It's amazing, but it's true!!  We just completed the 50th Anniversary of the Wickford Art Festival!  What a wonderful event!  Incredible art!  The heat was astonishing but thousands and thousands pressed through it to view and buy the art.  
On a sad note, one of our festival directors, our very organized, passionate and hard working Ricky McLaughlin became very ill and was not able to be with us at the festival as she was recovering from the surgery she needed.  Many of you signed the beautiful cards that Ellen Waxmann graciouly created for Ricky.  Please keep Ricky in your thoughts and prayers and send lots of love her way. 
There are three specific volunteers who were already working like beavers on the festival but became even more  the gap fillers~ who were here before anyone else and the last to leave.. They were the set-up and the clean up crew leaders .. they were the go to volunteers from this organization who are responsible for making this festival happen successfully.  I am sure Rich Watrus agrees with me in saying that although there were many amazing volunteers, 3 stand out as super heros:
Judith Anderson, Bruce Luscombe 
and Pam Reed
And they had so many great things to say about the volunteers who assisted them.  MANY Thanks to all of the volunteers!!! Please feel free to thank the 3 Amigos for all they did!! Amazing work from volunteers....All of you rock!

Members News

2012 Featured Juried Artist Member of the Month


Joan Thompson Boghossian

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Copley Artist Member:

The Copley Society of Boston

Elected Artist Member:

Providence Art Club

Elected Artist Member:

R.I. Watercolor Society

Elected Artist Member:

Mystic Art Association

Elected Artist Member;

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Elected Artist Member:

New England Watercolor Society

Elected Artist Member:

Art League of Rhode Island

Juried Artist Member

Wickford Art Association


A career that began in 1978 because of a successful bid at a silent auction has led to Joan Thompson Boghossian's present status as one of New England's major artists. The University of Rhode Island graduate began her art studies with the late Herman Itchkawitch, and then studied with prominent local and national artists. Encouraged by early successes, she became recognized as an outstanding talent in Southern New England.

 Boghossian's paintings have won regional and national awards in watercolor, oils, etchings and monotypes, and the demand for her work has steadily increased in art circles. She has won more than 50 significant prizes during the last ten years. One of her watercolors was chosen for the prestigious American Watercolor Society's Annual National Exhibition. She has received first prize in watercolor at more than 20 open shows, including Cape Cod Art Association's All-New England Show and Mystic Art Association's Annual Regional Exhibition. She is a four-time winner of the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award in watercolor. In 1996 she won a medal at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in their Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York. In 1998 she received the Mary Hill Memorial Award in Watermedia at the same nationally known Art Club.

She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and an elected artist member of other art associations; the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York, the Providence Art Club, Mystic Art Association and the Copley Society of Boston. Her paintings have been shown in museums, art associations and galleries, primarily in New England, but also throughout the United States and abroad. They are included in private and business collections. A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Boghossian lives in Pawtucket and maintains a studio there and Narragansett.


Call For Entries


"All Media II"
Open Juried Show 
Coming up this week- Registration times/days:
Wednesday 11-3pm & 5-7pm
Thursday 11-3pm
You may enter up to three works of art 
Members 1/ $14. 2/$28. 3/&35.
Non-Members 1/$17. 2/ 33. 3/$40
Non-refundable entry fee. 

July 20th -August 5th 2012

Opening Reception: Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm


Juror Bio: Stephen Saunders



  • Rhode Island School of Design - MAE 1984 Painting, Photography and Education
  • Mass. College of Art - Graduate Work in Glass and Papermaking 1974-75
  • Mass. College of Art - BFA 1973
  • Boston Museum School - Graduate Certificate Fifth Year Program 1971 in Painting
  • Boston Museum School - Diploma 1970 in Painting, Printmaking and Photography



  • Boston Museum School - Painting Course 1971
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts Dept. of Education 1974-86
  • Attleboro Public Schools - Visual Arts Teacher 1973-89
  • RISD Continuing Education Instructor 1987-90
  • Wheaton College Adjunct Professor in Education
  • Southeastern Mass Arts Collaborative at Wheaton College, Instructor 1986- 87
  • Providence College Adjunct Professor /Visiting Lecturer in Education 1989 to present
  • UMASS at Dartmouth Adjunct Professor 2005-08


Educational Administration:

  • RISD Continuing Education Coordinator of the Young Artist Program 1989-2007
  • Warwick Public Schools, Supervisor of Visual Arts Education K-12 1989-2008



  • Mass. College of Art - Ella Muterburg Award in Education
  • Attleboro Teacher of the Year and Mass. State Finalist
  • Mass. Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Rhode Island Art Educator of the Year Award
  • National Art Education Association Eastern Art Educator of the Year Award
  • National Art Education Association National Art Supervisor of the Year Award
  • RISD Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Rhode Island Art Education Association Lifetime Acheivement Award
  • Numerous Art Awards in many of the following exhibitions



  • Union Carbide Exhibition Hall, NYC
  • Boston Museum School
  • Docima Gallery
  • Providence Art Club
  • Boston City Hall
  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
  • Kaji Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Olean Public Library, Olean NY
  • Attleboro Museum of Art
    • RISD Woods-Gerry Gallery
    • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
    • RISD Museum of Art
    • Bravos Gallery, MA
    • Wheaton College Chapel
    • Warwick Museum of Ar
    • Krause Gallery, Moses Brown School

It is my honor to serve as your Director.  If you are looking to become more involved please let me know so that I may help you get connected doing what you love. 
Sarah Tallarico
Wickford Art Association
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Sarah Tallarico / Wickford Art Association / North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852 / (401) 294-6840