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ART in RI this weekend

11 Oct

Sunny, cool weather is ahead for the weekend so in between the apple picking and cider mulling,  you can take in some art in some lovely places.

One great place to start is tonight in Newport for Gallery Night Newport, from 5-8:00 pm. There are only two more Newport gallery nights left for 2012, and this is a beautiful time of year to stroll the historic streets of Newport. Connect with the Newport Galleries on Facebook to learn more about the participating galleries, and check out these luscious glass pumpkins and gourds by Thames Glass at 688 Thames Street, Newport, RI.

Photo by Thames Glass, Newport, RI

Next up, is the HopArts Studio Trail in Richmond and Hopkinton on 10/13 & 10/14. This annual event is an open studio tour “that not only boosts public awareness about the artists in our midst, but has also created lasting bonds in the local arts community”. There is a great full-page article written by Bob Curley about this local event in the October issue of SO Rhode Island. To read the article online, Click here

Festival Fete is happy to share the news about fun, local art happenings on our blog and welcomes any tips and comments from our readers. So if you go to an event and would like to share your experience, please feel free to comment on our blog or email danielle@festivalfete.com.

Have a great weekend!

Save the date! Festival Fete’s Holiday Market is on December 1st and 2nd, 2012. Unfortunately, Folk Couture will not be able to participate in the Festival Fete Holiday Market this year, as mentioned in our previous blog post. However, we look forward to having Folk Couture at future shows. Stay tuned for more “Featured Artist” blog posts about some of the wonderful artisans that you will see at the Holiday Market!

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Further Expanding the Definition of Art

7 Sep

Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe are well-known for their ability to transform beautiful spaces into disturbing, yet beautifully crafted and intricately designed scenes depicting anything from “meth-labs” to crime scenes.

Their most recent venture, Dumpster Hive, located in yet another beautiful spot in Chelsea, New York – creates an “underworld inspired by, among other things, the science fiction of William Gibson, J.G. Ballard, and Philip K. Dick; Cold War history” (nymag.com).

Freeman and Lowe in the salt-encrusted “pirate radio brain room” at Marlborough Chelsea. (Photo: Jason Nocito) –nymag.com

Freeman, an NYU film student graduate and Lowe – half brother of actors Chad & Rob Lowe – who received an M.F.A from Columbia are blowing up the art scene with their unique depictions of topics many artists shy away from. Their most famous work, Hello Meth Lab in the Sun, drew much attention – especially due to the hype around the popular television serious, Breaking Bad, which tells the story of a desperate chemistry , recently diagnosed with lung cancer who turns to meth production in order to support his family.

While this particular installation takes on a different direction – incorporating scenes from history and works from famous novelists, it is expected to have similar success.

(Photo: Jason Nocito) nymag.com

Nymag.com has written a wonderful article about Lowe & Freeman’s most recent venture and I encourage you all to read more about it here.

Have interesting art events, installations, happenings, etc. to share with us? Let us know!

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…

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!

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…

The Wait is Over!

8 Jun

The big event is finally here!
Come out TOMORROW to the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island for the second annual Garden City Center Art Festival, presented by Festival Fete

Come out for beautiful local art work

Live ENTERTAINMENT…

By The Toe Jam Band

And The Big Nazo

Local EATS…

La Creperie

Dirty Vegan Foods

Burger Shack

AND MORE!

You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful fun-filled, family friendly, local art event!

Come out tomorrow, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th to celebrate the arts with Festival Fete!

Big thanks to our presenting sponsor!