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Designs on This Weekend: March 6-9

6 Mar

Weekends start on Thursdays as far as we’re concerned and if they don’t, then they should. In that spirit, we’re happy to scour the scores of websites and highlight here a smattering of arty things to do and some to simply not miss whether you’re alone, with the family, skipping around town with friends or venturing across the border. As we await warmer weather and the beginning of our season, we’ll delight in all that is flickering around us right now. We even found a festival – in Western Mass – for the off season. Who knew? And if we’re missing something spectacular, please do tell us and we’ll add it on. We hope to grow this piece of our budding blog into a community calendar and will do it that much better with your help! For now, add one or two of these events to your weekend agenda…


Audiences at Manhattan Short 2013

  • Thursday, March 6th, 7 pm: Exclusively in RI at the Jamestown Arts Center – Manhattan Short’s 2nd Annual Feature Film Project screens the year’s selected film: ‘Everyone’s Going to Die.’ Chosen by moviegoers across the county, Manhattan Short discovers and launches one film each year with the opinions and input from viewers like you. Get in on this only in Jamestown. http://www.jamestownartcenter.org/film1.html#manhattanfeature





Taproot Threads organic printed clothing; Andrew Jack’s handmade Windsor chairs; Tracey Lizotte’s watercolor and pencil originals – exhibitors at Old Deerfield Craft Fairs.

  • March 8-9th: The Deerfield Spring Sampler Fair in West Springfield, MA – Now is a great time to travel the region as lowered room rates and downright good deals can easily be found during the low season. This fair features 135 juried exhibitions, craft demonstrations and classes with a focus on “the gift-giving needs of spring and garden outdoor living interests.” What a great way to jump start getting back outside and getting creative.  http://festivalnet.com/13139/West-Springfield-Massachusetts/Art-and-Craft-Shows/Deerfield-Spring-Sampler-Fair

Enjoy the weekend, keep warm and keep in touch.

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Art Happenings: Inside the Studios of Ten31 and the RISD Spring Sale

2 May
Ten31 Gargoyles at Waterfire

Ten31 Gargoyles at Waterfire

Have you been to Waterfire in Providence and seen the creepy Gargoyle statues that move and interact silently but playfully with their viewers? Or maybe you’ve been to a wedding or fundraiser and been captivated by the living topiary statue waving at you with her branches and leaves? Well, this weekend you have an exclusive opportunity to go inside Ten31 studios where they make these amazing performance art pieces. My daughter has been fascinated with their work, so I asked one of the owners Joe Pari, a few months ago if he would offer a tour. He told me that a special opportunity like that would be coming up soon….and here it is!

Saturday, May 4th

TEN31 Studios Creation Observation – Don’t miss this exclusive chance to see how this unique company operates and creates their stunning works of living art!


TEN31 is celebrating its 13th year of operation by opening the doors to their studio for the first time to the general public. Known locally in New England for their living statues and gargoyles at Waterfire and public performances at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Faneuil Hall. This unique opportunity is free of charge, and will give the public a chance to see behind the scenes at TEN31. Saturday from 11:00am–4:00pm.

TEN31 Studios 250 Esten Avenue, Suite 103. Call (401) 725-1031, email eric@wemakepretend.com, or visit the TEN31 Promotions website for more information.


Also on Saturday starting at 10am – RISD Alumni Spring Art Sale on Benefit Street in Providence.


Sunday, May 5th 11am – 3pm rain or shine – My favorite preschool, Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative, is holding their annual May Fair Festival at Academy Field in East Greenwich. This free event is open to the public and is the major fundraiser for the school, which offers a sliding scale tuition program and a super-duper preschool experience! For the past 33 years, hundreds of teachers, parents, local business owners and members of the community have come together, the first Sunday in May, at Academy Field in East Greenwich, to host the annual Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Preschool (the Co-op) May Fair fundraiser. All of the proceeds from the event go back into the school and help to fund full and partial scholarships for families in need. There is lots of entertainment for the kids, a toy sale, silent auction & raffle, tons of activities and a really great plant sale!

Finally, I want to mention the South County Artisan’s Market located in the Fantastic Umbrella Factory in Charlestown will now be open 7 days a week and there is a nice article about them in the SO Rhode Island Magazine this month.

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Many thanks to our Garden City Art Festival Sponsor:

Cardi's Furniture

Cardi’s Furniture

A Cornucopia of Art Events tonight and this Weekend

7 Nov

Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly – Small Treasures Exhibit & Opening Reception – Wednesday, 11/7 (tonight)

Painting by Westerly, RI Artist, Laura Gaffke

A painting that brings summer’s warmth to a cold winter day. A delicate leaf-shaped choker that feels like a hug from nature. Some of the best things in life really do come in the smallest packages. Those who appreciate the little things will enjoy “Small Treasures,” the November gift show featuring small artwork – and big hearts – at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Come meet the artists at the show’s Opening Reception – Wednesday, November 7th from 5 PM to 8 PM. The show continues until December 1st.

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The Jamestown Art Center is having a Print Studio Opening tonight, Wednesday, November 7th from 6-8 pm. Featuring work from JAC instructors and students. For more info, visit the Jamestown Art Center’s website.

We love to support our local artists! One of Festival Fete’s Holiday Market artists, Courtney Batt, owner of Batting Designs will be selling at the Craftopia sale this Sunday, November 11th from 10 am – 4 pm at Hope Artist Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

Cornucopia Fine Arts Show and Sale –Portsmouth, RI
November 10, 2012 to November 10, 2012
The Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI

Cornucopia is a fine arts juried show and sale that benefits student arts program at the Pennfield School. There will be more than 60 artists showcasing and selling their handmade items. The artists’ palette cafe will also be available for lunch and snacks.
After School

Time : 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission : $2 at the door; children admitted free.
Phone : 401-849-4646

Thank you to our sponsor Tricom!