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Venetian Sea Glass from Murano, Italy

2 Apr

Do you collect sea glass? If you do, you know what a special and rare treat it is to find one of those gems from the sea. Imagine having a business that requires you to comb some of the most beautiful beaches in the world…

Gary de Blois is a graphic designer, amateur photographer, jewelry maker, and a lifelong beachcomber. His sea glass collecting hobby weaves together all these passions and he now gets to plan “business trips” to places like California, Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Gary DeBlois collecting sea glass in Cayucos, CA

Gary DeBlois collecting sea glass in Cayucos, CA

We featured Gary and his sea glass business, Just Beachy Keen on our blog almost two years ago and it continues to be on of our most popular blog posts today. Sea glass collecting is a hot topic! So I thought I would check in with Gary to see what he has been up to lately…

Gary's pendants made from Murano sea glass!

Gary’s pendants made from Murano sea glass!

Gary works with genuine sea glass found on beaches around the world. While he does travel to collect sea glass, he also purchases from other collectors that he has met at various sea glass festivals. Most recently, he has been working with Murano sea glass from Italy.

Lately, I have been making pendants using glass found by a scuba diver off the island of Murano, in Venice, Italy. Murano has been known as the glass making capital of the world for hundreds of years!

We meet people from around the world who have amazing sea glass, and we now have friends in England, France, Italy and Greece just to name a few. Now we just need to find time to visit them all! – Gary DeBlois

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In his youth, Gary began sea glass collecting while spending summers on the coast.  This is where his passion for beach combing began. Those zen moments spent strolling the beach, enjoying the sights, sounds and scent of the ocean… ahhhh… tonic for the soul. Finding sea glass, in its myriad of shapes and colors, was like treasure hunting to Gary. At days end, these beachy gems were brought home, and placed in jars as keepsakes, colorful reminders of all the fun times spent playing in the sand.

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Now, he explores the coastal regions of the US as well as the world for sea glass, collecting it, photographing it and making jewelry and other whimsical objects with it. Only the most genuine sea glass is used, collected by Gary himself or his sea glass collecting cohorts. He works with sea glass as it is found on the beach, never grinding or reshaping the glass, only occasionally drilling as required. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind, sea glass pendant, earring pair, etc.

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You can read much more about Gary’s other pursuits and even find one of his recipes in the blog article Sea Glass Journal. But be sure to stop by the Just Beachy Keen booth at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th to see his genuine sea glass jewelry and other works using sea glass. They will also have t-shirts, note cards and photography that follows the sea glass collecting theme.

The Sea Glass Stoop in Cayucos

The Sea Glass Stoop in Cayucos

Check out Gary’s online magazine for sea glass collectors at www.seaglassjournal.com and his Etsy store for sea glass jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeaGlassJournal

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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Garden City Art Festival Artists & Re-purposing

15 Mar

Earlier this week, I posted about artists who take something ordinary, discarded or simply used for some other purpose and transform it into something entirely different. I mentioned the artist Joanne DeLomba and her whimsical re-purposed plates (click here to read the article and learn more about Joanne) It takes a special eye to look at a seashell or a piece of sea glass (which is beautiful on it’s own) and envision it composed in an entirely different, but artful way. Here is a sampling of artists that re-purpose or up-cycle in many splendid ways:

Garden City Arts Festival Artists

Garden City Arts Festival Artists

I love flea markets. Old, dented, battered, patinated and beglittered elements are just my kind of thing. Combining these possibly neglected elements into fresh designs is my dream come true. Access to vintage, new, unused, jewelry stock and interesting, purposeful objects allows for happy blending experiments. The emergence of fresh combinations from my hands and pliers allows me to fulfill my lifelong interest in gardening without killing any plants. In this way, recycled, repurposed, organic compositions and artistic intentions coincide. – Wendy Baker, jewelry artist

You can see all of these artists at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Melonie Massa, Mermaid’s Baubles

Joanne DeLomba

Wendy Baker

Annette Paull, WaterSpirits Jewelry

Margaret DeBruin, Upcycled Clothing for Children

Gary de Blois, Just Beachy Keen

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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East Greenwich Featured Artists!

8 Aug

 

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

Brenda Gaudette of Earth Inspired Clay Works loves to create unique function ceramic ware and handmade-framed tile/mosaic art works inspired by earth and other elements found in nature – making each piece truly an original.

Her work both celebrates the rich textures, colors, organic shapes and patterns found in nature as well as includes other traditional, contemporary and symbolic stamped design elements.
In Brenda’s opinion, in order to create a successful piece, one must practice thoughtful aesthetic judgments and strong craftsmanship. – “Even the smallest of works are designed and created with an eye for quality composition and technical skill.”
Check out more of Brenda’s work online today!
Trish Kozub of iDazz Custom Designs has been designing jewelry for 12 years, working mostly with gemstones, pearls and glass but favoring those pieces which incorporate signed brooches and earrings from the 1940s, and shoe buckles and buttons from Paris from the 1890s!
Trish works diligently to accumulate amazing vintage goods, which tend to be her favorite pieces (and her customer’s as well). Trish is influenced by the mere beauty of the beads and vintage pieces because they allow her to  create fun and distinctive collections!
Check out Trish Kozub of iDazz Custom Designs today!
And make sure to come out to the East Greenwich Art Festival on September 1st & 2nd in order to see works by Trish Kozub, Brenda Gaudette and even more of your favorite local artists and entertainers!
If you can’t make it out to the East Greenwich Art Festival this year, we understand! But don’t worry, the Festival Fete Holiday Market is just around the corner – happening at the Garden City Center on December 1st and 2nd!

the WINNER of this week

11 Oct

Congratulations Barbara Barone for winning this lovely new handbag!!! YOU are this week’s Festival Fete Artist Giveaway Program Winner! This bag is all about coffee – made from a coffee bean sack with coffee and espresso motif for the lining from DiNofrio Handbags.

Check out DiNofrio Handbags on facebook  at http://www.facebook.com/KimberlyDiNofrioHandbags

This week, YOU have an amazing opportunity to WIN a handcrafted Sea Glass necklace from Amber Bettez.  This piece was special handcrafted with the positive touch of Reiki without the use of heat or chemicals.

“Tumbled treasure from the seashore.  Sea Glass are bits of history, naturally recycle by the constant tides.  In most cases I find it myself, however friends have been kind enough to share their collections with you and I!  It is very calming and helps to relieve stress.”-Amber Bettez



Check out more Jewelry from Amber Bettez at www.silvertidesjewelry.com

Enter to win today to be the next lucky winner!!!

Use our Online Form and remember you must “Like” us on win!

We are excited to introduce our next festival, The Holiday Market !!!

Bring your entire family to enjoy Festival Fete’s Holiday Market on Thanksgiving Weekend at the RI Convention Center. Over 125 art and craft artisans, festive food, a farmer’s market sponsored by Whole Foods Market, visits with Santa, Free giftwrapping, Children’s Creation Station and strolling merriment to include RI’s own Big Nazo,  Mime-a lot and Matthew the Balloon Man.

$5 per adult; Children 12 and under are free

The Holiday Market is proud to be sponsored by Whole Foods MarketRhode Island MonthlyNatural AwakeningsCat CountryYelp,Roger Williams Park ZooCardi’s Furniture, and Robin Ivy Photography.

TODAY is the day!

11 Jun

Festival Fete is excited to announce that TODAY is the day we have all be waiting for! Yes, that is right it is GARDEN CITY CENTER ART FESTIVAL time!

So this means that everyone of you should make your way over to the Garden City Center in Cranston, RI.

All the locally grown art, food, and merriment one can ask for will be there! You certainly so not want to miss out on this fabulous day! Come support your artists and vendors. We hope to see you there, you definitley will not regret it! :]

Please, please, please do not forget to come out to the Garden City Center Art Festival today, June 11, 2011 in Cranston, Rhode Island!!

You can personally see all of these artist…

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy Photography , Cat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.

Sea Glass Journal

10 Jun

Sea Glass JournalGary de Blois

Gary de Blois is a graphic designer, amateur photographer, budding jewelry maker, and a lifelong beachcomber. His sea glass collecting hobby weaves together all these passions.

Photo: Bermuda has many small pockets of coastline, including little caves, that you will often find sea glass. Some of the sea glass can be very 
old, dating from the 1800 or 1700s.

In his youth, Gary began sea glass collecting while spending summers on the coast.  This is where his passion for beachcombing began. Those zen moments spent strolling the beach, enjoying the sights, sounds and scent of the ocean… ahhhh… tonic for the soul. Finding sea glass, in its myriad of shapes and colors, was like treasure hunting to Gary. At days end, these beachy gems were brought home, and placed in jars as keepsakes, colorful reminders of all the fun times spent playing in the sand.

Now, he explores the coastal regions of the US as well as the world for sea glass, collecting it, photographing it and making jewelry and other whimsical objects with it. Only the most genuine sea glass is used, collected by Gary himself or his sea glass collecting cohorts. He works with sea glass as it is found, never grinding or reshaping the glass, only occasionally drilling as required. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind, sea glass pendant, earring pair, etc.

Photo: Glass Beach, in Fort Bragg, California, was once the town dump. 
Forunately they stopped in 1969 and now it is a destination for sea 
glass collectors. At times the beach is covered with so much glass 
that you can’t see the sand.

What always gives Gary a chuckle is when he comes across someone on the beach asking what he is doing and who has never heard of sea glass. He explains that it starts out as refuse, broken glass from bottles, tableware, etc, cast into the ocean after it has outlived its usefulness. Over time, and the longer the better he expound, the sand and surf condition the broken shards smooth, with an overall frosty surface. Also, explaining that some colors are rarer to find than others. Red and cobalt blue gems are highly desired by the sea glass hunter. A nod of understanding and a thank you is received for the explanation. And as they walk away… their eyes are now cast down, scanning the surface of the beach, looking for a shard that they, only a minute ago, would have probably walked blissfully by! As he or she walks away there is often a shouted reminder from Gary to “look up every once in awhile and enjoy the beauty of the coast!”

Photo: Here are some of the spoils of a short hunt on the island of Vieques, 
Puerto Rico.

Gary enjoys  the types of activities associated with the coast including bodysurfing, snorkeling and windsurfing. But also finds pleasure in hiking. Mt Washington in the Northeast as well as Sedona and the Grand Canyon in the West provide wonderful vistas that transform him into a photo-taking fool.

You can always find Gary cooking on the grill, even in the winter. One of his favorite meals is grilled chicken Caesar salad. This is a simple and tasty meal that is quick to prepare. Marinate the chicken breasts in Newman’s Caesar Salad Dressing for 1/2 hour, poking holes in the chicken with a fork. Newman’s is the best bottled dressing in my opinion. Grill chicken to desired tenderness then let sit, allowing the juices to redistribute before cutting. In the meantime prepare the salad with Romaine, cherry tomatoes, your favorite croutons and toss with a little more salad dressing. Add the cut chicken and top with some freshly grated parmesan. TIP: the juices from the chicken left on the plate after cutting 
should be added to the salad also.

Check out Gary’s online magazine for sea glass collectors at www.seaglassjournal.com and his Etsy store for sea glass jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeaGlassJournal

Photo: Gary works with the sea glass as it is found, resulting in a unique, one-
of-a-kind, piece of jewelry.

And some tips and ideas to leave with!

Tips to artists – Don’t spend your life avoiding a risk. Take a chance! No worthwhile endeavor is without unpredictability. Remember, it’s not failure, just experience. Craft ideas – Place some sea glass in a jar and place in front of a sunlit window or used as a center piece. Your may also want to add some sand and seashells. Also, sea glass glued to picture frames or the frames of mirrors along with sea shells and driftwood are a fun project.

 

And do not forget that our first festival is tomorrow!!!!! :] 

Come out to the Garden City Center Art Festival tomorrow Saturday June 11, 2011 from 10am to 5pm!!! YOU do not want to miss out! Festival Fete is super excited to have all of these wonderful artists and vendors! Hope to see you there! :]

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy Photography , Cat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.

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Silver Tides Jewelry by Amber Bettez

10 May

Silver Tides Jewelry by Amber Bettez: Handcrafted healing jewelry made with the positive touch of Reiki by Amber Bettez of Narragansett, RI.   Each piece of jewelry reflects the shapes of the waves that wash along the shoreline and the texture and colors found along the beaches. Just as no two stone’s are exactly the same, each piece of jewelry is one of a kind

Amber uses locally manufactured nickel free sterling silver and gemstones, and fossils from all over the world.  Her jewelry is created without the use of heat or chemicals making each piece safe for you and for the environment!

Earrings, pendants, sliders, bracelet’s and rings wrapped in sterling silver with sea glass, gemstones, fossils, and shells…$20 and up for men and women 🙂

Amber lives in beautiful Narragansett, RI, inspired by the sea and all that goes along with it!   She loves her some Crazy Burger Juice and breakfast at The Bluebird CafeOcean Mist for reggae and the view, and The Mews Tavern for a pint. (Some of my personal favorite spots as well!) She stays local, buys local, sells local….to support the community that supports her!

As for aspiring artists, Amber says “put yourself out there!!!  you’ll never know unless YOU give yourself the chance!”

Check out Silver Tides Jewelry by Amber Bettez at www.silvertidesjewelry.com

& Make sure to support Amber and your other local artists by coming out to the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 11, 2011!

Have a lovely day!

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy PhotographyCat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.