Heist
Every September, our most popular and lively fundraiser, is made possible from donated member artwork. Purchase a ticket and "steal" a piece of art from our gallery. Be the first ticket to get selected, you get the first choice and so on. This event not only supports SCAA but lets participants take home an original piece of art in which the value far surpasses the ticket price.