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What’s in it for me? (say the kids) Art is Smart!

23 Oct

Hopefully by now we have managed to get you really excited about the seasonal entertainment and the beautiful, locally handmade items that you can buy at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City (on December 1st and 2nd), and you’re definitely planning to go. But don’t leave the kiddos home!  A Festival Fete Festival is a day for the whole family – which is especially nice at holiday time

Festival Fete’s non-profit, Art is Smart is an important part of each Festival Fete production and is a great opportunity for kids to support kids through activities such as the Creation Station and the Young Artists’ Booths. There are booths at the Holiday Market that have been awarded to kids in grades 1-12 to showcase and sell their art. In lieu of booth fees, the Young Artists donate 10% of their sales to support Art is Smart. My kids are looking forward to doing some of their own holiday shopping, and love to buy from other kids!

A Little Bird Origami Jewelry by Zoe

Art is Smart supports public school art teachers by donating funds to help them purchase supplies for their art classes. The money raised by Art is Smart at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City will go directly to a Cranston, R.I. Art Teacher.  If you are an art teacher interested in requesting funding, please contact Jennifer Neuguth by email for more information. It’s a simple and straightforward process for raising and distributing funds. Art is Smart is based on pure passion for the arts, and supporting art education for children.

Paints for Johnston Elementary

Festival Fete continues to be a wealth of inspiration  for students in elementary Art classes in Johnston. Artwork by a child creates a memory of a lifetime and through Festival Fetes generous donations, students gain confidence and appreciation for art, and they are able to create works of art for the family to display and enjoy at home.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! – Dawn Forte, a teacher from Johnston Elementary.

Johnston Elementary Student Artwork – You’re welcome!

Everyone attending the festival is a contributor to the program, even if you don’t have young kids. For the Holiday Market in Garden City, there is a $3 suggested donation entrance fee. Other ways to help support Art is Smart are by making a cash donation, purchasing some really stylish Art is Smart merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, or by participating in one of the projects for kids in the Creation Station that have a small fee (Beeswax Candle Making or Kite Stars/paper lanterns).


So yes, Art is Smart for the kids!

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Creating, Teaching, Inspiring

29 Apr

“Through light, color, rhythm, love and a race against time, I am determined to create paintings that bring warmth and sunshine to your humble abode wherever that may be”-Dawn Forte

Garden City Center Art Festival featured artist, Dawn Forte, is a talented painter who creates contemporary landscape/figure, still life, and everyday popular culture themes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and has been teaching in the public schools for ten years

Dawn’s hope and dream for her students is that they develop a life long appreciation for the arts and that they will seek higher education that involves a journey connected to the arts. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, the Portsmouth Arts Guild, Daily Painters of RI and Contemporary Fine Arts International.com

Inspirational artists that stay etched in her mind are American born Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Artists that are still alive that inspire her today are Samuel Ames, Gerry Perrino, Timothy Horn and many more

Dawn Forte’s vast style of paintings is certain to spark inspiration in all of her admirers

Please check out more weekly paintings by Dawn Forte by visiting her blog at http://www.paintingsbydawn.blogspot.com/

Dawn is also a part of Daily Painters of RI at www.CFAINTL.com, which hosts a daily painting blog for Rhode Islanders

Come out to the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 11, 2011 in Cranston, Rhode Island to view Dawn’s beautiful work in person!

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy Photography , Cat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.