Participating Artists

Each year, we provide a brief description of each artist's work and links to their websites.  Most of our participating artists have been exhibiting since our inception, 22 years ago, and others have joined more recently. 

Our goal is to have people visit our studios and see art where it is created. We encourage each visitor to sign up to our email and mailing lists, as we expand our communication beyond once a year studio visits.  Each artist offers work for sale or for order.

If you are not comfortable with an "open studio" environment and will not visit this year, please enjoy our Virtual Tour produced by  John Femino, one of our members.

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This year, Artist Open Studios features eight wonderful artists in the Northern RI area,
plus a Student Art Show featuring young artists from Scituate High School.

All ares looking forward to sharing their craft with you.
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Our Featured Artists for 2023 are:

Sherri Snyder
25A Mount Hygeia Rd
Foster, RI 02825

Watercolors on paper and textiles

Sherri Snyder has been a practicing artist for over 30 years. Before becoming a "Rhode Islander," she lived in Massachusetts and exhibited her work in several Boston and Cambridge Galleries. She primarily works in watercolors and her themes have evolved over time. Starting in florals, landscapes, and still life work, Sherri's art has transformed over time. After completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2014, her work became more  abstract, weaving in uplifting/spiritual themes such as Mandalas,  themes of peace, grounding, and connection. In the past 8 years, she has blended textiles with her watercolor artworks, creating and sewing tapestries, one-of-a-kind totebags, and painted trays.

Valery Nardacci
26 Samuel Stone Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Observational paintings

Valery Nardacci grew up in Scituate and continues to draw inspiration from her rural upbringing. After completing her Bachelors in Art Education and beginning her teaching career, Valery studied the figure to earn her MFA at UMass Dartmouth. Along with oil painting, she explores gouache painting, gesture drawing, and printmaking. Valery is currently focused on still-life paintings of natural objects, many of which are gathered from her own gardens. She approaches painting openly, with a goal of capturing the essence of what is observed. Through this fluid process, the contrast and nuances of inventive color schemes emerge as Valery balances representation with abstract impressionistic qualities.

Neal Drobnis
102 Pole Bridge Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Blown glass art for home and garden

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.

Carla Thomson
551 Snake Hill Rd
North Scituate, RI 02857
Paintings and functional ceramic serveware.

Glocester, Rhode Island artist Carla Thomson is known for her skillful work in oils and ceramics, focusing on realistic florals, landscapes, and beautifully hand-built ceramics. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Rhode Island College, Carla's artistic talents have garnered recognition, leading to her work being featured in private collections around the globe. Inspired by the natural world, Carla's paintings capture the essence of organic elegance, while her ceramic creations showcase intricate and graceful forms. Through her art, Carla invites viewers to immerse themselves in her meticulously crafted pieces, offering glimpses of beauty and tranquility that resonate with a wide audience.

Ann Rozhon
88 Old Quarry Road
Harmony (Glocester), RI 02857

Paintings and sculpture

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, Artscope magazine, 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.

Kristin S. Street
110 Old Plainfield Pike
Foster, RI 02825

Abstract, drawing, painting, sculpture.

Kristin S. Street earned a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Studio Art / Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art.  She has exhibited widely locally, on the national stage and internationally. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Kristin has taught in colleges, secondary schools and through private lessons to students ages four to seventy-four for over forty years.  Living among the pines in Foster, RI, in the western part of the state, her studio makes you feel like you're among the treetops. Despite working within Nature, most of Street's work falls into the realm of abstraction and utilizes materials both industrial and organic.  Whether working with metals, fabrics, pencil or paints, her work uses repetition and mark-making as a fundamental component in her pieces to explore texture, line and space.

Earle Thurber
228 Ide Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Paintings and prints

Earle Thurber's paintings grow from a lifelong fascination with art, psychology, design, and in many ways are an integration of all three areas of interest. Earle's technique is highly process oriented, a discovery process through which he is 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. His work is heavily influenced, and frequently totally driven, by music, from a wide range of interest, but especially jazz. Earle frequently thinks of the work as the visual equivalent of jazz improvisation.


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