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ART & Events in RI this Weekend

1 Nov

Felted acorns by Janice Kissinger, photo by Robyn Ivy.

Thursday, November 1st – Felting Workshop presented by the Fayerweather Craft Guild. For only $5 Andrea Martin will teach you about this historic craft that you can use to make ornaments, wearable items and other decorations. Workshop is from 10am – 1pm and advance registration is required. Fayerweather House, 1859 Moorefield Road, Kingston. 789-9072 http://www.fayerweathercraftguild.com

Saturday, November 3rdJamestown Art Center Fundraiser “Santa Mamba Fall Fiesta” from 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

Jamestown Art Center

Saturday, November 3rdFall Coat Drive (this is not art related, but this is a great event presented by our sponsor, Whole Foods Market Garden City). Donate your gently worn winter coats at Whole Foods Market from 10am – 4pm and you will be eligible to win a gift certificate to Garden City Center! The coats will be donated to Comprehensive Community Action Program of Cranston. Whole Food Market Garden City – 151 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI. 401–942-7600.

Also on Saturday you can launch a pumpkin from a trebuchet at the Pumpkin Launch at Carpenter Farm, 522 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield. 783-8958 http://www.carpentersfarm.org. (This is also not art related – but I think it sounds like fun and if you’re a fan of the TV show Modern Family, you might recall the “Punkin Chunkin” episode?)

Modern Family Punkin Chunkin

Huge thanks to our friendly sponsor, Whole Foods Market Garden City!

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New Holiday Market Video

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

Hot off the press! I’m thrilled to share this new Holiday Market 2012 video featuring a glimpse of the Festival Fete Holiday Market artists:

The Holiday Market will be on December 1st and 2nd from 10am – 5pm daily in Garden City Center, Cranston. The former Borders Bookstore space will be totally transformed into a festive holiday market with some great entertainment including the Ladies of the Rolling Pin, the Rhode Island Childrens Chorus, Tir Na Gog Irish Dancers, the Cranston Cello Choir and Santa Claus! There will also be free gift wrapping and while you get a jump on your holiday gift shopping, the children can visit the Creation Station to make a hand made gift for a loved one, or participate in the community art project.

I know that for so many on the East Coast, this is a very different kind of Halloween as you recover from the effects of hurricane “Sandy”. Many of our friends from New York, New Jersey and here in Rhode Island are without power and many schools are closed. I am wishing everyone a safe and comfortable Halloween, hopefully in good hands with family and friends or at least a pleasant hotel. It may be difficult to feel gratitude in a time of stress, but you may be inspired by this article in Natural Awakenings Magazine this month, “Grounded in Gratitude“.

Speaking of gratitude…many thanks to our sponsors!

Coming Soon!

5 Sep

We would like to take this opportunity for making the East Greenwich Art Festival a huge success!

With that said…

The Festival Fete Holiday Market is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited!

Bring your entire family to enjoy Festival Fete’s Holiday Market, December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center in Cranston, RI  from 10am to 5pm daily. The festival will include over 100 Contemporary American Art and Craft artisans along with  visits with Santa, FREE Gift wrapping, a Children’s Creation Station, festive food and strolling merriment.

$3 per person donation to Art Is Smart is suggested (read more below…). Children under 12 are FREE.

Keep your calendars open – You don’t want to miss out on this event!

Art Is Smart serves children by raising funds to support public education art programs. We produce and sell AIS merchandise, hold fundraising events, and direct 100% of corporate and individual donations to public school art teachers who request funding via a short, specific letter outlining what they need funding for and how much. A simple and straightforward process for raising and distributing funds, Art Is Smart is based on pure passion for the arts. For more information, visit the official website here.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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!

And just around the corner…

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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