Where are you from, and what do you make?
I lived most of my life in wonderful South County. My family owned a beach house in Point Judith. On the last day of school, we packed our bags and headed to the beach! My husband and I have lived in Narragansett and Charlestown for the past 50 years. Upon retirement in 2014, we now split our time between Punta Gorda, Florida and Charlestown, RI.
In 5th grade, many moons ago, I won a local art contest that enabled me to take Saturday art classes at RISD. I can still smell the turpentine that permeated the air as I sat on very high stools at the drawing table.
Well, the rest is history. My high school art teacher encouraged me to pursue my interest in art and helped me with my portfolio to apply to the Art Education program at RIC. I spent 30 years as a public school visual art teacher for the Chariho School District. I loved teaching and planning engaging and fun lessons for my students. But it really left no time for my own art. It wasn’t until my retirement that I actively started thinking about what kind of art I wanted to make. I took an abstract painting class at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, and I was hooked.
I love to say that I am a happy “student” now, learning new art approaches and techniques every day.
Tell us a joke.
Q. How does Salvador Dali start his mornings?
A. With a bowl of “Surreal”.
Assemblage artist Paula Imbergamo has been involved with SCAA in many ways since 2014. She has been a teacher, board member, student, and exhibiting artist, including participating in a Members Invitational Exhibit in 2016. Her enthusiasm about assemblage and her love of art is inspiring to all she meets.
Ann E. Bianchi
Is there a work of art that has changed your life or how you view the world in some way?
Experiencing works of art being created by the Tlingit tribal group in Ketchikan, Alaska was an amazing experience. Watching historical creation methods of Native American Totems in their natural environments made me feel that time had stood still. I witnessed a wonderful sense of community, pride for artmaking, and respect for culture through generations. Extremely enlightening.
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