Plein Air Painter Reception: Harley Bartlett, T.M. Nicholas, and Sergio Roffo

    Date Saturday Jul 22, 2023

    Location Ocean House

    Time 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Price Complimentary for hotel guests; $15 (plus tax and service charge) for non-hotel guests

    Venue Fire Pit / Herb Garden


On select weekends, accomplished artists are invited to Ocean House to share their artistic vision and give a demonstration of their skills.

Meet three master painters–Harley Bartlett, Sergio Roffo and T.M. Nicholas–who will each be painting en Plein Air on Ocean House hotel grounds from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come see and hear how he creates his stunning paintings of Ocean House surroundings and other work. Finished paintings will be available for purchase (Rhode Island tax-free).

Enjoy a wine reception at Ocean House on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to meet the artists.


Harley Bartlett was born in 1959 near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. However, having lived in Rhode Island for most of his life he considers himself a Rhode Islander. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1981) and followed up with studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bartlett has broad experience in the art world. He has exhibited his paintings in New England galleries for over 30 years. He owns a mural and decorative painting company having employed multiple artists over the years and continues to supply the Hospitality design field with many paintings and murals both regionally and internationally.

T. M. Nicholas was born in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1963 and is the son of Tom Nicholas, NA, AWS. He has studied privately with his father and also at John Terelak’s Gloucester Academy of Art and the Montserrat School of Art, as well as workshops with noted California artists, Jade Fon, Morris Shubin, Millard Sheets and George Gibson. He has received 97 awards from 1981 to the present, including several Gold and Silver medals.

Sergio Roffo was born in Italy in 1953 and was brought to America in 1961. He received his artistic education at the Vesper George School of Art, where his teachers included leading Boston School artist Robert Douglas Hunter (who has characterized Roffo’s work as a student as “brilliant”).  After graduation, he studied figurative work with Hunter’s contemporary, Robert Cormier. Initially a free lance commercial artist for major corporate customers like AT&T and Coca Cola, Roffo simultaneously developed a passion for painting landscapes in the field. In the early 1990’s he left the world of commercial art to focus on his gallery art. His style has developed into a crisp and elegant observation of the New England coastal landscape near his home, with occasional forays to other parts of the country, and abroad.  His work rapidly brought him recognition in open juried competition: in the last decade he has won over ten major awards in shows sponsored by the Copley Society of Boston, the American Artists’ Professional League, and others.  Roffo is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and of the Guild of Boston Artists, where he was given a solo exhibition in 1998. He has been designated a Copley Master by the Copley Society of Boston.

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