CRISTY DEANSARES

Cristy DeAnseris, was born and raised in Pennsylvania and spent her 20s in Baltimore, moving to Rhode Island after meeting her husband, a Rhode Island native, in Chicago. She received a BS in general studies of Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, Cristy pursued a career in business and government contract work before forming her own LLC, Common Graces. Her small business focuses on her artwork and paying it forward by donating portions of the proceeds to autoimmune research and animal rescue. Her work is greatly influenced by nature as she states, “It is God’s canvas and brings me the greatest solace and peace. In those moments, I feel the most comfort and know everything will be ok.” Her current work uses photography and enhances her images with colored pencil to create a mixed media that brings them to life.

Her work has been shown in Chicago, Harrisburg and Baltimore. While a student, Crayola Corporation commissioned Cristy to produce multiple works to feature in its nationwide advertising campaign introducing a new product line: Portfolio Series.

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LILIANA FIJMAN

Liliana was born and raised in a rural area of Cordoba, Argentina. She immigrated to Providence Rhode Island in 1971. As a child growing up in rural South America, she found an early classroom in the forms and shapes of nature. As an adolescent her earlier observations and musings were given voice and mode of expression through the study of film and photography at the University of Cordoba Art school. After a pause that included raising two children, her formal art education was completed at Rhode Island College in 1984. After graduating, she actively worked in various mediums, honing her drawing skills and working in her own black and white photo lab. Through continuing education courses at the Rhode Island School of Design she was introduced to paper making and paper arts. She has since gone on to make paper arts her primary medium and has been accepted in traveling exhibitions at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton Mass, participating in various local galleries both locally and in her native Argentina where she maintain active collaborations in workshops led by Architect and master educator Silvia Turbiner.

This month Liliana will be a celebrity tour guide for Gallery Night Providence on July 21st. She will be giving a special presentation about PAPER, the feature of the night, at SPROUT, a coworking community at 166 Valley Street in Providence. You are invited to join in on the Gallery Night bus, or stop by the gallery on your own.

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TAYLOR MARONEY

Taylor Maroney is a figurative oil painter, born and raised in New England. She studied painting at the University Of New Hampshire where she received her BFA. She recently moved back to the East Coast after spending the last few years teaching and painting in San Francisco. She enjoys painting her friends and family as a way to connect with and honor their relationship. Taylor also finds inspiration in the students she teaches and traveling to new places. In the past six years she has lived in Italy, Africa, California, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts as well as completed two cross country road trips.

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NATASHA ROSARIO

Natasha Rosario was born in Providence, RI, to a large and vibrant Caribbean family. She is first-generation American and (soon to be) a first-generation college graduate for her family. She is an artist by nature, exploring the mediums of music, visual art and dance to project the scenes and questions in her head. Her introduction to music and creation was with Community MusicWorks, an intimate non-profit in Providence, where she learned to play the cello. Over the course of 12 years, she learned to form a unifying connection between the creation of art and community. Rosario is currently pursuing a BA in Visual Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI. Her work has been exhibited at the List Art Center. This spring, she is preparing for two solo exhibitions in Providence: one at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and another at List Art Center.

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HOLLY WACH

Holly Wach received her BFA in 1996 from the University of North Florida and her MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2001. From 2008 to 2015 she was the Art Education Manager at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA where she was responsible for bringing over 1000 art classes and workshops annually to Oakland’s underserved schools. Since moving to Rhode Island she has returned to the studio to create large-scale multifigural pastels and oil paintings. She was recently chosen to represent Rhode Island in Figure 50, a juried online gallery, highlighting the top figurative artists from each state.

Holly’s work center around feminine figures interwoven with powerful forces of nature. She creates an intimate paradox of vulnerability and strength, revealed in sensitive arrangement, bold mark-making and life-size formats.

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