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New Year, New Festivals!

12 Jan

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They say it’s the Year of the Horse, but we’re calling it the Year of the Festival…

We’ve got exciting news: Festival Fete has added TWO NEW SHOWS to the festival lineup for 2014!

Our first new show will kick off the season right in the heart of beautiful, downtown Newport, RI on Bowen’s Wharf, just outside The Landing Restaurant. A historic seaport overlooking Newport Harbor, Bowen’s Wharf is home to some of Newport’s finest boutiques and eateries, as well as 18th century commercial wharf buildings. Stroll along the water, check out the architecture, eat, shop, and be merry at the 1st annual Newport Art Festival, June 28th and 29th from 10am – 5pm daily.

Next up is the 1st annual Festival Fete Emerald Square Art Show, in North Attleboro, MA. This event marks Festival Fete’s first venture out of Rhode Island, and we are so excited to have the opportunity to connect local artists and artisans with the wider New England community! Held outside the Emerald Square Mall, and conveniently located right off the interstate, this show will be a crowd-pleaser. Join us on July 26th from 10am – 5pm for some locally grown art, food, and merriment in The Bay State!

Here’s where else we’ll be in 2014:

The 2nd annual Wakefield Art Festival will be held  along Main Street and the Saugatuck River in historic, downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island on October 4th from 10am – 5pm.

The 4th annual East Greenwich show will be back at New England Tech. Dates and times TBA shortly.

The 4th annual Garden City Center Art Festival in Cranston, RI. Dates and times TBA shortly.

Check out our website or the FAQ page for more detail on show locations.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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The BIG Weekend is Finally Here!

31 Aug

We can’t wait to see you at the East Greenwich Art Festival this weekend at the new New England Tech Campus located on Division Rd.

Come out for wonderful local art, live entertainment by Big Nazo, local eats, kid’s activities and MORE!

Don’t miss out on this annual event!

CLICK the below video to see what’s in store!

BIG Thanks to ALL our WONDERFUL Sponsors!

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!
Big thanks to our fabulous sponsor!
And make sure you are keeping on your radar…

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!

Even MORE To Look Forward To!

27 Jul

April Gramolini     Donna Lyons

These two WONDERFUL artists will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new New England Tech Campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island! Will you?

Did you know that burlap sacks get discarded after the roaster empties the green unroasted beans? Artist April Gramolini makes accessories for men and women out of local roasters’ coffee bean sacks!

Since coffee sacks are made from woven strands of jute which is natural fiber in the hemp family, it doesn’t need pesticides or even fertilizer to grow, making it even more sustainable and eco-friendly when reused.

April creates wallets, belts , wristlets and more on reclaimed industrial sewing machines from the 60s. The individuality of the coffee sacks’ screen printed designs inspires her to create every single item unique and different from the last. Fabric linings are found from thrift and consignment stores as well as mill overstocks, making each wristlet and purse even more special.

 “I love the contrast when mixing feminine fabrics with rough and rugged burlap.”

 Additionally, April truly loves to hand weave with her Ashford table loom and has recently been experimenting with jute and cotton, mixing those rough and soft textures again.
Make sure to check out April online at her Etsy site and support her beautiful work by “liking” her Facebook page and of course, don’t miss her at the East Greenwich Art Festival!
Donna Lyons, aka Barefoot Henna, creates all natural body art through the use of Henna – a medium sized shrub that grows in hot, arid conditions.
For many centuries, the people of these areas, North Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia, have used henna to dye their hair, beards, fingernails and skin.  It is often used in celebratory rituals, drawn on to the skin in patterns, much like tattoos, but not permanent.  The dye in the plant leaves stain the skin cells a lovely range of brown tones, and as the skin replenishes itself, the stain wears away.  Each of these regions has a unique style, for example, the Africans use very geometric, linear patterns, while others use floral motifs, and the traditional paisley type design.

“The Art itself is an inspiration, because each and every henna design, no matter how many times I’ve drawn it, comes out differently because its an ever changing canvas that is the human body.  No two are alike, it’s drawn freehand, so there’s a lot of latitude you can take.  It is always exciting to see the finished product.”

Donna mixes her own henna paste, so she can tell you exactly what is in it…
Henna powder, from harvested, dried, ground, sifted plant leaves.
Lemon juice; used since the acidity helps break down the plant fibers, thus, releasing more dye.  Sometimes teas are used. white table sugar; it helps it stick to the skin. essential oil; typically cajeputi, tea tree, or lavender; others are used, but mostly for scent.  these are monoterpene oils that also break down the plant fibers to release dye.
One important piece of advice from Donna…
Always avoid Black Henna – Do your research on it.
Donna Lyons will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd and we hope to see you there as well! – You won’t want to miss out!

Sneak Peak: EG Featured Artists!

24 Jul

Back Roads by Anne Berg and Valley of the Doll by Zoe Ma

Back Roads Clothing Creates t-shirts with a Rhode Island accent – celebrating Rhode Island’s unique character

Current designs include…

Rhode Island’s Official State Motto, HOPE – proud and loud on the t-shirts.

All The Way and a Coffee Milk – the perfect shirt for the Home of the Hot Wiener.

Blue State – it’s an Election year, and I think I know which way this state will vote!

Ann was inspired to create these shirts because in her opinion, there were no fun, intelligent, interesting, high-quality t-shirts that were made by and for Rhode Islanders. Her shirts are not ordinary t-shirts, they come preloaded with style, fit, and the satisfaction that comes from supporting the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Rhode Island great!

Another great thing about these T-shirts?

Printed here, sold here, and support a micro-business, in turn, supporting other local businesses and entrepreneurs. Anne promises to spread the love!

What difference can purchasing a T-shirt do?

Plenty! $8 from the sale of every Get What You Give shirt goes to Providence Rescue Mission, making a huge difference everyday for the homeless and disadvantaged in our capitol city

Valley of the Doll

 Zoe Ma, a mostly self taught altered artist,  incorporates found objects into jewelry, shrines, and other art oddities.  She strives to make everything one of a kind, and finds great joy in amusing the viewer.

“It is a pleasure for me to recycle discarded items and to draw attention to the beauty I see in them by giving them new life.”

What inspires Zoe?

Everyday events, a past career in the field of psychology, and her mother.  She is drawn to themes of human relationships and behavior, to strong women, and to people who have been seen as odd or unique.

“There is never enough time in the day to do everything I want to do, having to get out of the “artist zone” to take care of everyday life, and needing to earn enough money to eat and pay bills.  I think my personality quirks, such as being kind of moody and distractible can be challenging, but also contribute to my life and art being full of surprises.”

Check out Back Roads by Anne Berg and Valley of the Doll by Zoe Ma at The East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new NE Tech Campus!

HUGE Thanks to our sponsor!

East Greenwich Art Festival Coming Soon!

22 Jul

Hey Festival Go-ers! We are excited to announce that the East Greenwich Art Festival will be here before you know it and we want to share some of our lovely featured local artists…

A Dog’s Life Bakery will be there…

At It’s a Dog’s Life Bakery, they make all natural, gluten and preservative-free dog treats that people feel good about giving their dogs.  They also make stylish handmade collars and leashes, perfect for our furry friends in sizes from chihuahas to St. Bernards…

    The main inspiration behind their work is Kristin Paradis’ 170 lb.St. Bernard, Otis, a frustrated fashionista, who had nothing cute to wear!  He also suffers from various allergies, so after much research, and many delicious trials and errors, It’s a Dog’s Life Bakery was born.


     A Dog’s Life Bakery prides themselves on having the  happiest, most enthusiastic customers, who make them smile every time they stop by the booth! “Oh, and their humans are very nice too!”

Nancy Rafi will also be there…

Collage and art journaling professional, Nancy creates handbound blank art journals filled with 140# paper with fun designs and sayings on them.  The journals are unique because there are so few blank journals with this great paper, which can stand up to watercolor, acrylic, glue, collage and never bend or buckle.

Her inspiration for creating journals is the love she has for art journaling herself.  She spends at least 30 minutes every day working in her journal…and usually a lot longer!

This summer, Nancy has become involved with an international group call Art Abandonment (created by Michael and Andrea deMeng) that invites artists around the world to create art and then leave it somewhere where others can find it and take it home.  There are more than 5000 people involved in the project!  Nancy has created a giving tree in Wickford with a few dozen pieces hanging from the branches, and received three emails from people who found them and took them home.  She thinks it’s a great way to celebrate art and share it with the world and so do we!

These are only a couple of our wonderful participating artists and vendors that will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the New NE Tech Campus!

Stay tuned all week for more fun features about our artists and festivals!

Big thanks to our wonderful sponsor…