November 2020 Virtual Gallery: M.J. Ferraro, Betsey MacDonald, TLC Studio & The Together Project

In Providence this month:

The Gallery at Sprout Providence is presenting works by M.J. Ferraro and Betsey MacDonald this November and will be open weekdays 9-1 for visitors to view the work in person.The current Providence show will also be featured as part of the November Gallery Night Providence virtual event on Facebook Thursday, November 19th.

M.J. Ferraro is member of SCAA and the Wickford Art Association whose acrylic paintings reflect the beauty and wonder that the world has to offer. A self-taught artist who grew up in Rhode Island and Maine, she offers works that reflect a love of color and all that nature inspires.

Betsey MacDonald, from Clayville, RI, has a BFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Studio Art and has taught both science and art. Betsey works in oil, watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, collage, and printmaking and has also illustrated three children’s books. A juried member of the American Academy of Equine Art and the Wickford Art Association, she has had more than 25 solo exhibitions. Betsey is currently taking commissions for pet portraits, which make an excellent holiday gift.

“Leonardo da Vinci said to “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses-especially learning to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else”

I taught science and art for 35 years. I believe that art and science are intrinsically connected. I also believe that humans and animals are intrinsically connected. I paint and draw the animals around me to satisfy my need to truly see them and through seeing, to understand. I am in awe of what animals bring to our lives and by creating art inspired by them, I hope to better connect with the life around me. “

Betsey MacDonald

In Warren this month:

The Gallery at Sprout in Warren (489 Main Street) is participating in the “6 Sundays, 6 Feet Apart” program starting October 25 through November 29. Visitors are encouraged to come downtown on Sunday afternoons and enjoy a variety of artistic, culinary, shopping and outdoor activities in Warren, including the Gallery at Sprout.

The Gallery at Sprout in Warren (489 Main Street) is presenting The Little Clay Studio’s “Retrospective: Six Years”, a celebration of the faces and personalities at the core of TLC Studio.  A formal gallery opening is planned for Sunday, October 25th 11:00 am-7:00 pm in conjunction with their pottery sale. The exhibition of photographs will be up at Sprout through November 16th and can be viewed in person weekdays 9 am – 12 pm. 

The Little Clay Studio is a ceramics cooperative for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  TLC Studio provides an inspirational classroom structure where artists can use their creativity to explore the potentials of clay while developing self-confidence. Artists produce a line of tableware that is sold at art shows and to restaurants and private residences throughout the country. Through images and language, this exhibition will showcase the individuals that have made TLC Studio a success.

The Gallery at Sprout Warren is also pleased to present November 16 – 29 “The Together Project” a display of Art Night Bristol-Warren’s collaborative project, based on Shepard Fairey’s artwork “RI Angel of Hope and Strength” (below). Working from sections of Shepard Fairey’s piece, Art Night invited the community to select a section and make it their own. There were no rules and the finished individual gems were then joined with others to create ten posters. Each adorned segment represents how we as individuals can come together to create something beautiful and strong in the midst of a debilitating pandemic. 

Sprout is in accordance with the Reopening RI guidelines and is protected by Ocean State Shields. Face masks are required for visitors in our galleries. Contact: [email protected] for more information.