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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!
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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…

Pow! Science!

17 Jul

Only one day away from the season’s final Newport Hullabaloo!

Come out to the Newport Yachting Center at sunset (5:30-9pm) and join Festival Fete for live local entertainment, arts and much more!

Pow! Science! Will be there! Will you?

Pow! Science! started out in 2003 providing “Science Enrichment” to elementary and middle school aged kids through their unique hands on approach to the world of science. The team has since expanded from the days of working solely in school programs or at birthday parties. Pow! Science! can now be found at “almost any sort of venue where kids can be entertained and enlightened by science oriented activities!”
The Pow! Science! team is comprised of a number of science professionals who hold, or are working toward, degrees in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Environmental Geology and Marine Science. One thing the team has in common is the desire to incorporate the audience into each and every experiment they conduct!
Pow! Science! has 13 different Classroom Science Presentations and 9 Birthday Party themes
If you attended last week’s Hullabaloo, we are sure you remember the Hotwheels/Blu Track set-up!
“Incidentally, “Pow!” is not an acronym. It’s just like the sound effect from the old Batman show in the 60s. If an experiment doesn’t have enough “Pow!” we won’t do it.” -Eric B., Pow! Science!
Check out Pow! Science! and purchase tons of cool science tools you can use on your own!
You won’t want to miss these guys, along with our other fabulous performers at the LAST Hullabaloo of the Season!
What’s next?
Coming Soon…

Newport Hullabaloo: The Finale

15 Jul

We are getting ready to wrap up the Newport Hullabaloo season with our finale night this Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30pm-9:30pm at the Newport Yachting Club

We have some great performers in attendance and we would love to share them with you!

Destiny Africa

Destiny Africa is a children’s choir comprised of rescued individuals from war-torn areas, streets and orphaned situations to offer them love, education, a family environment and nurturing them to become agents of transformation.

 

A Different Spin

A Different Spin provides top-quality fire and circus performers, specializing in unique, adrenaline pumping acts sure to be a hit at any event

Mr. E Party

Maurice and Acacia are a circus skills duo who perform variety shows with gravity defying juggling, mesmerizing hoop dancing, and culminating in an adrenaline-pumping fire finale! Audience members may be surprised when they get called up to take part in the action! It is non-stop awe and entertainment when this duo takes the stage.
 

Eddie Raymond

Eddie Raymond is a magician and comedian with over 20 years of experience, changing the world one smile at a time

Big Nazo

BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles.

Hilby The Skinny German Juggling Boy 

Hilby The Skinny German Juggling BoyWorking in the tradition of the legendary silent vaudeville-inspired comedians such as Buster Keaton as well as the great mimes Marcel Marceau and Lecoq, Hilby presents a show without boundaries in which artistry and anarchy are blended into utter hilarity

Brian Christie

Brian Christie of Twisted Magic is all about magic, balloon twisting, balloon de ‘core, juggling and clowning.

George Gilbert

George Gilbert gives a one-of-a-kind show that is interactive, captivating and insanely funny. He performs a laugh out loud show that includes a world class sleight of hand magic, a variety of unforgettable feats, and mind-blowing sideshow stunts.

With these entertainers, you won’t want to miss the LAST Newport Hullabaloo of the season.

Come out and join Festival Fete in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island to celebrate local arts and the summer season!

In other exciting news…

The East Greenwich Art Festival is back for it’s second year! Join us this September to celebrate our love for the arts with tons of fabulous local artists, entertainment, food, FREE kid’s activities and MORE!

Pinterest, What’s it all About?

13 May

It’s likely you’ve heard the word Pinterest being thrown about recently. Most likely because it’s the most recent, innovative and fresh way to enjoy social media

Pinterest is an online pinboard that allows you to organize and share your favorite interests with friends & family by “pinning” interesting things from various websites, blogs, other social media, etc.

You can visit the Festival Fete Pinterest to learn about our personal interests, our Art is Smart campaign, featured artists and more…

Art is Smart Board

Garden City Center Art Festival Board

East Greenwich Art Festival Board

See all of our Pin Boards here!

Visit us to Re-Pin, Learn about our interests & events, or simply explore!

And create your own pin board at Pinterest.com today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

See you on June 9th & 10th!

Big thanks to our sponsors for making it all possible!

Support Local Art!

9 May

Saxon Designs by Diane Delgado     Rostina Creations by Eddy Phouthakoun

This June 9th & 10th, Festival Fete will be at the Garden City Center  with Eddy Phouthakoun, Diane Delgado and more 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!

COMING SOON…

The East Greenwich Art Festival

Happening 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 sponsors!

Do Your Part To Support Local Art!

2 May

Kewt! By Keelia Kentor      Heart2Heart Design by Kyle Kochiss

This June 9th & 10th, Festival Fete will be at the Garden City Center 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!

COMING SOON…

The East Greenwich Art Festival

Happening 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 sponsors!