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Announcing…the 2013 Garden City Art Festival!

5 Mar

Spring is just around the corner, people say. But March is a tough winter month to get through so it might be fun to think about warm things ahead like the sunshine, crocuses blooming and the fabulous OUTDOOR Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th!

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There will be talented artisans and performers, tasty treats and the children’s craft area – the “Creation Station”. We are so excited to once again have POW! Science, the Ladies of the Rolling Pin, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, Cranston Cello Choir, facepainter Marc Kohler, and one of my personal favorites; the magician Eddie Raymond, and more entertainment to be announced. As the founders of Festival Fete so perfectly said, “this is NOT your grandmother’s art festival!”

So mark your calendars today for this very fun weekend you won’t want to miss!

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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Featured Artist: Mermaid’s Baubles will be at “Art on Tap” in Newport tonight!

28 Sep

One of Festival Fete’s artists, Melonie Massa will be a featured Artist at ART ON TAP tonight from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Adornment Fine Jewelry, 213 Goddard Row, Newport, RI. (There will also be a beer tasting from Coddington Brewery – hence, the name Art on “Tap”)

Melonie Massa was one of our artisan vendors at the East Greenwich Art Festival a few weeks ago, and Festival Fete is happy to once again include Mermaid’s Baubles at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in December. Melonie’s creations are unique handcrafted works of art including sea glass, shells, beads and genuine “gifts from the sea”.

Melonie began making her baubles from the sea years ago when she saw an exhibit of antique sailor’s valentines on display and was “utterly captivated by their romantic history …and the exquisite artistry that went into each vintage framed piece.”

The tradition of Valentine’s Day sailor gifts began at the beginning of the  late 19thcentury and continued for nearly the start of the 20th century. It is said that seamen used to bring glass-covered octangular boxes made of wood which had sea-shells glued inside in beautiful patterns to give as gifts to their loved-ones at home. Read more about the history of sailors’ valentines: http://www.marineinsight.com/marine/life-at-sea/the-history-of-sailors-valentine/#ixzz27i7DwnAI

Melonie decided that she wanted to re-create the seashell flowers in a sailors’ valentine to be worn as jewelry, headbands and ornaments. So she did her research and consulted with modern day Sailors Valentine artists, she began creating Mermaids Baubles for her own enjoyment, and opened an Etsy shop in 2009.

“It makes me incredibly thankful to be doing something I absolutely love…something that allows me to work from home, raise and homeschool my 4 children and gives me permission to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes entirely guilt-free: Beachcombing!” says Melonie.

You can see Melonie’s Mermaid’s Baubles tomorrow night at Adornment Fine Jewelry and again at the Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

Festival Fete would like to take this opportunity to thank one of our sponsors, Garden City Center, the host location for our Holiday Market.

Further Expanding the Definition of Art

7 Sep

Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe are well-known for their ability to transform beautiful spaces into disturbing, yet beautifully crafted and intricately designed scenes depicting anything from “meth-labs” to crime scenes.

Their most recent venture, Dumpster Hive, located in yet another beautiful spot in Chelsea, New York – creates an “underworld inspired by, among other things, the science fiction of William Gibson, J.G. Ballard, and Philip K. Dick; Cold War history” (nymag.com).

Freeman and Lowe in the salt-encrusted “pirate radio brain room” at Marlborough Chelsea. (Photo: Jason Nocito) –nymag.com

Freeman, an NYU film student graduate and Lowe – half brother of actors Chad & Rob Lowe – who received an M.F.A from Columbia are blowing up the art scene with their unique depictions of topics many artists shy away from. Their most famous work, Hello Meth Lab in the Sun, drew much attention – especially due to the hype around the popular television serious, Breaking Bad, which tells the story of a desperate chemistry , recently diagnosed with lung cancer who turns to meth production in order to support his family.

While this particular installation takes on a different direction – incorporating scenes from history and works from famous novelists, it is expected to have similar success.

(Photo: Jason Nocito) nymag.com

Nymag.com has written a wonderful article about Lowe & Freeman’s most recent venture and I encourage you all to read more about it here.

Have interesting art events, installations, happenings, etc. to share with us? Let us know!

The BIG Weekend is Finally Here!

31 Aug

We can’t wait to see you at the East Greenwich Art Festival this weekend at the new New England Tech Campus located on Division Rd.

Come out for wonderful local art, live entertainment by Big Nazo, local eats, kid’s activities and MORE!

Don’t miss out on this annual event!

CLICK the below video to see what’s in store!

BIG Thanks to ALL our WONDERFUL Sponsors!

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!

The Wait is Over!

8 Jun

The big event is finally here!
Come out TOMORROW to the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island for the second annual Garden City Center Art Festival, presented by Festival Fete

Come out for beautiful local art work

Live ENTERTAINMENT…

By The Toe Jam Band

And The Big Nazo

Local EATS…

La Creperie

Dirty Vegan Foods

Burger Shack

AND MORE!

You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful fun-filled, family friendly, local art event!

Come out tomorrow, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th to celebrate the arts with Festival Fete!

Big thanks to our presenting sponsor!

New England Art Happenings This Memorial Day Weekend!

26 May

Hey Art Lovers,

Check out what’s going on this Memorial Day Weekend at the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park:

Gary Webb

This British sculptor is hosting his first ever exhibition in the United States. Known for his use of “myriad materials including steel, aluminum, glass, mirror, plastic, brass, wood, brick, spray paint, fabrics, and assorted found objects.”

“Webb creates enigmatic objects that play games with the tradition of Modernist abstraction while commenting on twenty-first century consumer culture” (deCordova.org).

Read more about Gary Webb today and see how you can plan your visit to the deCordova exhibition!

Jedediah Caesar

Have a passion for sculpture? Check out Los Angeles Native, Jedediah Caesar’s exhibition at the deCordova this Memorial Day Weekend…

Caesar’s works are created from “congealed materials that speak to process, temporality, and location in contemporary art.”

What is truly unique about Caesar’s art work is the fact that he constructs his works from various found objects.

Read more about the Jedediah Caesar exhibition today

Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now

This exhibition offers a new perspective on abstract photography. Unlike many art forms, this exhibition “challenges our popular view of photography as an objective image of reality by reasserting its constructed nature” (decordova.org).

These are only several of the many fascinating exhibitions happening at the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park.

Read up on other current exhibitions and plan your trip today!

We are looking forward to seeing you in just a couple short weeks at the Garden City Center Art Festival at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island!

And of course, none of Festival Fete’s Art Happenings would be possible without our wonderful sponsors!