Art and soul
Art and soul
WICKFORD – A Chepachet artist who turns the soul of a landscape into a contemporary abstract painting will showcase her work at an upcoming gallery show hosted by the Wickford Art Association.
Beverly Thomas joins fellow juried artists Nina Ackman, Theresa Girard and Mary Ann Liscio in the show that runs from Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 6, at the gallery at 36 Beach St.
“They’re pretty diverse,” said Claudia Crevier, Wickford Art Association publicity director, with abstract paintings hung next to watercolors and flowers. “It should be an interesting show.”
The free showcase is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. An opening reception with refreshments will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.
Thomas, also a member of the Providence Art Club, is no newbie in the art world; her acrylic and oil paintings have been seen on gallery walls since 1968. She studied art at the University of Rhode Island and taught it in Cranston schools for more than 20 years.
And the style hasn’t changed much over the years, she said.
“Most of my paintings are about color,” Thomas said, not about rules.
She finds inspiration in the woods and water by her home in Chepachet, where she has lived for 26 years. A painting starts with a sketch or quick painting of what she sees outside or in a photograph, and then evolve in her at-home studio.
There she works on revision after revision – “I totally invent” – until her contemporary landscape comes to life.
“The painting is never right until it’s done,” she said. “The actual beginning will not look anything like the end.”
Like poetry that evokes different moods and emotions from each reader, Thomas said she enjoys the freedom that comes with her paintings, both in terms of the creative process and interpretation.
“You’re not trying to slavishly copy something,” she said. “You’re trying to let it speak for itself.”