A Personal Perspective on New England Architecture, Paintings by Gretchen Dow Simpson on Exhibit at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the state’s leader in hospice and palliative care since 1976, highlights the work of Rhode Island artists in its second season 2011, at its 1085 North Main St., headquarters in Providence.

A group of professional Rhode Island-based artists working together to promote and encourage art in public spaces, Public Art Works, began working with HHCRI toward the end of 2009. "We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Home & Hospice Care of RI in offering the work of so many talented and creative artists from Rhode Island. Home & Hospice has helped to set the standard for other organizations who see art as playing an important role in healthcare and the artist community are grateful for their commitment" says Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, member of Public Art Works.

“Our partnership with Public Art Works is a win-win situation for everyone- the artists, our staff and our visitors," states Diana Franchitto, President & CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. "We are delighted to showcase the talent of Rhode Island artists. At the same time, we believe viewing art can play a tremendous role in enhancing one's well-being."

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Simpson began her career as a photographer in Boston and New York. Her paintings are based on carefully composed photographs, in which slices of buildings or streets and glimpses of landscape are interpreted as graphic images. From 1974 to 1993 Simpson created fifty-eight covers for The New Yorker, earning her widespread recognition for her iconic images. Simpson's paintings, imbued with quietude, wistfulness, and elegance, reveal little but say much. A resident of Providence, Simpson maintains a studio in Pawtucket and in 2009 was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bryant University.

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island has been a leader in hospice and palliative care for more than three decades and helps people live out the remaining time of their lives with as much comfort and dignity as possible. Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island offers comprehensive medical, emotional and spiritual care for people facing life-challenging illnesses. Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island is an independent, non-profit, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified organization fully licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health and accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program.