Former Wickford Art Assn. President's Art Featured at Providence Art Club

Wondering what local Sculptor Kenneth MacDonald, former president of the Wickford Art Association is up to? A short trip to Providence will show you.

A piece by Kenneth MacDonald. (Submitted photo)
A piece by Kenneth MacDonald. (Submitted photo)

Work by Sculptor Kenneth MacDonald, the former president of the Wickford Art Association, will be featured at the Maxwell Mays Gallery in Providence Art Club.

MacDonald is well known for using found objects in his work and he will join three other artists in their Maxwell Mays and Moitie Galleries starting June 22 through July 11.

According to a release, four artists will come together with a diverse range of techniques and styles.

In the Maxwell Mays Gallery, painters Marjorie Ball and Robin Halpren-Ruder will exhibit their work alongside MacDonald. 

Ms. Ball, who holds a BFA from Syracuse University, has worked in oils for over 30 years. Her paintings, predominantly focused on themes related to the natural world, are held in several local collections, including those of Women and Infants Hospital, the Miriam Hospital, and the Providence Athenaeum. 

MacDonald studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. A past president of the Wickford Art Association, Mr. MacDonald is also an active exhibitor at Spring Bull Gallery and uses found objects frequently in his work. 

Ms. Halpren-Ruder holds both her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied painting with Ray Yoshida. She is a past MacDowell Colony Fellow. The combination of these three accomplished artists will provide viewers with a lively and interesting show .

Moitie Gallery
Ruth Emers: Mixing it Up

In the Moitie Gallery, Ruth Emers will exhibit a series of sculptures and pendants as part of Mixing it Up. Ms. Emers has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Vermont Studio Center, and Syracuse University. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and studied stone carving at the Delatios Studio in Tinos, Greece. Her sculptures and pendants will be exhibited in the Moitie Gallery, giving viewers yet another chance to view wonderful three-dimensional objects. Sculptures presented by Ms. Emers will have qualities that are both ancient and modern, evoking the forms of Neolithic stone carving as well as the work of contemporary artists.

Judith Skoogfors-Prip & Beverly Thomas: The Nature of Art

In the Dodge House Gallery, painters Judith Skoogfors-Prip and Beverly Thomas will bring together their respective techniques. Ms. Skoogfors-Prip is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Arts. A native Philadelphian, Ms. Skoogfors-Prip relocated to Rhode Island in 2000. Her work merges painting and textile arts, the intersection of which creates eye catching compositions and unique surface textures. Beverly Thomas holds a Bachlor’s Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Rhode Island College. She is a long time art educator, working in the Cranston School Department from 1973-2001. Her semi-abstract landscapes will compliment the non-traditional multimedia pieces of her co-exhibitor. The interplay of the work of these two artists will encourage viewers to make connections and reconsider techniques and approaches in image making. 

Providence Art Club is located at 11 Thomas St. in Providence. Gallery hours through June are Mon-Fri 12 to 4 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 2 to 4 p.m. In July, hours are Mon-Fr 12 to 3 p.m. and Sat and Sun 2 to 4 p.m.

P O V June 17, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Kudos to Ken
nwsherman June 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Ken is also making several pieces for the NK Arts Council "ArtVenture-Hiking with the Arts in Mind" He is SO clever!


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