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"Westerly: 350 Years"/ Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly

  • A time traveler sent back to 1669 would be able to experience the moment when Rhode Island and Providence Plantations incorporated King’s County as the Town of Westerly. Now, 350 years later, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery will help celebrate this special occasion with their August Show “Westerly: 350 Years” - Time Travel featuring photographers Lisle Ann Jackson & Ed Porter. Both artists capture different times and places as they view the world around them through a different lens. All are invited to the festive Opening Reception on Friday, August 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. This month ACGOW will also be celebrating one year at their new home at the Westerly Train Station. Visitors can enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres prepared by the artist members and refreshing wine provided by Perks & Corks. Featured artist 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.” The artist delights in creating works that make the viewer ask - “what exactly is that?” Being a bit of a purist, Ms. Jackson rarely changes the image as captured. She will on occasion crop or slightly enhance the color. Flowers, the sea and wood are some of her favorite subjects. She has a love for faces and sees them everywhere, especially in wood. The artist credits her involvement with the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery with her recent growth as an artist. She also has a studio in the Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT, and displays her works at Par 4 Restaurant in Groton, CT and in her home. The other featured artist in August is photographer Ed Porter. Having grown up in rural northern Maine Mr. Porter and his brothers were always outside with their father - hiking, skiing and fishing. He explains that this led him to a love of the outdoors and is the reason he likes to photograph landscapes and seascapes. The artist started drawing and painting at a young age and was drawn to photography while at Philadelphia College of Art. He continued on to Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA. Now retired, Mr. Porter has more time to spend on his photography and is in the process of starting a photography business. In regards to his process he states, “I, for the most part, feel the image as seen, is the most important thing to me.” When necessary he will sometimes use Photoshop to clarify or bring out what is seen, as he says, “because I feel it has merit as an altered image.” August’s show will also include the talents of all of the members of ACGOW- photographers, painters employing various media, sculptors, glass artists, woodworkers, weavers, fabric artists, jewelry makers and more. Gallery Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 7:00 and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00. ACGOW, is a fine arts gallery exhibiting a new show every month with work from member and visiting artists. ACGOW shows are free and open to the public.