Paintings By Joanne King, At BankRI

The BankRI Galleries present:
BankRI Turks Head Gallery: “Paintings by Joanne King” June 2 through July 6, 2016 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

There will be a Gallery Night reception on June 16 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

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Stop by on Gallery Night and hear Mark do his thing!

Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 401 574-1330.

MEET THE ARTIST – JOANNE KING

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It seems like a lifetime ago when Joanne King stepped from her childhood bedroom in Lincoln, Rhode Island to walk down the aisle with her husband-to-be and then boarded a plane to go to Korea.

For a year, she and her husband Peter lived the army life, he as a MASH unit physician and she as a nurse in a Korean Hospital Pediatric Nursery.  They traveled when they could, visiting Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.  Life was never dull that first year and their adventurous spirit served them well.

They came back to the United States and settled in Seattle for a year, then drove across country back to Rhode Island so Peter could finish his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and they could raise a family.  Before she was married, King worked as a nurse in the ICU for years.  Later after her kids finished high school, she went back to college to earn her Bachelor of Science degree.  She then took a job at the Lincoln School as director of health services, later moving to Gordon School in the same position.  Throughout King dabbled in painting taking classes at the Providence Art Club and at the Handicraft Club, first with Lisa Goddard and then Richard Harrington.

But it wasn’t until King retired from her job at Gordon School that she had the time to devote to her painting. “When you start painting at 50,” King says, “You are a little more rigid, a little behind the eight ball.”   She credits both Goddard and Harrington with helping her find her own style and develop a confidence in her work.

King’s paintings convey a quiet, honest approach to painting nature.  She successfully captures the many moods nature has to offer in an intimate format, some as small as 6×6 inches.  These paintings don’t hit you over the head, but invite the viewer in.

King loves nothing more than taking in the fog and mist over the ocean in Westport or watching the ever-changing personality of the lake from her camp in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.  She loves animals and sometimes includes them in her paintings.

“I paint mostly on the enclosed front porch {in Maine} which has fabulous light,” King says. “ My paintings are records of my experience. One can only hope that my vision represented through painting will encourage viewers to appreciate and help preserve nature, enjoy her spaciousness, and allow for time to reflect on the beauty around us.”

The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

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