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Still Walking in a Winter Wonderland

28 Feb
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Doug Hockman’s print entitled ‘Alone,’ given away to a lucky Festival Fete follower last year, inspired this week’s post.
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There’s nothing quite like a lone walk in the woods this time of year. There’s no better way to tune into the crunching sound of leftover snow under your (overly) worn boots. Nothing prettier than a monochrome backdrop for a family portrait of cardinals. And the ocean against all the gray, if you’re near enough, is that pale turquoise in the shoals – almost caribbean like if you face the sun and just imagine….

But then you realize you’re still here in New England and so is winter. Lingering. And while all may seem a bit bleak, there is a silver lining. Because this season, however long and drawn out, affords Festival Fete artists the time they need to create. Without the solitude, there wouldn’t be the space needed to produce the bounty we find at our shows. Those seemingly effortless displays at our artists’ booths come from the thoughts, the inspiration and the toil that happens now.

So while I wait to see a single snowdrop peek through the ground, I can’t wait to see what all our thoroughly inspired creatives unveil at the very first show in Garden City this June. Stay tuned and stay warm!

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Embracing the palette of the season while adorning yourself and your home in their understated hues can manifest a certain tranquility. Past Festival Fete artists easily find inspiration in the wintry landscape. From upper left, clockwise: Nancy Van Tassel’s ‘big little ring’ in hammered sterling silver; A continuous piece of birch makes this simple necklace by Joyo; Howland Studio’s pin out of finds from a beach walk; Ombre infinity scarf by Nicole Lebreux; Erica Cioe’s simple ceramic plates. 

 

The ring: http://www.drapedinjewelry.com/index.html

The necklace: http://www.shopjoyo.us/collections/necklaces/products/loop-and-chain

That pin: http://www.etsy.com/shop/howlandstudio

The scarf: http://www.etsy.com/people/nicolelebreux

And those plates: http://ericacioe.weebly.com/index.html

Links to the online shops and websites of festival artists past and present can be found in every blogpost. Check them out!

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New Year, New Festivals!

12 Jan

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They say it’s the Year of the Horse, but we’re calling it the Year of the Festival…

We’ve got exciting news: Festival Fete has added TWO NEW SHOWS to the festival lineup for 2014!

Our first new show will kick off the season right in the heart of beautiful, downtown Newport, RI on Bowen’s Wharf, just outside The Landing Restaurant. A historic seaport overlooking Newport Harbor, Bowen’s Wharf is home to some of Newport’s finest boutiques and eateries, as well as 18th century commercial wharf buildings. Stroll along the water, check out the architecture, eat, shop, and be merry at the 1st annual Newport Art Festival, June 28th and 29th from 10am – 5pm daily.

Next up is the 1st annual Festival Fete Emerald Square Art Show, in North Attleboro, MA. This event marks Festival Fete’s first venture out of Rhode Island, and we are so excited to have the opportunity to connect local artists and artisans with the wider New England community! Held outside the Emerald Square Mall, and conveniently located right off the interstate, this show will be a crowd-pleaser. Join us on July 26th from 10am – 5pm for some locally grown art, food, and merriment in The Bay State!

Here’s where else we’ll be in 2014:

The 2nd annual Wakefield Art Festival will be held  along Main Street and the Saugatuck River in historic, downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island on October 4th from 10am – 5pm.

The 4th annual East Greenwich show will be back at New England Tech. Dates and times TBA shortly.

The 4th annual Garden City Center Art Festival in Cranston, RI. Dates and times TBA shortly.

Check out our website or the FAQ page for more detail on show locations.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Guided Tour of Festival Fete by Leah DeCesare

20 Aug

Many thanks to Leah DeCesare, blogger for Mother’s Circle for today’s post!
Festival fete logo, festival fete RI, local artists, local artisans, local art anywhereFestival Fete creates amazing local community art festivals but even if you’re not a Rhode Islander, you can still enjoy the contemporary American craft artists that Festival Fete features.

At the Garden City Art Festival in June, with over 140 artists, live music, strolling entertainment, free kids’ crafts and local foods, I met some fantastic artisans and want to share some with you.

Monica Rodgers through her company Little Bits by Monica Rodgers makes the cutest car seat covers for infants and toddlers! I love this idea so you can wash the cover and not deal with taking all those buckles in and out – perfect way to manage crumbs and spills while keeping your car seats neater!

festival fete vendors, festival fete artists, patterned peacock, tshirt skirts The Patterned Peacock creates “prints for your home filled with color and character.” I loved the designs she used and so many would be perfect in a baby’s nursery or a child’s bedroom.

Here are two very similar skirts made all out of recycled shirts. Jupiter Girl skirts are “cool skirts handmade from 100% recycled tees.” They are double layered and very well made. I also like Look at Me Designs which makes a different style single-layer skirt from old T-shirts as well as other apparel items. I wore my nautical-colored skirt for 4th of July and got compliments all day long!

Lotus Life “is all about living your life with a lotus-like mind and heart, taking all of the powerful teachings and symbolism of a lotus and allowing yourself to be mindful, compassionate, and open in your life.” They design T-shirts perfect for Moms and yogi Moms!

Check out these upcycled kids’ clothes from Margaret DeBruin, she makes winter hats, sun hats, dresses, hoodies, mittens and other accessories all made from recycled fabrics.

Airmeith Naturals is “committed to creating distinctive products that delight the senses and soothe the soul, while respecting the planet and promoting health and well-being in our daily lives.” Their handcrafted gifts include herbal therapy pillows, chakra, perfume and massage oils, sachets, teas, creams, powders, salts and more.

I love the photographer Diana Brennan whose images are “art inspired by science.” Her images are clean andfestival fete local art anywhere, local art, festival fete artisans, festival fete, lotus tshirts, lotus symbol, feather photographs beautiful and you can get them on a iPhone cover to carry with you! I particularly love the starfish and the feathers.

You can access Mon Petit Tresor RI, a term of endearment which means “My Little Treasure” in French, from anywhere through their etsy shop. They sell creative, fun headbands, accessories, clothing and decor like nursery art and mobiles.

For cute bibs and other kiddo apparel, Fawn Over Me is “where vintage style marries fresh, colorful design.” There is a fun selection of items all upcycled with vintage style.

I’m grateful that Festival Fete is local for me, I attend the winter Holiday Market each year and it’s become a special day to spend with my daughter. One year, I bought a unique bracelet of buttons another we got really neat hair clips. We love to buy gifts of local jewelry, accessories, clothing and crafts. I never leave empty-handed!

Upcoming Festival Fete dates for you local folks:

East Greenwich Art Festival – August 31 & September 1, 2013 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily Wakefield Art Festival – October 5, 2013 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – December 8, 2013 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

Festival Fete also has a non-profit companion called Art is Smart which supports public education programs.

*I received a $20 gift certificate as a thank you for writing about Festival Fete. Leah @ http://www.motherscircle.net

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Festival Fete Artist: Viv Eisner and DIY Stenciling on Fabric

7 Jun

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For Viv Eisner, the business of art is a little bit of everything.  She does everything but knit, which she says is a curse and a blessing (I think it’s awesome) She designs prints, fabrics, jewelry, sculpture, and more. Her booth at the Garden City Art Festival this weekend will include sculpture, mixed media robots and prints, and images framed and sealed in 1/8″ thick industrial resin.

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She is one of those artists sees possibility in just about everything and enjoys transforming objects into truly unique, one of a kind works of art. You can see more of her work on her Etsy site.

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Viv has been working on stenciling fabric to use for her booth display at the Garden City Art Festival and she has posted a great tutorial for you on how to stencil on fabric on her blog: Stenciling on Fabric | it’s me viv.

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Please stop by to see Viv’s booth at the show and take a look at her stenciled muslin tablecloths.

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Festival Fete Presents…The 2013 Garden City Art Festival!!

6 Jun

The big day is almost here…Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival is this weekend (rain or shine) Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm daily. There is so much to see and do that you could spend both days there! Here is a little sampling of what you will see…

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We are proud to have SO many high quality vendors at the show: Accessories, Baby, Bath, Candles, Ceramics, Children’s items, Clothing, Dog accessories, Fiber, Food, Furniture, Garden, Glass, Henna Body Art, Housewares, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Wood, and several Non-Profits as well as 10 booths donated to children for the Young Artists section.

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One of the most unique features of a Festival Fete production is the strolling entertainment throughout the entire show. It’s an exciting, dynamic event that you don’t want to miss!

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Circus Smirkus

We are delighted to include Circus Smirkus in the festivities this weekend! They will be in the Creation Station area doing “Circus Crafts” with the kids. Circus Smirkus is a non-profit, award-winning international youth circus founded with a mission: to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. click here To learn more about Circus Smirkus and be sure to stop by and see them at the festival this weekend!

And here’s a video with a snappy little tune that shows how a festival comes to life!

See you at the festival!!

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A HUGE thank you to our sponsor:

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Meet Joel Peterson: The Toy Maker at the Garden City Art Festival this weekend

5 Jun

Joel Peterson is the Toy Maker and he is a 3rd generation woodworker.  His grandfather was a cabinet-maker in Sweden and America, and his father love to make things in wood as a hobby.  Joel began making furniture for his home and toys for his own boys when they were little until eventually his craft became his business.

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He participates in craft shows throughout new England, but like his simple wooden cars, tractors, trucks and trains made for little hands, his business is done traditionally (in person) and not over the internet.  He will be at Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival this weekend and you definitely want to stop by his booth to  see his unique variety of entertaining games and hand-made wooden toys.

Visitors to my booth at the Garden City Art Festival will see wooden swords and shields colorfully decorated with griffins, lions and dragons or perhaps a magic wand guaranteed to turn any big brother into a toad! They can see a catapult fire a deadly ping-pong ball 12-15 feet or simple games of strategy that parents will enjoy playing with their kids and hard to find ancient games with unique game pieces such as a 2000 year old Viking game called “Hnefatafl” and its Scottish variation, “Ard Ri”. Both thought to be precursors to chess. You can view an even an older game (going back 3400 years) to the Egyptians (great for playing in the car).

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He also makes several distinctive items, like the vintage trucks that can be personalized to suit the customer’s specific requests and a tabletop Christmas Advent Tree with colorful hand turned ornaments, handmade stand and a crafted box to store it all – perfect for holiday gift giving.

I have not met The Toymaker yet, but I am looking forward to seeing him this weekend at the festival with my little boy who will love checking out the wooden swords and that catapult!

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It’s almost time to open the Art Festival Box!

1 Jun

In one week from today, Jennifer Neuguth, Festival Fete founder, and her “dream team” as she affectionately calls them will open the “Art Festival in a Box” and produce an amazing, one of a kind outdoor art festival. I’m proud to be part of her dream team of professionals, business partners, friends and family and am SO excited to get on with the show! Here’s a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together an art festival production (with style). – Danielle Salisbury

So help us generate positive sunny weather energy and spread the word…next weekend….June 8th and 9th from 10am – 5pm daily…Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival!!

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