2012-09-27 / Letters to the Editor

Crowd of people on hand for CIAA exhibit

Something special happened in Jamestown on Sept. 20 when a crowd of people turned out to celebrate the opening of the Conanicut Island Art Association’s exhibit by Bridges artists at Town Hall. It was a festive party, with lots of food and the wonderful music of Michael Barclay de Tolly, who generously donated his talent to play classical guitar for us.

More than that, many of the Bridges artists were there to see the numerous red dots going up on the wall to signify sales of their works, which are so colorful and appealing. Their excitement and happiness at the enthusiastic reception of their art was contagious, and certainly shared by the members of the Conanicut Island Art Association, who have worked so hard to make this exhibit the success that it is.

Kim Pinksaw, director of creative arts at Bridges, was a tireless collaborator. She somehow managed to fit her own wedding in between the hanging of the exhibit and the opening reception, without ever losing her smile. Our thanks go also to Bruce Keiser, who has been a constant source of encouragement and support for the Town Hall gallery.

This exhibit will remain on view until Nov. 1. Please visit during Town Hall hours to see beautiful art created by developmentally disabled adults, who are supported and encouraged by the fine organization.

You might want to bring your checkbook: Ryan Parada’s captivating work, “Not for Saill,” priced at $1 million, is still available. It will make you smile, and you may have to buy it.

Gail Bolger
Conanicut Island Art Association

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