Tag Archives: Photography

Still Walking in a Winter Wonderland

28 Feb
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Doug Hockman’s print entitled ‘Alone,’ given away to a lucky Festival Fete follower last year, inspired this week’s post.
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There’s nothing quite like a lone walk in the woods this time of year. There’s no better way to tune into the crunching sound of leftover snow under your (overly) worn boots. Nothing prettier than a monochrome backdrop for a family portrait of cardinals. And the ocean against all the gray, if you’re near enough, is that pale turquoise in the shoals – almost caribbean like if you face the sun and just imagine….

But then you realize you’re still here in New England and so is winter. Lingering. And while all may seem a bit bleak, there is a silver lining. Because this season, however long and drawn out, affords Festival Fete artists the time they need to create. Without the solitude, there wouldn’t be the space needed to produce the bounty we find at our shows. Those seemingly effortless displays at our artists’ booths come from the thoughts, the inspiration and the toil that happens now.

So while I wait to see a single snowdrop peek through the ground, I can’t wait to see what all our thoroughly inspired creatives unveil at the very first show in Garden City this June. Stay tuned and stay warm!

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Embracing the palette of the season while adorning yourself and your home in their understated hues can manifest a certain tranquility. Past Festival Fete artists easily find inspiration in the wintry landscape. From upper left, clockwise: Nancy Van Tassel’s ‘big little ring’ in hammered sterling silver; A continuous piece of birch makes this simple necklace by Joyo; Howland Studio’s pin out of finds from a beach walk; Ombre infinity scarf by Nicole Lebreux; Erica Cioe’s simple ceramic plates. 

 

The ring: http://www.drapedinjewelry.com/index.html

The necklace: http://www.shopjoyo.us/collections/necklaces/products/loop-and-chain

That pin: http://www.etsy.com/shop/howlandstudio

The scarf: http://www.etsy.com/people/nicolelebreux

And those plates: http://ericacioe.weebly.com/index.html

Links to the online shops and websites of festival artists past and present can be found in every blogpost. Check them out!

Thanks for reading!

Please share your inspirations and creations

with us in a comment below or on Facebook. 

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Art Happenings: Photography by Stephen Spencer

28 Mar

Did you know that this Friday, March 29th is National Mom & Pop Business Owners day?

Mom & Pop Fete

Mom & Pop Fete

I think it’s a great opportunity to celebrate small business owners and to thank all of the Festival Fete artists and vendors for their continued participation in our events. After all, Festival Fete’s mission is to gather together small, independent business owners for a fun, successful and community oriented festival,  and also to promote and support our vendors business…whether it be the artists, food vendors, entertainers, like those really fun fellas over at Pow! Science!...or the founders of Festival Fete – Jennifer & David!

So to all of you – happy Mom & Pop Business Owners day!

Funky Bijoux at Festival Fete

Funky Bijoux at Festival Fete

Art Happenings this weekend? The weekends jam packed with art festivals and gallery openings are coming soon, but it’s not this weekend. However, one of our Garden City Art Festival Artists does have a photography show in Providence that you should check out before it closes next Wednesday:

Stephen Spencer’s photography show, “Moments in Color” is currently on view at the BankRI Gallery – but don’t wait to see it because the show will be closing next Wednesday, April 3rd. Then you can look forward to his next show, at the BankRI Turks Head building gallery with an opening reception on Gallery Night Providence on April 18th.

Stephen Spencer photography

Stephen Spencer photography

Stephen Spencer Photography based out of North Scituate, R.I. Stephen got started in photography 30 years ago and began his work professionally 10 years later specializing in commercial and public relations photography. He had the privilege of working with Dr. Robert Ballard as the staff photographer for Mystic Aquarium. In the last decade, Stephen has been working on his fine art photography while working at Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts Museum as the manager of museum operations.

Stephen Spencer Photography

Stephen Spencer Photography

“I like to shoot everyday stuff,” Spencer says.  “I try to take the ordinary and make it look interesting.” Spencer uses a digital camera and although he normally eschews using computer generated tricks to enhance the images he takes, he does use Photoshop.  “I love digital photography,” Spencer says,  “And I am a firm believer that what you get in the camera is what you should show, but I also believe that Photoshop is today’s darkroom tool and it allows you to experiment with images. That’s what the photos in this show are about, experimenting with photography through the art of manipulation.”

The BankRI Galleries present: BankRI Pitman Street Gallery:  “Moments in Color: Photographs by Stephen Spencer,” March 7 through April 3, 2013. The branch is located at 137 Pitman Street in Providence.  Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 456-5015, ext 1330.

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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East Greenwich Art Festival Features

1 Aug

Phlash Photo Art     Jonathan Almond

These two wonderful artists will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd, will you?

Erin Walsh of Phlash Photo Art digitally enhances her images in order to give the look of a classic oil painting. These images are printed on canvas and framed in reclaimed barn wood, morphing into unique creations of her own design.

Photographing the original image is just the start of process….

First and foremost, Erin begins with a picture that speaks to her.  Once the right image has been selected, she then begins the creative process of enhancing color, hue, saturation, contrast and refining the general composition, allowing her to remove undesirable aspects from the image

Much of Erin’s passion and inspiration derives from rendering homes into beautiful pieces of fine art – beginning with a painting created by her aunt years ago. Along the way, Erin has also taken inspiration from the works of Thomas Kinkade in an attempt to bring a little magic and whimsy into the images and make them look as good as she imagines they could.

Ultimately, her joy comes from the satisfaction of her clients when they see the final image.

Check out Erin online today!

Jonathan Almond

Jonathan Almond works specifically with watercolor – featuring 6×9, 9×12, and 12×15 paintings mostly of historic buildings, landscapes and trains.

Throughout his years as a painter, Jonathan has developed a distinctive style in which he makes a pencil drawing followed by a fine point archival ink pen in order to make a more detailed image. He then applies the watercolors often using vivid and bold colors for the final product.

For Jonathan, travel provides the greatest inspiration…

“I have often wondered why I like painting with watercolors so much. The answer to that is three-fold. First, watercolors travel easily and dry quickly and I often paint while flying in coach class. Second, the colors create a swirl and variety of eye popping effect with a simple beauty of the wash. Third, the brushes seem to be an extension of my very being.”

Check out Jonathan’s work online today!

And make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd to see works by Jonathan Almond, Phlash Photo Art and more of your favorite local artists!

In other news…

Something to keep on your radar…

Festival Fete’s annual Holiday Market – December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center – 10am – 5pm daily!

New England Art Happenings This Memorial Day Weekend!

26 May

Hey Art Lovers,

Check out what’s going on this Memorial Day Weekend at the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park:

Gary Webb

This British sculptor is hosting his first ever exhibition in the United States. Known for his use of “myriad materials including steel, aluminum, glass, mirror, plastic, brass, wood, brick, spray paint, fabrics, and assorted found objects.”

“Webb creates enigmatic objects that play games with the tradition of Modernist abstraction while commenting on twenty-first century consumer culture” (deCordova.org).

Read more about Gary Webb today and see how you can plan your visit to the deCordova exhibition!

Jedediah Caesar

Have a passion for sculpture? Check out Los Angeles Native, Jedediah Caesar’s exhibition at the deCordova this Memorial Day Weekend…

Caesar’s works are created from “congealed materials that speak to process, temporality, and location in contemporary art.”

What is truly unique about Caesar’s art work is the fact that he constructs his works from various found objects.

Read more about the Jedediah Caesar exhibition today

Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now

This exhibition offers a new perspective on abstract photography. Unlike many art forms, this exhibition “challenges our popular view of photography as an objective image of reality by reasserting its constructed nature” (decordova.org).

These are only several of the many fascinating exhibitions happening at the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park.

Read up on other current exhibitions and plan your trip today!

We are looking forward to seeing you in just a couple short weeks at the Garden City Center Art Festival at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island!

And of course, none of Festival Fete’s Art Happenings would be possible without our wonderful sponsors!

Here’s Your Chance, Support Local Art!

24 May

It’s A Dog’s Life Bakery     PhotoJOY

It’s just around the corner! Don’t miss out this June 9th & 10th, Festival Fete will be at the Garden City Center  with tons of fabulous local artists for the 2nd annual Garden City Center Art Festival!

Come join us for days full of beautiful local art work, entertainment, food, free kids activities and MORE!

Live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band & The Big Nazo!

“Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to receive important updates regarding our upcoming art festivals!

Unable to make it in June? Have no fear…

The East Greenwich Art Festival

Will be there!

Happening September 1st & 2nd at the new NE Tech Campus located on Division Road in East Greenwich

You won’t want to miss this!

HUGE THANKS!

Do Your Part To Support Local Art!

2 May

Kewt! By Keelia Kentor      Heart2Heart Design by Kyle Kochiss

This June 9th & 10th, Festival Fete will be at the Garden City Center for the 2nd annual Garden City Center Art Festival!

Come join us for days full of beautiful local art work, entertainment, food, free kids activities and MORE!

Live entertainment by The Toe Jam Band & The Big Nazo!

“Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to receive important updates regarding our upcoming art festivals!

COMING SOON…

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!

Do Your Part to Support Local Art!

25 Apr

Andrea Combes     Joanne DeLomba

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 Andrea Combes, Joanne DeLomba and tons of your other favorite local artists in person!

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

“Like” Festival Fete on Facebook to receive important updates regarding our upcoming art festivals!

Can’t make it on June 9th or 10th? Have no fear!

Festival Fete will be hosting The East Greenwich Art Festival on 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 sponsor!