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John Gorman

John Gorman has been a longtime resident of the Tiverton/Little Compton area and a lifelong Rhode Islander. 

An award winning illustrator/graphic designer, he studied at RISD, Museum School of Fine Arts and the Boston School of Art. He spent many years as a creative director
in the advertising world. He has also had a long term involvement in the sailing community and was a tennis professional for twenty five years. 

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Joan Croce

A signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Joan enjoys painting transparent watercolors of landscapes, florals, and still life. A native Rhode Islander, she has recently retired from teaching art and is currently focusing her full attention on painting. While still predominantly a watercolorist, she experiments with innovative painting techniques in both watercolor and acrylics.

Joan's paintings explore natural forms with an emphasis on color and texture. In her watercolor, she is attracted to water scenes that capture light, reflections, and growth patterns. Joan prefers to work "alla prima" or all in one sitting. This method captures the spontaneity and immediacy that is inherent in watercolor. One can see this method in many of her traditional style paintings of landscapes and flowers.

In her more recent explorations, Joan has been using a "negative" painting technique, where the image is created by blocking out the background after establishing a patterned ground. She has employed this method in her intuitive creations in both acrylic and watercolor. She is excited by this new venture and looks forward to seeing where these experiments lead. 

Jose Trujillo

"We found an incredible young artist on eBay, of all places. Jose Trujillo is an impressionist painter of rare talent, a prolific painter whose landscapes, seascapes and still lifes are a dreamy, fantasy of colors. His brushwork is impeccable and we think he is to be collected now before his prices skyrocket and galleries, collectors and museums take notice, which they are sure to do. Trujillo has been called a modern Monet.

His exquisite, smaller studies are created en plein aire, larger ones in his studio so they can be carefully reworked as needed. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1982, his first inspirations were the elaborate architectural designs of Spanish Baroque cathedrals he saw as a young boy. At the age of nine, the Trujillo family immigrated to the United States and landed in Tucson. Jose sketched casually as a young man without any formal training. When a large print of Monet's Water Lilies at Giverny ignited his passion to seriously paint, Trujillo began actively studying art. His days were spent observing nature and visiting museums. Today he works full time from his Tucson studio. The result is an extensive body of work from a talented original artist of quality whose vibrant colors and bold brush strokes are magical gems. 

His paintings are a new form of Impressionism; a breed between abstraction and realism which seeks to go deeper into the experience of painting; where the artist-rather than merely focusing on the aesthetics to represent the landscape-tries to capture and convey the feeling he receives from it. This approach results in a more profound experience where the landscape is captured in its core essence-with all senses and thru a multitude of emotions, and portrayed on the canvas thru means of vibrant colors expressed in a spontaneous, dramatic, and exciting manner. This is what makes a Jose Trujillo original a truly unique work of art. 
Most Trujillo paintings say so much with little apparent effort. Others are carefully constructed with flowing lines and structure. Some are so subtle they appear to be unfinished. A Trujillo painting can range from $195 to $10,000. An ax10 framed painting is usually $195; a 5 by 7 foot piece $10,000. But if you go to eBay you can find them priced under $50. "

- Bill Tomicki, the editor and  former vice president of Sotheby'sTiffany & Co. 

Jeff Loxterkamp

Jeff grew up and began his painting career in the flat Midwest area of Iowa. He currently live in Bangor, Maine. Jeff and his ex-wife and daughter moved to Maine in 1999. Jeff has continued to find inspiration and subject matter in the diverse Maine landscapes and inhabitants.

In 1984 Jeff earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Jeff was granted an MA in 1988 in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. His MFA in Painting and Print Making was awarded in 1989 from the University of Iowa. Jeff has had numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in the Midwest, Minneapolis, Chicago and Pasadena, California. Additionally in Maine Jeffs work has been exhibited in Portland, Central Maine, Bangor, and costal areas.

In 2006 Jeff was selected for the book Paintings of Maine: A New Collection, by Author, Art Lecturer and Poet Carl Little. In April 2009 and April 2014, he was listed as an intriguing artist Maine Home and Design Magazine. Little has also said of Loxterkamp's work, "He paints with a wonderfully fresh eye for the landscape, in a very appealing stylized manner that can be quite striking." Loxterkamp's paintings are in collections around the country and in the University of Iowa Museum of Art. 

While studying painting Jeff admired the works of artists ranging from Barnett Newman to Anselm Kiefer. He has studied a variety of painting techniques and methods. These experiences have led Jeff to his current painting style that some have recently described as wacky!

Jeffs goal is to create an anachronistic virtual reality. Easel painting is one of the most anachronistic endeavors a person can do. Jeff attempts to draw the viewer into other worlds, using visually interesting, sometimes humorous subject matter, of how humans relate to the environment, as a starting point. In his process, Jeff then becomes concerned with other aspects of art; texture, composition, color, abstraction and division of space. 

Barbara Wigren

Barbara was born in Massachusetts, and spent her childhood in New Jersey. Her summers were divided between the Berkshires and Cape Cod. She received her BA from Bard College and a MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. For 35 years she taught high school visual arts in the Foster-Glocester School District in Rhode Island. She and her husband split their time between homes in Providence RI and East Orleans, Ma.

She has always been drawn to textures, whether they are in landscapes, fabrics, garden plants, or art. While taking a clay workshop at Castle Hill in Truro, Ma. she learned a method of impressing clay with texture. In her classroom, she was introducing her students to Raku firing, and taking groups to the Raku Rodeo's held in Providence. Combining both these interests resulted in the art works you see on exhibit here. 

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Jon Wigren

Jon Wigren spent much of his childhood living on Gesner Ave. in Nyack, NY. The Avenue ran east and west.and ended at the Hudson River. This direction also led to countless hours spent on the shore and on and in the river crabbing and fishing. It also led to a lifetime appreciation/obsession with aquatic life, it's forms and it's colors.

He pursued this interest in wildlife in high school art classes and the art room became his favorite place. Spending summers on Block Island, RI he enjoyed his once childhood pursuits and his now young adult passion for Art. Having learned of a good art school in the same state (RI) the School of Design became a focus. He graduated from RISO with a BFA in 1968.

The years since college have been happily spent raising two boys with his wife Barbara and enjoying splitting his time in Providence and on Cape Cod in the family house in East Orleans. In addition to his always active art endeavors he has designed and built houses, furniture, horse barns and pizzas. His work ranges from prints and painting to assemblage, drawing, and wood carved sculpture. He has shown and sold his work predominately in New England and New York. Fifty years later, the fish still loom large. 

Phil Gruppuso

Seekonk Woodworking is a one-person shop run by Phil Gruppuso. "Woodworking has been a serious, life-long avocation for me. In 2013, I semi-retired from my day job and founded Seekonk Woodworking as a way to share my work with others. I work alone in my home shop. All of my pieces are one-of-a-kind, and most are of my own design. "I work in many styles, from Queen Anne to Craftsman to Shaker to Mid­Century Modern. All of my work (except the occasional painted piece) is finished with a combination of shellac, varnish and wax depending on the need for durability. Most pieces are made from domestic hardwoods or farmed woods, though I may incorporate exotics and highly figured veneers into my work." 

Barbara Worcester

Barbara was born and brought up in New England.  Although she spent many years in Massachusetts, she currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island with her husband Charlie and their yellow lab Katie.

Taking pictures has always been a hobby and her favorite subjects are children and wildlife. She confesses to being very much an amateur. Staging people, working with lighting, and selecting props are not what she enjoys. Catching children at play or wildlife enjoying their surroundings are her favorite opportunities for a picture.

When their children Sharon, Brian & Julia were little they were Barbara’s favorite subjects. Now they are blessed with four beautiful grandchildren (plus 2 other “adopted” grandchildren) who are accustomed to being followed around by a camera.

Prudence Island is her special place for finding unique photo opportunities. The island is rich with fascinating wildlife and lush landscape. 

When she cannot find children and creatures to photograph, she enjoys mountains and ocean views. Digital photography is wonderful as it allows her unlimited possibilities for interesting shots.

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Kathleen Tirrell

Having grown up on the North Shore of Boston,  Kathy’s summers were spent in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, where  the abundant  New England clouds are forever changing,    very often an inspiration for her paintings. She aims to “catch the light”, as  is evident in her work, and many  of her paintings bring clouds to life, alone, or in open landscapes. While her style is always evolving, “catch the light”  has remained a constant. She has participated in countless workshops, primarily in Maine and Provincetown and has visited Monhegan to paint for many years. She continues to study locally with Trish Hurley and David Barnes, and participates in numerous art shows in Rhode Island.

Kathy does not remember a time when she wasn’t drawing or painting, and  has strived to instill a passion for art and creativity in her now grown children.  They are  thankful for the many hours of  having “been dragged through museums,” and now enjoy an appreciation for art as well.

Kathy completed her Master’s Degree at Yale University  and  when not pursuing her art, she  works in  the medical field,  and has for many years. She moved to Rhode Island in her early twenties and now resides in Portsmouth, with her husband Kevin. They enjoy frequent visits with their children and grandchildren,  and spend  free time enjoying life on  Aquidneck Island.

Jayne Raphael

I love to cook, to eat, and to play in clay. How grateful I am that my passions all spin together at the pottery studio, as most of my clay creations center around food. Garlic grater dishes and garlic storage jars. Bowls for berries and bowls for soup. Coffee mugs and trays for treats. I love to glaze with certain foods in mind and to serve my favorite foods on my stoneware art. Many of my wares also incorporate a freehand slip trailing design technique: it's really fun to doodle with clay! By the way, all my pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as food safe.

I have been potting for eighteen years, selling primarily at small home shows and farmers markets. This year however, as I begin an exit from my college counseling career, I have changed up my relationship to clay. No longer is potting just a side affair, it’s now becoming my main squeeze. I can’t wait to spend more time covered in mud, learning new techniques and indulging my clay obsession. Who knows where my wheel will take me as my pottery adventure evolves.