Joan McConaghy, Sandra Desano Pezzullo, and Anne P. Wert, Exhibiting Members, Providence Art Club

March 2022


One of the many feathers in the Creative Capital’s cap is the Providence Art Club. Founded in 1880 and housed in a series of historic buildings on Thomas Street, it was the first art club in the United States to admit women as exhibiting members. How fitting for Women’s History Month that current members and friends – Joan McConaghy, Sandra Desano Pezzullo, and Anne P. Wert – will team up for an exhibit in the Maxwell Mays Gallery, March 27 through April 15.

“The moment I put paint to canvas I begin to make a connection with the subject,” says Joan, who taught Graphic Arts at RIC for 22 years before retiring to pursue her passion to paint. Today her studio is located in the yellow colonial Deacon Taylor House at PAC.

Sandra DeSano Pezzullo, known for her lush New England landscapes in oils, describes her paintings as “invitational journeys.” Her formal art education began after her children were grown, today her work has been honored with many awards.

“My art is influenced by my time living abroad and by living in coastal New England. To be able to teach painting now feels full circle, combining my teaching experience with my art,” says Anne, a lifelong painter who lived in Paris and Tokyo before returning to Rhode Island to paint and teach.


JoanMcConaghy.com • DeSanostudio.art • AnnePWert.com


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