​In July we often wish that the long days of summer could last forever. The apple and cherry blossoms of spring are a distant memory and the ripe fruit of late summer and autumn is still just a promise, yet one that will soon enough be kept. Perhaps in no other season are we so keenly aware of  the fleeting nature of time.

This July, the Artists’ Cooperative of Westerly will mount a show entitled

“Into Thin Air”Interpretations of the Passing of Time.

The gallery will feature the art of three women with strong and diverse artistic visions: 

Madeline Beaudry, Virginia Dugan, and Jane Parillo Rollins.

“Into Thin Air” will open on Wednesday, June 29 at the Gallery at 7 Canal Street in Westerly. 

On Friday, July 1, the Gallery will host an opening reception featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres. All gallery openings are free and open to the public.

Madeline Beaudry’s formal artistic training is in the ceramic arts. She combines this skill with her considerable expertise in fabric arts, fashioning fanciful figures, whimsical dioramas, decorative fabric hangings, and wearable art. Madeline works most often with silk and wool which she hand-dyes or prints from plants in her garden.  Every piece Beaudry creates draws somehow on the beauty, movement and mystery of the seen and unseen world around her. Drawing inspiration from literature, history, myth and nature, as she does with other forms of her artwork, the artist’s “Little Buntings” are comfortably sleeping in nests of love and magic prepared for them as they wait for their mother to return. According to the artist, the fairy babies may wait an entire lifetime as we experience it, but barely a season in fairy time.

Virginia Dugan, mixed media artist ,works with a variety of papers and materials to create multi-layered and interestingly textured two-dimensional designs. Using Kraft, watercolor and other papers, she employs molding pastes, heating tools, markers, sprays, daubers, stamps and glitters to add variety an element of surprise in her carefully composed works. Dugan also uses her crayons, Gelatos, watercolors and inks to create unusual cards and gift tags.

Jane Rollins, in 1980, after having completed a master’s program in special needs, decided to take a calligraphy class. Although she had no art background, she immediately became hooked and mesmerized by the meditative process of letterforms.  Four years later, she left the special education field in favor of life as a freelance calligrapher. Now, thirty years later, she is more committed than ever.

   Rollins spent many years focusing on the refinement of historic and traditional letterforms, but, over time, her work has transitioned to a more abstract realm where legibility may not be apparent while the text is still paramount.  Her artwork has appeared in various international juried publications and she has exhibited throughout New England.

ACGOW members are also busily preparing for “Art Heist”, an event that will take place at Stonington Vineyards on Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT, on July 16 from 6 to 8 PM.  In an event to support the arts in downtown Westerly,  works of two and three- dimensional art donated by the Gallery’s artist members will be displayed for at the vineyard beginning June 16.  A number of tickets equal to the number of works available to ‘heist’  will be sold, at $100, each entitling the ticket-holder to select one work of art in the order that ticket stubs are randomly drawn during the event. 


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Coming Attractions for August:

Concert in the Gallery:

August 4th at 7:30 PM.  

Check it out on the Events Page here.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at

7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, 1-5PM.

Please call 401-596-2221 or visit

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Art Heist in July!

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