I’m so pleased to be exhibiting my paintings at the Rhode Island Home and Hospice Care center in Providence. It’s a beautiful facility that fills a critical need. I hope my paintings can offer a momentary, calming distraction for anyone who passes through the halls.
Rhode Island is very supportive of their artists. In addition to making all art sales tax-free, this tiny state also has some pretty substantial public art legislation:
Public Art Legislation The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts administers the state's 1% for Public Art Program. The legislative intent of the Percent for Art program, according to public law 42-75.2-2, is as follows: The general assembly declares that the state of Rhode Island has a responsibility for expanding the public experience of art, and, it recognizes the necessity of fostering the arts and in developing artists and craftspersons. Art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens. The general assembly recognizes that public art also is a resource which stimulates the vitality and the economy of the state's communities and which provides opportunities for artists and other skilled workers to practice their crafts. The general assembly declares it to be a matter of public policy that a portion of each capital construction appropriation be allocated for the acquisition of works of art to be placed in public places constructed.
The exhibit is open to the public and on view through mid-May at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904