WCFA 36th Annual RI Open

Juror: Paula Martiesian

About Paula;

With a fifty-year career as an artist, Paula Martiesian has been painting her entire adult life.  Represented by both the Bert Gallery and Charlestown Gallery, Martiesian is one of the founding members of Gallery Night Providence.  She is a strong advocate for the visual arts in Rhode Island and has earned awards for her work from Business Volunteers for the Arts and WaterFire Providence.  Her paintings have been featured in regional galleries and museums and can be found in public and private collections.  

She was the editor and co-publisher of Quix Art Magazine (1991-1998), a quarterly publication focusing on the cultural scene in Rhode Island.  She works as a freelance arts writer, a visiting critic, a teacher and as the exhibitions curator for the BankRI Galleries.  A native Rhode Islander, she attended RISD both as a child and later as an adult, graduating in 1976.  

Martiesian’s paintings focus on nature, both in the urban environment and in the wild, undeveloped stretches of the landscape.  She is a colorist at heart, balancing the abstractions of space with her response to the natural world. 

Out of 135 artwork submissions, 58 were selected to be in this 36th Annual Juried Exhibition at WCFA. 

About the juror:

“Painting for me is neither a magical channeling of creative forces, nor a juggling act of conceptual ideas. It is, instead, a highly personal experimentation involving elements of color, space, and line balanced with emotional experience. To that end, I have been a student of painting for over forty years.” A native Rhode Islander and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Paula Martiesian also studied extensively with her mentor Gordon Peers, head of the European Honors Program at RISD. She is, and has been, an integral part of Providence’s creative community. She was the editor and co-publisher of Quix Art Quarterly, then a co-founder and board chair of Gallery Night Providence, and remains the curator for the BankRI Galleries. Martiesian has exhibited extensively around Rhode Island and is active as an award winning advocate for the arts and artists—both emerging and established.

Source: NetWorks 2013 – 2014 Catalogue

Image credit: Last year’s RI Open award winner, Mind over Matter by Barbara Larned


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