"Legacies in Paint" is the culmination of a four-month mentoring project pairing five mid- to late- career painters (Paula Martiesian, David Barnes, Michele Provost, John Riedel and Ida Schmulowitz) with five younger painters (Buck Hastings, Mollie Hosmer-Dillard, Li Jun Lai, Erika Sabel and Dan Talbot).
Martiesian and Hosmer-Dillard spearheaded the project, which has provided a rare platform for Rhode Island artists to meet, exchang e ideas and create art. The eldest painter is John Riedel at 62; the youngest, Buck Hastings and Erika Sabel are in their mid-twenties. Martiesian says, "Mentoring is a shared experience through which mid- to late-career painters communicate knowledge, insight, forethought and encouragement to younger, emerging painters, whose fresh ideas and approaches stimulate the visual conversation. The relationship is a collaboration meant to celebrate the individualism of each painter and the visual in visual arts."
The Museum also recognizes the generous support of the following organizations and corporations in support the events and programs for this exhibition.