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Holiday Market Artist: Deb Terilli

30 Sep

We are so pleased to have Deb Terilli, jewelry designer returning for another Festival Fete!

Deb works in a hospital as an IV Nurse, but relishes the time she spends in her small studio at home in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Because she wears an I.D. badge every day at work, it was a natural fit for her to design some very creative ways to wear her badge, including some whimsical fabric covered name badge buttons.

In addition to the badge buttons, Deb creates beaded lanyards and eyeglass holders. All very beautiful and functional too! She continues to work with hammered copper and silver wire to create her one of a kind jewelry.

Deb says that she is so inspired by all of the jewelry artists that she has met and says, “I can’t wait to see everyone at Festival Fete’s Holiday Art Festival! It’s always an awesome time!”

We look forward to seeing Deb’s latest designs at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City this December 1st and 2nd.

See you there!

Festival Fete would like to thank our sponsor Cardi’s Furniture for their support!

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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.

Support Your Local Artists!

5 Aug

Transitions Jewelry Designs     Rocklen Designs

Kathleen Barris, creator of Transitions Jewelry Designs, designs and creates one of a kind jewelry with the intention of providing people with a “go to piece” or a frequently worn “statement piece” rather than one you save in a box for a special occasion.

 Of her many inspirations, Kathleen is especially drawn to natural stones with unusual shapes or an interesting story. By pairing these with classic materials and techniques she is able to create original designs with a contemporary edge.  Kathleen’s love for the rich yet subtle textures and patterns often seen in nature is extremely evident in her artwork. Most importantly, Kathleen is inspired by her grandchildren and claims “there is nothing as inspiring as seeing the world through their eyes!”

Kathleen is currently working on very sculptural pieces, including spiculum and Mobius – forms from the distant past – to which she gives a contemporary twist.

Recently, she and her husband (also business partner), started learning Lapidary. They have even begun to set up their own Lapidary studio in order to cut their own stones, allowing for great flexibility in the design process. Look out for these pieces to begin to making appearances in upcoming shows!

Melissa Rocklen of Rocklen Designs creates jewelry and mobiles using metal, glass, stone, and paper clay entirely by hand – meaning she does all the forming, hammering, wire-wrapping, sculpting, sanding, and finishing.   Her jewelry is sterling silver, with copper and bead accents. Her mobiles are made using steel, copper, paper clay and glass and incorporate her handmade birds which she sculpts and sands individually, giving each one a unique personality.

Melissa’s inspiration has changed over time.  While her jewelry making began after returning home from studying mask-making in Mexico, Ghana, Mali, and Indonesia where the images in her head were inspired by the shapes and designs she had seen in her travels, she is now most inspired by seeing people smile.

The creation of Melissa’s Birds & Beads Mobiles began in the middle of an extra-long winter, when the cold darkness was making people a bit more tired and sad.  The birds, with their movement and whimsy, seemed to cheer people up.  Since then, she has been working on making jewelry and mobiles that have a playful effect.

Melissa began making art when she was very young – drawing inspiration from her mother who was a print maker. As she grew older, she also focused on drawing, painting, and printmaking.  It was only after studying mask-making in other countries and seeing how people used and wore art in their everyday lives that she realized she wanted to make functional art.

“I love seeing people wear and enjoy the things I make.  Making art provides balance for me.”

You will find both Kathleen and Melissa at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new New England Tech Campus! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your local artists and enjoy a fun-filled day of art, entertainment and merriment!

And don’t forget to put the Festival Fete Holiday Market on your calendar for December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center! It will be here before you know it!

 

Success!

28 Jun

Hey art & entertainment lovers!

Thank you for coming out to the first Newport Hullabaloo of the season last night, we hope you enjoyed all of the wonderful live art as much as we did!

If you couldn’t make it last night, have no fear!

The Newport Hullabaloo will be back on July 11th followed by an encore presentation on July 18th!

Make sure you don’t miss out on this wonderful event!

Stay tuned this week for features about our wonderful artists & performers!…

Support Garden City Center Featured Artists!

20 May

Eli Helman   Guimelli Art

Looking for a wonderful art happening? This June 9th & 10th, Festival Fete will be at the Garden City Center  with tons of fabulous local artists for the 2nd annual Garden City Center Art Festival!

Come join us for days full of beautiful local art work, entertainment, food, free kids activities and MORE!

Live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band & The Big Nazo!

“Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to receive important updates regarding our upcoming art festivals!

COMING SOON…

The East Greenwich Art Festival

Happening September 1st & 2nd at the new NE Tech Campus located on Division Road in East Greenwich

You won’t want to miss this!

We would love to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful sponsors!

Pinterest, What’s it all About?

13 May

It’s likely you’ve heard the word Pinterest being thrown about recently. Most likely because it’s the most recent, innovative and fresh way to enjoy social media

Pinterest is an online pinboard that allows you to organize and share your favorite interests with friends & family by “pinning” interesting things from various websites, blogs, other social media, etc.

You can visit the Festival Fete Pinterest to learn about our personal interests, our Art is Smart campaign, featured artists and more…

Art is Smart Board

Garden City Center Art Festival Board

East Greenwich Art Festival Board

See all of our Pin Boards here!

Visit us to Re-Pin, Learn about our interests & events, or simply explore!

And create your own pin board at Pinterest.com today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

See you on June 9th & 10th!

Big thanks to our sponsors for making it all possible!

Entertainment Guaranteed!

22 Apr

Festival Fete is getting excited for our upcoming art festivals!

Aside from a surplus of beautiful local art, we will be featuring some live entertainment by some pretty great entertainers

The Big Nazo and The Toe Jam Band will be performing at both the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 9th and 10th as well as at The East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd!

Come out and bring the family for these huge art happenings, we guarantee fun for all!

 Check out this interview with the Big Nazo!

Learn more by visiting them online and make sure to catch these guys in person in June at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island

You won’t want to miss these guys either…

The Toe Jam Puppet Band

See you soon!

Big thanks to our fabulous sponsors!