In 2010, Janice Strain approached the Wickford Art Association and asked if we would consider hosting a kid’s art show at the gallery. Janice was a very motivated art teacher and advocate for students and their art. Her passion for art and kids was very evident and I eagerly brought her proposal to the WAA Board of Directors. The Board embraced the idea whole-heartedly. Janice Strain’s passion for art is expressed here in her own words: “You know when a kid plays football the fans show up in great numbers to cheer him on. I want to see this same kind of validation for young artists. I believe having their artwork in an actual art gallery would be such an honor and it would encourage them to continue having art as a part of their lives, and that is what I am hoping to inspire in them.”
Janice Strain’s vision, the inaugural show, saw over 300 visitors to the exhibit. In more recent years, the number of visitors has grown to well over 500 at the opening reception alone. It is a wonderful thing to see parents and grandparents taking pictures of their beloved family member standing by his or her artwork beaming with pride.
You are welcome to attend any and all of our exhibits and events- but we especially invite you to view the Kids show coming up May 8th -24th with the reception on Saturday May 9th from 1-3pm at the gallery. Let’s encourage these young artists to be all they can be! See you at the gallery!
Wickford Art Association
401-294-6840, 36 Beach St., North Kingstown, RI 02852
“The purpose of the Wickford Art Association is to educate its membership, the local arts community and the general public, and to promote the arts in the community.”