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Liz Abbott, Printmaker
Timothy Hetland, Sculptor
Marilyn Moriarty, Painter

May 5 - 27, 2018

LIZ ABBOTT: Artist's Statement

I am a painter and printmaker who strives to express spirit in whatever I do. I place a great deal of faith in my instinct, not only for choosing subject matter, which includes both abstract and figurative imagery, but also color.

In addition to color, line and texture are important to my work, and I discovered a method of printmaking that lets me combine all three. In this method, I draw with glue, which is covered with sand. This creates a textured line that forms the architecture of the piece, which I then use as a jumping off place for playing with color. Sometimes, the color becomes more important than the drawing and sometimes, it’s the other way around. Either way, there remains a wonderful element of surprise in rolling the plate and paper through the press.  

I always enjoy my making my sand collagraphs for reasons that are a bit mysterious – a bit like art, itself!

A native Rhode Islander, I spent many years as a journalist and teacher before turning to art full-time. In my former life, I was a reporter at the Providence Journal and I continue to be an adjunct professor in the departments of Journalism and Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. My art life took off about 10 years ago, when I found a printmaking group led by Providence artist Margot Rubin at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies in Newport. Under Margot’s guidance, this group provided me with the support and encouragement I needed as I started to invest more energy and time into making art. Our group – the Liberty Street Printmakers - had a show last year at the DeBlois Gallery, and we still meet informally even though Margot has retired.  I am indebted to them, as well as my supportive family, for helping me on my art-making journey.

Liz Abbott
Pawtucket, RI


Metal art fabrication combining stone, wood and other earthly materials.
To create everlasting metal sculptures to withstand the winds of time. Using high grade stainless steel, aircraft aluminum and accenting the builds with minerals, crystals and beautiful wood pieces.

''Skuteundfish” = Norwegian for ''Small vessel and fish'' Handmade metal objects to where you can actually hold them. Most weigh approximately 20-45lbs on average for the interior pieces with exterior larger display sculptures in excess of 350lbs.

I have always been inspired to build something from nothing since I was young. I am a problem fixer: If I can imagine it in my head; my hands can build it. With my Norwegian heritage and the determination to not fail, the piece/object will come together.

My Inspirations come from my thoughts and dreams. Actually a very short thought to make something very unique can start a 90-day process of incredible ups and downs, sleepless nights and many Band-Aids, but overall begins to take shape. When the overall idea is built, I take it to the next level, adding beautiful crystals and other earthly elements such as unique stones or exotic woods to the piece. In my mind, I foresee the beauty before the piece is built. There's nothing better or more enjoyable than to unite and combine high grade man made metals to natural earthly elements and to bring the piece to a full circle.

MARILYN MORIARTY: Artist's Statement

I love the movement of color and the feeling of the unknown in the watercolor medium. Although I work in all techniques including pastel and crayon, I feel it's always a new experience to see the color flow and change on a piece of paper. Mood, as well as rhythm are my prime concern in a successful work. I found oriental rice paper to be the best means for me to achieve this. By crushing the paper and using a petterned style I found a new dimension in expression. To further enhance this dimension I highlight the forms with chalk pastel and calligraphy. It is always a rewarding experience working in watercolor as the medium takes charge of you before you can take charge of it.