Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wickford's Old Boat -- Hunting History

"If Boats Could Talk," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks. Painted from the bridge in Wickford, RI last week.
"If Boats Could Talk" surely this one would offer a grand history lesson. Friday afternoon before the Wickford Art Festival and the allowed booth setup time, I sought out a painting spot, finally choosing to sit (unusual for me but a better view) and capture this old green boat. I chose it because 1) it didn't look like it was planning to go anywhere) and 2) at the time of setup it was a splash of color in what WAS a gray day. At least it didn't go anywhere. The day turned sunny and my palette followed it.

Discussions with passersby and others estimated the age of the boat at about 100. In its early years, two people lived on it ... and assuming I heard correctly, this info came from stories told by an elderly Wickford resident who played on it when she was a child.  I tried to find out more but so far, no luck.  Please send me an email at if you can fill in the blanks. I'd really like to know. Now if boats could talk, asking wouldn't be necessary.

Thanks for reading!


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May through December:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
July 18-29: Salmagundi Club's Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, 47 Fifth Ave, NYC. "Heart of Telluride" accepted into exhibit on view in the Upper Gallery.
July 23-24: Loveladies Fine Art Festival, Loveladies, NJ (on Long Beach Island)
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

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