Rachel Avenia, pastels

Rivers, Bays and Oceans along the Northeast Coast, paintings by Rachel Avenia
on exhibit atHome & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Making art accessible through public and private partnerships is just one of the objectives that makes Public Art Works, a group of professional Rhode Island-based artists, an important entity in the promotion of art in public space. Public Art Works (PAW), began working with HHCRI toward the end of 2009. "The Arts in Healthcare have grown into an international movement that works to infuse the full spectrum of the arts into healthcare settings, resulting in programs and healthcare environments that are welcoming and uplifting for caregivers, patients, their families, and visitors." – Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Public Art Works.

"Rachel's work is a wonderful addition to our space! The light, colors and natural feel of her paintings evoke a feeling of peace and tranquility that is truly comforting and a great fit for us. We are so lucky to have Rachel's art grace the walls of our gallery," said Diana Franchitto, President & CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. "We continue to be grateful for the beauty brought to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island through Public Art Works."
Rachel Avenia is an award-winning artist whose work has been collected and featured in exhibits nationally as well as in Europe. She nurtures a lifelong love of rivers, bays, and oceans along the Northeast coast. Much of her work depicts the peace and often overlooked beauty found at the fringes of popular, well-traveled urban areas. Avenia's work invokes musings about light, texture, and color as well as the meditative qualities of where earth, sky, and water meet. Avenia's pastel paintings of these brilliant land and seascapes are an invitation to pause and dwell in moment of light and color.
Rachel Avenia studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City. She considers Tonalism and American Impressionism to be her stylistic influences. Just as influential on her style is her time spent working in rustic shacks and remote villages in the Northeast.