The List

Places to go, things to see in Rhode Island

Barrington 100 Acre Cove: 41° 45.19' N 71° 19.277' W
Alfred's of Barrington consignment: 18 Maple Ave.
Alfred Drowne Road Historic District (NPS): Alfred Drowne Rd., Annawamscutt Rd., Washington Rd.
Allen-West Farmhouse (NRHP): George St., Nockum Hill
Artist in You workshops (RIM Best of '10): 71 Maple Ave.
Bagels, Etc.: 259 County Rd.
Barrington Books bookstore: 184 County Rd.
Barrington Civic Center: 283 County Rd.
Barrington Preservation Society Museum: (lower level, public library)
Barrington Town Beach: Bay Road
Barrington Town Hall: 283 County Rd.
Beach Mansion: 32 Lorrain St.
Belton Court (former estate): Middle Highway
Benjamin A. Jackson House, 115 Nayatt Rd.
Billy's restaurant (RIM Best of '09: new neighborhood restaurant): 286 Maple Ave.
Blue Kangaroo: 328 County Rd.
Bluewater Bar & Grill: 32 Barton Ave.
The Daily Scoop (RIM): 230 County Rd.
Haines State Park: Metropolitan Park Dr.
Hollies on the Avenue (RIM Best Spring '14 - gifts): 8 Anok…

Dining ~ Kochi ~ Cranston

Kochi Sushi and Steakhouse
1800 Plainfield Pike
Cranston, Rhode Island
(501) 944-8989

Kochi Sushi and Steakhouse opened recently in the Wal-Mart shopping center on Plainfield Pike in Cranston. My son, daughter and I went to check it out.

The first thing that we noticed when we went was the dramatic decor.

All three of us were in awe of the amazing chandelier.
The photo just doesn't do it justice.

Kochi's bar has a slate of fun Japanese and island-themed 'tinis and cocktails. Ave started with a melontini, I had a chocolate martini, and Megan had a Kochi fusion.

The owner and wait staff were very attentive and enthusiastic. It's clear they're all passionate about providing good food and service.

We started with appetizers of sushi and steak, courtesy of the owner.

Megan's dinner included a Kochi Roll (Spicy tuna, eel, avocado & mozzarella cheese, deep fried & served with spicy mayo, eel sauce & sweet chili sauce) and a Sakura roll (Spicy salmon, crunch…

Artists ~ Ronna A. Pate ~ Johnston

Artist's Name: Ronna A. Pate
Shop Name: Ronna Pate Fine Art
Facebook: Ronna A Pate
Pinterest: Ronna Pate Fine Art
Linked In: RonnaPate

1. Tell us about your work.
My favorite medium is oil, however, I also dabble in acrylics and enjoy pastels, drawing in ink and colored pencil. I love painting shells, birch trees and fruits/veggies. There are many other subjects I plan to explore further: horses, elephants, all artists, I have thousands of artworks in my head! If I created art 24 hours per day, I'd still not have time to paint all of them!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
The name of my business is my own name which is advisable for artists. We are our brand so it makes sense from a marketing standpoint,

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always loved art and started taking drawing class…

Artists ~ Rebecca Nightingale ~ Lincoln

Artist's name: Rebecca Nightingale
Shop name: Cat of Mine

1. Tell us about your work
I create highly detailed sculptures of cats in the form of jewelry, utility items, figurines and Christmas ornaments for the cat lovers out there. I work in different waxes and have manufacturing partners, who cast them into sterling silver, bronze, and lead free pewter. I have some jewelry items that are offered personalized with custom names hand printed on the waxes before they are cast in sterling silver.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
After getting a BFA in Sculpture at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, I wandered down to RI. Looking for employment, I got a job designing high-end costume jewelry at Swarovski, Ltd, for 6 years.

I had to get back to sculpting, so I became a self-employed model maker and have been for 28 years. I&#…

Artists ~ Liam Brooks ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Liam Brooks
Shop name:

1. Tell us about your work:
I use various types of paint and pigment to create a circular surface covered in varying, sometimes concentric, circles. I then add a large collection of found objects, junk jewelry, buttons, bracelets etc. My goal is to create an introspective mandala which plays with light and contrasting colors.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I think it's just a natural extension of wanting my art to reach people.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've always been an artist from the time I was a small child. Art is my way of coping with the world and communicating with it. My work also helps me communicate with my self.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from emotions and observing the world.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Multimedia paintings.

6. What’s your best seller?
My Magnets have bee…

Happy Independence Day from I {heart} Rhody

Here's a little local history to commemorate the day, via Peter Phipps at the Providence Journal:

Artists ~ Jason Senior ~ Westerly

Artist’s name: Jason Senior
Shop name: JasonsMetalCreations

1. Tell us about your work
The items I sell on Etsy come from ideas my wife and I have talked about. Some ideas work themselves out in my head and make it to production and some don't.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Not really.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I started working with metal in the field about 20 years ago while roofing. Once people started pushing ideas on me I became more confident. I started creating my own items not only for my job but also for Etsy.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
My wife.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Anything I have never made before. I love the challenge.

6. What’s your best seller?
The business card holders.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in Westerly my entire life.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The coast!

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
The Charlestown R…

Events ~ Narragansett Arts Guild ~ Narragansett

The Narragansett Arts Guild starts its third summer season on Gazebo Park in Narragansett on Wednesday June 28th from 5 pm until dusk. The event continues every Wednesday night until August.

Returning artists include Mike Bryce, Moonlight Jewelry, Esteverde, Art by Seth, Sign's O' Fire, DAS Photography and Photography from Sand Hill Cove. Six new artists, HHStudioRI, Earth Ware Collective, Be Creative Mary, Painting Daisies, Nansea Glass Designs, and Design by Neringa join the guild event this year. Every vendor is the creator of the art you will see an is a local, RI resident. Check out our website for the art of each individual vendor. Also, we will feature a local non-profit each week and will have space for other vendors representing the community. All of this creativity happens each Wednesday evening in Narragansett on Gazebo Park, Ocean Road by the Casino Towers.

Support the Makers, your local artists, craftsmen, photographers, writers, designers, musicians, the self-emp…