Tag Archives: Art Is Smart

Last Minute Holiday Shopping at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

20 Dec

It’s not too late to get in some last minute holiday shopping this weekend at Festival Fete‘s Holiday Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. There is plenty of parking, entertainment and crafts for the kids and unique, handmade fine art and crafts. $5 suggested donation at the door with proceeds supporting the local non-profit, Art is Smart. We’ll be open from 10am to 6pm and we hope to see you Sunday!

Here’s a sneak peek…

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Many thanks to:



It’s beginning to feel like HOLIDAY MARKET TIME!

5 Dec

We know that there are lots of things to do this weekend…but we also know that you do not want to miss Festival Fete’s Holiday Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet this Sunday! We have a fantastic group of artisans and craftspeople, entertainers and food vendors, arts and crafts for the kids, and more… so come check it out from 10am to 6pm this Sunday, 12/8 and the following two Sundays, 12/15 and 12/22.

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Gorgeous jewelry by Maji Jewelry will be there! http://www.etsy.com/shop/MajiJewelry


Laurie-Annya Linfoot http://www.forthebirdsct.com

…and Mantra!

Jennifer Neuguth http://www.mymantramylife.com will be in the house! Woot woot!

Jennifer Neuguth http://www.mymantramylife.com will be in the house! Woot woot!


Many thanks to our sponsor:


Holiday Market Entertainment!

25 Nov

We love to provide interesting and fun entertainment for our guests at Festival Fete Holiday Markets. It makes the day shopping for unique, locally hand made goods well…entertaining!

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We will have some returning performers such as Amy the Mime (only this time as an elf!) along with Santa Claus, as well as Lizzie James and the Greystone Rail, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Smashing Photo Booth. But also some newer folks like Dance Expressions, belly dancers and choral singers.


Be sure to check in with us at the information booth when you arrive for detailed show times. And please tell us, what’s your favorite festival entertainment?


Many thanks to our sponsor:

Natural Awakenings

Festival Fete 2013 Holiday Market Artists!

12 Nov

We are about three weeks away from the first Festival Fete 2013 Holiday Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI! Take a peek at some of the wonderful talent that will be at the show.

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All of the artisans and crafters that participate in a Festival Fete show are juried for admission so you will find an excellent variety of products at very high quality. Most of our vendors are local, some from other parts of New England so you can feel good about supporting small, local businesses!


Admission to the festival is $5 per person with proceeds benefiting the non-profit, Art is Smart. Children under 12 years old are free, and there will be visits with Santa, FREE gift wrapping, a Children’s Creation Station, festive food and strolling merriment! So mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8th, 15th and 22nd from 10am to 5pm to do your holiday shopping!


Many thanks to our sponsor and host for this year’s event:

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

A Festival Fete Announcement!

2 Oct

Jennifer & Pilar working together at the Garden City Art Festival

Have you heard the news?  Jennifer Neuguth, founder of Festival Fete, has transferred the ownership of Festival Fete to the very capable hands of Pilar Brennar so that she can dedicate herself to her new business, MANTRA.  Jennifer and Pilar have been working together over these past few months to make sure that Pilar knows all the “ins and outs” of running the business. And lucky for us all, Jennifer will continue to work with Festival Fete in support of Art is Smart and the Creation Station. Please read the following messages from Pilar and Jennifer.

Jennifer Neuguth, successful entrepreneur starts a new business, MANTRA!

Jennifer Neuguth, successful entrepreneur starts a new business, MANTRA!

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank all the many artists, young artists, sponsors and patrons that have supported Festival Fete from the beginning.

I have completely enjoyed working in the arts!

Please, keep in touch as I start a new journey at My Mantra. My life.  www.mymantramylife.com



Pilar Brenner - new owner of Festival Fete!

Pilar Brenner – new owner of Festival Fete!

Hello to all the artists, supporters, and fans of Festival Fete!

I’m sure by now, many of you have heard the news that Jennifer has started down a new road with MANTRA, and you and I are going to continue on the ever-exciting, and growing journey of Festival Fete!

When I initially thought about purchasing the company, I asked myself what spoke to me most about Festival Fete and its mission. What I realized is that I fully embrace and LOVE, what Jennifer and David have accomplished; an event which showcases local artisan talent, supports young and budding artists, brings business to local communities, and is fun and family friendly. Festival Fete events truly enrich all aspects of RI and make it a better place. It is now my goal to carry on the work that Jennifer and David began.

My commitment to our artists is to continue to provide and expand the platform in which you are able to showcase your art, advertising campaigns, and the great venues will continue and only get better. My commitment to the many loyal supporters who attend these events and the communities around them, is to continue to present the best show we can with great art, great food, and great entertainment!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Wakefield Festival, October 5th!



Wakefield Art Festival

Festival Fete 2013 Shows!

29 Jan

Backstage there’s a lot going on a Festival Fete so mark your calendars for another fabulous line-up of shows in 2013! Stay tuned…

Festival Fete 2013 shows

Festival Fete 2013 shows

Art Events in RI This Weekend & a BIG Thank You!

6 Dec
Art is Smart Creation Station

Art is Smart Creation Station

Last weekend’s Festival Fete Holiday Market was an incredible success and a whole lot of fun!

Community Sculpture with Lisa May Tobin, Annan & Malen's Chocolate Surprise, Art is Smart, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Creation Station

Noelle in the Community Sculpture chair, crowds lined up, Annan & Malen’s Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Lisa May Tobin, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Liam and Rylie enjoying the Creation Station

We are so thankful for all of the great folks that came out to enjoy the event and support the arts, as well as the super talented artisan vendors and performers, the sponsors, Festival Fete friends, family and staff. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Garden City Center and Whole Foods Market Cranston for all of their support.

Save the date! The next Festival Fete will be the Garden City Art Festival June 8-9, 2013. We are now accepting applications for Artists and food vendors for all 2013 shows. Please visit www.festivalfete.com for more details and an application.

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Now on to this weekend…

The always sophisticated and well-run RISD Alumni Art Sale is this weekend at the Providence Convention Center. All artists participating in the sales are RISD alumni or current RISD students selling original work including prints, photographs, apparel, ceramics, glass, textiles, and more!

Please contact alumnisale@risd.edu with any questions.

RISD Holiday Art SaleSat 10-5

RISD Holiday Art Sale
Sat 10-5

If you’re looking for more “Artful ways to shop” locally and in the smaller towns of RI, SoRhode Island online features a nice article that describes some venues south of Providence to explore. The Craftland show on Westminster Street in Providence continues this weekend until 12/24. I think I may check out the East Greenwich Library “Winter’s Eve” for a juried art exhibit and concert by The Hummingbird Trio. The event takes place tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm and it’s free. This is such a great time of year for socializing and shopping in festive venues – the options are endless! Please share with us what events you will discover this weekend by commenting below.

Have a super weekend!

– Danielle