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WESTERLY — Westerly artist Catherine Radix Mansell will be featured in an upcoming member showcase at Rhode Island Watercolor Society in Providence.

Mansell will exhibit 15 artworks at the society, which is located in the historic JC Potter Casino Building in Pawtucket’s Slater Memorial Park. The exhibition will include work that combines Mansell’s interests in encaustic (beeswax) painting, Asian brush painting, and mixed media. Mansell's minimalist style, which reflects the natural environment and the power of abstraction. She often uses Chinese or Japanese ink, Chinese watercolor and wax in her paintings. Living in Maine for many summers and studying Asian brush painting there has proven to be the strongest influence on her work, she said in a recent statement.

Mansell, who has exhibited her work frequently including recent showings in highly competitive exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Mystic Museum of Art, the Lyme Art Association, the Providence Art Club, South County Art Association and Spring Bull Gallery, has degrees from Columbia University and Brown. While studying at Brown, she served as a proctor at Brown’s Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, where she shared management of the Center’s Art Gallery. She has completed additional studies in the Drawing and Painting Certificate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Donations of her work have benefited many nonprofits including the RISD Museum “Angel project” community education initiative and Save the Bay of Rhode Island.

The show will be open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, from June 27 to July 31. 

Her work will be presented alongside pieces by fellow RIWS members Elaine Gauthier and Donald Blough.

A former New Yorker, Catherine now lives in Westerly with her husband, Anthony.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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