NARRAGANSETT-Nearly 100 artists attended the Narragansett Fine Arts Festival last weekend to showcase their unique and creative works of art.
The festival took place at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Narragansett and for the 32nd year, there was a great turnout of artists, spectators and buyers. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wakefield, the proceeds made from artist registration funded the four-year scholarships that the Rotary Club plans to give to local high schools Narragansett, South Kingstown and Prout.
The scenic location was complemented by perfect weather for the two-day event where artists exhibited works rendered in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels in addition to drawings,graphics,photography and sculptures, among other things. The 98 tents set up, were available for people to browse or purchase a piece of art.
Among the artists who attended the event was painter Claire Marschak, who displayed her many paintings of outside scenes and views.
“I’m inspired to capture the ethereal quality of light on land, architecture, and everyday objects,” said Marschak on clairemarschak.com. “As a plein air painter, I love the challenge of being outside to create vibrant, spontaneous works.”
The paintings Marschak displayed included beautiful landscape paintings of the scenic Rhode Island beaches, and other engaging scenes of nature and architecture found around the state. Her work is the perfect addition to any Rhode Island home.
“I would consider myself a regional artist,” said Marschak. “ One of my favorite places to paint would be on Block Island. The first time I went there I was just amazed.”
In addition to attending the festival for the first time, Marschak also teaches at Pure Paint Studio in North Kingstown where she exhibits her work and holds drawing and painting classes. After working at Fisher Price as a toy designer she started. Blue Sky where she continues to design and market products for young children with her husband. Her pieces can be viewed at clairemarschak.com.
Another artist who attended the festival and whose work is vastly different from Marschaks is sculptor and studio owner Whitmore Boogaerts.
Boogaerts has been sculpting for roughly 20 years, and during his career has produced thousands of pieces, each very unique and different from the last. His work ranges from outdoor kinetic sculptures,hall tables,mobiles,table top creations, to wall sculptures and even custom pieces to fit individual needs.
“ A lot of it is getting the welder out, picking metal and grinding it down,” said Boogaerts. “When it’s put together it comes to life.”
Boogaerts creates his sculptures in his studio that opened 7 years ago, WB Sculpture Studio in Providence where he also displays his work for the public.
“Kids come into my studio and I say share what you’re good at,” said Boogaerts. “So that’s my favorite thing, sharing what I’m good at.”
Boogaerts has attended the festival five times before, and had a successful weekend this year by selling multiple pieces from his diverse and intriguing collection. His pieces can fit into many different atmospheres as they range in size, color and materials. Some of his work can be viewed at wb-sculpture.com.
“My pieces are all one of a kind and they’re different every year,” said Boogaerts.
Along with Boogaerts and Marschak were other artists who attended the festival including Mohon Fine Arts, Tiffany Holgate Fine Art Oil Paintings, D.S Brennan Photography and Master Artist Neal Drobnis among others. The annual event will take place the same time and place next year since this year was considered a success after thousands stopped by to participate.