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Art Happenings This Weekend

27 Jun

Tonight! 6/27 – ART Night in Bristol & Warren

Art Night Gallery & Open Studios Bristol Warren

This month’s ART Night Gallery & Open Studios features 18 open galleries in Bristol and Warren, RI including a trunk show of BendyWho! by Wendy Baker at the Stella Marie Soap Company in Warren. You can learn more about Wendy Baker’s and preview her jewelry in our last blog post.

Wendy Baker Design

Another one of our Festival Fete artists, Melonie Massa, Mermaids Baubles creates beautifully crafted treasures from the sea and you will find an ample supply at either The Sea Star, 39 State St., Bristol or Whimsies, 4 Church St.

Mermaids Baubles by Melonie Massa

Mermaids Baubles by Melonie Massa

There will be four open studio tours of accomplished artists: Lisa Abbatomarco – an interdisciplinary artist whose works include puppetry, mask-making, and sculpture, Valerie Bretl – an international mosaic artist who creates contemporary mosaic art, John Boland – a ceramic artist who creates handmade ceramics for contemporary interiors, and Howard Windham – a mixed media artist who works in gouache, collage and other media.

A free trolley service runs between open studios, galleries and business partners in each town. Click here to see the handbill with a description of each location and a map. ART Night is always a fun night out in the East Bay!


6/28 – Friday: 2013 Free Fun Fridays, Massachusetts. Not exactly local, but not too far away,  and FREE!

At various locations in Massachusetts – 60 museums & cultural venues in MA-open for free on Fridays all summer long! Six venues will be open for free each week. For most venues, there is no ticket, ID, coupon, or password required. Please visit the web site of each organization for more information. You can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter and see the full line up of free museums for each week. Note: Parking may cost extra depending on the venue. Free and for all ages. Website: http://highlandstreet.org



Sat. 6/29 – Roger Williams Park Zoo is a sponsor of Festival Fete and they offer Family nights on Saturdays in July, when Zoo admission stays open til 7:30 and the Zoo doesn’t close until 8 pm. It’s a very special time to be at the Zoo.

East Greenwich Art Festival

Wakefield Art Festival

Many thanks to our sponsor:



Featured Artist: Mermaid’s Baubles will be at “Art on Tap” in Newport tonight!

28 Sep

One of Festival Fete’s artists, Melonie Massa will be a featured Artist at ART ON TAP tonight from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Adornment Fine Jewelry, 213 Goddard Row, Newport, RI. (There will also be a beer tasting from Coddington Brewery – hence, the name Art on “Tap”)

Melonie Massa was one of our artisan vendors at the East Greenwich Art Festival a few weeks ago, and Festival Fete is happy to once again include Mermaid’s Baubles at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in December. Melonie’s creations are unique handcrafted works of art including sea glass, shells, beads and genuine “gifts from the sea”.

Melonie began making her baubles from the sea years ago when she saw an exhibit of antique sailor’s valentines on display and was “utterly captivated by their romantic history …and the exquisite artistry that went into each vintage framed piece.”

The tradition of Valentine’s Day sailor gifts began at the beginning of the  late 19thcentury and continued for nearly the start of the 20th century. It is said that seamen used to bring glass-covered octangular boxes made of wood which had sea-shells glued inside in beautiful patterns to give as gifts to their loved-ones at home. Read more about the history of sailors’ valentines: http://www.marineinsight.com/marine/life-at-sea/the-history-of-sailors-valentine/#ixzz27i7DwnAI

Melonie decided that she wanted to re-create the seashell flowers in a sailors’ valentine to be worn as jewelry, headbands and ornaments. So she did her research and consulted with modern day Sailors Valentine artists, she began creating Mermaids Baubles for her own enjoyment, and opened an Etsy shop in 2009.

“It makes me incredibly thankful to be doing something I absolutely love…something that allows me to work from home, raise and homeschool my 4 children and gives me permission to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes entirely guilt-free: Beachcombing!” says Melonie.

You can see Melonie’s Mermaid’s Baubles tomorrow night at Adornment Fine Jewelry and again at the Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

Festival Fete would like to take this opportunity to thank one of our sponsors, Garden City Center, the host location for our Holiday Market.

Support Your Local Arts!

28 Apr

Lovely Glass Works by Lynne Lovely      Mermaid Baubles by Melonie Massa

Join Festival Fete at the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 9th & 10th at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island to see art work by Lynne Lovely, Melonie Massa and more fabulous artists!

Join us for beautiful local art work, free kids activities and live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band & The Big Nazo!

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In other exciting news…

Another BIG HAPPENING in the Festival Fete world: 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!