2006-07-27 / News

By Karen Krider
Art News Heats Up for August

Annual Art and Craft Shows

Thanks to Tania Biddle for managing the annual art show, with help from Co-manager Barbara Huchison, and many, many others. Prize winners were: first, Jeremy Swain; second, Patricia McCandless; and third, Jane McNally Wright. Honorable mentions were given to Alex Carlisle, also a CIAA scholarship winner, Allie Sabalis, Jillian Barber, and Karen Krider.

Christina Moorehead, craft show manager, is doing a fabulous job again this year, with many talented artisans scheduled to show and sell their work this weekend at the Community Center. CIAA members who are exhibiting include: Page and Barbara Dickinson, Sylvia Quinn, who will donate all profits to fund MS research, Tania Biddle, Will Tuthill, Diana McCallister, Melissa Burrows, Dave and Jennifer Clancy, Don Gillis, Maureen Varrecchione, Bridges, Inc., Jillian Barber, and Christina Moorehead.

Board news

How can we energize our organization to better serve the many artists and craftspeople on the island, as well as the greater community? Where can we find space that would allow year-round gallery shows, interesting workshops, fun get-togethers and meetings, or studios? These questions and more are the topic of our planning meeting in August. Please send your input and ideas to katepetrie@ cox.net or karenkrider@cox.net.

Winners from the Conanicut Island Art Association's juried art show include: first place, Jeremy Swain; second place, Patsie McCandless; and in third place, Jane McNally Wright. Honorable mentions were given to Alex Carlisle, Allie Sabalis, Jillian Barber, and Karen Krider. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Winners from the Conanicut Island Art Association's juried art show include: first place, Jeremy Swain; second place, Patsie McCandless; and in third place, Jane McNally Wright. Honorable mentions were given to Alex Carlisle, Allie Sabalis, Jillian Barber, and Karen Krider. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Allie Sabalis, who devoted much time and effort to the CIAA and served as president for the past two years, has left the board. We appreciate her dedication to the arts.

Member news

John Mecray's oil painting "Ranger, America's Cup Defender" is featured in the summer edition of Arts & Antiques magazine, which says that this CIAA supporting member is "known for his breathtaking portrayals of classic racing yachts." Limited edition prints of "Ranger" and other Mecray paintings are available locally at Jamestown Designs.

A painting by Ed Roche took the top award in the recent South County Art Association show. Go to www.southcountyart.org for more information.

His work, along with that of two other artists, will also be featured in a September show at the Wickford Art Association.

Two CIAA members, Kevin Somerville and Barbara Huchison, are professional medical illustrators. Kevin and Barbara will each have two pieces featured in an exhibit in Boston at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in Cambridge, where both are attending the national meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. This fascinating field includes animation, interactive and multi-media, 3-D models, book illustration, and fine art. The opening reception is Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the show continues through Saturday evening, Aug. 5.

The new Photography Guild of the Wickford Art Association meets twice a month, and welcomes new members. Call 2946840 or visit

The CIAA Web site, managed by Cynthia Blair Antonelli, can offer a link to your arts-related Web site. Contact Cindy at cbawebdesign@cox.net, or visit www.jamestonri.com/CIAA/news.

Art in our schools

Are you interested in showing Jamestown students the kinds of artwork that you do or teaching a workshop in our schools? Last school year AIM, the Art in Motion group of parents - Peter Diepenbrock, Didi Suydam, Jean Brown, and Kate Petrie -organized artist visits. Generous gifts of time were made last year by some of the island's leading artists and designers. World-class sculptor Kay Worden presented her work to a large assembly. Shoe designer Martin Keen, owner of Keen Casuals footwear (if we don't own a pair of his shoes, we should) conducted two workshops on shoe design and one on free-hand drawing skills. Our new president and professional photographer Kate Petrie collaborated with the

eighth-grade teachers and students on a photography/writing project. Luke Randall of Saunderstown, winner of the 2005 Newport Art Museum show, visited Melrose Avenue School and gave a slide show presentation of his work as a painter. Aidan Petrie, co-owner of the Providence based product design firm Item, also presented students with new ideas about building a successful career around creativity during workshops at both island schools.

This coming Oct. 4, the awardwinning painter Evelyn Thistle Rhodes will be the first visiting artist. Since the schools are filling their calendars, please let Kate know soon if you are also interested in sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with eager students.

Stipends of $150 are awarded to the artists for these visits by JEF and AIM.

Does your news belong here?

CIAA members are painters, printers, potters, sculptors, musicians, illustrators, theater producers, photographers, glass blowers, jewelry designers, graphic designers, architects, and are employed in a host of other creative occupations. We must rely on you to report news to us, so that we can include it on our Web site and in this monthly column. Contact Karen Krider at karenkrider@cox.net or call 4233833.

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