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Art Events in RI This Weekend & a BIG Thank You!

6 Dec
Art is Smart Creation Station

Art is Smart Creation Station

Last weekend’s Festival Fete Holiday Market was an incredible success and a whole lot of fun!

Community Sculpture with Lisa May Tobin, Annan & Malen's Chocolate Surprise, Art is Smart, Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Creation Station

Noelle in the Community Sculpture chair, crowds lined up, Annan & Malen’s Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers, The King and Queen of Festival Fete, Lisa May Tobin, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and Liam and Rylie enjoying the Creation Station

We are so thankful for all of the great folks that came out to enjoy the event and support the arts, as well as the super talented artisan vendors and performers, the sponsors, Festival Fete friends, family and staff. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Garden City Center and Whole Foods Market Cranston for all of their support.

Save the date! The next Festival Fete will be the Garden City Art Festival June 8-9, 2013. We are now accepting applications for Artists and food vendors for all 2013 shows. Please visit www.festivalfete.com for more details and an application.

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Now on to this weekend…

The always sophisticated and well-run RISD Alumni Art Sale is this weekend at the Providence Convention Center. All artists participating in the sales are RISD alumni or current RISD students selling original work including prints, photographs, apparel, ceramics, glass, textiles, and more!

Please contact alumnisale@risd.edu with any questions.

RISD Holiday Art SaleSat 10-5

RISD Holiday Art Sale
Sat 10-5

If you’re looking for more “Artful ways to shop” locally and in the smaller towns of RI, SoRhode Island online features a nice article that describes some venues south of Providence to explore. The Craftland show on Westminster Street in Providence continues this weekend until 12/24. I think I may check out the East Greenwich Library “Winter’s Eve” for a juried art exhibit and concert by The Hummingbird Trio. The event takes place tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm and it’s free. This is such a great time of year for socializing and shopping in festive venues – the options are endless! Please share with us what events you will discover this weekend by commenting below.

Have a super weekend!

– Danielle

Fantabulous (Local) Artists at the Holiday Market!

30 Nov

Here it is – the wonderful line-up of artisans, crafts people, specialty food vendors, young (student) artists, and sponsors all put together in one magical place to make your holiday shopping experience fun! After months of planning, Festival Fete’s Holiday Market is almost ready to open the doors and welcome you in! Make sure to pick up a playbill when you arrive and look for all the fun things to do – a scavenger hunt, penny social, delicious treats and free gift wrap!

Whole Foods Market in Garden City will be there selling Christmas trees to benefit Art is Smart and they will also be inside offering lunch goodies too! Here is the an updated menu:

  • Sausage and peppers/Veggie sausage and peppers
    Hot dog/Veggie hot dog
    Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chips, Soda and Chocolate Chip Cookies…yum!

See you there! – Danielle

Many Thanks to our sponsor: MOO.COM

Art Events in RI this Weekend – I’ve got a great one for you!

29 Nov

Well of course it goes without saying that the first one on my list is going to be…

December 1st & 2nd from 10am – 5pm

December 1st & 2nd from 10am – 5pm daily
Garden City Center (former Borders Bookstore space)
100 Midway Road, Cranston
Plenty of free parking
$3 suggested donation/admission to support Art is Smart, children under 12 free

From November 29th – December 9th

Opening reception: Thursday Nov. 29th from 5-9pm

Hours vary by day so check their website before you go.
The Pawtucket Armory
Center for the Arts

172 Exchange Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Opening Reception tonight – Thurs. 11/29 6-8 pm

We hope to see you at Holiday Market this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm daily in the former Borders Bookstore space, Garden City Center, Cranston. Many thanks to all of our sponsors including Wachusett Mountain.

It’s a Wonderful Life! Said the festival goers…

28 Nov

This is the holiday shopping experience we dream of…cheerful faces, creative eye candy everywhere you look, holiday songs and food…folks of all ages being entertained (while inside your head you’re debating whether to buy that really cool item that would look so great in your window but really you should be buying presents for your family…)  Yes, it’s truly happening this weekend at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City Center.

There’s so much fun to be had at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. So join us in the merriment!

Many thanks to one of our sponsors, Smashing Booth! Be sure to visit their photo booth at the festival near the Children’s Area.

Artists help support Art is Smart with their donations

27 Nov

Have you been to a Penny Social? You are going to love the Penny Social at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market because you could win one of Joanne DeLomba‘s fabulous works of art for a buck – $1! If you’re lucky…

Or this beautiful bracelet from M&D Fine Jewelry…

There are many artists that have generously donated a piece of artwork to the Penny Social because they want to support Art is Smart – and we are so grateful for them! All of the money raised from the Penny Social will go to Art is Smart, which raises funds to support public education art programs.

Here are a few more of the items that will be up for raffle:

Artists: Honeyhive Handcrafts, Tricia York, Joy Brown, Joanne DeLomba

Penny Social tickets are 4 for $1 or 24 for $5. Be sure to stop by the Penny Social booth at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market this upcoming weekend, Dec. 1st and 2nd to see what fabulous items you can win and help support Art is Smart!

Meredith Birch, Lunar Lights, Janine Dalomba, Jennifer Adler

Fairy Lights by For the Birds, Trio of baby hats by Thistle Cottage Studio, Nautical bracelet by M & D Designs, Quartz bracelet by Bonnie Lee’s Hand-crafted Jewelry

We have received a wonderful response to our newsletter sign-up contest! Today is the last day to sign up and be entered into the drawing to win a $100 gift certificate for the Holiday Market – so don’t wait a minute longer…

Many thanks to Inskip Mini and BMW of Warwick for their sponsorship of Festival Fete’s Holiday Market 2012!

Support local artists at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

23 Nov

Here is another sneak peek at two more artists that will be at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market next weekend – December 1st and 2nd from 10am – 5pm at Garden City Center.

Jewel of the Glades by M&D Fine Jewelry

Jewel of the Glades jewelry is a line of jewelry created by Hillary Collins-Rezendes, her husband, Nick Rezendes and her father, Dennis Collins after being inspired by the flora and fauna in the Florida Everglades. M&D Fine Jewelry originally began as a New England nautical jewelry company.  Then after spending time in Florida, the influence of design changed to incorporate broader nautical themes. The trio hand make 14K gold and sterling silver  jewelry by finding shells and sea creatures on the beach and/or hand carving wax into various sea themed pieces and casting using the lost wax process.  Each piece is then hand soldered, stone set, and polished.

I hope you enjoy learning more about Jewel of the Glades:

What’s your background?

I have spent my entire life surrounded by jewelry! My parents have been in the jewelry industry for 40 years.  I spent my college summers putting together bracelets and my (future) husband was learning to solder them.

What’s your inspiration?

Although my mom died of pancreatic cancer last year, she inspires us in all that we create.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Our goal is to continue making jewelry that people enjoy.  That was always my mom’s spirit in the pieces that she designed.  It thrilled her tremendously, when people expressed their joy in our work and it’s what we continue to strive for today.

What is your dream project?

Our dream project is to reopen our studio in Everglades City, Florida.

What kind of research do you do for your art?

Spending time at the beach, of course! All kidding aside, inspiration does come from nature and we make sure we spend time relaxing and enjoying it.

What do you think makes your work unique?

All the time and energy put into our work!  That and our pieces reflect actual shells we’ve found on the beach along with hand carved pieces.

Are there any “fun facts” about you or your business that you would like to share with our readers?

Our best salesperson is our 18 month old daughter, Emaline.  From wooing the patrons with her pigtails, running laps around a show, to proudly wearing (and testing the strength) of our bracelets, she does it all with a smile.

The mother and daughter team, Snug Bug Sweaters will also be at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market this year. Linda does the knitting and her daughter, Allyson takes care of the business. Linda says that she enjoys sharing the time with her daughter and she has met so many great crafts people since starting the business three years ago.

Snug Bug Sweaters

I love designing patterns, trying different high quality yarns and looking for buttons that make each project special….I go all over the internet looking for different  ideas and materials and we are so looking forward to participating in Festival Fete!

Snug Bug Sweaters

While in Garden City for the Holiday Market, why not stop in at Massage Envy and pick up a few gift cards? We are so thankful for their support!

Time’s running out to enter the drawing! Click on this image to sign up.

Art this weekend: Crafts, Charity and Small Business Saturday in Warwick, Newport & Providence

21 Nov

This month we are talking about shopping local, and preferably hand-made as a way to give to your community. Well this weekend you’ve got a great opportunity to do both at the Ocean State Artisans 22nd Annual Holiday Crafts Festival.

One of the members of Ocean State Artisans, Benjamin John Coleman (who is an amazing origami bonsai artist), shared with me one of the most important missions of the crafts festival:

Our show is a charity fundraiser; all admission receipts are donated to local RI charities. This year we will have volunteers from Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES) to help our members with unloading their cars, so RICARES will receive the bulk of admissions receipts. RICARES works to increase retention and prevent relapse among people who transition from active addiction into recovery from addiction.  In other words, RICARES helps people who have stopped using drugs. We also gave Meeting Street School students 500 bags to decorate, and these bags will be for sale at the door.  Meeting Street will also be selling their beautiful holiday cards.

And of course we’ll be collecting food for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.  Normally you’d pay $2 to get into our show, but with a food donation you can get in for just $1.  Last year we collected over 5,000 pounds of food!

The Ocean State Artisans Craft Festival is held at the Community College of Rhode Island‘s Knight Campus in Warwick from 10am – 5pm Friday and 9am – 4pm on Saturday. They have 96 crafters this year, up by almost one third from last year. There is plenty of free parking and it’s in a convenient location to the mall – if you are brave enough for that!

We’ve got amazing items, alpaca sweaters, prints, paintings, aprons, ceramics, innovative jewelry, highly crafted boxes, and gifts galore.  In fact, we’ve got some amazingly innovative, locally made gifts you won’t see anywhere else, at prices you can afford.  So not only will shoppers save money, they’ll feel good knowing that they’ve helped support the local economy.

Here is a video made by the Ocean State Artisans:

Of course, this being the busiest shopping weekend of the year, there are plenty of other events going on this weekend. However, since I’m way behind on my Turkey day cooking and packing, I need to briefly mention two more:

The Newport Art Museum Faculty Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale – Creative, unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list – including you! All items are made by Coleman Center faculty. 20% of the proceeds benefit the Coleman Center.
Friday, November 23, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, November 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, November 25, 10 am – 12 pm

The Providence Holiday Market begins on Saturday, November 24th, also known as “Small Business Saturday” created by American Express. Outdoors in “Grant’s Block” at the corner of Union and Westminster Streets, the happy tent city of artisans, farmers and food vendors are there every Saturday from November 24 to December 22 between 11AM and 4PM. Take a break from the malls and shop Westminster Street.

From all of us at Festival Fete, have a very Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned on Friday for another sneak peak at some of our fabulous artists that will be at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market on Dec. 1st and 2nd – THAT’S NEXT WEEKEND!!

We are very thankful for our sponsor, Snip-its!