The Bristol Art Museum
Small Works Exhibit
at Rogers Free Library
On View in Community Galleries at Rogers Free Library from November 7th – December 16th, 2022
The Bristol Art Museum in partnership with the Rogers Free Library, announces a juried, community exhibit. Small Works are 2-D works in any media, limited to no longer than 12” on either side. Large in imagination, but small in size, Small Works provide artists the opportunity to share a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter. The exhibit will be on view in the Community Galleries at Rogers Free Library.
The Bristol Art Museum invites Museum members and non-members to submit their artwork to this juried group exhibit of Small Works.
Juror: Rina Naik
The theme of the Small Works exhibit resonated with me, as much of my own work is on a smaller scale. For this reason, I am very familiar with both the joys and challenges of creating work at these sizes. I applaud every artist who submitted work for this show.
It was a pleasure to see the variety of themes and media represented in the submissions. Artists took this opportunity to showcase a wide variety of subject matter from landscapes to a close-up image of beautiful lips and everything in between. Their artistic points of view made us see the familiar in new ways on a small scale.
The show features seventy pieces and selecting only six for recognition was a hard task. I looked at each piece thoughtfully. I considered their approach to the subject matter, composition, technical skills, and clarity of ideas.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Awards
First Place- Talaria Deserta, Ronald Butler
This is a beautiful example of wet plate collodion on aluminum that showcases the
artist’s technical expertise while evoking nostalgia for a bygone era. It is a one image
story waiting to reveal itself to viewers who spend time with it.
Second Place- Early Morning,
This beautiful photograph has a strong composition. It uses a tangible element of lines and their reflections to draw us into the image which then dissolves into a beautiful
Third Place- A Good Day for Fishing, Arianne Del Rios
This artwork captures a charming summer scene. It showcases a variety of
brushstrokes and watercolor techniques such as dry brushing and flat washes. The
artist captured the texture on the both boat and the pilings well.
Honorable Mention- First Cucumber, Elizabeth O’Connell
A lovely watercolor painting that gives us a beautiful rendering of a familiar subject.
This piece has a strong composition that is enhanced by the use of a variety of greens. The artist also captures the variety of texture on the cucumber, stems and leaves.
Honorable Mention- The Farm, Phyllis Lohrum
The overlapped horses with the building creates an interesting composition and adds to the atmospheric perspective of this artwork. The brushstrokes are energetic and
enhance the visual appeal.
Honorable Mention- Eyleen, Ronald Butler
This C-print employs an interesting subject matter that captures the viewers ‘curiosity.
The artist chose interesting subject matter for this photograph. The crackled face, large
eyes, and red lips along with the artwork’s title encourage the viewer to learn more
about the subject of this photograph.
About the Juror
Rina Naik is a Asian Indian_American artist. Ms. Naik holds a certificate in drawing and painting from RISDce and an MFA in Interior design from Endicott College. She lives and works in Plainville, Massachusetts. Ms. Naik has participated in numerous shows and has received awards of merit and excellence. Her work can be found in private collections. She was awarded the best emerging artist award at the Art Providence Holiday show in 2018.