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The Hoxie Gallery at the Westerly Library "following their passion"

  • The Westerly Library presents their July Show in the Hoxie Gallery: “Following Their Passion” featuring local artists Lisle Ann Jackson and Helen Roy. WHEN: On view from Tuesday, July 6 th through Thursday, July 29 th . The Hoxie Gallery is open for viewing during the Westerly Library Hours. Mon. - Thurs. 9am to 8pm, Fri. 9 am to 6pm, Sat. 9am to 4pm, Sun. Closed Meet The Artists Wednesday, July 7 th from 5-7pm Artists Lisle Ann Jackson and Helen Roy met four years ago as members of the Westerly Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, located in the Westerly Train Station. They soon discovered that each had enjoyed a fulfilling career helping others -Jackson as a Mental Health Counselor and Roy as a Learning Disabilities Specialist. They both feel very fortunate to have found additional passions in creating art and are very grateful to have the opportunity to pursue their passion as they started new chapters in their life. Please join Lisle Ann Jackson and Helen Roy for an opportunity to meet the artists on Wednesday, July 7 th from 5-7 at the Hoxie Gallery in the Westerly Library. Lisle Ann Jackson is a retired Mental Health Counselor who now has time to indulge her passion for creating images. She considers herself a "Painterly photographer" because she uses her photographic device (currently a cell phone) instead of a brush to create the picture she desires. Ms. Jackson believes her best artistic gift is her ability to see and capture images in a fairly unique way. She has often been told she has a "good eye" and one a favorite comment about her work is, “You see the beauty in everything.” Jackson delights in creating works that make the viewer question-“what is that?” Flowers, the sea and wood are some of her favorite subjects. She has a love for faces and sees them everywhere, especially in nature. Jackson credits her involvement with the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly with her continued growth as an artist. She also displays her work at Par 4 Restaurant in Groton, CT. Helen Roy is an artist and educator living in Westerly, Rhode Island who grew up in the beautiful Berkshires. As a self-taught artist she considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to fall in love with painting and follow this passion after 30 years as a Learning Specialist. The artist recognizes that the first reaction to visual art is what is seen, but believes the most important response is how a painting makes the viewer feel. Does the piece give you joy, warm your heart, or make you smile and feel positive? Those are the emotions and uplifting energies Helen tries to evoke in her work. The theme of Roy’s work is A Celebration of Color. The hope being that a colorful vibrant painting can transform a down or dark emotion. She finds it is especially satisfying to be in the middle of the urban jungle of NYC surrounded by concrete, tar, and grit and to be then able to capture the warm, refreshing and soothing colors of nature, and bring that energy into your home. Her palette is often dominated by the soothing colors one observes watching the sun set over the ocean: especially blues, greens, yellows, corals, pinks and lavenders. Roy’s mediums are acrylic, oil and cold wax & oil. Some of her work consists of clean lines and geometric shapes, while other pieces are abstract seascapes or non-representational. The artist tries to challenge expectations and perceptions by using balance, color, shapes, lines and a palette knife to encourage both movement and capture emotion. Her latest adventure is colorful Caldwell inspired mobiles, focusing on color and movement. The Hoxie Gallery, named after William D. and Lavinia B. Hoxie, is a public art gallery located in the Westerly Library that generally displays the work of local area artists. In keeping with the overall mission of the Westerly Memorial and Library Association, the gallery offers art exhibits to the community by providing exhibit space for area artists. Each exhibit is booked for the period of one month.