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Local Art Happenings…

26 Sep

One of our favorite art centers, the Jamestown Arts Center has a current exhibit that shouldn’t be missed – it’s a one woman show by artist Julie Shelton Smith, “100 Women over 50”. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 10-2 until Oct. 11th.


At the South County Art Association, there is an opening tonight, Thursday, September 26th at 7pm for the juried Member’s Invitational. Gallery hours are Wed – Sun from 1-5pm.

Member's Invitational at South County Art Association

Member’s Invitational at South County Art Association

Saturday, September 28th is Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day! Many Rhode Island museums are participating, click here to see the list and download your free ticket.


And don’t forget…next weekend is Festival Fete’s Wakefield Art Festival – Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm. Hope to see you there!

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Many thanks to our sponsor:

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Coming Soon! Festival Fete’s Wakefield Art Festival

17 Sep

We love our artists! We are so excited to have another powerful line-up of talent that will be at the Wakefield Art Festival in just a few weeks! Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm in the heart of downtown Wakefield, RI.


A note to our blog readers: In the months leading up to a Festival Fete show, I typically write blog articles 3 times a week. However, last week my family and I moved into a new home and I was “offline” for a while. We appreciate your patience and understanding as I get up and running again – and would love your support of Festival Fete by helping to spread the word about the Wakefield Art Festival!

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More artist interviews, photos and weekly event posts coming soon – I promise!

Thanks – Danielle

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Many Thanks to our Community for Supporting the East Greenwich Art Festival!

4 Sep

ff_060813_0456What a weekend! It always amazes me to witness and engage in the magical process of opening Festival Fete‘s “Festival in a Box” and see a dynamic, energetic, and creative community event unfold. Through the expert planning, organization, problem solving, brainstorming and sweat of Festival Fete’s team, a simple parking lot is converted into a spectacular festival!

This past weekend at the East Greenwich Art Festival we had our challenges. Saturday was a little cloudy but it turned out to be a spectacular day for all. Saturday nights’ weather fury brought a driving rain and wind that made a big mess on the festival site – and sadly some artists lost inventory and tents. But Sunday morning there was an incredible workforce of support from everyone working together to put the pieces back together again and welcome the crowds back in.


We would not be able to do it without you – the community, the artists, performers, food makers, sponsors, and the young kids who bring an energy that makes everyone at the festival feel young and creative! So on behalf of everyone at Festival Fete…THANK YOU….and SEE YOU AT THE NEXT SHOW!

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Pinkberry Supports Art is Smart!

1 Sep

Don’t forget to visit the Pinkberry’s “handcrafted frozen yogurt bar” in the Warwick Mall or Garden City Center today (Sunday, Sept. 1st) to help support Art is Smart! 


Just mention Festival Fete or Art is Smart and 20% of all proceeds will go to Art is Smart! Thanks so much for your support and enjoy your “froyo”!

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East Greenwich Art Festival

Wakefield Art Festival

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Festive Entertainment at the East Greenwich Art Festival this Weekend!

29 Aug

This weekend at the East Greenwich Art Festival you will find a wide variety of festive entertainment in addition the contemporary American art and crafts! Everything from live music, a photo booth, magician, mime, Irish dancers, hula hoop demonstrations and Rhode Island’s own Big Nazo!

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HoopsAlisha Almeida and Valerie Poirier, the founders of All Things Grow With Love, believe in sharing their passions and creativity in hopes of inspiring others to follow the path of a joyful life. Currently, their main focus is hoop dance, though that is constantly evolving. Whatever the avenue may be, Valerie and Alisha believe that self-expression is the key to unlocking our full potential, and that a life lived from the heart is the only kind worth living.

At the East Greenwich Art Festival, All Things Grow With Love will be selling handmade hoops and ribbon wands, as well as sharing their knowledge and love for dance and self-expression.

Festival Fete is a family friendly, free event so bring the whole family for some festive food, entertainment, creative shopping and Festival Fete’s Creation Station where everyone can get their creative groove on!

See you at the festival!

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Here it is! The East Greenwich Art Festival Playbill!

28 Aug

If you like to plan ahead (like me), you might enjoy taking a look at the East Greenwich Art Festival Playbill to see which artists you are going to make sure to visit.

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Did you know that there is a notes section so you can keep track of important things to remember? When I go to an art festival, I tend to wander through the whole show making notes on which booths I want to come back to, then make my decision on what to purchase after I’ve seen it all.  How do you “do” an art festival? Are you a spontaneous shopper, a browser or do you plan your purchases carefully?

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The other great thing about the playbill is that all of the vendors websites are listed so that you can get in touch with them later for more information. There’s a lot more handy info in the playbill so be sure to stop by the information booth to pick one up – this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm daily at the New England Tech Campus on Division Road in East Greenwich. Tomorrow I will post more about the Creation Station and the entertainment schedule!

See you at the festival!

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Featured Artist: Apiary Designs

27 Aug

Meet Megan Labrecque. She’s the smiling face that you will see when you stop by her booth, Apiary Designs at both the East Greenwich and Wakefield Art Festivals. Megan and her mom make aprons for kids and adults as well as catnip mats, tote bags, buntings/banners and gadget cozies. Please read on to learn more about Apiary Designs and be sure to visit their booth on August 31st in East Greenwich!

LabrequeMeganNancyHow long have you and your mom been in business together?

We started Apiary Designs in 2008.  Nancy had been sewing for many years, and I had some ideas to expand on her existing designs.  We started experimenting, and one of my friends who owned a gift shop in Providence not only encouraged us but began carrying our products!  As our business began to grow, we needed a company name, and since we are busy bees, we became Apiary Designs.

LabrecqueBill2The cheerful fella that is in the booth with you…I assume that’s your husband? You both always have such happy, smiling faces!

My husband Bill is the one in the pink cupcake apron!  It’s a great conversation starter that draws people into the booth, and he always gets a lot of attention – from the ladies who giggle and squeal at him to the men who solemnly shake his hand while simultaneously shaking their heads!  I’m truly grateful for all of Bill’s help and support – Apiary Designs wouldn’t be the same without him.

labrecque2You seem to have a great flair for accessories that kids like, do you have any kids?

We don’t have any children, but we do have two feline kids who are enthusiastic supervisors in the studio – especially when I’m making catnip activity mats.  Nancy can usually get a chuckle out of our customers by pointing out the picture of her “grandcat” Ginger on the catnip activity mats.

What can you tell me about your fabric selections?

???????????????????????????????Brick and mortar fabric stores are increasingly difficult to find!  It’s always preferable to examine the quality and scale of a fabric in person, but most of our fabric is sourced online so we can keep bringing you the unusual prints that have become our trademark.

What’s your work schedule like…do you have a certain time of day that you prefer to sew?

My work schedule is crazy!  Both Nancy and I work full time – together, at our family business – so we fit sewing into our schedules in the evening or on weekends when we don’t have shows.  Bill travels all week for work, so I keep busy when he’s out of town at one of my sewing machines!

???????????????????????????????When we first started, our sewing room was at Nancy’s house – now that Apiary Designs has grown so much, we each have our own studio.  Between the two of us, we have four sewing machines, two sergers, a cover stitch machine, and two super high powered irons.  Believe it or not, ironing is way more time consuming than sewing!

Any hobbies or other interests you’d like to share?

Sewing must be genetic – not only has my mother taught me everything I know about sewing, my paternal grandparents have also contributed to my sewing background.  My Grandma Alice is an accomplished seamstress who has been making me clothes since I was a baby and always had time to sit me down at the serger or sewing machine to keep me busy during summer vacations.  My Grandpa Maynard has taken his background as a math teacher to a whole new level by creating amazing quilts – we’re lucky to have some of his creations to display on our beds and even on our walls!


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