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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!

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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!

 

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!…

Here’s Your Chance, Support Local Art!

24 May

It’s A Dog’s Life Bakery     PhotoJOY

It’s just around the corner! Don’t miss out 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!

Unable to make it in June? Have no fear…

The East Greenwich Art Festival

Will be there!

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

You won’t want to miss this!

HUGE THANKS!

Art Happenings

6 May

Needing some more great art in your life?

The MoMA in NYC is currently offering tons of exciting exhibits, suited for every art lover out there!

Printin’ compiles the works of over 50 different artists, beginning with those by Ellen Galagher, “that challenged traditional ideas of what a print could be” (MoMA.org).

This exhibit offers works spanning across a variety of mediums (including some extremely unorthodox tools like platstic ice cubes) and touches on a wide array of subject matter including “portraiture, identity, history, advertising, commodity, and the disruption, translation, and recasting of space” (MoMA.org).

These works range from the 17th century to present day. Learn more here

If “Printin'” isn’t for you, the MoMA is also still showing the ever-so-popular Cindy Sherman Exhibit through June 11

Her work has progressed through the use of film, portraying women in an array of different roles, portraiture and fashion and at times has even been considered pornographic

“Widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art” (MoMA.org).

This MoMA exhibit “traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present” and has become increasingly popular since it’s debut at the museum.

Learn more about Cindy Sherman and the exhibit and plan your visit to NYC today

These aren’t the only fabulous exhibits that the MoMA has in store for. Check out the 20+ exhibitions happening at the MoMA today.

Festival Fete is looking forward to seeing you in one short month!

Big thanks to our fabulous sponsors!

Do Your Part to Support Local Art!

25 Apr

Andrea Combes     Joanne DeLomba

Join Festival Fete at the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 9th & 10th at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island to see Andrea Combes, Joanne DeLomba and tons of your other favorite local artists in person!

Join us for beautiful local art work, free kids activities and live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band & The Big Nazo!

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

Can’t make it on June 9th or 10th? Have no fear!

Festival Fete will be hosting The East Greenwich Art Festival on 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 sponsor!