Featured Artists

Vera Gierke

Fine Artist, Collage

I call my collages “A Fanciful View of a Realistic Subject”. My collages are not abstract, rather they are using selected pieces of paper to create artwork that’s more than just the image itself. There’s the view of the art from a distance, but then I invite the viewer to come in close to see what was incorporated into the collage.


Paul Morse, aka Pfunk

Painter, Graffiti Artist

Better known as PFunk, Paul has been painting for over 30 years. Paul is a nationally recognized painter and graffiti artist, and a member of the New York City Graffiti Hall of Fame.

Aside from painting and street art, Paul is a prolific digital artist. He has had his work on display at HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery in East Providence. His street art has been featured and celebrated on many local news outlets.


Roberta Lamb

Musician, Performing Artist, Songwriter

Roberta Lamb is a singer and songwriter who draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. A native Texan, she’s based out of Rhode Island, and performs at cafes, bars, farmers markets and wherever artists share their voices in New England, New York, Israel, the UK and Germany. Her music, including her album, Not Your Mama’s Blues, is streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Bandcamp.


Abigail Worden

Fine Artist, 2D Media

Abigail Worden is a senior at East Providence High School who specializes in 2D media. They enjoy being part of the East Providence art community, having been involved in numerous gallery showings and classes. They plan on continuing to study art in college and hope to remain involved in the community.

Cindy Manchester

Fine Artist, Collage Artist

Cindy Manchester is an intuitive painter and painterly collage artist. She approaches each canvas as a blank slate and then applies layers of media and color in a spontaneous and intuitive way. She loves abstract painting for its ability to be transformative, tell a story, and open up new worlds.


Dr. Karen Petit

Poetry and Novels

Dr. Karen Petit likes to help others to write, in addition to writing her own poetry and novels. She is the CCRI Writing Center Coordinator and a CCRI adjunct faculty member. Petit is also the author of three books of poetry (Paw Dream Mazes, Amazing Holiday Paws, and Holidays Amaze) and four novels (Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, and Unhidden Pilgrims). All of Petit’s books have historic elements, pictures, Christian content, and dream/reality sections. 


Sue Dussault-Eddins

Fine Artist, Singer, Songwriter

Sue Dussault-Eddins is a self taught visual and performing artist. She works in acrylics and oils, often blending the two. Sue’s work has been displayed at the HeARTspot Art Center & Gallery in East Providence, the Portsmouth Arts Guild, New Hope Gallery Cranston, Askew Providence and the Coffee Depot in Warren. She is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of two local bands, Chained to Insanity and Hit Rewind. 


Joanna Elizabeth Read

Fine Artist, Muralist

Joanna Read is a fine artist and muralist who works in a variety of media. Her work is an expression of her love of nature, passion for outdoor adventure, and commitment to community engagement. Many of her pieces are public art murals, like her commissioned piece Eagle’s View: From Providence to Denali. These six panels can be seen on Thayer Street on Providence’s East Side. In 2018, Joanna was an artist in residence with Wavemaker Portugal in Ericeira, Portugal, titled Wavemaker Collective: Where Social Innovation and Creativity Meet the Sea.


Cathren Housley

Illustrator, writer

Cathren Housley is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and writer. Cathren is a graduate of RISD’s Children’s Book Illustration Program. She has illustrated five children’s books and produced two animated films. In her animated film The Land of the Skyfighter Cathren uses artwork created by children to animate the film. In 2018, Cathren created a large-scale collaboration titled “The United American Peace Flag.” The Flag was created using the individual peace flags of 312 Rhode Islanders. Cathren’s goal in creating the Flag was “to strengthen the respect for all [Rhode Islanders]–both newly arrived and long-time residents; to represent all colors, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and ages, and unite our visions for peace.”Cathren has been a staff writer for Motif Magazine since 2015.


John Hunter Housley

Fine Artist, Graphic Designer

John Hunter Housley is a fine artist and graphic designer who works in a variety of media. John attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). For forty years, he worked as a graphic artist and art director, until a “drastic change in the field made [him] turn away from graphic design and towards the fine arts.” Those decades of experience in graphic design are readily observed in John’s fine art, where the forms, textures, and placement speak of his deep knowledge in graphic design. Much of John’s inspiration comes from casual observation during drives in rural areas.


Sandra DeSano

Fine Artist

Sandra describes her childhood as one spent “out of doors.” It’s clear that this early exposure to the outdoors has had a lasting impact on her and her approach to her work. Sandra’s work is on display at Lake Effect Gallery in Meredith, New Hampshire and Gallery Z in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Sandra was awarded the Best National Landscape award at the National Exhibit in Barnstable, Massachusetts for her painting “Silent Moment.”


Karen Murphy

Fine Artist

Karen Murphy is a contemporary landscape painter. In her work, Karen uses muted colors and soft contours to “evoke a quiet contemplative mood.” Her process involves her walking “through nature as a quiet observer – seeking to understand nature’s poetry.”  She then brings her  memories and feelings back to the studio and starts painting. Most of her work is created this way, in the studio, from her imagination. Karen and her work have been featured in publications like American Art Collector Magazine, New England Living and The Bay Magazine.


Rachel Brask

Fine Artist

Rachel creates oil paintings that celebrate the bright colors, contemplation, and spirit of renewal that comes with rainy days.

Rachel has a BA in Art from Houghton College and has been accepted into art residencies at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and the Golden Apple Studio and Art Residency in Maine.


Kathy Hodge

Kathy Hodge

Fine Artist, illustrator

Kathy has served as an artist-in-residence for the National Parks Service and the National Forest Service. She has lived in 10 different National Parks. She says of her time spent living in these parks: “The residencies in which I have felt closest to the spirit of the park have been the ones with the most primitive accommodations. Light from a kerosene lantern, water from a pump. My actions dictated by the journey of the sun across the sky, the changing weather and tides…”

Kathy was awarded the 2017 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Fellowship in Painting award.

In 2010, she was awarded First Prize at the Bristol Art Museum’s Members’ Show.

Kathy’s paintings are done in oil and egg tempera; her drawings are done in pastel and charcoal.


Drawing of John Gieg

John L. Gieg

Illustrator, Writer, Ceramic Artist

John describes his work as a “reflection of himself…quirky, often funny and a little odd,” and that his work “honors the overlooked.” John is the author and illustrator of A is for Absoloth: A Primer of Forgotten Gods, Monsters & Heroes and A Coloring Book of Many Dragons. He lives in Riverside.


Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon

Fine Artist

Jennifer is a self-taught painter with a background in sculpture. Jennifer spent nearly 20 years in the public school classroom before leaving to open her brick-and-mortar business: HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery. She’s best known for her pop-culture icon portraits and her Beyond the Diagnosis work. In 2019 Jennifer became a RISCA funded artist and started a public art project that highlights members of our local community. She spends quite a bit of her time teaching and regular studio practice.


Wendy Anctil

Fiber Artist

Wendy is a self-taught fiber artist, specializing in felted wool paintings. She works primarily with wool and other fibers using wet-felting and needle-felting techniques. Wendy’s work is influenced by her love of nature and the moon. She was the recent winner of the People’s Choice Award for Felted Art at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, RI.


A. Keith Carreiro


Keith creates stories filled with the rhythms of music and the lyricism of poetic expression. His style is influenced by Keith’s “consuming interest in poetry” that started when he was in high school. In 2014, Keith started working on a nine-book science fiction/fantasy thriller saga called The Immortality Wars. Thus far, he has written and published 3 of the 9 books in the series. Keith is an adjunct faculty member of the English Departments at Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College.


Paul F. Caranci


Paul is an author with ten published books to his credit including four award winning books. The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution was voted one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013 by the Providence Journal. Scoundrels: Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island was the winner of the 2016 Dorry Award as the non-fiction book of the year. The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery, and Faith earned Paul a finalist spot in the International Book Awards. I Am The Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes landed Paul the same honor.


Mary Catherine Volk

Writer & Speaker

Mary Catherine Volk is a best-selling author, spiritual advisor and speaker. She serves as an ambassador between the worlds. She relays messages of healing and love from those in spirit to their loved ones here on the earth. Mary is the author of two books, Believe In Forever – How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved – It was not just your imagination or an odd coincidence and her newly released Trust It! You Have the Power Within You. This book is the compass you need to navigate these changing times.


Melissa Linhares Spurr

Writer, Illustrator

Melissa is a writer and illustrator. Melissa has worked in the field of writing for over 15 years. Her creative work reflects her reading interests, with much of her illustration ideas coming from old and overlooked texts like The Lusiads. Much of her work explores her heritage as an Azorean New Englander and her deep attachment to the sea.


R. K. Bentley

Writer, Photographer

R.K. is a writer of science fiction, photographer, and graphic designer. His most recent work, Where Weavers Daire is a “space opera” that comes to us “from the cold and dark reaches of space to across the Wailing Sea, [where] something old has been summoned.” R.K. lives and works in Rhode Island.


Photo of Kate Martin

Kate Martin

Handmake Artisan Jewelry Maker

My art form is handmade, one of a kind jewelry.

Sterling silver is my “go to,” but I also incorporate copper, brass and bronze in my pieces. In addition, I have a wide range of enameled earrings and pendants. My selection of jewelry is pretty eclectic continually evolving.


Angelina Singer

Published Author / Freelance Editor and Content Writer

Angelina Singer is a young adult/new adult author with a romantic comedy, Just Like a Pill, books 1-3 of a dystopian science fiction trilogy The Upperworld Series, and both books of The Rewind Duology available for purchase on Amazon now. In addition to her writing career, Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 2019, where she studied English, Music, and Creative Writing. Angelina is also a board member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, managing their Young Adult initiative while balancing a day job freelance editing and content writing to help clients bring their literary visions to life.


Evelyn Audet

Published Author 

Evelyn Audet is a United States Coast Guard captain and runs her own lighting design business in Rhode Island. Evelyn is an artist and a naturalist. She has been an observer of our natural world since she was a toddler growing up in Westport, Massachusetts. Traveling around and then living on a sailboat in the Caribbean brought a widened view of nature and exciting experiences. 


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Fine artists
  • Kim Belleavoine – link
  • Rachel Brask
  • Linda Bonaccorsi – Photographer – link
  • Emily Farnsworth – link
  • Michael Fournier
  • Dolores Gaynor
  • Jenna Goldberg – Artist and Furniture Designer – link
  • Cristina Martuccelli
  • David O’Connell – Sculptor
  • Laurelin Sitterly – link
  • Sherri Snyder – link
  • Rich Watrous – Sculptor and Designer – link
performing artists

Performing Artists

  • Rick Lawson – Musician
  • Bill Hurley – Musician
  • Annette Mozzoni – Musician – link
  • Karen Orsi – Musician
  • Judy dePerla – Theatre – link
  • Johanna Walczak – Musician
  • Karen Petit – link
  • Angelina Singer – link
  • Etta Zasloff – link
  • Nicole Waybright
  • L.A. Jacob – link
  • Alison O’Donnell – link
  • Karen A. Gasperini – link
  • Joann Mead – link
  • Terry Gaspard – link
  • Angelina Singer – link
  • David Aiello
  • Ryan Martins – link
  • Gary Benassi
  • Michael Carlozzi
  • Mary Catherine Volk – link
  • Evelyn Audet – link
Artisans / Makers

Artisans /Makers

  • Leita Adeyemi – link
  • Joan Bergeron – link
  • Kim Carruolo – link
  • Benjamin Kurose – Glass – link
  • Kate Martin Nelson – link
  • Paul Olson – Ceramics, Illustrator, Painter – link
  • Jessica Schlachter – Ceramics – link
  • Jennifer and Keith Wahl – link
  • Jeanie Hicks
  • Marilyn Eanet