The BRT Art Gallery is an ongoing initiative to have the work of local visual artists combine with BRT's performing arts programming to enhance the audience's total experience and expose them to the many talented artists that live and work nearby. Exhibits generally change every 5 or 6 weeks between mid-September and May. Artwork is viewable two hours before scheduled theater events and is often for sale.
Blackstone River Theatre Art Gallery presents pastels by Karole Nicholson
Blackstone River Theatre's Art Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of pastels by Karole Nicholson Feb. 22 through March 28, viewable two hours before and during scheduled theatre events, in the upper and lower lobby of the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. The BRT Art Gallery is an ongoing initiative to have the work of local visual artists combine with BRT's performing arts programming to enhance the audience's total experience.
Karole Nicholson attended Rhode Island School of Design studying graphic and advertising design; she currently works in mixed media and pastel. Her award-winning work has appeared in many solo and group shows throughout New England. In 2008 she traveled to Peru with the Art Ambassadors Project, in 2011 and 2017 to Italy to experience and paint the Umbrian/Tuscan landscape, and in 2016 to paint at the Ring of Kerry, Ireland. She has held membership in the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society and is an active members of the Providence Art Club.
Her artwork has been shown in international competitions and national/regional shows throughout New England where she has won best of show and first place awards. An appreciation and concern for the disappearing green spaces in the local environment are at the center of Nicholson's painting focus. She chooses to capture intimate yet abstracted scenes of Southeastern New England, bringing the viewer to a place of identification and memory. Often the scenes are not unique and frequently overlooked … streams, fields, farms, paths. These subjects come into play when suddenly trees are downed, land is excavated and what was once a tender resting spot for the senses is now a development of oversized houses.