NORTH KINGSTOWN- The Wickford Art Association is presenting its gallery event of the year, the Little Picture Show and Sale, which began last Friday and runs through Dec. 18.
The Little Picture Show includes a variety of more than 250 original and affordable works of art from local members of the Wickford Art Association. All of the artwork displayed in the gallery is 8 inches by 10 inches, or smaller, and is priced to sell.
The Wickford Art Association was created in 1969 and has sponsored monthly lectures and demonstrations that are open to the public, fine arts scholarships for North Kingstown High School seniors, classes, and member and juried shows throughout the year.
Artist Nancy Nielsen is returning to the gallery show for her second year and will be selling her nature-based photography work. Her interest in photography started three years ago when she was enrolled in an “out of the box” art class which made her realize the beauty of photographs.
“Once I took that first class, I basically jumped in with both feet and have been addicted ever since,” said Nielsen. “I love sharing what I see with others and I hope to share my enjoyment and fascination of life with them. It is very rewarding.”
Painter and URI alumnus Randy Stevenson will also be sharing his work at the exhibit which mostly consists of farm themed paintings.
Stevensen said he has been painting all of his life and his passion grew throughout his years of studying art at the University of Rhode Island.
He said he finds inspiration for his paintings from his wife who is a local farmer. Some of his paintings include animals such as a rabbit wearing a hat or vegetables typically found on a farm.
“Farming is constant in my life so many of my paintings have a farm element to them or are silly and have a farm animal using a machine, really it is to put a smile on people’s faces because I really enjoy entertaining,” said Stevenson. “It is a long process to prepare for this show so I hope to continue to produce artwork and share my work and make people laugh.”
Artist M.A. Podolack has been participating in the Little Picture Show for more than 10 years and said that her love for the festival grows every year. All of her artwork is made from acrylic paint and was inspired by her life in Wickford.
Some of the paintings include landscapes of gardens or soothing portraits of the seaside, said Podolack. Each painting in this exhibit has three different layers and each layer has its own design.
Podolack hopes to inspire others and is looking forward to connecting with residents through her artwork.
“I really owe Wickford completely for being my inspiration because I am always inspired by the gardens or the seaside and really just the beautiful nature,” said Podolack. “When a picture is finished and I am happy with it, that right there is the best feeling. I hope that others find my paintings colorful and charming and are able to connect with my art work.”
The Wickford Art Association Gallery is located at 36 Beach St., Wickford. A reception will be held on Dec.8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.