July exhibit, Aquidneck Island Colors and Light, features the
work of Aquidneck Island Art Club painters Jeannine Bestoso,
Lisa Bliss, Lorraine Farrar, Allen Laliberte, and Bill Roche,
along with glassblower Daniel Read.
A group of artists banded together through the joy of painting, the Aquidneck Island Art Club members met while taking portrait and landscape classes in the Newport area. They visit the beautiful and scenic places on Aquidneck Island to paint and invite others to join them.
Jeannine Bestoso began her artistry with ink drawings, etchings, and pastels. She says that moving to paint was challenging because “using paint can trigger emotions and I was in the habit of suppressing them.” But ultimately, painting opened the door for her, allowing her to bring out her original feelings of excitement, determination, and deep satisfaction.
Inspired by watching her mother create art, Lisa Bliss has enjoyed painting and drawing from an early age. Although she enjoys working in several mediums, watercolor is her favorite. She loves painting portraits, still life, and landscapes (especially plein air).
Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970’s, Lorraine Farrar’s only real goal was to get away. “Good friends and great luck” brought her to “this extraordinary island of rocks and sea and sky.” Through her work, she wants viewers to “feel a sense of place and possibility.”
About his work, Allen Laliberte says “I hope that you, the viewer, get as much pleasure from seeing my paintings as I get from creating them.”
Bill Roche spent his career in the graphic design business as a photographer, designer, and magazine art director before taking up oil painting about 15 years ago. Inspired by the Aquidneck Island coastline, his goal is to both “edit and expand upon the world” he sees, “giving each painting its own unique perspective and energy.” Often the resulting paintings “border on the abstract, only loosely connected to the subject that originally attracted” him.
Daniel Read started blowing glass in 1977 at RISD when he met Dale Chihuly and became a special student in the glass program and sculpture foundry. Read set up his own glass studio in 2001 with a furnace he designed and built, did wholesale and retail shows for 20 years, and sold to stores, galleries, and museums around the country. In his words, “Glass blowing is the coolest thing I have ever done! I love dancing with the glass!”
Since my childhood I have spent a lifetime with a desire or urge to draw and feeling excitement determination and satisfaction at seeing what I created. All of these feelings persisted as I settled into detailed drawings as my main medium and practice. The pencil work evolved into ink drawings, etchings, and some pastels. I barely remember painting in my college art classes. I guess it was too challenging and maybe the wrong process for me. Pastel was dry, easier and safer to use. Using paint can trigger emotions and I was in the habit of suppressing them. Feeling safe with pastels I stayed there until I dared to use paint. That opened the door for me and I started exploring all different mediums including calligraphy, ceramics and sculpture. Each one offered unique forms of purpose, process, craft, and products. And they all bring me my original feelings of excitement, determination and deep satisfaction.
I have enjoyed painting and drawing since I was very young.
My Mother was an artist and it was inspirational to see her
work on her art. Although I love to experiment with
different medias, my favorite is watercolor. I love painting
portraits, still life, and landscapes (especially Plein
Growing up in Brooklyn in the 70’s my only real goal was to get away. With good friends and great luck I found myself on this extraordinary island of rocks and sea and sky. When looking at my work I hope you feel a sense of place and possibility.
hope that you, the viewer, get as much pleasure from seeing
my paintings as I get from creating them.
started blowing glass in 1977 at RISD when I met Dale Chihuly. I
was a special student in the glass program and sculpture
foundry. I was Dale’s first employee when he left RISD in 1980.
I set up my glass glass studio in 2001 with a furnace I designed and built. I did wholesale and retail shows for 20 years and sold to stores, galleries and museums around the country.
Glass blowing is the coolest thing I have ever done! I love dancing with the glass!
I’ve spent my career in the graphic design business as a
photographer, designer and magazine art director for several
publications without ever picking up a paintbrush. My focus on
oil painting began about 15 years ago with plein air in the
warmer months, then moving to studio painting and still life in
the winters. Really seeing the Aquidneck Island coastline has
become my inspiration and pleasure. As I paint, my goal is to
both edit and expand upon the world I see, giving each painting
its own unique perspective and energy. Often, the resulting
paintings border on the abstract, only loosely connected to the
subject that originally attracts me.