Wickford Art Association

"Fire & Ice " Open Juried Show 
Registration Wed, Jan 11th 1-3pm & 5-7pm
Thurs, Jan 12th 1-3pm
Show Opening: Sunday, Jan 15th, 1-3pm
Juror: Sara Young

January 2012 Featured Juried Artist Member of the  Month
 Norma Cheek ; Illustrator & Fine Art


Norma Cheek

Illustrator, Fine Art Watercolorist

A resident of Cranston,

Rhode Island.

Norma received her training at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her studies included: fashion illustration, graphic design, interior design and portrait classes.

In addition to this she has taken private classes from Rhode Island professional artists.

In her professional career she has worked in Boston and also Hopkinton, Mass. and in several advertising agencies in Providence as a fashion artist. In addition to this she free-lanced for several specialty stores in Rhode Island as a fashion artist, drawing anything from shoes to jewelry to perfume or furs and of course figure drawing. Norma's ads appeared in the National Advertisers weekly magazine for layout, design and art.  


Norma has exhibited at and been a member of the Wickford Art Association for many years. Here she developed the "fine" side of her art. She has enjoyed painting children's portraits using an American primitive painting folk art style with acrylics. Her work has also been exhibited at the Cranston library and in the Maritime Provinces in Canada. In 2009 Norma was selected to be an exhibitor in the "Scenes of Rhode Island" show at the Atrium Gallery which hosted a Governors Reception & Awards ceremony.


Over the years Norma had the privilege of traveling extensively throughout the world alongside her husband and the richness of her experiences has enhanced her creative expression.


Norma has been painting and drawing all her life and she continues to do so because she discovered a long time ago that it was not just what shedid, but that is a big part of who she is. Although she was self-motivated and already working as an artist, she attributes her interest and success in her artwork initially to her mother who was an avid seamstress and encouraged her to sew. This skill was part of what brought her to a career in fashion illustration. But when her sewing machine was broken, it was the man who fixed it that became her biggest supporter and inspiration. Norma credits Blaine, her husband with being her greatest supporter enabling her to embrace life with a hope, passion and inspiration that could be expressed in her art. Although Blaine has passed he lives on in her heart and his words of encouragement still ring in her ears.


She paints mostly at home and encourages others to engage in art for life. Norma's biggest collectors are her daughterNatalie and her grandchildren. Her art and her family are her legacy. Norma considers it a privilege to have been able to earn her living doing what she loved, being an artist. She still continues to show her work in exhibits and can sometimes be found on Tuesday afternoons at the WAAs open studio.

Norma Cheek Bio

Click below to view our 2012 Show calender!

WAA 2012 Show Calender

Opportunity for Artists:

Sene Film Festival is looking for submissions for their upcoming festival.  Click on link for more information.

Members News

Congratulations to Carole Berren who's work has just been accepted into the annual American Watercolor Society's International Exhibition this year.  Upon this, her 3rd acceptance, she is now considered to be a Signature Member of AWS. 


Last Sunday WAA went to RIWS where they hosted us as their January guest artist show. Below is:

  Pam Reed (L) and  and RIWS President: Lisa Bailey(R)


                               Congratulations to the winners: 

1st Place; Ken MacDonald, Sculpture- "Made in America"

2nd Place; Tracy Taylor, Acrylic- "Birch Trees"

3rd Place; Shari Weschler, Mixed Media- "Circus Freak, Big Head"

Honorable Mention; Pat Cahalan, Watercolor- "Gallilee Sunset"

Honorable Mention; Carole Berren, Watercolor on Yupo- "Rock Music"

Honorable Mention; Lori Jeremiah, Pastel-"Black Point"

Honorable MentionSarah Tallarico, MixedMedia-"Mine Eyes HaveSeen"


 WAA & RIWS Presidents

Winter Classes 2012
click link to find out show dates and classes offered:
January Gallery Calender

Tom Martino Portrait Class
Tom Martino/ 5 Portrait Classes
Monday's 1-3:30pm
March 5th-April 2nd

Some of our classes below, Click to view:

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