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Prize Winners Will Be Announced on April 22nd

Transformation Artists

 We are delighted to announce the artists who are part of the Transformation Juried Show:

Deborah Baldizar, Jillian Barber, Whitney Bates, Sharon Bibeault, Roxanne Blackmore, Dan Borden, Chelsea Bradway, Diane Brown, Peter Campbell, Laura Carpenter, Victoria Dalpe, Angel Dean, Joanne DeLomba, Cynthia DiDonato, Devin Dugan, Eran Fraenkel, Jan Gendron, Bonnie Jaffe, Marc Jaffe, Dave Kendrick, Kelly Lee, Melyssa Lentini, George Lowell, Catherine Mansell, Melanie Medeiros, Tom Monahan, Todd Monjar, Nugent, Noah Olson, Zach Prosser, Max Reinhard, Betsy Ritz, Amy Salomone, Jan Schusswohl, Lee Ann Scotto Adams, Beverly Silva, Robert Snowden, Alexandra Spano, Patrick Steele, Quincy Struss, Elinor Thompson, Beverly Tinklenberg and Barbara Von Eckardt.

Transformation is defined as a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. Landscapes and weather transform, people transform, everything is changing all the time. For PAC’s 2021 hybrid show (online and in gallery) we invite all artists, PAC members and non-members, in all mediums*, to submit works for TRANSFORMATION
PAC understands this last year has been challenging, heartbreaking, and illuminating in many ways. Show us your TRANSFORMATIONS. Guest juror Francoise McAree will select the works and award the top prizes: $1000 for 1st Place, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd. The PAC Gallery Committee will award a $100 prize as well. 

  • Interested in becoming a member? Join or renew
  • Accepted work must be dropped off at the PAC Gallery 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Pawtucket, RI on Friday 4/16 between 4-7 and Saturday 4/17 from 10/12.
  • We ask you to include written instructions if your work has specific hanging/display needs or to consider attending the art installation on Saturday 4/17 from 12-3. 
  • ALL work MUST be priced. NO Price on Request or Not for Sale entries.
*Some restrictions apply. 
ABOUT THE JUROR: Francoise McAree
Francoise McAree, born in Montreal, Canada, is a Providence based artist, independent curator, educator and arts administrator. Trained as a painter, she works across a wide variety of mediums and processes, including oils, acrylics, encaustic, photography, photo transfer, collage, textiles, sewing, embroidery, drawing and sculpture in her practice. The exploration of aspects of physicality and materiality—skin, membranes, body parts, portraits/heads, petals, masterwork, abstraction are among her ongoing visual references. In her work, she examines concepts of mortality, constructs of beauty, the underpinnings of masterwork paintings, and optical illusion. Working at the intersection of craft/making and painting, she considers how the attributes of painting-- surface, brushstroke, tactility, “skin”, rhythm and depth of color through layering, etc.--can be translated into other materials and techniques. This strategy of translation explores the expressive power of materials and is at the core of her process. 
Francoise has exhibited her work in many shows locally including at AS220, Hera Gallery, Chazan Gallery/Wheeler School, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Yellow Peril Gallery and in the US and abroad. She has curated numerous shows including Paper Dolls, a 4-artist collaborative residency project in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum and AS220, and Glue, Paper, Scissors at ColoColo Gallery in New Bedford, MA. Additionally as Chair/Exhibitions Committee of the Hive Archive, a feminist collective, she orchestrated many exhibits including In Your Face, a self-portrait exhibit of over 300 local and international female artists, Artists in the Archive, an artist residency project at the Providence Athenaeum with an exhibit at AS220 Project Space and Crossing Currents: Feminism Now, a 40 artist group show at the Feinstein Gallery of URI’s Providence campus. As an educator, Francoise has taught at Rhode Island College, RISD/CE, Parsons School of Design, both in Paris and NY, and until recently was the Fine and Applied Art Program Manager in RISD/CE. Prior to living in Providence, Francoise lived and worked in NYC, Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan. She received a grant to study calligraphy for 9 months in Japan and was awarded a teacher of excellence award from Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research. She earned her BA from Middlebury College in Vermont and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. 
The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is a member-driven, fully volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists by creating awareness, education, and involvement with our members and the public-at-large.
560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02860 in the Lorraine Mills Complex. It is on the first floor and is handicapped accessible from the front, behind the Miss Lorraine Diner.
 Mailing address: Pawtucket Arts Collaborative PO Box # 966 
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862
Questions? Comments?
Contact with online submission/ payment/ or membership renewal questions. 


Winter Show Prize Winners

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Winter Show. They are:

Marjorie Ball, Farm in Winter, First Prize

Tim McCarthy, Make Denali Great Again, Second Prize

Susan Graseck, Waning Light, Third Prize

Beverly Silva, Stocking Stuffers, PAC Prize/Honorable Mention



runs Thursday 1/14/21 thru 2/25/21

This year has been unexpected to say the least. Political upheaval, economic strain, and a relentless pandemic have been pushing people to their breaking point. PAC knows that art-making and the art community can be a healing salve during these hard times. PAC artists responded to the call; four won prizes of: $500 1st prize; $250 2nd prize; $100 3rd prize and $100 PAC Prize.

PAC Members’ Show: WINTER from the old Germanic meaning ‘The time of water’. Other notable elements of the coldest season: Winter Equinox aka the shortest day of the year, the Vernal Equinox where the day and night are equal in length. Cold and darkness. Rest and renewal. It’s a season of dormancy, of hibernation. Aurora Borealis. Yuletide greetings. The frozen worlds of Norse mythology. Yeti. Krampus. Migration. Hanukkah. Persephone and Hades. Scandanavian Hygge and coziness. Death and Rebirth. The Japanese snow ghost Yuki-onna. Gingerbread and Evergreens. Blizzards and ice skating. Snow days! The list goes on and on.

You can see the works entered into this wonderful exhibition at:

GALLERY HOURS FOR THE SHOW: Gallery will be open by appointment only. Contact to schedule viewing times. All guests must follow strict Covid guidelines including masking, social distance, and no more than 5 people in the gallery at one time.  

Participating artists: 

Jerry Aissis, Wendy Anctil, Bradley Bailey, Marjorie Ball, Dan Borden, Mary Belden Brown, Peter Campbell, Barbara Canning, Kate Chute, Victoria Dalpe, Cynthia DiDonato, Devin Dugan, Robert Easton, Maureen Eckert, Jan Gendron, Ann-Marie Gillett, Susan Graseck, Marguerite De Lucia Hall, Carol Hansen, Joan Hausrath, Wendy Ingram, Bonnie Jaffe, Marc Jaffe, Frank Lally, George Lowell, Eveline Luppi, Michael Luzzi, Tim McCarthy, Joan McConaghy, Melanie Medeiros, Joanne Morrissey, Sara Nugent, Sophia Paliotti, Elvira Para, Mimo Gordon Riley, Frank Robertson, Joan Rollins, Ann Rozhon, Beverly Silva, Robert Snowden, Thomas Terceira, James Therieau, Elinor Thompson and Roberta Uhlmann

ABOUT THE JUROR- Founder & Executive Director, The Avenue Concept inc

Restorative – Adaptability – Deliberative – Self-Assurance – Responsibility

Founder and Executive Director Yarrow Thorne developed his passion for art and design in urban spaces growing up in a design-based family in Northampton, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and for the last ten years has been learning how to support public art programming in the urban environment. While a student, Yarrow established RISD’s first public art policy to create revolving walls for artists to showcase their work.

In 2012, he was selected to receive one of twenty SEED Grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which he used to found The Avenue Concept, a platform for a scalable and sustainable public art programming in Providence, Rhode Island. Yarrow’s vision for The Avenue Concept is a private organization that leverages support for public art projects to get off the ground, to jump-start excitement and recognition for art and its value in Providence and everyday life.

Yarrow believes his dyslexia is his greatest asset because through it he has developed his ability to work outside the box in many venues, particularly in finding creative solutions to urban challenges using public art. Yarrow has installed over 150 pieces of public art since 2012.

Questions? Comments about the show? Email:  Technical questions should be directed to:


Drawing sessions hosted by PAC

are back in business!

Sessions are limited to 12 attendees who MUST wear masks and maintain social distancing. For more information, please contact Frank Lally at

Model fees are $12 for non-members, $10 for members. 

All sessions are from 10am to 1pm Saturdays.    

Sessions usually include a 20 minute warm-up with multiple  short poses followed by 2/3 longer poses with breaks.  Any medium except oil paints.  Interested artists should contact  Frank (401-486-0394 or with questions or to be added to the weekly reminder as well as any late cancellation notifications.  Chairs are provided but we ask attendees to bring their own easels if possible. Materials are not provided.

(life drawing session at Cornell University, mid 20th century)

Collage Workshops will continue

(hopefully) in the fall of 2021.

Art by Lin Collette

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists. We do this by creating awareness, education and involvement through our members.


On October 25, 2000, 25 artists led by Pat Zacks met at the Slater Mill for the first time to establish goals, bylaws, membership dues, a mission statement, a logo, and a web site and formed Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. To read more about PAC's history, year by year, click here.

Gallery Hours

Starting on November 7th, 2019, gallery hours are: Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 pm Saturday/Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Please support the sponsors that support us:


PAC thanks the City of Pawtucket for the generous Arts Organizational Grant

 PAC Mill Gallery:

560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02860 Mailing address: Pawtucket Arts Collaborative PO Box # 966 Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862

Gallery Hours: 

Thursdays 5pm to 7pm.

Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 5pm.

560 Mineral Spring Ave
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

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