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.
Susan Strauss, Westport, Massachusetts
Closer Reflection by Susan Strauss; 18″ x 16″
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.
Kelly Milukas, Tiverton, Rhode Island
Water Study V – by Kelly Milukas; Encaustic, 10″ x 8″
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.
Barbara Owen, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Layered Abstraction – Bubble by Barbara Owen; Acrylic Ink on Paper, 24″ x 18″
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.
Jessica Pisano, Newport, Rhode Island
Afternoon Reflection by Jessica Pisano; Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel, 20” x 24”
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!