New Beginnings: SCA’s Annual Contest

About the Contest

Each year, artists who have registered for the Open Studio Tour are invited to submit an image of one original artwork for a chance to win prizes and to have their work featured in the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour publicity and marketing. Although not all participating artists also submit work to the contest, the work demonstrates the diversity of South Coast Artists and the competition is quite rigorous.

About the Theme

Following the difficult year of the pandemic, this year’s contest was appropriately on theme of New Beginnings. The theme was very broad, so that all artists had the opportunity to choose their very best work that incorporated the theme of New Beginnings: springtime, new life, blooming, emerging from the quarantines of the past year, sunrise, awakening, nature, the color green, buds emerging from the warming ground, a welcome rebirth from the slumber of winter, and other creative concepts.

About the Juror

Ben Shattuck is the lead curator of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His paintings have been exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum, Sloane Merrill Gallery, Greylock Gallery, Steven Amedee Gallery, and Julie Heller Gallery. He is also the founder and director of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency. Shattuck has received fellowships from the US National Parks Service Artist-in-Residence program, The Vermont Studio Center, Bush Creek Center for the Arts, The Arts Students’ League of New York, and the Lighthouse Works.

An Art Critic’s View

If you missed our March Members’ Meeting, here’s your chance to hear the evening’s featured presentation. In it, art critic Don Wilkinson shared his fascinating journey from art student to cultural commentator.

An Artist’s Journey

If you missed our February Members’ Meeting, here’s your chance to hear the evening’s featured presentation. In it, Robert Abele spoke about his fascinating journey from New York graffiti artist, to formal training, to New England fine artist and teacher.

South Coast Artists Members Are Cordially Invited . . .

In the spirit of collaboration and artists-helping-artists, the Art League of Rhode Island cordially invites South Coast Artists members to participate in an exciting professional program.

How to Make a Living
Doing What You Love

Jackie Battenfield

Wednesday, April 7th

at 6:00 pm

via Zoom

Award-winning artist and author, Jackie Battenfield has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker with extensive expertise on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts.

In 1992 she took over the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) seminars—sessions where emerging artists engaged with art professionals to discuss business issues. She encouraged extensive interaction between the artists, nurtured the community, and shared her “from the trenches” experience. She was known for speaking frankly as one artist to another, discussing issues and exchanging information as colleagues.

She has helped design workshops for the Creative Capital Foundation, and has taught professional development class in the MFA program at Columbia University. These experiences have helped sharpen her skills in teaching strategies of self-promotion, grant writing, financial management, and organization to artists at different stages of their career.

Jackie has worked with artists across the USA in the weekend retreats developed at the Creative Capital Foundation, and has witnessed and addressed the challenges artists face to maintain their practice in big and little cities, small towns, and small rural communities.

She is the author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love. More information is on her website,

Jackie’s 60-minute talk will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

She will go over the fundamental skills artists need to develop and sustain a professional life.



A link to the Zoom event will be sent upon registration. Questions?

Opportunity for Artists Who Work in 3-D

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is seeking artists to design an aerial sculpture to enhance the entrance and lobby.

The hospital is using an Ocean theme to enhance wayfinding and create individual aesthetic themes inspired by the ocean. The aspect of ocean on the ground floor is “Shores” which includes the shoreline, water lapping, shells, sea glass and the beach. The aspect of ocean on the first floor is Vessels, which includes all water vessels. The overall theme of the renovation includes sea life and sea creatures in all forms moving fluidly through the ocean, as well as the recreation, use and enjoyment of the beautiful beaches and shores of the Ocean State.

The aerial sculpture / mobile will hang from the first-floor atrium ceiling and be visible from the ground floor as well as first floor entry way. The public art sculpture should be both visually and spatially dynamic while enhancing the overall theme of the space and contributing to the identity of the Ocean theme within Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

WHAT: RFQ for aerial sculpture or mobile
WHERE: The newly remodeled Hasbro Children’s Hospital main lobby atrium, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
THEME: Ocean
BUDGET: $120,000
ELIGIBILITY: Professional Artists from RI, MA, CT

Celebrating Christine Bean’s 100th Birthday!

In a recent interview Christine Bean mused, “I think I always wanted to be an artist. I remember, I was about 11 years old when I made a set of paper dolls for my little sister.” As she turns 100 today, she is still creating.

After graduating from West Virginia University, Christine began her career as a home economics teacher in a community that did not offer art classes. Upon discovering that she could teach art in Cincinnati, she packed up and moved to Ohio to further her career.

She married Wallen Bean, a Methodist minister, 75 years ago. It was his career that brought the couple to the South Coast. After settling in the area, Christine began teaching home economics and art at the Dartmouth Middle School, where she continued working until her retirement in 1977. 

With her three sons grown and her teaching career behind her, Christine was able to devote her full energy to her artwork. She began taking classes and workshops to refine her skills, and built an addition to her home to house her studio. That special place gave her the room for her easels, paints, and paintings. It leads to her backyard, where she enjoys the view of plants, flowers, birds, and trees. 

She was particularly impressed by the work of watercolor artist Louis DaSiliva, and in 1980, sought him out to study with him. Rhode Island artist, John Laughlin, was another watercolorist who inspired her love of plein air painting. Her advice to aspiring artists: “Paint, paint, paint! Go every place you can, to paint outside, with teachers and groups.”

Although now, she mostly paints from photographs of flowers and her favorite places, Christine noted, “What I like most is going out on location and painting,”. Her most popular painting, was originally suggested by her husband. It is a scene in Padanaram Harbor in Dartmouth that has been reproduced in 500 prints. She observed that most people like “boats and beach roses.”

Though she will occasionally use another medium, like pastels, she continues to favor watercolors. “Watercolors are more flowing and fun,” Bean said.

Her husband, Warren, passed away in 2012. Christine still lives in the Dartmouth home she has loved for the past 55 years.

When asked about her passion for creating, Christine says, “It sort of takes you away from everything. You’re right into it and not thinking about anything else. When you finish, it’s a wonderful, complete feeling.”

Christine has exhibited her work extensively in southern New England, such as the Cape Cod Art Association, Westport Art Group, Newport Art Association, and of course, the South Coast Artists! She has won many awards over the years. We are proud to count her among our South Coast Artists family of members.

Asked about her lifelong passion, Christine states, “To be able to do something that you really love to do and share it with other people, isn’t that a nice thing?”

Artists Sunday!

Artists Sunday is the free nationwide movement and marketing campaign encouraging consumers to shop with artists and craftsmen. Their goal is to help artists sell more of their work during the fall holiday season. Artists Sunday is an art-focused shopping day the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, the largest shopping weekend of the year. Think of it like Black Friday or Small Business Saturday but for the arts. 

OPEN TO: All professional artists in all mediums are invited to participate  

WHEN: November 29, 2020


DEADLINE: November 28, 2020

COST: It’s free! They don’t take any percentage of sales. It’s a movement and campaign. Sign up to get your toolkit. Learn more here.

Self-Care in Your Studio-Part II

The second in a short series

As the pandemic continues, we artists are spending more time alone in our studios. And most of us are pretty stressed out. This type of stress can impact the quality and quantity of our work. If you want to be productive during stressful times, you need to prioritize self-care, and be mindful in your studio practice.

This post is the second our short series of videos and tips SCA is sharing to help you consciously build some sustainable habits into your daily studio practice. We hope you find them helpful!

Self-Care in Your Studio

The first in a short series

With all the uncertainty about the pandemic, what the future holds for us, and what the “new normal” will look like, we artists are pretty stressed out. This type of stress can impact the quality and quantity of our work. If you want to be productive during stressful times, you need to prioritize self-care, and be mindful in your studio practice.

This post is the first of a short series of videos and tips SCA is sharing to help you consciously build some sustainable habits into your daily studio practice. We hope you find them helpful!

What Now?

Strategies for moving forward

So, it looks like we’ve survived the worst of the pandemic. But things are definitely not back to normal. And we don’t know when they will be.

So what do we do now? Today?

Well grab a pad and pen, and watch this free recorded webinar from Artwork Archive. It’s chock full of tips and useful info to help you make the very best use of this time to sustain and actually grow your art business.

In fact, there’s so much useful info here, you may want to watch it twice!