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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.

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East Greenwich Art Festival Features

1 Aug

Phlash Photo Art     Jonathan Almond

These two wonderful artists will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd, will you?

Erin Walsh of Phlash Photo Art digitally enhances her images in order to give the look of a classic oil painting. These images are printed on canvas and framed in reclaimed barn wood, morphing into unique creations of her own design.

Photographing the original image is just the start of process….

First and foremost, Erin begins with a picture that speaks to her.  Once the right image has been selected, she then begins the creative process of enhancing color, hue, saturation, contrast and refining the general composition, allowing her to remove undesirable aspects from the image

Much of Erin’s passion and inspiration derives from rendering homes into beautiful pieces of fine art – beginning with a painting created by her aunt years ago. Along the way, Erin has also taken inspiration from the works of Thomas Kinkade in an attempt to bring a little magic and whimsy into the images and make them look as good as she imagines they could.

Ultimately, her joy comes from the satisfaction of her clients when they see the final image.

Check out Erin online today!

Jonathan Almond

Jonathan Almond works specifically with watercolor – featuring 6×9, 9×12, and 12×15 paintings mostly of historic buildings, landscapes and trains.

Throughout his years as a painter, Jonathan has developed a distinctive style in which he makes a pencil drawing followed by a fine point archival ink pen in order to make a more detailed image. He then applies the watercolors often using vivid and bold colors for the final product.

For Jonathan, travel provides the greatest inspiration…

“I have often wondered why I like painting with watercolors so much. The answer to that is three-fold. First, watercolors travel easily and dry quickly and I often paint while flying in coach class. Second, the colors create a swirl and variety of eye popping effect with a simple beauty of the wash. Third, the brushes seem to be an extension of my very being.”

Check out Jonathan’s work online today!

And make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd to see works by Jonathan Almond, Phlash Photo Art and more of your favorite local artists!

In other news…

Something to keep on your radar…

Festival Fete’s annual Holiday Market – December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center – 10am – 5pm daily!