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The Two McCarthys: Their Music, Their Art

The Two McCarthys

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I’ve known both of these gents for a while now. Both artists, both songwriters – we cross paths but they have never met

Michael McCarthy

I hear Mike often at the Rhode Island Songwriter Associations monthly critique sessions. He always has a new song to present, the lyrical content is always different. But, it was not until he hosted a critique session in his home that I realized how talented this man really is. Paintings everywhere. A diamond in the rough. Having retired after years of working in the state’s human services department, his talents are just starting to expand and blossom. I am excited to present him to you in The Songmill.

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Tim McCarthy

I run into TIm McCarthy everywhere. And, he is always so happy! I was first introduced to Tim at a Pawtucket Arts Collaborative event. His sculptural pieces, assembled from scraps he picks up along his mail route, are fabulously fun. So fun, that I had to have one of my own. Words cannot describe the wit and wisdon in his work. He too plays guitar and writes music.I look forward to presenting him to you in The Songmill.

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Please read more about TIm and Mike and purchase tickets for their Songmill Session at:

http://www.thesongmill.com

Rossoni’s “Everything Must Go Show”

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My friend Deb recently said, “You are always reinventing yourself-that’s what I like about you.” Sounds exciting, I know, but it is forever challenging. At mid-life, knowing there will be no retirement party followed by a pension, I am ready to plan my course of employment action.

Having been self-employed my entire adult life with music and art as a career, I’ve learned to become my own safety net. If I do not make things happen, they won’t. So I’ll continue to design in my Second Story Graphics studio (now in its 25th year) and host events such as The Songmill in the Rossoni Gallery. Top that all off with being an EMT in Jamestown, writing reviews for Motif, a little plein air painting and volunteering for organizations I care about and there lies my course of action for the next few years.

With all said, I am clearing my studio of all of the work I have done in the last 4 decades. Making room: to grow, to explore.

So if you would like a Rossoni piece at a very reasonable rate. Maybe even set your own price on some pieces. Come to the gallery and visit from August 17 – September 7 and view Rossoni: The Everything Must Go Show.

Also please don’t miss the Songmill session with Rick Bellaire and Joe Doyle on August 17! Details at http://www.thesongmill.com

 

Exhibit Extended: BETSY RITZ till July 27

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For those of you who have not had the opportunity to see this amazing exhibit, there is still time. Betsy’s work will remain up until July 27. The gallery is open this summer by appointment only. I have regular studio hours (Mon-Thursday, 8:30-6:00 pm) but may run out for appointments so call ahead.

Also, we have a new Songmill session scheduled on July 27, Sunday, from 4:30-6:30 with award winning songwriters Mike Laureanno (RI) and Laura Zucker (CA). be sure to visit http://www.songmill.com for details.

Betsy Ritz has loved music and art since even before she learned to play violin in 6th grade and got a Kodak Instamatic camera for Christmas in the fourth grade.

Growing up in the Finger Lakes of New York and Montana, she spent a lot of time outdoors, appreciating nature and developing her artistic sensibilities. She made several 8mm short films in high school, and thought of going to film school, but ended up majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.

Leaving California, Betsy went on to graduate school at Rutgers University majoring in English. Upon graduating, she worked in various jobs that combined her editing skills and her photographic abilities – editing publications for a nonprofit science and health organizationand covering municipal meetings for a newspaper. When she moved to Waco, Texas, with her husband, Rick Battistoni,  her editing and photography skills led to her employment with Texas Gardener magazine,

After spending 10 years in Texas, and giving birth to three native Texans, Betsy and family moved to New Jersey and then Rhode Island, where she has an art studio and darkroom in an old mill building in Pawtucket. She received a certificate in Drawing and Painting Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, and also has taken several classes online with the Museum of Modern Art.

Betsy works in oil paint and gouache, mixed media, cement, and color and black and white photography. She works with a panoramic Wide-lux film camera in addition to 35mm. Betsy has shown her work throughout the country, including in Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Brooklyn, NY; Attleboro, MA; and Providence, RI.

In 2008 Betsy picked up her violin again, started taking Celtic music lessons at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, and is now a fiddler with the Broad Street Fiddlers and with Mary Ann Rossoni’s band.

In the Songmill on June 27

Mike Laureanno • Laura Zucker

The Songmill

May 11, 2014 – Coffee ‘an’…Music

Songwriters:
Mary Day • Mary Ann Rossoni • Kim Petrarca
Visual Artist:
Betsy Ritz

I am very excited that the ball is now rolling on my songwriter/artist studio. There has been an ongoing struggle to manage my love of art, design and music. So here is the answer. I have created a one-stop listening shop at Rossoni Gallery. The Songmill will feature both regional and touring artists and focus primarily on their writing process as opposed to their performance skills.

As often as I can, , I will be hosting a songwriter/art series at the Gallery. The first performance and exhibit on Mother’s Day will be myself and invited guest songwriters Mary Day and Kim Petrara. Guest artist and fiddler Betsy Ritz will be exhibiting her work. Of course the theme for the day is “Mothers”.

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We hope you can attend:

Sunday – May 11 – $10  tickets

4:30 – 6:30 performances by Mary Day, Mary Ann Rossoni and invited guest

7:30 – 9:00 art opening, Betsy Ritz, painter

We will serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert pizzas from Indigo Pizza

You are welcome to BYOB!

Seating is limited to 30 so please reserve your seats early

There is no charge if you only choose to come to the opening at 7 pm

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exhibit: VINCENT CASTALDI September 20

Please join us on Friday, September 20 from 5-9:00 pm when the Rossoni Gallery in association with Mixed Media Publicity | Promotions, will host an exhibit of the most recent works of art by Rhode Island resident and RISD graduate Vincent Castaldi.

How are you drawn to a work of art? Do you gravitate toward bright colors or soft tones? Will the size or structure of a piece command your attention ? Sometimes, like magic a piece captures your imagination–such are the works of Vincent Castaldi.

Vincent will be exhibiting some of his modestly sized earlier works, oil pastel on paper, matted and framed and some of his new works which are oil pastels painted on larger stretched canvases.

The subject matter of his earlier work is figurative and illustrative often depicting fantastical dreamlike characters that seem to invite you into their story. The newer works are figurative as well but lean toward abstraction with an evolving theme — a metamorphosis of one’s soul.

I invite you to come see for yourself on the 20th. If you cannot make it, please visit another day — show will run until October 20.

Welcome to Rossoni Gallery

After working many years as a musician and designer, and loving most every minute of it, I felt it was time to expand a bit and spill over into another passion of mine-fine art.

Through the years I have been an incredible admirer of the works of my peers–-how they think, create and express themselves through song, on paper, canvas  and other media.

Rossoni Gallery is my invitation to many of these talented artists to show the community what it is they do, why they do what they do, and how it may of interest to them.

So, I hope you will sign our mailing list and hope you will attend one of our events and share your thoughts on art, music and culture.

Mary Ann Rossoni

Curator

Rossoni Gallery

Rossoni Gallery is located in Studio BF112 at 558 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI in the historic Lorraine Mills Building (across the street from the noted Lorraine Fabrics store). Along the left side of the large, two-towered mill, there is a very long and wide parking lot. The Gallery is in one of the first floor, walk-right-in, studio units along the right side of the parking lot –studio BF112. The studio is handicapped accessible (ramp 2 doors to the right of Gallery entrance)