Monday, February 25, 2013

March 16 Paintout & Irish Festival

Patriot Place will hold its annual Irish Festival on Saturday, March 16 and will feature free Irish music and entertainment for its patrons. (The above photo is from last year's festivities.) On that same day the Artists Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place will hold its Spring Paintout (1-4 pm) and is inviting all artists to participate. In the event of inclement weather, Patriot Place will provide sheltered venues. Also, the Gallery will be hosting the Foxboro Art Association's Spring Members' Show that weekend (and the following weekend as well). In other words, a "threefer" that Saturday: Free Irish entertainment, artists painting outside (weather permitting), and a free show at the Gallery of more than 100 works of art. And if you come to the Gallery, you can vote on your favorite work of art, with the winner receiving the "People's Choice" ribbon the following Saturday. So c'mon down, enjoy the festivities, meet some artists, and vote for your favorite art! It's all free.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Three Featured Artists

Because of school vacation week, we will feature three artists this weekend (Feb. 22-24) instead of a local high school. The featured artists are watercolorist Alan Salvaggio, pastelist Dianne Quigley, and oil/acrylic painter Patricia Buckley. Drop by the gallery sometime this weekend and kabitz with these three genial artists. They will be at the gallery Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-9, and Sunday 12-6.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Anchor Artist : : Jerry Aissis

Jerry Aissis says "I enjoy capturing moments in time, moments that are a part of my life.  There are so many places to paint that I never have a difficult time trying to find subject matter. I usually start with my own backyard.  I love painting outdoor scenes that reflect the natural beauty of our world.

While in college I studied biology and art, hoping to combine the two areas as a medical or scientific illustrator.  I landed a teaching job in Central Falls and continued to work there for 33 years.  As a teacher in that school system, I had the opportunity to utilize my artistic abilities in the classroom creating scientific and biological diagrams for my classes.

It wasn’t until I retired from teaching that I started my journey into the world of watercolor.  I signed up for workshops at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and there I knew I was hooked.  I have had the fortunate opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and interact with their ideas and advice.  I truly believe that to learn to paint, to learn to grow and develop as an artist, you must surround yourself with people who share that same love and desire for what they do. The Rhode Island Watercolor Society offers a place where you can develop your own technique and style.

Watercolor has a way of painting itself.  It is always a good idea to plan your scene and do several value sketches of your subject matter in order to produce a good painting.  I have shelves and shelves of paintings that have never quite made it to the framing stage.  It is only through your mistakes that you once in a while produce something worthwhile for public display.  I hope to continue painting as long as there are places and people to paint."

Anchor Artist :: Laura Zanghetti

Laura Lee Zanghetti is a local self taught artist who mainly works in oils.
Her favorite subjects vary from beach scenes to cityscapes and her
latest.... "umbrella ladies". She's been painting full time for the past 13
years in her home studio in Walpole. 

Laura has won many awards including First Place at Canton's Spring Show 2011
and Best of Show and First Place at the Art in the Park Show in Norwood. In
September of 2011 At Quincy's ArtsFest Laura won 2 first place awards. And
most recently in April of 2012 Laura won first place at the Morini Gallery's
Exhibit in Mansfield. 

South Shore Living Magazine has cosen Laura's painting "Surfside" for their
July 2009 issue and Desperate Housewives has selected one of her pieces for
their TV show. And lastly Natural Awakenings Magazine chose Just Leave a
Messages for the cover of their July 2012 issue.

And let's not forget "Shoe Shopping" (shown above) being chosen in the "Peoples Choice"
Award at the Patriot Place Art Gallery.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Walpole High Amidst the Blizzard

Walpole High is exhibiting their artwork the weekend of Feb. 8-10 despite the snow storm. If you can't make it to the gallery, here are some photos. (If you click on them, you can make them bigger.) Because of the blizzard, we opened Thursday night instead of Friday. And we thought we could open Saturday, but as of 6 pm Saturday, Patriot Place was still closed. But Sunday we hope to be open as usual, noon to 6 pm. The art work is terrific, so if you can visit us, please do. It will all come down on Monday to make way for Mansfield High School for next weekend.
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