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Festival Fete’s Young Artist Program

1 Oct

At each event that Festival Fete produces, we donate $2500 in booth space to Young Artists in Grades 1-12 that are interested in getting a taste of what it’s like to sell their art to the community. Many times people tell us that they didn’t even realize that they were in the Young Artist section of the festival because the quality of the work is so good!

danielle and kidsMy own kids have been Festival Fete Young Artists so I can tell you from personal experience that it is an amazing opportunity for a child with an entrepreneurial spirit to develop a product, design their booth display, sell their art and then learn about commerce and business by paying taxes and contributing to a charity (in lieu of their free booth space the young artists are asked to donate 10% of their sales to Art is Smart). It’s a long day for the kids but it’s a great experience!

One of the Young Artists that we have had the pleasure of having at several Festival Fete shows is Sara McCormick, and she will be joining us again for the Wakefield Art Festival this Saturday, October 5th. Sara is a 7th grader in a southern RI public school and her business name is “Seems Legit”. I asked her mother to send me a little background on how Sara got started.

McCormick Sarah Seems LegitSara started making jewelry a few years ago. Her materials included foil, beads and other recycled things found around the house. She used what she had and made beautiful shiny recycled drop earrings. She has always been a crafts person. Coming home from preschool one day she stated ,“ I want to make a phonograph! You know the one with the big horn on it!” After several seconds, I said uh…okay! So the next day, at 5 years old, she went to her preschool with a large box like thing covered in paint, foil and sticks. It was pretty awesome. I don’t know how she knew what an old fashioned phonograph looked like but it became real through her creative fingers. Sara has evolved into a young lady now and has been doing Festival Fete Art shows for several years. She still makes jewelry but now uses silver, crystal beads and incorporates sea glass into her jewelry. Her catch phrase “Seems Legit” has become the name of her new business as a teenager. She is 100% involved in all the creating, marketing, selling and finances for her business.

So when you come to the Wakefield Art Festival this Saturday, stop by Sara’s booth to say hello but also be sure to visit our other entrepreneurial Young Artists:

I Love Junk
Sam’s Unique and Interesting Creations
Molly’s Ducktape Creations
The Sunflower Kids
The Glass Ocean
Seems Legit
Jasper’s Handmade Hacky Sacks, Et Cetera
Kaleigh FitzGerald

If you know a young artist that would be interested in being a part of a Festival Fete show, encourage them to apply by visiting our website. Please note that the booth spaces for Young Artists are full for Wakefield and the 12/8 Holiday Show but they are welcome to apply for future shows!

Wakefield Art Festival

Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Pinkberry Supports Art is Smart!

1 Sep

Don’t forget to visit the Pinkberry’s “handcrafted frozen yogurt bar” in the Warwick Mall or Garden City Center today (Sunday, Sept. 1st) to help support Art is Smart! 

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Just mention Festival Fete or Art is Smart and 20% of all proceeds will go to Art is Smart! Thanks so much for your support and enjoy your “froyo”!

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East Greenwich Art Festival

Wakefield Art Festival

Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Festival Fete’s Creation Station

13 Aug

There are very few art festivals that are a true amalgam of high quality American arts & crafts, unique entertainment, specialty foods AND a ton of opportunities for kids to explore, create and have fun! Every Festival Fete show includes an entire section dedicated to the kids, and the most noteworthy is Festival Fete’s Creation Station.

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EG dawnThe Creation Station is a lively section of the festival with six different crafts set up for the children. Many of the crafts are free, and some of the more elaborate ones have a small fee/donation which benefits Festival Fete’s non-profit, Art is Smart. The staff that work at the Creation Station come from a variety of artistic backgrounds but all of them love working with children, and come back year after year to work at the Creation Station because they love it, and it shows!

When I’m working at the festival, I enjoy seeing the kids walk around with their creations and overhearing other kids ask them, “did you make that? Can I make one too?” And the little artists proudly show off their artwork, often times wearing it on their heads as a crown. The recycled material hat making has become one of Festival Fete’s signature crafts that you will find at every Festival Fete show. It’s amazing to see what folks come up with – even the adults – out of recycled bits of paper, fabric, ribbon, metallic wrapping paper, etc. collected from the Resources for Rhode Island Education center (RRIE) in Providence.

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Also at almost every show, you will find a community project led by artist/educator Lisa May Tobin. She has led the kids in large scale decoupage animal sculptures, a chair flanked by elves, or a mural. At our upcoming show, the East Greenwich Art Festival, in addition to the Recycled Hat Making, we will have some new crafts including Driftwood Sailboats, Felt Buntings, Paper Animal Heads, String Tye Dye T-Shirts, and Vegetable Printed Market Totes. As I mentioned, there is a requested donation for some of the activities to help support not only the cost of the supplies, but Art is Smart, which serves children by raising funds to support local public education art programs.

ff_060813_0496Within the Creation Station area, the kids will find plenty of other things to do to keep busy and entertained. Pow Science always sets up a cool little arena with an interactive activity led by their fun loving staff. At this show they will have a Builder’s Paradise featuring Citiblocs, straws & connectors. We will also have a rock climbing wall by Rock Spot Climbing, Face Painting by Marc Kohler & Fran Slade, make your own bugs (out of clay and pipe cleaners) with Parent Bug Magazine, create colorful rubber band bracelets courtesy of the East Greenwich Education Foundation and all things Hula Hoop by All Things Grow withe Love!

ff_060813_0186Just when you think the kids are finally ready to move on, one of BIg Nazo‘s funny puppets will come marching along to play with you, the kids and your dog! And if you’re lucky enough to run into Eddie Raymond, the magician you will be surprised at what he can do to trick you. Amy the Mime may not speak much, but she has a lot to say, and after the family is all dressed up in their recycled hats you can head over the the Smashing Photo Booth to take some funny photos. By the way, Vikki Comfort, owner of Smashing Photo has so generously donated all of their profits to Art is Smart. Vikki loves her job, and supporting the arts for kids and it shows!

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All photos courtesy of Robyn Ivy Photography

artissmartFinally, while you’re there, be sure to visit the ten Young Artist booths that Festival Fete donates to young artist entrepreneurs in grades 1-12. The kids work hard to create their product, develop a table display and learn about retail sales. My kids participated in this program at the Garden City Art Festival and had such a wonderful, fun learning experience! In lieu of the free booth space, the Young Artists donate 10% of their sales to Art is Smart – so it’s supporting art education!

So plan to make a visit to the East Greenwich Art Festival this Labor Day weekend – August 31st and September 1st. We’ll be there from 10am to 5pm both days and would love to see you!

East Greenwich Art Festival

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

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Who should you have at your next party? Smashing Photo!

3 May

When you come to the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th, please make sure that you stop by and say hello to Vicki and her peeps at Smashing Photo Booth.

Festival guests enjoying the Smashing Photo booth

Festival guests enjoying the Smashing Photo booth

Not only have they have been participating in all of Festival Fete‘s events bringing their kooky hats and glasses and inviting people to step into the booth for lots of laughs and a great picture, but they have been donating their proceeds directly to Art is Smart!

Smashing Photo supports Art is Smart!

Smashing Photo supports Art is Smart!

Vicki setting up at Festival Fete's Holiday Market in Garden City 2012

Vicki setting up at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City 2012

Smashing Photo & Video Booth is perfect for all events because they love to celebrate!  They believe in high quality images, video and service.  Each photo is of the highest quality because they use only professional grade equipment.  Owner, Vicki Comfort is a photographer and has extensive knowledge of the equipment and lighting to make sure each photo has the quality you’re looking for.

smashingphoto1 Your guests will love taking photos, creating your guest book and recording video with Vicki’s outgoing and energetic team there to assist.

Some of the props you get to choose from!

Some of the props you get to choose from!

Smashing Photo have an incredibly busy schedule and they consistently donate their time and talent to the community. Yesterday they donated four hours to a student who was hosting a fundraising event at Bryant University. When I asked Vicki what they have scheduled for this coming weekend, here is what she has on the docket…

Middle school outing at Mulligan’s golf course
Mount Hope JR class Prom
Weddings both Saturday and Sunday
Social Dance in Gloucester
On Sunday we will be donating our time and services to the Towers for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (which is an event open to the public at the Towers in Narragansett)

A sample of your photo print out

A sample of your photo print out

Festival Fete would like to extend a big huge THANK YOU to Smashing Photo & Video Booth for their tremendous support of Art is Smart! So come by and see them at the festival!

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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Art is Smart for the kids: Young Artists’ Booths

29 Oct

Festival Fete’s non-profit, Art is Smart is an important part of each Festival Fete production and is a great opportunity for kids to support kids through activities such as the Young Artists’ Booths. One of the ways that Festival Fete supports Art is Smart is by reserving a section of booths for young artists in grades 1-12 to sell their paintings, sculpture, jewelry or other hand made creation. It’s a great experience for the young artists, and they help support the arts by donating 10% of their sales to Art is Smart. We have some really great talent lined up for Festival Fete’s Holiday Market so be sure to stop by and see some of the Young Artist Booths at Garden City on December 1st and 2nd.

You will definitely want to check out “A Little Bird by Zoe” where you will find wonderful little origami earrings and hair clips.

Zoe started doing origami at the age of ten and is self taught.  She has been interested in making jewelry since she could string macaroni into a necklace.  Zoe started making these particular origami earrings within the last year, and the Labor Day East Greenwich Art Festival was her debut.  She is looking forward to Festival Fete’s Holiday Show at Garden city. Zoe is a high school honors student and is saving up for a trip to Rome with the Latin Club.

Rylie is another one of our young artists that will be at the show. She is an enthusiastic jeweler and I know that she has been working very hard to prepare for the show. Her bracelets and earrings are made with tiny beads in every color you could imagine, and she even takes custom orders!

Here is a little sampling of the artwork from some of our other “Young Artists”:

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Art is Smart supports public school art teachers by donating funds to help them purchase supplies for their art classes. The money raised by Art is Smart at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City will go directly to a Cranston, R.I. Art Teacher.  If you are an art teacher interested in requesting funding, please contact Jennifer Neuguth by email for more information. It’s a simple and straightforward process for raising and distributing funds. Art is Smart is based on pure passion for the arts, and supporting art education for children.

Festival Fete’s Holiday Market will be open from 10–5 daily on December 1st and 2nd. There is a $3 suggested donation entrance fee to support Art is Smart. Many thanks to one of our yummy sponsors:

What’s in it for me? (say the kids) Art is Smart!

23 Oct

Hopefully by now we have managed to get you really excited about the seasonal entertainment and the beautiful, locally handmade items that you can buy at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City (on December 1st and 2nd), and you’re definitely planning to go. But don’t leave the kiddos home!  A Festival Fete Festival is a day for the whole family – which is especially nice at holiday time

Festival Fete’s non-profit, Art is Smart is an important part of each Festival Fete production and is a great opportunity for kids to support kids through activities such as the Creation Station and the Young Artists’ Booths. There are booths at the Holiday Market that have been awarded to kids in grades 1-12 to showcase and sell their art. In lieu of booth fees, the Young Artists donate 10% of their sales to support Art is Smart. My kids are looking forward to doing some of their own holiday shopping, and love to buy from other kids!

A Little Bird Origami Jewelry by Zoe

Art is Smart supports public school art teachers by donating funds to help them purchase supplies for their art classes. The money raised by Art is Smart at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City will go directly to a Cranston, R.I. Art Teacher.  If you are an art teacher interested in requesting funding, please contact Jennifer Neuguth by email for more information. It’s a simple and straightforward process for raising and distributing funds. Art is Smart is based on pure passion for the arts, and supporting art education for children.

Paints for Johnston Elementary

Festival Fete continues to be a wealth of inspiration  for students in elementary Art classes in Johnston. Artwork by a child creates a memory of a lifetime and through Festival Fetes generous donations, students gain confidence and appreciation for art, and they are able to create works of art for the family to display and enjoy at home.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! – Dawn Forte, a teacher from Johnston Elementary.

Johnston Elementary Student Artwork – You’re welcome!

Everyone attending the festival is a contributor to the program, even if you don’t have young kids. For the Holiday Market in Garden City, there is a $3 suggested donation entrance fee. Other ways to help support Art is Smart are by making a cash donation, purchasing some really stylish Art is Smart merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, or by participating in one of the projects for kids in the Creation Station that have a small fee (Beeswax Candle Making or Kite Stars/paper lanterns).


So yes, Art is Smart for the kids!

Check out our sponsor MOO for custom business cards, Mini cards, post cards and more!

The Festival Fete Experience

2 Oct

FETE: a festive celebration of entertainment.

Have you experienced a Festival Fete? It’s true that Festival Fete is an art festival – but there are so many layers to a Festival Fete that make it a different kind of festival…it’s an experience. “This is not your grandmother’s art festival!” says Jennifer Neuguth, who created Festival Fete two years ago.

    

Sure, at a Festival Fete you can buy one of a kind, exquisite works of art from local artists, have a nosh on some delicious goodies from one of the specialty food vendors, let your kids make some really cool crafts at the Creation Station, listen to music, watch amazing street performers, have your picture taken in the Smashing Photo booth, and more…but the true beauty and essence of a Festival Fete is that you walk away feeling like you have experienced a truly unique event.

My family and I walked away from the East Greenwich Art Festival (produced by Festival Fete) fully entertained, happy and inspired to create. Clay, glue, paper, paint and various ephemera were spread out all over the table for our creations. Dinner was delayed until we all felt complete in our work. This, to me, is the magic of a Festival Fete experience. And I was thankful to have that joy carry over from a wonderful day into my home and family.

Several weeks later in a conversation with a friend, I learned of another family who had been inspired creatively after a day at the festival. So I began to think about how unique that experience is, and I talked with other families about the festival and what a lasting impression it made upon them.

“What I loved most about the fair was watching our kids get so inspired by all the different artists and their work. Seeing the children (artists) selling their work really got the wheels turning in their heads. (Learn more about the Young Artists Booths and how they support Art is Smart) They came home and immediately started working on boiled wool acorns, getting the whole neighborhood involved.  I loved how contagious their enthusiasm was!” says Rebecca Stearns, East Greenwich mom and photographer.

Felted acorns photo by Robyn Ivy Photography.

Rebecca brought a friend along with their children all ages 8 and up, and mentioned how the older kids really had fun with the photo booth brought by Smashing Photo Booth Rentals.  She is already planning to attend the Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City on December 1st so that she can purchase one of Autumn Olive‘s handmade skirts that she admired at the East Greenwich Art festival.

Rebecca Stockdill, from Warwick, brought her two kids, ages 5 and 7 and her parents to the East Greenwich Art Festival.  Rebecca is a crafty girl herself (she creates whimsical “Amigurumi“, which are crocheted anthropomorphic creatures) so she enjoyed so many of the handmade crafts but her kids couldn’t get enough of the Big Nazo performers.  “They (the kids) could have followed Big Nazo around for hours!

The kids also really enjoyed the Creation Station where they made their own silk-screened t-shirts and paper and ribbon flags that they could take home. I like how recycled items were incorporated into some of the crafts”. Rebecca and her family had discovered Festival Fete for the first time last June at the Garden City Art Festival, and she says that they will “definitely plan to attend future events. Unlike other festivals that we’ve attended, it is obvious that the planner (Jennifer Neuguth) put a lot of effort into making this a true family event”.

When Jennifer and her husband David Riordan conceived of the Festival Fete experience…this was precisely their hope. Their inspired vision has created a one-of-a-kind event that we can all look forward to.

So, have you experienced a Festival Fete? If you have, please tell us about what part of the experience resonated most with you and your family and prepare for the next festive celebration coming up on December 1st and 2nd!

We would like to thank one of our fabulous sponsors, a wonderful photographer!