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ART! Providence Art Club new exhibition opening reception, January 22

The Galleries of the historic Providence Art Club will host celebratory receptions to open three new exhibitions on Sunday, January 22. The galleries will be open from 12-4pm and light refreshments will be served from 2-4pm. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work at this event, which is free and open to the public.

On view in the Maxwell Mays Gallery, painters Bee Givan, Kelley MacDonald, and Merle Mainelli Poulton will exhibit together in the show Not Your Average Comfort Zone. A third generation Rhode Island artist and owner of the popular women’s boutique Green Ink, Givan’s work focuses on interiors of the Art Club. MacDonald and Poulton utilize more abstract forms to convey their respective visions. MacDonald’s work leverages color and mark, while Poulton will be presenting a series of paintings on the theme of The Odyssey. MacDonald studied at Wheaton College and Poulton earned her degree at the Pratt Institute.

In the Club’s Mary Castelnovo Gallery, Susan Shaw will share work in the exhibition Right Before Your Eyes. Actively creating work in oil, watercolor, and ceramics, Shaw has exhibited throughout New England and beyond. She earned her undergraduate degree at Temple University. She has pursued additional study under the likes of Wendy Artin and Tom Sgouros.

In the Dodge House Gallery, Charlotte Breed Handy and Richard Kattman will co-exhibit in the show Suggestions. Handy will share smaller scale watercolors that play with subtlety of tone, while Kattman will show largescale paintings completed on a recent artist residency in Greece. Handy is a practicing architect and a graduate of Yale University. Kattman is a landscape architect who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.

For more information contact Michael Rose at 401-331-1114 ext. 5, or email at

Exhibitions Dates – January 22 – February 10, 2023

Address – Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street

Opening Receptions – Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm

Gallery Hours – Sundays – Fridays, 12-4pm, or any other time by appointment

About the Providence Art Club:

Founded in 1880 to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community, the Club has long been a place for artists and art patrons to congregate, create, display and circulate works of art.  Located along Thomas Street, in the shadow of the First Baptist Church, the Providence Art Club is a picturesque procession of historic houses, home to studios, galleries and the clubhouse. Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of sponsoring and supporting the visual arts in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public

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