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 July, we have Christine Kelsey and Lessa Shear showcasing in our Narragansett Office and Annie Tuthill showcasing in our Jamestown office.
Christine Kelsey is a self taught fused glass artist. She lives in Charlestown, RI with her husband and two rescue dogs. Creating art in some form has always been an important part of her life but it has only been in the past few years that she began to pursue her passion and decided to make art a career. Christine is inspired by the sea, sky and all of nature. You will see elements of this in much of her work. Accents of driftwood, shells and beach stones are incorporated into many of her pieces.
Chris Mulcahey has a Ph.D. in art education and spent many years teaching children and college students. She now has more time to focus on her own artwork, and uses soft pastels because of their layering abilities and the richness that can be achieved by using multiple layers of colors and values. Various light conditions at different times of the day are often the focus of her paintings. She travels frequently and likes to capture the varying qualities of light and shadow within landscapes, portraits, and architectural elements in different countries. Chris exhibits locally at the Wickford Art Association and the South County Art Association, and works in her studio in Kingston. She also exhibits in juried pastel shows nationally.
Artist Annie Tuthill grew up in Jamestown. She was never far from a pen and paper – always drawing, practicing, and creating work that is inspired by her surroundings. Her work is deeply influenced by the ocean, and all that surrounds Conanicut Island. As a World Champion wing sailor on ice and snow, Annie has spent plenty of time “off island” on the mountain lakes of New Hampshire, training for international events. Her time in the mountains became the touchstone for the birch bark art, and other pieces featuring trees and peaks. Her work features materials that are reflective of the medium. Annie has a “day job” doing graphic design at Newport Craft Brewing on Aquidneck Island.