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Portrait of an Artist: Sculptor Joan Ross

Join award-winning sculptor Joan Ross for a lecture about art, the creative process, and her travels through Thailand to produce some of her best-known pieces. Joan specializes in stone sculptures and bronze castings of whimsical animals, and her larger-than-life Runaway Bunny bronze, inspired by the Margaret Wise Brown children’s book of the same name, resides in Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island. Since its installation in 1998 near the Westerly Public Library, where Ms. Wise Brown’s papers are housed, legions of adoring young fans have visited Joan’s rabbit, with many choosing to climb aboard for a ride. A riveting story-teller, Joan will talk about how, decades ago, she began sculpting, what the process entails, and why she and her husband traveled all the way to Thailand to produce some of her largest bronzes. She will also share stories about their adventures in Ayutthaya, the capital of the Kingdom of Siam.

The lecture will be followed by a reception, where some of Joan’s work will be on display.

Part of the Essex Meadows

Artist-in-Residence Series

You may register online or call (860) 581- 4660 for additional information. Space for each event is limited, so please register early.


July 21
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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