Friday, April 17, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Atlantic National Bank by Eric Harrison, via I {heart} Rhody
Atlantic National Bank by Eric Harrison

Columns by ArtFan70, via I {heart} Rhody
Columns by ArtFan70

Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography via I {heart} Rhody
Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography

IMG_6664 by MrsLamontagne423, via I {heart} Rhody
IMG_6664 by MrsLamontagne423

COLT STATE PARK by Tao Wang Alex, via I {heart} Rhody
COLT STATE PARK by Tao Wang Alex

MAGIC TIME by Tao Wang Alex, via I {heart} Rhody
MAGIC TIME by Tao Wang Alex

Irish Famine Memorial by Erika Smith, via I {heart} Rhody
Irish Famine Memorial by Erika Smith

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Artists ~ Season James ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Season James
Shop name: Above/Below
Website: www.abovebelowjewelry.bigcartel.com
Twitter: @abovebelowjewel
Facebook: Above/Below Jewelry
Pinterest: @susanjones78
Other Instagram (mostly used) @abovebelowwithin #abovebelowjewelry


1. Tell us about your work
Above/Below is modern jewelry made with beautiful elements. The aesthetic is that of unearthed & weather worn stones, minerals and wood mixed with shiny brass and bronze metal, clean geometric lines and painted details. This is jewelry that forges a wearable connection between nature and adornment. Recently, Above/Below has begun to add woven pieces to our line that are intended for your home. We are very excited to eventually bridge the gap of jewelry and textile art!



2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
When I relocated to RI in 2000, I began to learn the trade of hand manipulating jewelry. I loved the hands on aspect of it and as a painter, the mixing of color & textures was a natural fit for me. I designed commercially for many years, making work that was mass produced in many mall and department stores. The knowledge, experience and relationships that I gained from that industry proved invaluable beyond measure, though I always knew I wanted to go out on my own. After exploring many materials such as vintage buttons, deconstructed personal photographs and felt, I decided it was time to make some work that could be made in the U.S. in small quantities. Above/Below was born just before my first child was, with the intention that I could make a living creating while caring for my daughter.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Textures, water and its effect on everything, 1960's encyclopedias, architecture

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Lately, it's been the woven art as I'm exploring so many new techniques! However, I always get excited to work on anything with stones & minerals as they are very unique individually. It's exciting to search for their nuances and draw them out.



5. What’s your best seller? 
Any item that uses Pyrite, especially the Pyrite studs that are created by casting bronze and filling the setting with crushed Pyrite. They sparkle in a dirty kind of way.


6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
Holy crap. Almost 15 years. I did return to my hometown of Brooklyn, NY for about a year, where the ideas for Above/Below started formulating. Also, my family & I lived in Portland OR for about a year, where I first started wholesaling to boutiques. Portland is a city that is VERY supportive of its creative community.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
I heart Rhode Island's history, coast, smallness & the hidden places I have yet to discover. For such a tiny state, there are so many interesting and secret spots worth seeing. And overall, the people in this state, whether native or transplants, are about as real as you can get.

Friday, April 10, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Governor Aram Pothier Tomb by Frank Grace, via I {heart} Rhody
Governor Aram Pothier Tomb by Frank Grace



Traffic...195 #providence #rhodeisland #bridge #landscape #architecture #instagram by Fire In The Eye Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Traffic...195 #providence #rhodeisland #bridge #landscape #architecture #instagram by Fire In The Eye Photography

Amica (Banigan) building by Eric Harrison, via I {heart} Rhody
Amica (Banigan) building by Eric Harrison

Narragansett Towers by Erika Smith, via I {heart} Rhody
Narragansett Towers by Erika Smith

The Freshman Diaries...... by Donna St.Pierre, via I {heart} Rhody
The Freshman Diaries...... by Donna St.Pierre

Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography

Sunday Strollers by John Crosby, via I {heart} Rhody
Sunday Strollers by John Crosby

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423, via I {heart} Rhody
Untitled by MrsLamontagne423


"Woods in winter, Rhode Island, 2015 by Peter Rintels

DSC_9055 by Roger LeJeune, via I {heart} Rhody
DSC_9055 by Roger LeJeune

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Documentary on West Warwick seeks local experts

PRESS CONTACT:
Genevieve Belcher, director
Mill Town
(401) 206-6125
WWdocumentary@yahoo.com

Director of the independent documentary film, Mill Town, is taping interviews.

West Warwick, RI – April 2, 2015 – Independent film director Genevieve Belcher is seeking people who are interested in doing on-camera interviews. Currently she needs local historians familiar with seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century Kent County history and an expert in the field of economics.

She will also interview citizens who can recall personal experiences from more recent history, especially mid-twentieth century. The personal interviews will be conducted in the fall.

For more information, contact Genevieve Belcher via e-mail at WWdocumentary@yahoo.com or via phone at (401) 206-6125.

ABOUT MILL TOWN

Mill Town covers the history of the town of West Warwick, Rhode Island, beginning in the seventeenth century when Samuel Gorton and his followers settled a colony in present day Kent County. This film recounts the struggles and triumphs of the citizens that settled and built this small yet impactful mill town.

In telling West Warwick’s story, this documentary seeks to encourage its audience to learn from the past, develop an appreciation for our history and what it took to make this town, motivate the audience to make changes, motivate them to get more involved in local government, and raise awareness of the importance
of supporting local businesses.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Genevieve Belcher is a graduate of New England Institute of Technology’s Video and Audio Production program. She did her internship at WLWC-TV (CW 28/yourprov.com) where she created one-minute features for their website and broadcast. In her most recent venture, Genevieve teamed up with Director Patti Cassidy in producing Uproar in Pawtucket: The Story of Fanny the Elephant. Through her filmmaking, Genevieve strives to build community, motivate change, and advocate for causes she believes in.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Artists ~ Samantha Zacks ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Samantha Zacks
Shop name: Gilded Rose Studio
Website: www.gildedrosestudio.com or www.etsy.com/shop/GildedXRoseXStudio
Facebook: gildedrosestudio
Pinterest: gildedrose
Instagram: gildedrosestudio


1. Tell us about your work: 
I create retro-inspired and traditional tattoo-inspired items such as shower caps, sleep masks, bowties, hand-embroidered wedding hankies, baby onesies, aprons, oven mitts and scarves, etc.


2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
It started as a hobby to keep myself busy as a stay-at-home-mom, which later evolved into a business to support myself and my little one.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I love all things mid-century, so aesthetically there are a lot of retro influences. When I'm having some difficulty or in need of a break, I will often browse through antiques and other vintage items to get my creative gears turning. I have an appreciation for a lot of things and genres, so I dislike categorizing myself as just "retro", but usually it's the easiest answer to give. I love the timelessness of traditional tattoos, goth/pop culture/80's era stuff. There's a mix of everything if you look hard enough. And, I don't admit it too freely, but I also find inspiration in friends and will sometimes pick up a pattern because it reminded me of a friend.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
At the moment, sleepmasks. I'm having fun pairing colors/patterns with the satin and lace trim.



5. What’s your best seller?
Shower Caps, by far. Wouldn't have even seen that one coming if I was asked that question 3 years ago!



6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I'm originally from RI, but I have been back in the Ocean State for a year and a half.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
There are a lot of things! I can't pinpoint a favorite eatery (because there are so many!) so I'll just say "food", architecture, East Matunuck Beach, the accents, local shops and lastly, that we're historically a state full of outcasts.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: 
I am in the process of moving into a new studio, so I'm really stoked to be able to say that I will be able to offer by-appointment visits in the near future!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sights ~ The Towers ~ Narragansett

The Towers
35 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, Rhode Island

We (Mami, Bear and I) went to the Easter sunrise service, held at the Narragansett Towers. It was hosted by the First Baptist Church in Narragansett.

I've driven under the Towers several times before, but never been inside. It's a major landmark in Narragansett, situated as it is on Ocean Road, right beside the water.

Narragansett Towers

The Towers are the only remaining part of the resort called the Narragansett Pier casino, which was built from 1883 and 1886 by McKim, Mead & White. If you don't know this architectural firm, definitely look into them. They were the Big Dogs in architecture in that era. Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park, the Chicago World's Fair, etc.) designed the grounds.



historical images: The Towers
In its heyday of the 1890s, the casino was one of the hotspots for the rich and famous. Gilded Age glitterati came for dancing, bowling, shooting, tennis, cards, billiards, boatings, elegant restaurants, and of course the view, and "bathing." The dish "clams casino" may have originated there.

Then on September 12, 1900, fire started in the nearby Rockingham Hotel. Ocean breezes fanned the flames which quickly engulfed the casino. All of the woodframe buildings were lost, but the towers, made of granite, and the nearby Coast Guard station survived.

The ruins after the fire, ca. 1905, via Wikipedia
The Towers have withstood fire, hurricanes, nor'easters and other storms, and still stand today. Even the Coast Guard House, which sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Sandy, has reopened.

Today the Towers are used as an event space. They have music concerts, dances, weddings and other life events. The inside is very well suited with wood floors, a vaulted ceiling and a beautiful view.

Narragansett Towers meeting space sunrise Easter service

Sunrise Easter Sunday morning, Narragansett RI

Friday, April 3, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Beavertail Winter 2015 by Mark Hathaway, via I {heart} Rhody
Beavertail Winter 2015 by Mark Hathaway

DSC_9039 by Roger LeJeune, via I {heart} Rhody
DSC_9039 by Roger LeJeune

Stone wall in winter, 2015 by Peter Rintels, via I {heart} Rhody
Stone wall in winter, 2015 by Peter Rintels

IMG_6782 by MrsLamontagne423, via I {heart} Rhody
IMG_6782 by MrsLamontagne423

Old Rhode Island by alex feuti, via I {heart} Rhody
Old Rhode Island by alex feuti

Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial by ArtFan70, via I {heart} Rhody
Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial by ArtFan70

Brownell & Field c. 1910 and the parking lot that replaced it, 2014 by Eric Harrison, via I {heart} Rhody
Brownell & Field c. 1910 and the parking lot that replaced it, 2014 by Eric Harrison

PROVIDENCE SKYLINE by Tao Wang Alex, via I {heart} Rhody
PROVIDENCE SKYLINE by Tao Wang Alex

Pawtucket River Bridge #rhodeisland #instagram #streetphotography #architecture #bridge by Fire In The Eye Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Pawtucket River Bridge #rhodeisland #instagram #streetphotography #architecture #bridge by Fire In The Eye Photography

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Events ~ eat drink RI Festival ~ April 30 - May 3 ~ Providence


our comments below**

Eat Drink RI Festival — April 30 through May 3
Fourth Annual All-Local Food and Drink Celebration Returns To Providence

Showcasing the best of the ever-expanding Rhode Island culinary scene, the fourth annual, all-local Eat Drink RI Festival returns Thursday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd. The Festival, sponsored by Daniele, Inc., will be held throughout Providence.

Festival highlights include:

THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Dinner by Dames to benefit AIDS Project RI – Casino at Roger Williams Park
This unique dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs for a multi-course dining event.

FRIDAY, MAY 1
Truck Stop to Benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank – Alex and Ani City Center
The largest food truck event in Rhode Island returns in 2015! The Truck Stop showcases the excellence and variety of Rhode Island’s mobile restaurants while also benefitting an organization dedicated to ending hunger.

SATURDAY, MAY 2
Grand Tasting presented by Providence Monthly – Providence Biltmore Grand Ballroom
The Grand Tasting is a showcase of over forty local food, wine, beer and spirit exhibitors, as well as an abundance of local food artisans.

SUNDAY, MAY 3
Grand Brunch to benefit the RI Philharmonic Music School – Providence Biltmore Grand Ballroom
The Festival will come to a close with the Grand Brunch, prepared by some of the state’s best chefs and pastry chefs. In addition to the food, the Brunch features entertainment by jazz students from the Music School.

For more information about the Eat Drink RI Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit eatdrinkri.com/festival, on Facebook at facebook.com/eatdrinkri.

**We've attended at least part of all the Eat Drink RI festivals so far, and count it as one of our favorite events of the year. The talks are entertaining and informative, the food is amazing, and it's a lot of fun. I think even Rhode Islanders who are familiar with the wide variety of local food growers, producers, chefs and distillers will find some surprises. It's all part of the fun.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Artists ~ Carol Riley ~ Bristol

Artist’s name: Carol Riley
Shop name: 1shawfield also Tatters1
Website: Bristol-cottage.com
Twitter: 1shawfield
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1shawfield
www.facebook.com/bristolcottage
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tatters1/
instagram 1shawfield


1. Tell us about your work
its a mad mix ... .one day its all about colour the next day its all about neutrals .. my studio is in a state of constant disaster



2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I grew up in England and my Dad was a fabric printer, he would bring home scraps for me to use .

I have always been creative .. even as a kid I made things from found items I was happy to just sit and fiddle about with bits and bobs until I made something .. I stared selling my designs in Boston on a pushcart and I guess it just went from there

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
hard one ... my head is full

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love to create new fabric from scraps that most people would throw out ( I'm a fabric hoarder yikes I said it ) creating yardage from scrap is like meditation for me, also if I can look at some piece of junk and see what it can be then its my favorite ... I found a sofa at the flea market and stripped it down to the bare wood recovered it, and it was amazing ...so right now I'm on the hunt for a similar style sofa to redo



5. What’s your best seller?
as I make a lot of pillow covers just by number they sell the most


6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
over 20 years

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
all of it ... the ocean right on our door step should never be taken for granted
I am proud to say I live here

8. Anything else you'd like to add?
I am working on having a home based studio shop ... where customers can come shop and have a cup of tea ....We (that means Mike ) will be attempting to make it using old reclaimed windows sort of like a green house ... I plan to use it as a studio gallery space and maybe grow some veggies too ...all we have to do now is find enough windows

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dining ~ Providence Coal Fired Pizza ~ Providence

Providence Coal Fired Pizza
385 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 454-7499 (PIZZA)

I stopped in at Providence Coal Fired Pizza before the theater a couple of weeks ago. It's a noisy, friendly place with lots of wood tables and a good-sized after work crowd.

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My waiter was very friendly and helpful. I started with some water, and he brought me some fire bread (pizza dough strips baked in the coal oven). They were quite tasty.

If you order pizza, you can sit at the pizza bar to watch it made. That sounded like a cool idea.

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I was a little sad to realize that they don't have individual sized pizzas. The pizzas run 14", which is a lot to ask of one person. I didn't want to take my leftovers to the theater. So I opted for a steak salad.

Steak Salad

The salad was big, with sliced rib eye, mixed lettuce, herb vinaigrette, balsamic onions, fingerling potatoes, and Great Hill blue cheese. Delicious.

Finally I had to try the cannoli. I mean, who wouldn't try the cannoli in a pizza place?

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It was very good, with a bit of chocolate in the filling. Also, they come in pairs. Important to know when you bring a friend.

Next time, I'll try the pizza. There's an intriguing assortment, and the service alone was worth a return visit.