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Your East Greenwich Art Festival Artists!

24 Aug

Liv & Lov by Dora Szekely designs     StudioDDB Stained Glass Art

Dora Szekely of Liv & Lov creates pieces of wearable art jewelry, designing each piece completely by hand! As a Global Studies major in college focusing on Fair Trade and having worked with FT organizations, Dora makes great efforts to use only recycled silver. She switched to recycled with the dream of one day being a part of creating a Fair Trade Silver, something with transparency for artisans that can’t afford to own a mine.

Dora even had the opportunity to visit mines in southern Africa and learn how it has developed the country and affects the people, further strengthening her resolve. She has also interned and worked as a researcher for the No Dirty Gold campaign and hopes to work on Fair Trade gold in Colombia before going to Peru to research silver mining. The profits she makes from her jewelry not only go back into her art but towards these goals!

The manner in which I create is inspired by people and the earth, the designs are inspired by nature, geometric forms, and connections. The way opposing geometric forms connect and the connections everything living has to each other, unknown, random, and destined.

Liv~

Follow your dreams

Liv life to the fullest

Lov~

Be compassionate

Love you, others and the Earth

& You will not only find happiness

But will change the World!

Check out Liv & Lov by Dora Szekely designs and come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the New England Tech campus to see Dora’s beautiful artwork in person!

For Donna, her work in stained glass comes from her fascination with the play of light and shadow – a constant change of the piece of art at different times during the day (and during the four seasons) as the light changes the appearance of the image

Donna is inspired by the beauty of cathedral windows and greatly appreciates the amount of time and hard work that goes into creating such works of art. Donna works mainly in the Tiffany copper
foil technique and believes Tiffany’s works are breathtaking

While Donna has worked in illustration, painting, photography and more, she enjoys the challenges of cutting and soldering glass to create a piece of art. While she is able to produce a traditional stained glass piece, She finds that it’s always more fun to create something with a bit of whimsey

Visit Donna of StudioDDB Stained Glass Art online today and make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival to see works by Donna, Dora and all of your favorite local artists along with live entertainment, local eats, free kids activities and more!

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EG Art Festival – Check Out these Featured Artists!

22 Aug

CHRISTINA ALMONTE – So Loved 316     EMILY HIRSCH – Althalia Originals

Soap IS art, believe it or not!

 These days, soap comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and chemicals that are made up from all around the world.  The soap and body care line of 316 Traditional Remedies is naturally and beautifully based on what is not found in the ingredients that others use to artificially enhance and entice the senses.

Each product is carefully developed using the highest quality ingredients that include certified organic oils, plant extracts, minerals and clays for color.

 Although some smaller batches are made for pure fun, most are based on some traditional remedy that may be beneficial for various ailments or benefit a loved one undergoing cancer treatment, such as fragrant-free, extra moisturizing or simple chemical free, paraben-free products.

Christina’s inspiration for her work derives from her desire to find the cure for cancer.  She has been involved in the study of medicinal plants from around the world – both in the scientific research world of pharmaceuticals to living and working with traditional healers in the Amazon and bush of Papua New Guinea

Visit Christina Almonte of So Loved 316 online today to learn more about not only her wonderful art, but her strides toward finding a cure for cancer. You will also find Christina at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd!

Since 2002, Emily Hirsch of Althalia Originals has been creating beautiful handmade, one of a kind jewelry. Since beginning her career in jewelry making, Emily has made over 8,000 unique pieces, utilizing the highest quality sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Additionally, Emily has even created a small line of children’s jewelry and bookmarks!

Emily’s main inspiration behind her work are her parents, and her loyal, devoted customers who often claim they are “addicted to her jewelry”.

Visit Emily of Athalia Originals online today and make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival to support Emily, Christina and your other favorite local artists!

With the end of the year approaching – we’re already getting ready for the holiday season! Don’t miss out on Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – happening December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island!

Support Local Artists!

15 Aug

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

These two wonderful jewelry artists will be out selling their artwork at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the New England Tech Campus – Don’t miss out!

Andrea Ehret of String ‘N’ Things creates her jewelry using almost all upcycled materials that she has rescued from various antique stores, flea markets and garage sales. These items often include vintage and repurposed materials such as doilies, lace, buttons, keys, games pieces and toys – making her art form truly unique!

“Do what you love and what you enjoy, because you won’t have any fun if you don’t” – Andrea Ehret

Andrea also creates modern wreaths made out of yarn and felt!…

Andrea’s craft making all began about 5 years ago when she couldn’t find that perfect necklace to match her outfit. Out of her dilemma came wonderful jewelry making!
Make sure to check out all of Andrea’s wonderful artwork on her Etsy site today!
Ashley Vick of Filomena Demarco Jewelry  earned her BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, Ashley creates sculptural jewelry that is inspired by forms and colors found in nature – gathering much of her inspiration from her travels, specifically the southwest.
I remember discovering the transformative power of jewelry as a young girl, piling on my mother’s jewelry with a more-is-better approach, and how beautiful and special it made me feel to wear it. As a child, I had no concept of how much it cost or what it was worth. All I knew was the pleasure of wearing it and how it made me feel. Inevitably, I would get caught and, fearing loss or ruin, be forced to put it back. I think about how much beautiful jewelry went unworn and how it was locked away for safekeeping. The memory of this has shaped my relationship to jewelry.
According to Ashley, jewelry should serve people; people should not be in service to it. It is her hope and intention that the jewelry she makes be worn and enjoyed, that it lend itself to the expression of personal style, that it make a statement, and that whoever wears it will feel beautiful and special too.
Please visit Ashley at Filomeno Demarco Jewelry online today and make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd to support Ashley, Andrea and many more wonderful local artists!
And don’t forget to put the Festival Fete Holiday Market on your calendar as well!

Check out Your Local EG Art Festival Featured Artists!

12 Aug

 

Chinawear by Karen J     Hiroko Art

Karen, , owner of “Chinawear by Karen J”, handcrafts beautiful and unique jewelry and belt buckles from fun and fine china.  Each pierce is carefully planned, cut, ground and turned into beautiful pieces of jewelry from dinner plates!

               Karen pulls her inspiration from her love of fine china from England and collecting tea pots and tea cups for many years.
Custom orders are even available from your own dinner plates! – makes a great heirloom piece of jewelry from Grandmother or Mother’s old plate 🙂
Make sure to check out Karen at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the New England Tech Campus!
Hiroko Shikashio of Hiroko Art  uses color as the key element in her abstract watercolors and collages. She is moved by scenes and simple objects surrounding her and seeks to assimilate and transform her works into colorful imagery.
The backbone to her art life derives from the fact that her father was once a famous artist in Japan. His influence of loving what he does has driven Hiroko to make beautiful works of art.
While Hiroko began as a watercolorist, she soon began to expand her media, moving into acrylics, oil sticks and then to collage. She is extremely passionate about world traveling and naturally takes photos wherever she goes – this became serious media for expression in her recent years.
People ask me which media do you enjoy most, then I must say, I love all of it. I rotate expressing creativity in all media.
Visit Hiroko online today and make sure to come support her and your other local artists at the East Greenwich Art Festival coming up just next month! – You won’t want to miss out!
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East Greenwich Featured Artists!

8 Aug

 

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

Brenda Gaudette of Earth Inspired Clay Works loves to create unique function ceramic ware and handmade-framed tile/mosaic art works inspired by earth and other elements found in nature – making each piece truly an original.

Her work both celebrates the rich textures, colors, organic shapes and patterns found in nature as well as includes other traditional, contemporary and symbolic stamped design elements.
In Brenda’s opinion, in order to create a successful piece, one must practice thoughtful aesthetic judgments and strong craftsmanship. – “Even the smallest of works are designed and created with an eye for quality composition and technical skill.”
Check out more of Brenda’s work online today!
Trish Kozub of iDazz Custom Designs has been designing jewelry for 12 years, working mostly with gemstones, pearls and glass but favoring those pieces which incorporate signed brooches and earrings from the 1940s, and shoe buckles and buttons from Paris from the 1890s!
Trish works diligently to accumulate amazing vintage goods, which tend to be her favorite pieces (and her customer’s as well). Trish is influenced by the mere beauty of the beads and vintage pieces because they allow her to  create fun and distinctive collections!
Check out Trish Kozub of iDazz Custom Designs today!
And make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st & 2nd in order to see works by Trish Kozub, Brenda Gaudette and even more of your favorite local artists and entertainers!
If you can’t make it out to the East Greenwich Art Festival this year, we understand! But don’t worry, the Festival Fete Holiday Market is just around the corner – happening at the Garden City Center on December 1st and 2nd!

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!

 

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!