Tag Archives: Janice Kissinger

Art Happenings: Felt Sutra’s Open Studio and Fresh Designs

4 Apr

Load up the tank of gas and get out on the road this weekend for some artsy fun in Little Rhody!

bullet4/5 – The amazing Janice Kissinger will open her Felt Sutra Studio this Friday night from 5:30 – 8:00 pm for an Open Studio & Spring Sale! Festival Fete is so happy to have Felt Sutra at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th – can’t wait to see what she has for us!

Felt Sutra’s studio is at 545 Pawtucket Avenue, Studio C204, Second Floor (at the end of North Main Street on the Providence/Pawtucket line)Please check out Felt Sutra on Facebook to see her new work. Questions?  401.569.7761 or email Janice@feltsutra.com

Felt Sutra recent works

Felt Sutra recent works

bulletThe Newport Art Museum has lots of fun stuff going on…on Saturday 4/6 there will be a Murder at the Museum. Murder at the Museum is an interactive theater experience featuring the Marley Bridges Theatre Company (formerly of the Astors’ Beechwood). Search Griswold House galleries for clues and question suspects in this 90-minute, family-friendly murder mystery. I’ve always wanted to go to this, and I’ve heard it’s family friendly. If you have been before or plan to go this weekend, please leave a comment below to tell us about it!

The Newport Art Museum is also offering a call to artists to submit a digital image of an original artwork you’ve created to their online art gallery contest, Meaning and Metaphor: Art that Tells a Story. Submission deadline is Friday April 5th. Go to the website for more details.

Newport AM Meaning and Metaphot

Also this weekend at the Newport Art Museum is a  “Museums on Us” event. If you have a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit card you get in free! (Seems kind of ironic, but okay). Sat. 4/6 11am – 4pm and Sunday 4/7 12-4pm.

bullet4/7 – The Wickford Art Association is hosting an Opening Reception for the “A to Z Members Show” from 1-3pm.

Wickford callout-upcomingshoMw

bullet4/7 – We do not usually feature performing arts on our weekly art happenings blog post, but I think this will be a visual delight and definitely art. Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson’s show is in Providence this weekend. FirstWorks Providence presents Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry Celebration of Flight @ the RISD Museum Auditorium.


Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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Cardi's Furniture

Cardi’s Furniture


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!

The Festival Fete Experience

2 Oct

FETE: a festive celebration of entertainment.

Have you experienced a Festival Fete? It’s true that Festival Fete is an art festival – but there are so many layers to a Festival Fete that make it a different kind of festival…it’s an experience. “This is not your grandmother’s art festival!” says Jennifer Neuguth, who created Festival Fete two years ago.


Sure, at a Festival Fete you can buy one of a kind, exquisite works of art from local artists, have a nosh on some delicious goodies from one of the specialty food vendors, let your kids make some really cool crafts at the Creation Station, listen to music, watch amazing street performers, have your picture taken in the Smashing Photo booth, and more…but the true beauty and essence of a Festival Fete is that you walk away feeling like you have experienced a truly unique event.

My family and I walked away from the East Greenwich Art Festival (produced by Festival Fete) fully entertained, happy and inspired to create. Clay, glue, paper, paint and various ephemera were spread out all over the table for our creations. Dinner was delayed until we all felt complete in our work. This, to me, is the magic of a Festival Fete experience. And I was thankful to have that joy carry over from a wonderful day into my home and family.

Several weeks later in a conversation with a friend, I learned of another family who had been inspired creatively after a day at the festival. So I began to think about how unique that experience is, and I talked with other families about the festival and what a lasting impression it made upon them.

“What I loved most about the fair was watching our kids get so inspired by all the different artists and their work. Seeing the children (artists) selling their work really got the wheels turning in their heads. (Learn more about the Young Artists Booths and how they support Art is Smart) They came home and immediately started working on boiled wool acorns, getting the whole neighborhood involved.  I loved how contagious their enthusiasm was!” says Rebecca Stearns, East Greenwich mom and photographer.

Felted acorns photo by Robyn Ivy Photography.

Rebecca brought a friend along with their children all ages 8 and up, and mentioned how the older kids really had fun with the photo booth brought by Smashing Photo Booth Rentals.  She is already planning to attend the Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City on December 1st so that she can purchase one of Autumn Olive‘s handmade skirts that she admired at the East Greenwich Art festival.

Rebecca Stockdill, from Warwick, brought her two kids, ages 5 and 7 and her parents to the East Greenwich Art Festival.  Rebecca is a crafty girl herself (she creates whimsical “Amigurumi“, which are crocheted anthropomorphic creatures) so she enjoyed so many of the handmade crafts but her kids couldn’t get enough of the Big Nazo performers.  “They (the kids) could have followed Big Nazo around for hours!

The kids also really enjoyed the Creation Station where they made their own silk-screened t-shirts and paper and ribbon flags that they could take home. I like how recycled items were incorporated into some of the crafts”. Rebecca and her family had discovered Festival Fete for the first time last June at the Garden City Art Festival, and she says that they will “definitely plan to attend future events. Unlike other festivals that we’ve attended, it is obvious that the planner (Jennifer Neuguth) put a lot of effort into making this a true family event”.

When Jennifer and her husband David Riordan conceived of the Festival Fete experience…this was precisely their hope. Their inspired vision has created a one-of-a-kind event that we can all look forward to.

So, have you experienced a Festival Fete? If you have, please tell us about what part of the experience resonated most with you and your family and prepare for the next festive celebration coming up on December 1st and 2nd!

We would like to thank one of our fabulous sponsors, a wonderful photographer!

Read Up on Your Festival Fete Artists!

23 Mar

Janice Kissinger

Learn more about your Festval Fete featured artists!

Read up on Janice Kissinger and Felt Sutra today!

“Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to be in the know about all our featured artists and merriment!

Join us at the Garden City Center Art Festival for free local art, merriment and live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band and The Big Nazo as well as free kids activities and fun for the entire family!

Be sure to also attend the East Greenwich Art Festival at NE Teach’s new campus on Division Rd. in East Greenwich on 9/1 & 9/2!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Artwork with Intention by Janice Kissinger

8 Apr

“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.”-Thich Nhat Hanh

As a student of Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Janice Kissinger gathers her inspiration through his teachings and puts forth these efforts into her company, Felt Sutra, an extension of this practice in mindfulness and feeling joyful.

Janice Kissinger launched Felt Sutra after twenty years as an executive in the nonprofit arts and culture industry.  Her studio lies inside her 1765 home on the Mosshasuck River in Northern Rhode Island, allowing her maximum time in the studio and full availability for her three children. Janice has a degree in art history and has studied with some of the best feltmakers in the country.

More than half of her sales are custom pieces and she loves the process of working with the personality and sensibility of the wearer and creating these pieces with deliberate positive intention.

Favorite materials include wool, silk, vintage beads, glass and things like acorn caps. Janice loves the feltmaking process because it really connects her with the material – it is just wool, soap and water and the artist – more like sculpture than other forms of textile art.  She designs items for babies, wearable art, cushy slippers, home décor items and objects to make life more fun.

Tips for aspiring artists?  If you love what you make, someone else will, too. Don’t be afraid to knock on the doors of the superstars in your field – they are usually delighted to share their experience and many teach classes and workshops.

Try this on for size, a special recipe by Janice:

Raw sugar, olive oil and a few drops of sandalwood or rose oil makes a fabulous body scrub that takes away all winter’s dryness and leaves your skin super soft. Great, cheap treat to get through winter and early spring.

You will find Janice set up with her wonderfully made felt products at the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 11, 2011!

You can also find her work in her etsy shop at www.feltsutra.etsy.com and learn more about her at www.feltsutra.com

Don’t forget to read about our wonderful giveaway opportunities and to APPLY ONLINE & “Like” our Festival Fete Facebook Page!

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 Center and Robyn Ivy Photography.