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”.
Maker Mondays at SCAA
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Our mission is to promote greater public participation in the arts in our Rhode Island community. We do this by encouraging the creation, visibility, and appreciation of artwork through membership, quality education, juried and organized exhibitions and shared artistic experiences. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization.
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