Abridged History of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Mission: “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.”

On October 25, 2000, 25 artists led by Pat Zacks met at 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.


There are 96 members of Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (PAC), with a network of over 193 artists and art supporters. PAC made a formal presentation on April 25, 2001 requesting funding of $10,000 from the City of Pawtucket to establish a line item for “all arts organizations in the city of Pawtucket” to be eligible to receive city funding.

2001 Exhibits

Greater Than The Sum of It’s P’Arts as part of Pawtucket Convergence. 32 PAC artists participated in this exhibit.
Holiday Show and Sale – Slater Mill Gallery – 31 participating artists
Acquisition of permanent art gallery space in the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket. Design and installation, a collaboration of Morris Nathanson, PAC, the City of Pawtucket Planning Dept. and Exhibit ‘A’ Design Group.
Open Studios – 250 Esten Ave., Pawtucket. Participating artists: 2nd floor – Allison Kyner (painting/works on paper); 3rd floor – Anisa Raoof/Anisa Designs (metal clocks/mirrors/ frames/jewelry; Marion Christ/SlapJack Designs (vintage playing card mirrors); Mindy Cherry/Hobowear (fleecewear); Amy E. Wynne (painter/sculptor); 4th floor – Plato (custom leather artisan/handbags homegoods).


Through PAC initiatives, the Pawtucket City Council voted unanimously 9-0 in favor of a line item “arts funding”, which will allow any non-profit group in the city of Pawtucket to apply for funding for the arts. An award of a total of $10,000 has been allocated for the arts for the 2003 fiscal year.

Through the efforts of State Representative Mabel Anderson, PAC was awarded its first state legislative grant in the amount of $5,000.

PAC’s first exhibit at the RI Watercolor Society. 30 PAC members participated in this “Mixed Media Exhibit”, with a total of 72 pieces of artwork displayed.

In 2002 there are 116 PAC members along with a network of over 350.


City of Pawtucket put out requests for arts funding. The Pawtucket Arts Panel committee was established, and $10,000 in funding was made available for application to any artist or arts project in the City of Pawtucket. Among the awardees was the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative who received $1,500 for a Holiday Open Studio Stroll.

PAC rents the office at 260 Main Street, Pawtucket, in the city’s “Arts and Entertainment District” tax-free zone, providing a place for collecting artwork and organizing exhibits, a location for meetings, classes and information.

Education Committee Project

With the assistance of art teacher, Don Chabot of the Curvin-McCabe School in Pawtucket, Marianne Purviance, Mimo Gordon Riley and Gretchen Dow Simpson work with the students during 2002-2003 school year to paint a 50 foot long map of the world in color. Students were able to visit the artists in their studios across the street from the school.

In 2003 PAC has 130 members and a network of over 450.

2003 Exhibits

Flora and Fauna exhibit in the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery. 15 Members participated.
Open Studio Stroll
PAC Holiday Show and Sale
Nuestra – Bolivia – First Collective Exhibit
Juried Members Mixed Media Exhibit
Members Mixed Media Exhibit
Reflections exhibit
Members Mixed Media Exhibit
Art Source Members Show
14th annual Saxonville Open Studios Weekend Open Studio and Sale
Paintings by PAC member Laurie Lynn Lawton Puppets, Masks, and Stories Members
Mixed Media exhibit by member, Allison Kyner – upstairs gallery

2004 Exhibits

Hot Time, Summer in the City – PAC Members Exhibit Visitors Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, mixed media show including the work of: David Dadikian, Barry Doherty, Penny Faich, Stephen Nico Galluci, A. Giuffrida, Lance Giuffrida, Diana Jackson, Joanne Lefebre, Monique Metivier, Beverly Robertson, Sandra Solomon, Thomas Terceira, and Aaron Usher

Juried Members Mixed Media Exhibit
Pawtucket Arts Festival
PAC Members Holiday Show and Sale
Earth Air Fire Water PAC Gallery Visitors Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket, RI Pawtucket Artists Educators – Meet’N’Greet
A Walk through Pawtucket History Slater Mill Gallery, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI Spring Open Studio Stroll
Members Mixed Media Exhibit
Members Photography Exhibit

2005 Exhibits & Panels

Insights– A Lecture Series. Malcolm Grear, Graphic Designer on “The Design Process”. Sal Mancini, Photographer. Brower Hatcher, Sculptor. Dan Butterworth, Puppeteer

Panel: The Basics, Preparing to Show your Work. Lauren Ciccione, Gallery Director, Providence Art Club. Kenn Speiser, Artist, Don Smith, Owner Blackstone Picture Frames, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, N.W.S Painter

Panel: Print Making. Discussion and demonstration with Regina Partridge, Printmaker.  David Hazlett, Printmaker. Carol Fitzsimmons, Printmaker. Lisa Goddard, Printmake.r

Panel: Making a Living as an Artist (part 1). Sara Agniel, Owner, Gallery Agniel. Penny Faich, Kiln Formed Glass Artist. Meredith Younger, Head of Ceramics at the Steel Yard. Gretchen Dow Simpson, Painter.

Panel: Making a Living as an Artist (part 2). The Business of Art. Mimo Gordon Riley, Painter. Jim Watkins, Glass Artist. Valerie Tutson, Storyteller. Loren Chen, Potter.

2006 Exhibits & Panels,


  • JMW High School Invitational
  • Wood Works Invitational
  • Members’ Juried Exhibit Juror: Merle Mainelli Poulton
  • Members’ Exhibit: Portraits Self Portraits non juried Members Only Annual Open Juried Exhibit
  • Members’ Little Picture Show and Sale (non juried)

INSIGHTS: a Lecture. Monica Shinn, painter, discusses her art.

Panel: The Basics How to Market your Art: Luca del Borgo, photographer. Paula Martiesian, painter. Harley Bartlett, painter muralist. William Culbertson, sculptor.

Panel: Making a living as an artist Part 3: Jonathan Bonner, sculptor. Martina Windels
owner, director, jewelry designer MARTINA Company. Bonnie Turner, muralist. Cliff Clear, muralist.


Panel: Making a Living as an Artist Part 4: Martie Holmer, artist/educator. Robin Blossom, photographer. Chris Kane, sculptor. Dorothy Bocian, art administrator art agent.

Members’ Juried Exhibit juror: Ida Schmulowitz

INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Ida Schmulowitz, painter discusses her art

INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Erminio Pinque, artistic director, Big Nazo, a Providence based creature performance group

Figurative Work. Kathy Armor, Lana Deem Campbell, Kate Huntington, James Kubiatowicz, Ronnie White, David Witbeck

Members Juried Exhibit: John Abromowski, Shawn Kenney, Alan August, Paola Mangiacapra, Jane Brito, Rosemarie Manson, Ronald Brule, Tim Mccarthy, Elena Calderon-Patino, Clare Nesdall, Linda Grace, Regina Partridge, Fred Degregorio, Amy Jean Romero, Vincent Oliver De Marco Iii, Mimo Gordon Riley, Ted Easler, Wilma Rosen, Ruth Emers, Leonard Rumpler, Nancy Gaucher Thomas, Donna St. Amant, Allen Russell Halle, Hiroko Shikashio, Richard Harrington, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Bruce Kaplan, Kenn Speiser, David Kendrick

Exhibit El Arte Une Los Pueblos, Art Unites Communities: Pablo Alvarez, Agustin Patiño, David Baggarly, Tatania Pina, Elena Calderon- Patiño, Merle Mainelli Poulton, Bert Crenca, Anne Rocheleau, Cesare Decredico, Amy Jean Romero, Francisco Hernandez, Kenn Speiser, Chris Kane, Mark Tabar, Lloyd Martin, Neal Walsh, James Montford

INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Kenn Speiser, artist, speaks about his art


Annual Open Juried Exhibit: Painter Merle Mainelli Poulton as juror.

The Free Hand, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative call for drawings. Silvia Acosta, artist and architect, as juror.

Crossing Borders: Redefining the Dream, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Annual Multicultural Exhibit Opening Reception. Music by Franternidad Folkorica Bolivana

Insights: A Lecture Series with music by Jason Roseman

10 x 10 x 10 Show


Third Annual Multicultural Juried Exhibit, Art Unites. Award Winners: Pawtucket Foundation Prize of $2000 to Astra Wijaya, photography. Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Award $200 to Dusan Petran, sculpture. People’s Choice Award $150 to George Garcia, sculpture.

10 x 10 x 10 Show


Fourth Annual Open Multicultural Exhibition. Jurors Susan Dowling, co-creator of PBS “Art 21” and Susan Carrol, Curator for the Chazan Gallery at Wheeler School

Annual Open Juried Exhibit, Jason Brockert, painter, as juror

10 x 10 x 10 Show


Members’ Juried Exhibition The Literary As Muse, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas as Juror

Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition. Jurors Mim Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum and Kenn Speiser, Sculptor


Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Gretchen Dow Simpson as juror


Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Pat Appleton as juror, President of Malcolm Grear Designs

In July 2013 there are 148 members.



Historic Lorraine Mills

Built in the turn of the century, Lorraine Mills is a 325,000 Square foot complex. Now a bastion for Rhode Island artists, craftspeople and businesses, Lorraine Mills is also the host for the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.

The Mill has large, small, and shared work studios available for artists of all ilks — from sculptors to painters to silk-screeners, dancers to graphic, fashion and interior design!

Join a unique collection of working artists in a thriving art community. If you are interested in leasing one of the unique spaces at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, please call Len LaVoie at 401-751-8428.

Gallery Hours

Sundays 11am-2pm


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: Sundays 11am-2pm


560 Mineral Spring Ave. Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

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