Portsmouth artist to exhibit at Providence Art Club

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The galleries of the historic Providence Art Club will host a new two-person show, featuring Carol Strause FitzSimonds of Portsmouth and Elena Obelenus. 

The reception for this exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will be on view in the club’s Dodge House Gallery through July 20.

The show will run concurrently with the club’s national open-juried exhibition: America, Now, which will be juried by Elliot Bostwick Davis, chair of the American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Both shows will provide a great opportunity for viewers to see high quality works by talented makers from Rhode Island and throughout the United States. 

Artist Carol Strause FitzSimonds will exhibit her recent prints, drawings, and handmade books.

Ms. FitzSimonds has been an active printmaker for more than 30 years. She employs a diverse array of printmaking techniques including silicone intaglio and aquatint, and engages with the emergence of the book as a “fine art” medium to expand her exploration of materials.

FitzSimonds also covers a variety of subjects in her work from graceful natural scenes to the precision of local architecture.

“I find my inspiration in making ordinary places and common objects meaningful,” she said.

Ms. FitzSimonds earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She served as a partner in Torpedo Factory Printmakers Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, and teaches Printmaking at the Providence Art Club.

She also served as curator of Gallery 297 in Bristol and has served on the board of numerous art organizations, such as the Art League Rhode Island. 

The Providence Art Club, founded in 1880, is one of the oldest arts organizations in the nation and the first such club to be co-founded by women and men. The galleries of the club have hosted public exhibitions of work by members and non-members at 11 Thomas St. in Providence since 1885. 

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