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Renée Finlay | Pastel | West Island, Fairhaven, MA

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Renée Finlay | Pastels | Now Through December 31

Due to the nature of her job as an art teacher, Renée Finlay had always considered herself to be a “Jack of all trades and a master of none.” When retirement was approaching and despite having a strong ceramics background, Renée focused her attention on attaining mastery in drawing and painting.

Since having first encountered pastels while taking art lessons as a child, Renée has chosen to now pursue the study of pastel painting as a senior citizen.

Although predominately a plein air painter, Renée enjoys still life and portrait studies; however, she is currently experimenting with abstract themes and images. This exhibition is a display of various subject matter, but every work is a pastel painting.

With a BS in Art Education and an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Ceramics and Anthropology, Renée Finlay is a retired Bellingham, Massachusetts High School Fine Arts Department Head and Art Teacher. As a former Adjunct Professor at Framingham State College, Renée co-taught a Graduate Level Professional Development Course in Interdisciplinary Art/Music studies with her niece Marie Forte, Bellingham High School’s Band Director.

Renée is a Smithfield, RI resident and serves as a member of the Smithfield Conservation Commission, Town of Smithfield Recycling Refuse Committee, Energy Committee and Smithfield Conservation Commission’s Woodland Whispers Poetry Committee.

She holds memberships in several art associations, including the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Wickford Art Association, Cape Cod Art Center, and Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.

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Potential Exhibitors

Interested artists may contact the Assistant Director for more details at 401-949-3630 ext. 117 or

Please review the Exhibitor Guidelines below. Scheduled artists should complete the Exhibitor Waiver and submit it to the Assistant Director in advance of the exhibit date.

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