Sunday the 29th of April we hosted the aot (art on tour) North Kingstown Public School Art Show K-12 opening.. 551 visitors came through to view the art and it was a major success!  Thanks to all the volunteers who brought in food to feed the crowd!  And thanks to Dave's supermarket for giving us a $75.00 gift card towards the purchase of food for the opening.  

Crestar donated all the matts for the students art... a BIG Thank You to Jason and his crew at Crestar!!

The show will be up until Sunday the 13th of April.  Please stop by and see what are kids and youth are doing in the art world!



12 artists

Members' News
Nancy C. Paul has received 2 Awards from the Newport ART Museum:
1. Honorable Mention for her Watercolor in "Downtown Providence, RI" in the 2012 Newport Annual Juried Exhibition.

2. The same show had more than one juror on separate occasions and the 3rd time around Nancy received 1st place, this award was sponsored by Elizabeth A. Goddard. 
Howard Rubenstein has an upcoming exhibit at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, RI: 401-782-1018.
The opening reception is this friday, May 11th at 6:30 PM.
This is his largest exhibit ever, with 39 pieces, most of which have never been shown. 

Greetings Rhode Island Artists!

You are invited to join, an exciting new website developed especially for you, as a means of showing and selling your art. Upon joining, you will have an immediate online presence, you will be affiliated with other established artists, and your name and artwork will gain exposure through our advertising and promotion.

Our mission is to stimulate business within Rhode Island's art community and bring attention to the abundance of creative talent we have here. We aim to create the largest inventory of local artwork you'll find in one place, and to become a one stop shopping source, providing a comprehensive view of the best of what's available statewide. is a new and unique concept that does not currently exist in Rhode Island. The difference between this website and other sources for art is that our offering isn't limited to a single art gallery or art association's inventory.

The founder of is Ellen Waxman, owner of Five Main, a long established art gallery in Wickford, Rhode Island. On an ongoing basis she reviews art, and will curate the website with the goal of maintaining a high quality mix, reflecting the rich artistic talent within our state.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new adventure, please let us know by email, and we will send additional information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ellen Waxman
telephone: 401-294-6280
Updating the Juried Artist Member Reference Book! 

Hello: I would like to introduce myself. I am Janet MacCausland, a member of the Wickford Art Association, and I will be contacting the members over a period of time for your updated profiles. These may be up to two pages, including your logo, contact information, an artist's statement, copies of your work, or anything else you would like to include. These will be collected into  notebook or two as a reference for the gallery and potential buyers of art. If you have something you would like included, please E-mail it to me at, or mail it to me @ 26 Lakeview Drive, Raynham, MA. 02767. Thanks!




     2012 May Featured Juried Artist Member of the Month


Olive Willis;  

                     Fine Art Oil Painter, Pastel, Drawing


Olive Willis 


Olive  became a member of the WAA in the mid 80's and very quickly was asked to be the chairperson of the festival. A year later she was asked to become the President. Being asked to be in these position's came as a complete surprise to her each time. But her memories of those years are full of laughter, inspiration and teamwork. Back in those days they used to meet in a back room of the old Baptist church and Olive would move the tables to one side of the room and each artist that brought their work in would speak about it to the rest of them before the meeting began. It quickly was apparent to Olive that they needed a building of their own- a place to cultivate art and encourage artists and art lovers alike. Once the idea was born in her heart and mind she went after it with gusto. 

Olive and the building committee chairperson she had appointed, Bob Brown met with a young architect named Gerald R. Brothers in Providence who graciously agreed to her proposal and offered to create the plans for the gallery free of charge. Next came the convincing of the Town of North Kingstown to help them find a place to put the gallery. There were a few sad offers, including Goat Island until one day they were walking and talking on the beach and she was offered a place to build which to seemed to Olive would be susceptible to being destroyed by a storm. Olive looked around and walked right to a nice safer spot on the landscape and said, "There, how about right there?" You guessed it, "there" is where we are located today, on that very spot now considered 36 Beach Street. After 4 years of her presidency and feeling as though she had accomplished what she set out to do she passed the baton on to the next president she had recruited herself.

Olive also has been playing piano and leading choirs for many years and when asked what would the world look like without art and music said, "That would be terrible and sad. Life would be colorless and without inspiration. The community needs "art" and the meaningful beauty that it brings to our daily lives."


Interview brought to by Sarah Tallarico, WAA Gallery Director


 Click below for Olive's Flyer:

Hello Wickford Residents and shop owners,

For your reference, I am providing a copy of the letter I have sent to senators James Sheehan, Daniel Daponte, Teresa Paiva-Weed, and Representative Larry Ehrhardt. Please pass the word on the importance of this issue and please send letters of your own to them to show your support. Thank-you!


I'm the owner of Five Main, an art gallery in Wickford, RI. I would like to say I am in support of Senator James Sheehan's bill (#2448) to make Wickford a tax exempt art district.

It's unfair, and possibly unconstitutional that some Rhode Island communities have been allowed exempt status while Wickford and other communities have been prevented from doing so. (Article 1 Section 2 of the Rhode Island Constitution "... the burdens of the state ought to be fairly distributed among its citizens.") This inequity puts my gallery, and other galleries and artists that aren't in tax exempt areas at a severe disadvantage. It makes it hard to compete. Wickford is already facing devastating economic challenges. Just take a look at all of the empty storefronts.

Other RI art districts have seen the entire community improve economically from this tax exemption. It's only fair that Wickford is allowed the same opportunity for revitalization. In the end, when businesses thrive, the state benefits.  Look at how our state has benefited from a tax exemption on boat sales. This is why it's in everyone's best interest, including the state, to pass Senator Sheehan's bill.

Sincerely, Ellen Waxman 


In This Issue
NK Kids Art Show!
Members News
Artist's Opportunity
We need your current info
Olive Willis
Tax Free Zone??