Drawing People In, 'Character Development'


The August Show at ACGOW.......Open Now through August 31st


Featured Artists:  Diane Brown and Mark A. Perry

Come meet the artists at the Opening Reception on First Friday, August 1st from 5 - 8 PM.


A special Artists' Reception will also be held on Friday, August 8th from 5 - 8 PM.


Silent and mysterious, a gleaming wood and iron sculpture called 'The Doctor' compels visitors to look closer.  Swirling rhythms of color and texture in abstract works mesmerize eye and mind.  In August's show at the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, featured artists Mark A. Perry and Diane Brown draw people in with award-winning folk-art inspired sculpture and vibrant mixed media and poured ink works.


Featured artist Mark A. Perry's award-winning contemporary wood and iron sculptures are influenced by his passion for the alluring simple forms and complex surfaces of early American folk art masterpieces.  These bold, naive expressions of day-to-day themes, created with passion and patinated by time and weather, form the inspiration and foundation of his work, first created while living on Nantucket Island.  Mr. Perry's artistic focus is, he says, "the point where past and present collide to create powerful synergistic works that become, as he is often told, 'sophisticated folk art'.  The finest folk art is unexpected, simple and a perfect balance of surface and form; this is the harmony that I seek to create in my own wood and iron sculptures.  My goal is to create unique works that reflect the emotional spirit of the most powerful antique folk art masterpieces and find a place of their own in today's contemporary world."  Recalling Mr. Perry's roots on Nantucket, his works include nautical carvings and his signature dog crimpers, inspired by the pie crimpers carved by Nantucket whale men.


Featured artist Diane Brown has recently embarked on a new artistic journey with mixed media and ink pouring.  "I needed a break from realism," says the artist, "and wanted to 'get crazy' using new colors, textures and experimenting in the abstract.  Pouring ink and watching it race across the paper branching out in so many directions is thrilling.  I'm mesmerized by the design elements produced by these processes and am constantly surprised while unveiling the finished work.  At the moment, I'm enjoying the strength of movement and satisfying rhythms I see in my work"  About her process, she says, "I begin by choosing the paper I want to work with and the colors I'm into at that moment.  Watercolor paper accepts inks and acrylics easily while wet and using even more water or alcohol makes the results dramatic.  I use leaves, grasses, flowers, shells, sand, cheesecloth and wax paper as resists on freshly poured liquids.  The results are pure magic and always surprising."  While experimenting, Ms. Brown noticed she was "smiling a lot.  I find myself racing up to my studio far more often then ever before to get started with another piece.  It's at this point that I might add some finishing touches including stamps, stencils and found objects."


More on Mark A. Perry:


Mr. Perry has been given the distinction of Copley Master by The Copley Society of Boston, the nation's oldest art association, and has won numerous awards including 'Best of Show' at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative's Foundation Prize Exhibit, May 2014, juried by RISD alumni and artists Did Suydam and Peter Diepenbrock, 'Best in Show' at the Cape Cod Artists's Association's All Cape and Islands Show,' and the 'Joseph Gaulteri Award for Fine Art,' juried by Anne Woolsey, Deputy Director of the RISD Museum, ACGOW's 2013 Regional Show.


His sculptures can be found from Nantucket to Santa Barbara and are included in many collections, including those of Roger Penske and Tommy Hilfiger.  His work can be seen at the five star Setai Hotel (now Langham Place) in New York City and the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, RI.  His Great Dane sculpture was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Traditional Home Magazine.  His work has been included in noteworthy interiors by top designers such as Anthony Baratta, Victoria Hagan and Mary Douglas Drysdale.  In March of 2015 he will make his seventh appearance at the interior design industry's top annual event, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.  The artist lives and works in Westerly, RI.


More on Diane Brown:


Ms. Brown has always lived along the East Coast, near the water in NY, Maine and now CT.  "The beach has always been appealing to me.  The sea, sand and it's wonderful grasses have become a passion." She's traveled and photographed the coastline from North Carolina to Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia.  "it was the lure of Maine's natural beauty that inspried me to try painting, and before I knew it, I was selling my work at art shows in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Bangor.  Basically self-taught, I was fortunate to spend a little time with Bob Kozora, a remarkable artist."


An Elected Artist at The Mystic Art Center, Ms. Brown became an Artist member of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly almost 12 years ago.  "It's been one of the most pleasant affiliations of my life.  The artists I've met, worked with and become close friends with have all helped me come to appreciate what art is all about.  It's about the people make it."  Ms. Brown has received ACGOW's 'People's Choice Award' twice and more recently was awarded 'Best in Show' at the annual All Members' Exhibit.  The Pawcatuck , CT artist enjoys kayaking, gardening, her dogs, walking and being an artist.  "Life couldn't be better," she adds.


In the gallery


BRAG SHOW (Our Back Room Art Gallery)


Ninagret Art Guild Show

In August, the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is proud to feature work by members of the Ninigret Art Guild in the Back Room Art Gallery.  The show will open on July 30, and visitors are invited to an Opening Reception on Sunday August 10th from 2 - 4 PM.


The Ninigret Art Guild has been creating art as a group since 1995.  The group meets each week in Charlestown, Rhode Island to exchange ideas, create art and perfect techniques.  Members of the Guild bring a wealth of life experiences and artistic talent to their creative efforts.


The Guild's work reflects the various interests of it's members and ranges through a wide variety of subject matter and mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pen and ink, and pastels.  Exhibits of their work demonstrates the diversity of the members creativity and appeals to a wide range of artistic taste.  The Guild's memers have exhibited in galleries, libraries, community centers, institutions and at festivals throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.


Painting:  "Grobler's Boat", oil by Bill Nieranowski