Mike Bryce, a nationally recognized artist from Providence's East Side, was commissioned to decorate the canoe with scenes of popular city landmarks.
...A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, DeSimone made the pattern for the designs that Bryce painted and helped with the planning of the design.
...Bryce, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, holds a master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University in painting and illustration.He is also an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Boston.Bryce said he is also an alumnus of St. Raphael Academy and once had a studio in the city, so he is long familiar with Pawtucket.He
said the project was "a lot of work, but it was a labor or love.It's nice to be able to do something for the Pawtucket community."Bryce
creates original works of art in oil, watercolor and mixed media, with prices ranging from $40 to $1,200.He
has also done corporate commissions for the Providence Tourism Council
and the Marriott Hotel of Providence.He
was paid $350 for his
work on the canoe.Although he
has produced pieces in a variety of different sizes and shapes, this is the first time he
was ever asked to consider a canoe as his
"canvas.""It posed some challenges," Bryce
admitted."I sometimes had the canoe on a patio table outside, and other times, it was upside down in my living room," he
said."Once, it filled with water and capsized the patio table," he
worked from photos that he
took of each of the locations.The vessel, painted in acrylic, features four scenes, two on each side.These include Slater Mill, the Slater Park band stand, the old J.C. Potter Casino (known as the boathouse), and the historic Looff carousel.The Pawtucket Rotary Club
logo is emblazoned in the middle.Bryce's
6-year-old daughter, Sienna, also contributed to the piece, by painting some tiny fish laong the canoe's bottom.