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Meet the Garden City Art Festival Artists!

8 Mar

Happy Friday! We have so much wonderful talent participating in the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th. Each week leading up to the show,  I will post a sampling of the artists on our blog. Hope you enjoy the sneak peek and make plans to come to the show!

M&D Fine Jewelry, D.S. Brennan Photography, Rocklen Designs, Wendy Baker Design, Upcycled Clothing for Children, The Creative Hand, Botanical Beauties and Beasties

M&D Fine Jewelry, D.S. Brennan Photography, Rocklen Designs, Wendy Baker Design, Upcycled Clothing for Children, The Creative Hand, Botanical Beauties and Beasties

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Just Around the Corner…

28 Aug

Get Ready…

The East Greenwich Art Festival is just around the corner! Come out to the new New England Tech Campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island this weekend for wonderful local art, entertainment, food and merriment for the whole family!

Here’s a preview of what’s in store…

Liv & Lov by Dora Szekely designs    StudioDDB Stained Glass Art

Transitions Jewelry Designs by Kathleen Barris     Rocklen Designs by Melissa Rocklen

 So Loved 316 by Christina Almonte     Althalia Originals by Emily Hirsch

String ‘N’ Things by Andrea Ehret      Filomena Demarco Jewelry by Ashley Vick

Chinawear by Karen J     Hiroko Art

Earth Inspired Clay Works by Brenda Gaudette    iDazz Custom Designs by Trish Kozub

Phlash Photo Art by Erin Walsh     Jonathan Almond

April Gramolini      Barefoot Henna by Donna Lyons

Back Roads by Anne Berg      Valley of the Doll by Zoe Ma

And MORE!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Big Thanks to our Wonderful Presenting Sponsor…

Support Your Local Artists!

5 Aug

Transitions Jewelry Designs     Rocklen Designs

Kathleen Barris, creator of Transitions Jewelry Designs, designs and creates one of a kind jewelry with the intention of providing people with a “go to piece” or a frequently worn “statement piece” rather than one you save in a box for a special occasion.

 Of her many inspirations, Kathleen is especially drawn to natural stones with unusual shapes or an interesting story. By pairing these with classic materials and techniques she is able to create original designs with a contemporary edge.  Kathleen’s love for the rich yet subtle textures and patterns often seen in nature is extremely evident in her artwork. Most importantly, Kathleen is inspired by her grandchildren and claims “there is nothing as inspiring as seeing the world through their eyes!”

Kathleen is currently working on very sculptural pieces, including spiculum and Mobius – forms from the distant past – to which she gives a contemporary twist.

Recently, she and her husband (also business partner), started learning Lapidary. They have even begun to set up their own Lapidary studio in order to cut their own stones, allowing for great flexibility in the design process. Look out for these pieces to begin to making appearances in upcoming shows!

Melissa Rocklen of Rocklen Designs creates jewelry and mobiles using metal, glass, stone, and paper clay entirely by hand – meaning she does all the forming, hammering, wire-wrapping, sculpting, sanding, and finishing.   Her jewelry is sterling silver, with copper and bead accents. Her mobiles are made using steel, copper, paper clay and glass and incorporate her handmade birds which she sculpts and sands individually, giving each one a unique personality.

Melissa’s inspiration has changed over time.  While her jewelry making began after returning home from studying mask-making in Mexico, Ghana, Mali, and Indonesia where the images in her head were inspired by the shapes and designs she had seen in her travels, she is now most inspired by seeing people smile.

The creation of Melissa’s Birds & Beads Mobiles began in the middle of an extra-long winter, when the cold darkness was making people a bit more tired and sad.  The birds, with their movement and whimsy, seemed to cheer people up.  Since then, she has been working on making jewelry and mobiles that have a playful effect.

Melissa began making art when she was very young – drawing inspiration from her mother who was a print maker. As she grew older, she also focused on drawing, painting, and printmaking.  It was only after studying mask-making in other countries and seeing how people used and wore art in their everyday lives that she realized she wanted to make functional art.

“I love seeing people wear and enjoy the things I make.  Making art provides balance for me.”

You will find both Kathleen and Melissa at the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st and 2nd at the new New England Tech Campus! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your local artists and enjoy a fun-filled day of art, entertainment and merriment!

And don’t forget to put the Festival Fete Holiday Market on your calendar for December 1st and 2nd at the Garden City Center! It will be here before you know it!