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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 NORTH COUNTY 7 next exhibition, which contained eight pieces, all eight were sold. Since then Sarah has been invited to display her work in galleries in St. Louis, Mo., Brooklyn, N.Y., the Providence Art Club, and in Arlington and Alexandria, Va. She gives her parents a lot of credit for her growing success. Her dad, Charles, is a visual artist and entrepreneur, and her mom, Doris, teaches math at The Lincoln School in Providence, where Sarah received her secondary education. "They always taught me to observe as you're learning and observe as you're doing," she confides, disclosing that she regularly applies this maxim to whatever she pursues. Her parents still live in the house they built in Greenville in 1974. It's the place where Sarah grew up, and from where she went to William Winsor School each day. She recounts how she played soft- ball in the town rec leagues through the 9th grade. She was a pitcher and occasionally caught. She also proudly recalls how she bowled a near- perfect game at the now demolished Hearthside Bowling Lanes on Route 44. Of the town, she remarks, "I always love going back. It makes me so happy ... the smell in the fall driving through the apple country. I had lots of good times in Smithfield." In Washington she is eager to get back to interacting with her col- leagues in the art and yoga worlds. (She teaches Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, and has students as far away as London, England.) "The arts community is navigating how to exist in a virtual world," she declares. "However, we need to see things not through pixels. I learn so much about my art work by talking with people," she explains, recounting how before the corona-necessitated lock-down she would sit in the gallery and watch people react to her pieces. Then she would find out what they were experiencing by engaging them in conversation. It helped her develop a viewpoint on her work. "That's what I miss the most," she confesses. (Contact me at smithpublarry@gmail. com) Bottom Lines Along about this time of the season, for many years there was a fishing contest at Slacks Pond in Greenville. The purpose of the contest was to help control the population of a cer- tain type of fish. What was the name of this annual event? First person to reply gets a shout out here next time. SASSO From Page 4 Roselli announces candidacy for District 23 BURRILLVILLE – Paul Roselli, a Burrillville resident active in environmental efforts in the state, has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for Senate District 23. Sen. Jessica de la Cruz currently holds the seat in Distrct 23, which covers parts of North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester. "This is a challenging time for all those in our district and our state," Roselli said in a campaign announce- ment this week. "Our greatest challeng- es and opportunities lie ahead: dealing with the pandemic, health care, our economy, energy policy, the environ- ment, the climate crisis and especially our sense of place." Roselli was a leading member in the fight against the Invenergy power plant and has been active in the statewide environmental movement and other volunteer efforts. He said in a press release he wants to focus on changes to health care, energy efficiency, the destruction of natural resources and reducing tax burdens for individuals and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19. "I look at all these issues with a holis- tic approach. Burrillville, Glocester and North Smithfield are places I know well as I have worked with many in the environmental and business community for many years. In these challenging times, we need a voice as today we don't have one," he said. Roselli previously ran for the seat in 2018 but lost in the Democratic pri- mary to Kevin Heitke. BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY ANN BELISLE, of Glocester, carries a plant to her car at the Scituate Farmers Market last Saturday. This was the market's third week of operation following the state's re-opening during the coronavirus crisis. The grounds were set up with hand sanitizer stations and one-way direction markers to encourage social distancing. ROWAN BARKER, 5, of North Providence, pulls his mask down to smell a flower at the Scituate Farmers Market last Saturday.

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