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January Local RI Artists

We are so thankful to be able to support our local Rhode Island artists by offering them a showcase in 2 of our offices, Narragansett and Jamestown. For January, we have Matt Stuart showcasing in our Narragansett Office and Fran Gorman showcasing in our Jamestown office.

About the Artist – Matt Stuart

Matt is a local Rhode Island artist having grown up in Narragansett. He grew up attending and participating in local art shows and gallery displays. He is a former student of Solace Loven. As a junior in high school Matt won the statewide 1987 Congressional Artistic Discovery Award finishing first in the state. His work was fortunate to be displayed in the Washington capitol for a year. Following high school he attended the New England School of Art & Design and Suffolk University in Boston MA. After college Matt moved back to Narragansett and started a museum reproduction company called Artisans Company which lasted until 1997. Continuing to draw and paint in between different ventures, he also was contracted to draw and ink for a local RI comic book company. Matt’s art degree was in Graphic Design & Illustration with a minor in Photography. He also has designed many logos for local companies including “Leonard Hair Transplant” and “Phillips Post Road Realty”. Taking a turn in 1997 from art Matt got his real estate license on a whim, and has been doing it ever since. Working for Remax Post Road Realty then Phillips Post Road Realty and now RI Real Estate Services. He has been a resident of North Kingstown for the past 20+ years or so. Recently Matt has taken back up painting with acrylics on paper and his cuirrent show features local Narragansett scenery. His influence has always been realistic with an impressionist flare, particularly with color and brush movement. Matt hopes to continue more new work in 2022! ⁠

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About the Artist – Fran Gorman

Fran was born in Providence and has lived in Jamestown for over 40 years. She graduated with a Masters in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She was also given the opportunity to travel to France and Italy to study art for eight weeks, and took classes on the Providence campus with inspiring professors such as glass artist Dale Chihuly. Fran taught K-8 visual arts at Jamestown School for almost 30 years. She served on the Conanicut Island Art Association board for many years and was involved in their yearly art shows, children’s art exhibits and art scholarships for talented young people. She was also involved with the RISD Art Teacher Masters Program and became a cooperating teacher. After retiring from Jamestown School, Fran was offered a position in the RISD Museum Education Department and helped design a program called “Always on Sunday”. This program allowed visitors to come to the museum every Sunday to hear a curator speak about a current exhibit, hear classical music, listen to an artist speak about their work, or even watch Bob Burke (famous RI French chef and restaurant owner) present a French cooking lesson. When she left RISD she became the director of a cooperative gallery aptly named, The Jamestown Art Gallery, a 10 member gallery of local artists. Fran continues to make her own art from a variety of media such as printmaking and painting. This exhibit is a sampling of historical house drawings done for the Jamestown Historical Society for their annual walking tour of historical homes on the island. She also welcomes the opportunity to draw house portraits of private homes. ⁠

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