Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso

Monday, December 11, 2017

December News.....

Here we are at mid- December and the artists have been creating so much great work !
Anthony had a show at the Olneyville Library in Providence that was also a part of a Comic con RI 
gathering. In addition to showing his art, he made the time to paint a repurposed wooden cut-out for the children.

Linda continues to put the final touches on her art for the Providence Gallery Night. Here are more pics of her recent works -

 Brianna experiments with abstract painting

Thank you so much to all the artists for sharing your talents, your amazing vision, and your devotion to the creative process.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Faith Ringgold

I've loved the work of Faith Ringgold for many years. I remember seeing her Tar Beach series in the late 1980s and falling in love with her mixed-media quilts. Here are a few photos from that series: 

This interview below is from an AARP magazine section called Dare to Disrupt Aging:

Faith Ringgold has been a painter, sculptor, author, educator and activist. She has had exhibits in museums and galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. At 86, she has just sold her first large painting called “Die,” to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
We met at her home and spacious studio, in Englewood, N.J., which was brimming with paintings, sculpture, shows she was orchestrating and, of course, designs for her pet project, Quiltuduko.
Tell us about your app, Quiltuduko.
I have made so much art, and now Quiltuduko is my thing. It’s an art-making app that uses color and design — images instead of the number system of Sudoku.  It’s a workout that requires memory and focus, and keeps that brain functioning — for young and old alike. Plus, it’s fun, and you have a piece of art to show for it. I have more than 60 diagrams now, and the themes are based on faces, angles, swirls. I can’t stop making them.
Have you ever seen your age as a barrier when you entered the (very young) world of app development?
Absolutely not! I thought of this idea at 83, figured out the various mathematical solutions and found a young developer immediately. I give him the numbers, I work it out, he programs it, and we got it on iTunes. I don’t think of age that way.
And now, at 86, you just sold your first large painting to MoMA.
Yes! And I’m basing my next design for Quiltuduko on this painting. It’s called “Die,” and I made it in reaction to the ’67 racial riots. I’ve been thinking and creating art in panels and squares for a long time but was not really conscious of it. Once I saw it, I realized the influence. It comes from Africa, where I was introduced to Kuba. The colors, shapes and repetitions of those dazzling designs helped shape me and my way of thinking.
Faith explains her panel system for “Die”, the painting she is now programming for Quiltudko.
Tell us about the big milestones of age in your life. How did you feel when you turned 60?
I was not thinking about turning old or young when I turned 60. Age was not anything — at all.  I was away at the time, working as an artist in residence at a spectacular chΓ’teau in France. I ignored that birthday and just wanted to focus and complete a series I was working on, the French Collection … and I was trying not to bring my family there, who would definitely want to travel and inevitably distract me. Well, I resisted inviting them or anybody else. And I came home with my work. And I am getting invited to come back again, for three months, and bringing two artists with me to create a show there called “The Ancestors,” in March.  Now, how’s that?
How about 80 as a milestone?
Oh, now that was dynamic. I got 80. At first, I thought, “What is all the excitement about being 80? Why is everybody getting so crazy?” The fact is, once I got there, I knew. Eighty is the beginning of age. It sort of slipped up on me — but it is a real marker. And now I’m 86, and that’s even bigger.
Maryjane Fahey is the editor of Disrupt Aging.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October Happenings !

The artists have had a very bust October! Ron has been not only teaching, but painting all over the place. He has a lot of new work which has become very popular with his followers. Ron was
very generous with his art and donated several pieces for the McAuley Ministries.

Anthony has also been very prolific and had several new pieces picked up by ArtLifting. He also surprised the McAuley House staff with some amazing paintings that depicted the awesome work done by the Ministry as well as the volunteers. Thanks Anthony !

Linda King

Linda has also had a great month as well as a very busy year with multiple shows in various galleries. In addition to all of that, Linda is going to be one of the featured artists for the January 2018 Gallery Night at Bank RI. So, she's currently painting up a storm, meeting other artists, and always on the lookout for new inspiration. The painting below is one of her newest pieces. I love the atmospheric nature and the ebb and flow of the brushwork. It's a painting one can get lost in again and again, and always feel transported to a place of solace.

Thank you to all of the artists for sharing such amazing work. Your openness and generosity with your art comes from a lot of hard work and a very generous spirit.  πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’š

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sister Helen Brancato

Sr Helen David Brancato is an accomplished painter and art educator. Brancato's illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines. I hope you enjoy the interview as well as Sr Helen's art. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017


ART LOVE-  Anthony surprised Sandy with her own Superhero painting titled,"Red Sandra".
Sandy was so happy to get such an awesome surprise.

Some of Anthony's latest work as well as a photo of his studio.
Anthony is very generous with his work and definitely brings a lot of ART LOVE to the world. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

The two photos below are of a painting by Linda King. I love having the painting hang in my home in a place seen several times a day. Linda has an abundance of ART LOVE that is part of the air she breathes. Before you know it, you begin to breathe that same air.

Above, Linda's work in progress...

The paintings above were done by Russell, a twelve year veteran of the art program. Russell loves to express his strong faith in his art. He has an abundance of ART LOVE which has touched many of his friends as well as myself.  Thanks Russell !

David, our master collage artist, made over 12 collage pieces to deliver to his various customers and friends when this photo was taken. David spreads his ART LOVE all over the city. Thanks David- your gift of collage combined with your ART LOVE and your love for your friends and family shines a bright light of hope for all of us. πŸ’œ

Artist, Michael, painted these beautiful angels. Michael has also been with the Art group for over twelve years. He's not only a talented artist, but a loyal volunteer of many years at Mathewson Street United Methodist church. Thanks for all you do Michael πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›
Thank you to all the artists for sharing your ART LOVE with so many people. You touch my life and many more lives in ways you'll never know. ART LOVE has no boundaries in the blessings it provides us all.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August news

K King ( We live in times where we all need a lot more peace and love ! )

Thank you to all of the artists that participated in the annual Art from the Heart show !

We had another really nice show that showcased so many talented artists. Thank you artists for your generosity. I know how hard everybody worked this past year, and certainly realize the prices we sell your art for are nothing near their market value. Every year you open your heart and enable many people the opportunity to buy extremely affordable art. You are beautiful examples of the Mercy Spirit

The painting below was purchased by the House Administrator, Mary Moore, in honor of her staff and the many volunteers that help on a daily basis.

                                     McAuley House staff and volunteers are my Superheroes !

A nook on the upstairs landing was filled with art as well as a small photo of Catherine McAuley.

Post show-   The artists seldom take a break from their art practice. Here are some new pieces by Anthony Taylor.