WESTERLY — Nancy Gardner and Arlene Piacquadio are the featured artists for March at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.

Gardner works primarily in watercolor, a medium, writes gallery member Linda King, “that has the flow of movement and transparency necessary to capture the ocean that she loves.”

A self-directed artist, Gardner has been influenced by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Monet and Joaquin Sorolla along with contemporary artists Donald Demers, Keiko Tanabe and Mary Whyte.

“Although art and creativity have always been a part of her life,” King said, “her interest and focus have allowed her to grow as an artist for the past 20 years.”

Piacquadio, an encaustic artist, has developed her art work in many different mediums, including oils, collage, clay and jewelry, King said. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2012 and attending the Rhode Island School of Design, she has “discovered a new passion for encaustics, an ancient Roman and Greek process using beeswax and pigments, a movement that came to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s.”

Through Lyrical Abstraction, Piacquadio “reflects the show’s theme of ‘Acceleration — Rhythm and Movement,’ by communicating concepts, thoughts, ideas, and emotions abstractly,” said King. “For example rhythm is evoked through pattern.”

In the newly-named United In Arts Community Gallery, which occupies a section of the gallery, the Senior Art Group from the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, a group taught by Lucille Selvidio, will exhibit their recent work. The new work represents the changing seasons in various mediums, King said.

The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, founded in 1985, is a multipurpose facility that offers a variety of social, educational, health and human services programs with an emphasis on community spirit. In addition to other programs that fulfill their mission of neighbors helping neighbors, the PNC serves seniors ages 60 and up, residing in Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly. For more information, visit pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org.

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