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Shop Smart by Shopping for Local Art this Holiday Season!

23 Oct

It’s hard to believe we are already talking about the upcoming holidays…but the fact is, it is upon us in the retail world big time! Festival Fete would like to encourage you to avoid the frustrating lines and the mundane of big box shopping – and instead shop at local art festivals where you can find something unique for everyone on your list, support local artists and have fun with the whole family!

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Bring your entire family to enjoy Festival Fete’s Holiday Market, this year on three consecutive Sundays – December 8th, 15th and 22nd, at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI from 10am to 6pm. The festival will include over 150 Contemporary American Art and Craft artisans along with  visits with Santa, FREE Gift wrapping, a Children’s Creation Station, festive food and strolling merriment. $5 per person entry fee with proceeds benefiting Art Is Smart. Children under 12 are FREE.

Mark your calendars now and plan to be creative by shopping smart for local art!

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Upcycled clothing is HOT and autumn olive is on FIRE!

3 Oct

Upcycled clothing is definitely the “hot” couture right now and Lisa Perry, of autumn olive is a fantastic young designer that we are thrilled to have as part of the Festival Fete shows. You can see her work in person and try items on in her cleverly designed “dressing room” in her booth this Saturday at the Wakefield Art Festival from 10am to 5pm.

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Lisa has been so busy this past year creating her one of a kind skirts, dresses, tops and tunics that she has hardly had any time for marketing or keeping items in her Etsy store. She is mostly selling her work in person at shows and uses Facebook to keep in touch with her customers. Thankfully she had some time to connect with me recently and send some photos from her new autumn line.

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autumn olive plantIt turns out that Autumn Olive is actually a plant; an invasive weed, in fact. So I asked Lisa why she chose that as the name for her business and she said, “I chose the name ‘autumn olive’ (all lower case) sort of on a whim. I was introduced to them on a wild edible walk in Southern Massachusetts and they were quite delicious.  As someone who loves wild foods and whose favorite season is fall, it felt like a good fit.” (Sounds perfect to me!)

I finally have one of my own autumn olive skirts and I think that Lisa’s clothing is not only fashionably cool because it is made from recycled material, but her craftsmanship and attention to detail is excellent. Keep in mind that autumn olive is one of a kind, designer clothing made by hand, which means you should not expect TJMaxx prices! Her designs are amazingly flattering to many different body shapes and sizes, and she will help you find a piece that is a good match for you. And if you’re like me, you’ll reach for that unique, pretty and comfortable work of art to wear every chance you get (prepare yourself for the compliments!).

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Here is a little bit from Lisa about how she started her business:

I started sewing and working with fiber fairly young but never had any formal lessons as a child or teenager. I then spent several years in college working with fiber in other ways, constructing sculptural pieces through felting, knitting, and coiling. Around 2010 I started to explore sewing functional pieces of wearable art that were also sculptural in nature. I was very attracted to the recycling/upcycling concept I was seeing more and more of in both art and fashion, so I decided to commit  to working in exclusively reclaimed material and see where it took me. I started autumn olive as a side project about this time, but it didn’t truly grow into a business until mid year 2011. Since then, this has become my full time focus.

Be sure to stop by Lisa’s booth this Saturday at the Wakefield Art Festival in the heart of downtown Wakefield, RI from 10am to 5pm.

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Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Festival Fete’s Young Artist Program

1 Oct

At each event that Festival Fete produces, we donate $2500 in booth space to Young Artists in Grades 1-12 that are interested in getting a taste of what it’s like to sell their art to the community. Many times people tell us that they didn’t even realize that they were in the Young Artist section of the festival because the quality of the work is so good!

danielle and kidsMy own kids have been Festival Fete Young Artists so I can tell you from personal experience that it is an amazing opportunity for a child with an entrepreneurial spirit to develop a product, design their booth display, sell their art and then learn about commerce and business by paying taxes and contributing to a charity (in lieu of their free booth space the young artists are asked to donate 10% of their sales to Art is Smart). It’s a long day for the kids but it’s a great experience!

One of the Young Artists that we have had the pleasure of having at several Festival Fete shows is Sara McCormick, and she will be joining us again for the Wakefield Art Festival this Saturday, October 5th. Sara is a 7th grader in a southern RI public school and her business name is “Seems Legit”. I asked her mother to send me a little background on how Sara got started.

McCormick Sarah Seems LegitSara started making jewelry a few years ago. Her materials included foil, beads and other recycled things found around the house. She used what she had and made beautiful shiny recycled drop earrings. She has always been a crafts person. Coming home from preschool one day she stated ,“ I want to make a phonograph! You know the one with the big horn on it!” After several seconds, I said uh…okay! So the next day, at 5 years old, she went to her preschool with a large box like thing covered in paint, foil and sticks. It was pretty awesome. I don’t know how she knew what an old fashioned phonograph looked like but it became real through her creative fingers. Sara has evolved into a young lady now and has been doing Festival Fete Art shows for several years. She still makes jewelry but now uses silver, crystal beads and incorporates sea glass into her jewelry. Her catch phrase “Seems Legit” has become the name of her new business as a teenager. She is 100% involved in all the creating, marketing, selling and finances for her business.

So when you come to the Wakefield Art Festival this Saturday, stop by Sara’s booth to say hello but also be sure to visit our other entrepreneurial Young Artists:

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Sam’s Unique and Interesting Creations
Molly’s Ducktape Creations
The Sunflower Kids
The Glass Ocean
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Jasper’s Handmade Hacky Sacks, Et Cetera
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If you know a young artist that would be interested in being a part of a Festival Fete show, encourage them to apply by visiting our website. Please note that the booth spaces for Young Artists are full for Wakefield and the 12/8 Holiday Show but they are welcome to apply for future shows!

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Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Local Art Happenings…

26 Sep

One of our favorite art centers, the Jamestown Arts Center has a current exhibit that shouldn’t be missed – it’s a one woman show by artist Julie Shelton Smith, “100 Women over 50”. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 10-2 until Oct. 11th.

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At the South County Art Association, there is an opening tonight, Thursday, September 26th at 7pm for the juried Member’s Invitational. Gallery hours are Wed – Sun from 1-5pm.

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Member’s Invitational at South County Art Association

Saturday, September 28th is Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day! Many Rhode Island museums are participating, click here to see the list and download your free ticket.

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And don’t forget…next weekend is Festival Fete’s Wakefield Art Festival – Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm. Hope to see you there!

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Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Coming Soon! Festival Fete’s Wakefield Art Festival

17 Sep

We love our artists! We are so excited to have another powerful line-up of talent that will be at the Wakefield Art Festival in just a few weeks! Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm in the heart of downtown Wakefield, RI.

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A note to our blog readers: In the months leading up to a Festival Fete show, I typically write blog articles 3 times a week. However, last week my family and I moved into a new home and I was “offline” for a while. We appreciate your patience and understanding as I get up and running again – and would love your support of Festival Fete by helping to spread the word about the Wakefield Art Festival!

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More artist interviews, photos and weekly event posts coming soon – I promise!

Thanks – Danielle

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Many Thanks to our Community for Supporting the East Greenwich Art Festival!

4 Sep

ff_060813_0456What a weekend! It always amazes me to witness and engage in the magical process of opening Festival Fete‘s “Festival in a Box” and see a dynamic, energetic, and creative community event unfold. Through the expert planning, organization, problem solving, brainstorming and sweat of Festival Fete’s team, a simple parking lot is converted into a spectacular festival!

This past weekend at the East Greenwich Art Festival we had our challenges. Saturday was a little cloudy but it turned out to be a spectacular day for all. Saturday nights’ weather fury brought a driving rain and wind that made a big mess on the festival site – and sadly some artists lost inventory and tents. But Sunday morning there was an incredible workforce of support from everyone working together to put the pieces back together again and welcome the crowds back in.

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We would not be able to do it without you – the community, the artists, performers, food makers, sponsors, and the young kids who bring an energy that makes everyone at the festival feel young and creative! So on behalf of everyone at Festival Fete…THANK YOU….and SEE YOU AT THE NEXT SHOW!

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Pinkberry Supports Art is Smart!

1 Sep

Don’t forget to visit the Pinkberry’s “handcrafted frozen yogurt bar” in the Warwick Mall or Garden City Center today (Sunday, Sept. 1st) to help support Art is Smart! 

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Just mention Festival Fete or Art is Smart and 20% of all proceeds will go to Art is Smart! Thanks so much for your support and enjoy your “froyo”!

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Many thanks to our sponsor:

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