Surface Area

Featuring Karin Gielen, Fleur Thesmar, Susan Greer Emmerson

On exhibit October 18th - November 28th 2021


Live In-Person OPENING EVENT Saturday, October 23rd from 6:00-8:00 PM.  

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October through November 2021, Coastal Contemporary Gallery exhibits three artists who intuitively explore their inner and external worlds through a sensually delicate, yet commanding use of medium and perspective.  More to follow, stay tuned....


Karin Gielen is a Belgian artist who was educated in Art History and studied Fine Arts and Art Photography in Antwerp. She recently relocated to Rhode Island USA.

The artist has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Belgium, the Netherlands and recently in the United States. Her paintings are kept in private collections in both Europe and the USA.

Having worked with mixed media and photography over the last decade, she now focuses on abstract paintings on canvas.

Karin Gielen has her studio in Portsmouth R.I. USA.


Susan Greer Emmerson has exhibited throughout the Midwest and Boston area and has served as both a juror and curator on several occasions. She has done residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (four times) and twice at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  Originally from the Midwest, where she practiced for nearly two decades as surgeon, she received her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University and her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. Her work is found in the permanent collections of the Grove Hall Public Library in Boston and the Bloomington-Normal Transportation Center and City Hall in Illinois.  She is a member of the Kingston Gallery and an associate member at Fountain Street Gallery, both in Boston.


After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique and Imperial College, Fleur Thesmar worked 20 years in France in the high-tech industry.


Her arrival in the United Stated in 2015 triggered an ancient passion of hers: painting. She took classes at the MFA with the studio art program. Since then, she has exhibited in international and national juried shows in Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Newburyport, Norwell, Boylston, Brooklyn NY, Cheyenne, WY, Bourg-La-Reine, France, etc. As an emerging artist, she pursues her wish to share her intense emotions and change of perspective due to her migration in the USA.