Serena Bates

Serena is an established artist with a long list of accomplishments. She is an Elected Member of Salmagundi Club, the Mystic Museum of Art, the National Sculpture Society, the Society of CT Sculptors, the CT Academy of Fine Artists, and the Lyme Art Association. She is also an Elected Member of and on the Board of Directors for the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, the oldest women’s art club in the nation.

Having work in collections around the world including England, Canada, and across the United States, Serena is well known in local and national circles. Mystic Marriot Hotel, CT, features Serena’s “Beached Whale Fountain” as the centerpiece of their main entrance courtyard. Stand Up for Animals prominently displays “Zhen Zhen”, the beautiful bronze cat outside the entrance to the Westerly Animal Shelter, RI, and the Westerly Animal Hospital, RI, features one of her sea lions prominently at their entrance. Pleasant View Inn, RI, displays her majestic life-sized sculpture “Stellar Expectations” in the main dining gallery, while her commemorative bust of “Lennie Colucci” sits atop the bar at The Andrea, RI, where he enjoys countless photo-ops with patrons.

As a sculptor, Serena has garnered over 40 awards, recognitions, and honors during her career, from the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, Society of Connecticut Sculptors, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, the Academic Artist Association, Mystic Museum of Art, and the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut, to name only a few.

Serena describes herself as a story teller. She is a representational artist with an affinity for portraits and animals, working in clay, bronze, and stone. Being non-traditional in her approach, she usually does not take measurements, but instead relies on her eye and sense of observation to interpret a subject. This approach produces what she calls a “wabi-sabi” affect, a Japanese term that literally means the beauty found in imperfection or “imperfectly perfect.”

She began her lengthy career in studies at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. She studied with renowned sculptors Elizabeth Gordon Chandler, Laci deGerenday, and Don Gale, as well as painting with Aaron Shikler, Dean Keller, and Dan Gheno.