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Just Around the Corner…

28 Aug

Get Ready…

The East Greenwich Art Festival is just around the corner! Come out to the new New England Tech Campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island this weekend for wonderful local art, entertainment, food and merriment for the whole family!

Here’s a preview of what’s in store…

Liv & Lov by Dora Szekely designs    StudioDDB Stained Glass Art

Transitions Jewelry Designs by Kathleen Barris     Rocklen Designs by Melissa Rocklen

 So Loved 316 by Christina Almonte     Althalia Originals by Emily Hirsch

String ‘N’ Things by Andrea Ehret      Filomena Demarco Jewelry by Ashley Vick

Chinawear by Karen J     Hiroko Art

Earth Inspired Clay Works by Brenda Gaudette    iDazz Custom Designs by Trish Kozub

Phlash Photo Art by Erin Walsh     Jonathan Almond

April Gramolini      Barefoot Henna by Donna Lyons

Back Roads by Anne Berg      Valley of the Doll by Zoe Ma


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Big Thanks to our Wonderful Presenting Sponsor…


Even MORE To Look Forward To!

27 Jul

April Gramolini     Donna Lyons

These two WONDERFUL artists will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new New England Tech Campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island! Will you?

Did you know that burlap sacks get discarded after the roaster empties the green unroasted beans? Artist April Gramolini makes accessories for men and women out of local roasters’ coffee bean sacks!

Since coffee sacks are made from woven strands of jute which is natural fiber in the hemp family, it doesn’t need pesticides or even fertilizer to grow, making it even more sustainable and eco-friendly when reused.

April creates wallets, belts , wristlets and more on reclaimed industrial sewing machines from the 60s. The individuality of the coffee sacks’ screen printed designs inspires her to create every single item unique and different from the last. Fabric linings are found from thrift and consignment stores as well as mill overstocks, making each wristlet and purse even more special.

 “I love the contrast when mixing feminine fabrics with rough and rugged burlap.”

 Additionally, April truly loves to hand weave with her Ashford table loom and has recently been experimenting with jute and cotton, mixing those rough and soft textures again.
Make sure to check out April online at her Etsy site and support her beautiful work by “liking” her Facebook page and of course, don’t miss her at the East Greenwich Art Festival!
Donna Lyons, aka Barefoot Henna, creates all natural body art through the use of Henna – a medium sized shrub that grows in hot, arid conditions.
For many centuries, the people of these areas, North Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia, have used henna to dye their hair, beards, fingernails and skin.  It is often used in celebratory rituals, drawn on to the skin in patterns, much like tattoos, but not permanent.  The dye in the plant leaves stain the skin cells a lovely range of brown tones, and as the skin replenishes itself, the stain wears away.  Each of these regions has a unique style, for example, the Africans use very geometric, linear patterns, while others use floral motifs, and the traditional paisley type design.

“The Art itself is an inspiration, because each and every henna design, no matter how many times I’ve drawn it, comes out differently because its an ever changing canvas that is the human body.  No two are alike, it’s drawn freehand, so there’s a lot of latitude you can take.  It is always exciting to see the finished product.”

Donna mixes her own henna paste, so she can tell you exactly what is in it…
Henna powder, from harvested, dried, ground, sifted plant leaves.
Lemon juice; used since the acidity helps break down the plant fibers, thus, releasing more dye.  Sometimes teas are used. white table sugar; it helps it stick to the skin. essential oil; typically cajeputi, tea tree, or lavender; others are used, but mostly for scent.  these are monoterpene oils that also break down the plant fibers to release dye.
One important piece of advice from Donna…
Always avoid Black Henna – Do your research on it.
Donna Lyons will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd and we hope to see you there as well! – You won’t want to miss out!

Local Artists Need Your Support!

5 Feb

Diana Brennan

ApRil  Gramolini     Eric Swanson

Three AMAZING local artists with three very different art forms. All more than worth checking out!

Festival Fete is excited to be holding the Garden City Center Art Festival for the second year in a row. If you were able to come out last year and share the fun, you were able to see some amazing art in person!

Come out and see what all the fuss is about, June 9th & 10th!

Bring your entire family and celebrate the joy that is local art

Filled with live entertainment by The Big Nazo & The Toe Jam Band, unbelievable art work, kids activities & merriment!

If you can’t make it to Festival Fete’s Garden City Center Art Festival, have no fear!

We have more Festivals coming your way…

If you haven’t done so already, “Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to find out about exclusive updates & sweepstakes opportunities!

We would love to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors:

gifts for her

16 Nov

1. Felt Sutra  – Janice Kissinger

2. House of Cach

3. Custom Hand Knit Asymmetrical Neck Warmer from Brigid Connelly

4. Handmade clutch made from recycled coffee bean sacks from April Gramolini from April Gramolini

5. Clear crystal copper wrapped dangle earrings from Deb Terilli

6.Fruitcake Designs domino Cuffs from Jennifer LaRosa-Hicks


Festival Fete would like to thank our sponsor: Project Undercover

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook for more updates from us!!

The Holiday Market will include over 125 Contemporary American Art and Craft artisans.

>> 9 more days till the Holiday Market<<

The Holiday Market is proud to be sponsored by Whole Foods MarketRhode Island MonthlyNatural AwakeningsCat CountryYelp,Roger Williams Park ZooCardi’s FurnitureRobin Ivy Photography,  Alex and AniProvidence Roller DerbyBalise AutoZipcarCuto, and Garden City Center.

TODAY is the day!

11 Jun

Festival Fete is excited to announce that TODAY is the day we have all be waiting for! Yes, that is right it is GARDEN CITY CENTER ART FESTIVAL time!

So this means that everyone of you should make your way over to the Garden City Center in Cranston, RI.

All the locally grown art, food, and merriment one can ask for will be there! You certainly so not want to miss out on this fabulous day! Come support your artists and vendors. We hope to see you there, you definitley will not regret it! :]

Please, please, please do not forget to come out to the Garden City Center Art Festival today, June 11, 2011 in Cranston, Rhode Island!!

You can personally see all of these artist…

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy Photography , Cat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.

Don’t Miss Out!

11 May

Don’t miss out on our fabulous giveaway opportunity this week for an original, upycled tote by April Gramolini!

You could be the next lucky winner!

Apply by entering your info into our online form


by “Liking” Festival Fete on Facebook!

Like what you see?

Check out more work by Garden City Center Art Festival featured artist, April Gramolini on Facebook and at her Etsy store!

This Week’s Lucky Winner & A Brand New Giveaway Opportunity!

10 May

Congrats to this week’s Festival Fete Giveaway Winner, Liz Hoffman for an original painting by Bunny Griffeth!

This week Festival Fete will be giving you the opportunity to win a reclaimed burlap tote bag and pouch by Garden City Center Art Festival featured artist, April Gramolini!

Win this fun, upcycled & unqiue bag by filling out this simple form


By “Liking” Festival Fete on Facebook!

This could be your lucky week, enter today!

Check out more of April Gramolini’s work on Facebook and at her Etsy store!