Saturday - November 2, 2013

Participating Artists

Artist Open Studios features ten wonderful artists in the Northern RI area.
Each is looking forward to sharing their craft with you.

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Our Featured Artists for 2013 are:
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Ed Andrews
14 Eddy Road, Chepachet, RI 02814

Metal sculptures

Ed Andrews is an artist/sculptor from Emporia, Kansas. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University. He is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Kentucky. Ed founded the 3D Animation program at Northeastern and served as Interim Chair for the Department of Art + Design for 3 1/2 years. In recent years, Ed Andrews led a study-abroad art program that took Northeastern students to historic locations across Spain. He has received grants and awards for his work from the Massachusetts Artists fellowship, NEA Visual Artists fellowship and the M-AAA NEA fellowship. Ed's portfolio includes project drawings, kinetic systems, multimedia installations and public art works. Visit his website to see examples of his past and current work.

Nancy Boyden
Gorham Farm Studio
11 Cucumber Hill Road
Foster, RI 02825

Digital photography, oil painting and the art of framing

My photographs and paintings draw from my upbringing in Foster and many other familiar experiences throughout New England. My artwork encourages emboldening the little known aspects of old New England as well as portraying and nurturing our life today in New England. In order to perpetuate and preserve these artworks, it is my intent to make certain that all my work has the most complimentary framing. The frame not only surrounds the work; it becomes the silent entrepreneur of making the best of what the piece is meant to be.

Neal Drobnis
102 Pole Bridge Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Cast and blown glass sculptures and wall pieces

Neal is drawn to the glass medium because the fluidity makes it an expressionist art form, transparency brings the colors to life, and the contrasts between textures enhances the perception of rough and smooth surfaces. These are the qualities he feels within his being and the artistic process is the way to share his appreciation of the human drama of this our short time on earth. Neal received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. His work is present in numerous public and private collections and is shown in galleries worldwide.

Tom Grabbert
380 Seven Mile Road
Hope (Scituate), RI 02831

Functional, decorative, high fire porcelain

Tom Grabbert is a ceramic artist who creates elegant porcelain tableware and decorative items in a studio overlooking beautiful farmland in Hope, a village in Scituate, RI. He began working with clay at the age of 15. For the past 30 years, Tom has developed a unique palette of natural, rich-toned glazes that complement the forms of his work -- a complete line of tableware, vases, and other vessels -- and suggest both movement and tranquility. Tom studied at Rhode Island School of Design. Locally he exhibits at the popular RISD alumni sales, and his studio in Hope, RI.

Hannon Art Works
20 Elmwood Terrace
North Scituate, RI 02857

Murals, fine art & illustration

Hannon Art Works is the studio of Christine McIntyre-Hannon and Joseph Hannon.  The mission of Hannon Art Works is to provide the most creative and masterfully executed artistic decorating solution for your home or place of business while ensuring you the service, reliability and professionalism that you would expect from the best of the contracting industry. Since 2003, Hannon Art Works has completed hundreds of murals and decorative painting assignments for interior designers, architects and homeowners. Fine art commissions of homes, landmarks, portraits and on items and furniture remain their favorite work as it grants them the honor of bringing a client's imagination into reality. Christine's illustration work is published as jigsaw puzzles, art prints and garden flags. Both artists enjoy plein air painting landscapes throughout New England. The Hannons graduated the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's School of Visual and Performing Arts with BFAs in Illustration. They look forward to sharing their work and creative space with you.

Tracy Mahaffey
142 Howard Hill Road
Foster, RI 02825

Hand carved works in stone

Tracy Mahaffey is a professional stone carver who works within the traditional craft of hand lettering and sculpture. She infuses this ancient craft with a modern sensibility and often a little philosophy and humor. To see examples of her work, including everything from gravestones to garden fountains, visit her website.

Sarah Mutton
220 Hartford Pike (Rt. 101)
Foster, RI 02825

Oil paintings of animals

I am a resident of Foster and have been involved in Artist Open Studio since its creation. My painting space is in the hay loft of a large barn surrounded by the wilds of rural Rhode Island. Deer, coyote, owls, foxes, hawks, turkeys, an army of frogs and a pot bellied pig have passed by at one time or another. Occasionally my chickens will visit scratching and pecking their way around the barn. It is neat to see the animals move below the window. The barn has housed horses, pigs and once an ornery goat. Now, it has an artist ...

Ann Rozhon - Paintings & Sculpture
88 Old Quarry Road
Harmony (Glocester), RI 02857

New England landscape painting and figurative sculptures

Ann has been a professional artist for over 25 years. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has since had both group and solo shows throughout New England. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections in the United States and Canada, and is also represented in the books, "American Artists-An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries" and "Contemporary American Women Sculptors", as well as having been reviewed many times in The Providence Journal, The Phoenix, The New Paper, and U.R.I. Magazine. It was the subject of two feature articles in the Observer. Ann was commissioned by The Marriot Corporation to create a sculptural frieze for Women and Infants Hospital and has worked restoring architectural sculpture for building facades and as an assistant exhibit designer at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Sherri Snyder Watercolors
25A Mount Hygeia Road
Foster, RI 02825

Watercolor paintings and mixed media fine crafts

Sherri has been painting professionally and exhibiting her watercolor paintings since 1989 throughout New England. Her paintings are gentle yet bold, quiet yet lively. Themes include primarily landscapes and florals. Her greatest passion in life is nature, and so she shares this passion with her viewers. She brings her mini-paintbox with her often painting on site especially when she travels to foreign locations (England, Greece, and France, to name a few). She was accepted into the Rhode Island Watercolor Society in 2008 and won 2nd place at the Rhode Island Flower Show in 2009. She has expanded her "artistic palette" and has been weaving rugs, painting on gourds, collages, and creating other "colorful" hand-made items. She has joined with another local crafts-person to create "Hattie's Country Store," a gallery, studio and shop filled with their hand crafted items.

Earle Thurber
228 Ide Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Abstract acrylic and mixed media paintings and prints

My paintings grow from a life long fascination with art, psychology, and design, and in many ways are an integration of all three areas of interest. My technique is highly process oriented, a discovery process through which I'm drawn by color associations, relationships of forms that evolve, and a building sense of complexity of visual interaction. The work is constructed of layers of color and form, "free associations" that are subsequently refined through a more conscious design process. My work is heavily influenced, and frequently totally driven, by music, from a wide range of interest, but especially jazz. I frequently think of the work as the visual equivalent of jazz improvisation.


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