Our final show of the summer season opens August 11th and we’re brimming over with work from five fabulous and innovative women. Join us Thursday night, August 11th to experience truly outstanding works of art, from these exceptional women — Kelly Jo Shows with her eclectic series “Portrait of an Artist”, local mixed-media artist Christian Potter Drury, Karen Murphy and her oil seascapes and our longstanding favorites Dora Atwater Millikin and Kelly Milukas. Read on for a sampling of their work and stop by Thursday evening, August 11th and throughout August to be inspired.
See you soon at the gallery at taste.
Only the best,
P.S. In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line, or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.
Memorial Day is just a week away! To kick-off the summer, the gallery at taste will host monthly Open Gallery Nights beginning next Thursday, 5/26 from 5pm – 8pm.
Next week we will feature three artists in collaboration with Candita Clayton Gallery. Like me, Candita is dedicated to discovering and promoting both emerging and mid-to-late-career artists from Rhode Island, and believes that art should – and can – be accessible to everyone.
This month’s featured artists are Jenny Brown of Rhode Island, Estelle Chojnicki of Rhode Island and Rebecca Mickelburgh of the United Kingdom. We’ll have select pieces on display in our gallery.
Mark your calendars for Thursday’s Open Gallery Night. If you can’t make it next Thursday, stop in Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Thursday & Friday nights from 5-8 throughout the summer.
Only the best,
Jenny Brown is an artist living and working in Providence, RI, whose primary mediums are drawing, collage and works on found paper. Her work brings to life a mythical world of sea creatures and forests, realized through her love of paper ephemera. Jenny studied art at Bennington College and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts. Recent shows include “Here” at Lore Collection in Providence, RI, and the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford School of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.
Sea Peach by Jenny Brown
Having art in her blood from her name sake Grandmother, Estelle had always dabbled in art. Attending Munson Williams Institute for the summers while residing with her Aunt in Utica, New York, many exclaimed that she should be an artist. Throughout several moves and raising her children, her art has been an outlet to express that which lies within. The colors of her paintings are drawn from the memories of the corn fields, the fall of the autumn leaves, and the harsh winters of Central New York. While the energy comes forth from her travels from New York to Paris, from East coast to West coast, and points in between. The canvas remains the outlet of her abstract expressionism and up to the interpretation and the imagination of the viewer to enjoy.
Prairie by Estelle Chojnicki
Leviticus by Rebecca Mickleburgh
As daylight continues to extend into the evening hours, my thoughts have turned toward last summer’s monthly open houses and the cheerful conversations and laughter shared by all who visited. Not only did we enjoy hosting pleasant company and showing off our new space, local artists featured on our gallery walls joined in on the festivities.
With a lovely time had by all, I’ve decided to continue with Open Gallery/Studio nights this summer. Look for upcoming dates, beginning Thursday evening, May 26th, just before Memorial Day Weekend.
Our July Open Gallery/Studio night will feature the talented Vanessa Piche of North Kingstown. Her coastal landscapes provide a calming essence and a warm quality to our gallery vignettes and would be the perfect addition to private collections. Below, find a sampling of Vanessa’s pieces the gallery at taste will be showcasing.
In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.
Only the best,
“Each painting is a conscious creation that feeds my soul. Paint on the brush and strokes on a canvas are just as important to me as air in my lungs and water to drink. The creation process is like planting a seed…something beautiufl grows out of your initial inspiration that makes people stop, look and connect with the world around them.”
Vanessa is a passionate Plein Air artist who captures her emotional response to the world around her. Citing “nature as her temple” and painting as a “self reflective practice,” she sees each painting as a conscious creation that feeds her soul. Vanessa competes in nationally recognized Plein Air competitions around the United States and her paintings are in private collections around the world. In 2015 she won the Making Waves Volvo Ocean Race Art Competition and was the 2015 U.S. Artist for Volvo Ocean Race. She spends most of her time painting in New England, Maryland, and Indiana. Vanessa resides in North Kingstown RI with her husband and daughter.
Vanessa Piche – Before Sunset – Oil on Panel – 11 x 14 inches
Vanessa Piche – Morning Autumn Ranch – Oil on Canvas – 24 x 12 inches
Vanessa Piche – Quiet Marsh – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches
Vanessa Piche – Galillee Wharf – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches
As you’re finishing your holiday shopping, consider giving a small work of original art. A petite piece of art comes with endless possibilities for incorporating into a home, presenting a low-pressure way for the recipient to enjoy your gift. Small works can fill a tiny wall in a vestibule, be combined with other pieces in a gallery-style art wall or even sit on a shelf to accent books and treasures. Current small pieces in the gallery at taste follow below. Call or stop by to see these in person and consider the giving possibilities, or even the possibility of a gift to yourself this holiday season.
All the best,
This Dora Atwater Millikin piece comes framed in her signature unfinished wood surround.
It’s perfect for the coastal home or a young sailor’s room.
Dora Atwater Millikin – “Returning” – 12 x 12 inches – oil on panel
These teeny works by Jessica Pisano are perfect by themselves, or grouped in a grid on a wall.
Jessica Pisano – Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel – 6 x 6 inches each
(Top) “Water’s Edge #33” & “Water’s Edge #34”
(Bottom) “Water’s Edge #36” & “Water’s Edge #37”
This classic coastal oil by Evelyn Rhodes would look stunning on a richly painted wall or hung on the face of a bookshelf.
Evelyn Rhodes – “Beavertail Surf, West Passage” – 8 x 10 inches – Framed Oil on Canvas
This exclusive giclee of a timeless oil by Evelyn makes a thoughtful gift for the budding or accomplished birder in the family.
Evelyn’s Rhodes – “Crow in Snow” – 14 x 11 inches – Giclee Reproduction Framed at 17.75 x 14.75 inches
Peter Roux’s surreal landscapes are poignant by themselves, or grouped as a diptych.
Peter Roux – “Southern Coast #2” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas
Peter Roux – “The Mysteries #327” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas
Barbara Owen’s works on paper are a gift of energy and happiness. Each comes framed and provides the perfect infusion of color to a room.
Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Bubble)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 24 x 18 inches
Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Garden)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 20 x 20 inches
Susan Strauss’s coastal landscape is a composition that instantly draws you to that familiar place on the beach where worries and stress are far, far away.
Susan Strauss – “Early July” – 14 x 11 inches – Oil on Panel
Susan’s wooded landscape is a lovely reminder that Spring and Summer return, every year.
Susan Strauss – “Entrance” – 12 x 16 inches – Oil on Panel
Susan’s watery and shimmery “Promising” is painted on an 1 1/2″ thick board, so beautifully stands on a shelf or a console table to complete a composition of objects.
Susan Strauss – “Promising” – 12 x 12 inches – Acrylic on Panel
These oils by Susan have wonderful texture and depth and would be stunning paired side by side or one over the other, providing flexible hanging options.
Susan Strauss – “Closer” & “Seeing Into” – 12 x 12 inches each – Oil on Panel
Susan’s study of local bridges would be the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates these engineering works of art we travel on every day.
Susan Strauss – “Blue Bridge” – 8 x 10 inches – Oil on Panel
Susan’s swimmer is one of my personal favorites and would make an ideal gift for anyone who regularly enjoys a dip in our bay.
Susan Strauss – “Long Swim” – 18 x 18 inches – Oil on Panel
Kelly’s tactile encaustic works come framed and ready to add vibrancy and texture to any wall.
Kelly Milukas – “Windows” – 16 x 16 inches – Encasutic Painting in Custom Hardwood Frame
These framed pastels by Kelly are just 8″ and 9″ wide and therefore able to perfectly punctuate one of those slivers of space we all have in our homes.
Kelly Milukas – “Tree Chatter” – 9 x 21 inches – Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass
Kelly Milukas – “Flow” – 8 x 18 inches – Pastel Custom Frame, Museum Glass
Kelly’s framed encaustics stand on their own or can be paired together for an always needed dose of color.
Kelly Milukas – “Orange City” – 8 x 8 inches – Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame
Kelly Milukas – “Float” & “Beach” 8 x 8 inches each – Encaustic Paintings in Custom Ash Frames
Kelly’s seaside pastel offers so many shades of watery blue and earthy sand it can find a special spot in just about any coastal home.
Kelly Milukas – “Sand and Structure” – 10 x 19 inches – Pastel, Custom Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass
Michael Rich – “Sky I” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel
Michael Rich “Sky II” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel
Lastly, Michael Rich’s abstract oils breathe modernity and a fresh spirit into any home and work equally well on richly painted or gallery white walls.
Michael Rich – “Breathe” – 26 x 22 inches – Oil on Canvas
During the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of introducing and placing Dora Atwater Millikin’s work at my client’s homes. (If you’re a client, you’re probably shaking your head in agreement that yes, Dora’s paintings are always at the top of Patti’s recommended art list.) Her oil paintings capture our coastal locale in an original and fresh spirit, always drawing you in and inviting you to be a part of that moment in time.
My respect and regard for Dora’s work makes happenings at the gallery at taste the past two weeks that much sweeter. We’re proud to include Dora’s paintings on our gallery walls, further deepening our on-going support of her work. Five exceptional pieces have arrived the past two weeks and while one has already found a home with very special clients, four others are available to see and appreciate, at taste.
“Down To Sea” 2010
Sold to special clients in Providence.
12 x 12 inches
“On Round Pond”
36 x 54 inches
“Morning Soon Come”
36 x 54 inches
30 x 48 inches
Sold, because my husband surprised me with this to celebrate our 18th anniversary this year. I’m so lucky that I get to appreciate this every day.
Stop by or call the studio to see these exceptional pieces, or arrange for an in-home viewing. You’ll be glad you did.
All the best,
The fun continues this Thursday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery at taste. We’ve had a fantastic time the past few weeks welcoming friends, cherished clients, community members and curiosity seekers to our new space at 17 Narragansett Ave. The support has been overwhelming and we’re so grateful for all of you who have come, brought friends and even bought art! (So far, we’ve placed artwork by Kelly Milukas and Michael Rich in new client homes.)
Stop by this Thursday evening for fun and inspiration!
I feel so lucky to live and work in this town.
A trio of talent.
Our new friend, artist Kelly Milukas. We love her energy and her art.
Our clients do, too. Sold: Two of Kelly’s encaustics!
Brains and beauty.
I love these two. They came for a drink before dinner and had so much fun they decided to stay the evening. I think they were the last ones to leave. A fantastic testimonial of our new, welcoming space.
Tasty color and texture on the taste table.
Hope to see you Thursday!
Our grand opening celebration of the gallery at taste and our new location at 17 Narragansett Avenue was fantastic. We kicked it off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce (big thanks) and welcomed clients, friends and artists throughout the evening. We had a full house, great food and wine by Grapes & Gourmet, a few speechless guests as they walked through the door and even a few tears by me when I attempted to thank my team for their endless efforts and support. Designers are allowed to be a bit emotional, right?
And…we’re doing it again this Thursday, 8/20 and next Thursday, 8/27 from 5pm – 8pm. So if you missed last Thursday evening, don’t worry. There are two more opportunities to celebrate with us and be inspired!
Carol Anderson, Debbie and Mark Swistak, owners of the former Jamestown Designs, along with me in front of our newly restored sign marking the year of 1885 when the now restored 17 Narragansett Avenue was built.
Big grins all around.
The best crew, ever.
Artist Susan Strauss and her Marin work of art gracing our walls at the gallery at taste.
Hope to see you this Thursday or next at taste,
We’re just two weeks away from opening our doors at our new home at 17 Narragansett Ave. and introducing the gallery at taste – where we’ll feature vignettes of custom furnishings and accessories by taste, finished with local art.
Be sure to join us at one of these open house events and meet team taste members and the artists whose work will grace our walls and finish our interior compositions.
Thursday, August 13th, Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 20th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 27th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Here’s a sneak peek at the artist lineup, with more to follow in the next few weeks:
Evelyn Thistle Rhodes moved to an island in Narragansett Bay in 1976 because it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. Since then she has been painting the light and shifting colors of the landscape and coast, capturing the rural character and rendering the many moods of nature and the subtle movement of the seasons.
Evelyn’s work has been a longstanding favorite at Jamestown Designs for nearly thirty years. As we take the reins from Debbie Swistak and Carol Andersen, we’re pleased to continue to present Evelyn’s work, yet shift the focus to her abstract works of art juxtaposed with her classic coastal scenes.
Equally as exciting is Evelyn’s agreement to reproduce a giclee of her Crow in Snow oil painting – a favorite of mine discovered during a creative session at Evelyn’s studio. The Crow in Snow giclee is an exclusive print available only at taste and I couldn’t be more pleased to share this special piece with clients and friends.
Susan Strauss paints directly on site as well as from imagination in her barn studio. Layered, musical and original, her colorful work evokes feelings of discovery. Strauss’s abstract oil paintings are inspired by local land and water, gardening and weather. Her paintings are the perfect finishing touch to a fresh, coastal home.
Kelly Milukas is a professional multi-media and multi-faceted artist. There is a playful side of Kelly’s artistic range inspired by her travels, observations and passions. She creates colorful, expressive art in pastel and encaustic that capture the essence of various cultures, animals and still life with big, bold, brave color, shape and texture. Kelly is pure positive energy and her works in encaustic and pastel exude this quality and her limitless curiosities.
Barbara Owen is a contemporary painter and mixed media artist. After 12 years in New York she moved to Rhode Island with her family. She mainly works out of a studio in Pawtucket but maintains her close ties and studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Barbara’s Paper Forms works in cut paper can be thought of as “paintings I have bent or sculptures that depend on the wall”. I’m so pleased to have her work on our walls.
Jessica Pisano is Inspired by land & sea. She begins the painting process by documenting what she’s drawn to in nature, either by sketching “en plein air” or using a camera to capture a scenic view. She is interested in the portrayal of time and how atmospheric conditions change the landscape. Jessica strives to create a sense of depth in her work by using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give the paintings a rich, radiant appearance. As a contrast, she also uses contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in a looser, more experimental and intuitive manner. This combination of art techniques from the past and the present is not just a juxtaposition of style, but also of time.
But wait, there’s more… Works of art by New England’s Michael Rich, Peter Roux and Wendyll Brown will also grace our walls. Look for upcoming posts with a sneak peek at their work.
Be sure to join us as we celebrate an abundance of local talent!