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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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4 SMITHFIELD JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Artist and Smithfield native Sarah Hull lives in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of national and world poli- tics. The White House is less than two miles away from her home. As anyone who is the slightest bit aware knows, the city has experienced an unprecedented series of confronta- tions following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minn. The event set off intense demonstrations, protests, and conflicts in cities across the country and around the world. Hull, 40, is positive about the hope she finds in the ensuing dialogue that is emerging, citing the interaction that had already taken place among vari- ous groups in coping with COVID-19. She sees it as a model for developing cooperative strategies that can facilitate changes being sought by the protesters. On a personal level she observes, "I am grateful that we didn't have to deal with what to do in a 'what if' situ- ation." She also notes, "It was a little anxiety-producing to hear the helicop- ters flying over." She characterizes the highly-charged clashes and emotional disputes as "a tinder box waiting to be sparked. It was a long time coming." Yet, the self-possessed Greenvillian, who has lived in the nation's capital since 2002, sees potential for healing in the make-up and talents of the people. "D.C. has a long history of peaceful protests. People were actually distanc- ing and being mindful of the pandem- ic (before the protests)," she points out. "It has been a trying few months for the community, but there have been so many great responses from the public and from businesses. There is a great diversity of people here, and they help each other. It has been fas- cinating to see how people are being creative to address the situation, both the pandemic and the protests." Hull, who has had asthma for much of her life and contends with severe allergies, is vigilant about health protocols. An artist who works with fabric and embroidery, she majored in architecture at Wellesley College (with some pertinent course work at M.I.T.) Typically, she does her embroidery at her studio, but the coronavirus has limited her travel outside her home. Her chosen field of art proved to be a surprise even to herself. It came after a suggestion from her father. "I've probably done every medium but ceramics," she divulges. "It was my Dad who suggested needlepoint. I began reading about it, and discovered its potential. At first I thought it was all about sparkles and fancy stitches. It seemed too 'bling-y.' I wanted to strip it down." So, she went to the Art League School in nearby Alexandria, Va., where she says she became excited by the possibilities she saw in the medium. She is also enrolled in the Royal School of Needlework's Certificate and Diploma Program in the United Kingdom. Drawing on her background in architecture to utilize shapes and form, she has developed a concept of reduc- ing her creations to combinations of shadow and light. A description of her method that she wrote explains it this way: "The quiet minimalism, inherited from my inten- tionally limited palette, creates stillness and demonstrates how a quiet form can be imbued with potential energy and presence." Not exactly your great-aunt's needle- point interpretations of country scenes to be framed and hung on the living room wall. Those have their place, but they come from a different aesthetic perspective than Hull's. She displays no hint of condescension. She just operates from a different point on the compass. Simply put, she is focused on the repetition of patterns "present in nature, science, and mathematics." She does it all in white or black or natural taupe or linen-colored stitchery which forms subtle repeated shapes that suggest the potential for move- ment or progression. Typically each piece is approximately 8 by 8 inches square. They can be grouped together to occupy larger spaces or hung indi- vidually. She is building a following. In March of 2017 she entered five of her creations in a show at the District of Columbia Art Center. Four were bought. Then the gallery director offered her a fellowship and at her Sarah Hull reflects on making art and living in Washington, D.C. One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. HULL See SASS0, Page 7 Commitment to Quality Dependable Trusted Accurate Inspirational 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Website Making our communities stronger by telling their stories. Please consider supporting The Valley Breeze today – Visit In our 25 years of existence, we've been all of this and more. From the beginning, we've believed that a hyper-local news model is what best serves our readers. The Breeze is free to our readers, and will remain free, but our hope is that those readers with the resources to invest in journalism where they live will choose to take a more active role in this local news success story, joining advertisers in helping to bring it to the people each and every week. Thank you to all who have donated! Your monthly or one-time contributions are greatly appreciated! PUBLIC NOTICE – Smithfield 711 Putnam Pike AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to collocate antennas on a 92-ft smokestack at 711 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, Providence County, RI. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Amanda Sabol – CBRE, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604, or (914) 694-9600. PUBLIC NOTICE Hebert Health Centers 2019 Consumer Confidence Report on Drinking Water Quality is now available for review. Please see receptionist for a copy of the report. 180 Log Road, Smithfield, RI Request for Professional Services e Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, RI will receive proposals for "Professional Services for Pest Control" for all seven properties for up to a three-year period. e submission date is ursday, July 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm. at the Woonsocket Housing Authority at 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. e RFP package will be available on line at in Bid Opportunities under the Procurement heading. Questions regarding this proposal may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062 or Robert Moreau, Executive Director "An Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer" TDD 1-800-745-6575 PUBLIC NOTICE UNDER THE SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS TOWN OF GLOCESTER Notice is hereby given that the Glocester Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Pursuant to R.I. Executive Orders #20-05, #20-25, #20-34, and #20-46 executed by Governor Gina Raimondo on March 16, April 15, May 15, and June 12, 2020, this meeting will be teleconferenced via Zoom: Via Computer: Via Telephone: 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) Meeting ID: 920 3936 5115 Meeting Password: 532874 The following application will be considered at the public hearing: GD Glocester White Oak I, LLC, applicant and Phillips Roger N etals Patricia A, Paul Phillips, owners. Applicant requests Preliminary Plan review for a Major Land Development Project for property located at 74 White Oak Lane, further described as Assessor's Plat 18 Lot 73 in an A-3 Agricultural-Residential zone. Applicant seeks to install a utility-scale 1.8 MW ground-mounted solar energy system. If communication assistance or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Glocester Town Clerk's office at 401-568-6206 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Meeting materials are available at

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