95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-585-5411.
The work of Bristol artist, Rick Fitzsimons, will be on display in the New England Carousel Museum Fine Art Gallery with an exhibit opening reception on Friday, September 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and running through December 31, 2015. The exhibit and sale, entitled Silent Poetry: The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons, will display over 30 works in a variety of mediums. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, where he now lives with his wife Bonnie, Rick's interest in art emerged as a young child. Endless hours of drawing occupied much of his time as a youth. Although fascinated with the different aspects of art, he never thought he would make it his livelihood.
His background in Business Management led him on an unusual path, circling back to the world of art. Rick and his dad opened an Awards and Sign shop in their hometown. Not long after, customers would request new Logo designs for their businesses, which led to applying the images to large signs and vehicles. This service soon began to include painting various landscape pictorials on the signs. As a result, his love for creating and painting was rekindled.