Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Artists ~ Kendra Bidwell Ferreira ~ Middletown

Artist’s name: Kendra Bidwell Ferreira
Business name: KJF Design
Location: my art studio is in Middletown, RI
Facebook: Kendra Ferreira

1. Tell us about your work I loved creating art ever since I can remember, as a child I was always making crafts & gifts for people. I took 4 years of just drawing in high school art, loved it and became very proficient in drawing just in black and white. I found colored pencil in college and it became my medium of choice. Colored pencil takes time and patience to create detailed drawings, it isn't the most common form of art and I enjoy showing my viewers a different form of art. I liked to experiment with different types of surfaces on which to work with colored pencil, the latest surface I'm enjoying is working on wood. I also teach adult classes and workshops in colored pencil and enjoy seeing my students progress and in some instances, even start showing their work.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter? I studied art at Massachusetts College of Art and graduated with a BFA with a concentration in printmaking. While I was taking courses, I discovered my love for colored pencils and using them to create illustrative and detailed drawings. Currently I am a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and I show my work at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport and Bristol Art Gallery in Bristol as well a other regional and national exhibits.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? My inspiration comes from the world around me. I look at every day objects and scenes and choose something interesting or unique about what I see to portray to my viewers. I find myself drawn to details and the play of light and shadows. I also like bright colors and don't often use grays or even browns, I prefer to mix colors to create colorful grays.

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4. What’s your favorite item to make? colored pencil paintings, in which I combine solvent with colored pencil on a gessoed, sanded surface and create more of a painting than a drawing. The solvent melts the pencil and allows it to be applied like paint on the surface.

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5. What’s your best seller? My red candy apple pieces

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6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? I have lived in Rhode Island since 1972

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? The ocean and the bays all around us. I love being close to the water, walking on the beaches in all seasons, boating in the summer. I also enjoy the unique flavor of each town, whether historical or modern.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: The Rhode Island Blood Center chose me as their artist of the year for 2012, I have created a piece of artwork which will be made into prints and given to blood donors who donate blood four times per year. My artwork will be unveiled at the Blood Center's press conference at Ts Restaurant, Post Road, East Greenwich on Thursday, March 1st at 9:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Art scene ~ "Witness to Hunger" ~ City Hall Art Gallery

Witnesses to Hunger
A photography exhibit by the RI Community Food Bank
Tuesday, Feb. 14 to Monday, March 9
Providence City Hall
25 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island
During normal City Hall hours, 8:30 - 4:30

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From the Food Bank's website:
"This powerful photo exhibit portrays Rhode Island mothers raising children in a world of hunger and poverty, a project made possible by the Women Ending Hunger volunteer group of the Food Bank."

Witnesses to Hunger is an exhibit of photographs by four local women to document the issues of hunger and poverty.

These women, who all have young children, were given digital cameras to document their experiences with hunger and its impact on themselves, their children, and their community.

The purpose of the exhibit is to start a dialogue about their ideas for improving the lives of low-income families with young children.

Food cans for the Nothing Campaign will be available in the City Hall gallery space so that visitors can take immediate action to donate towards the cause.

Friday, February 24, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

American oystercatchers
American oystercatchers by nelights

Warren's Point, Little Comton RI. aka "Secret Spot"
Warren's Point, Little Comton RI. aka "Secret Spot" by robert.rinkel

Great Egret-Explore May 8, 2011
Great Egret-Explore May 8, 2011 by R Joanne

From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #9
From a Guy's Yard in E. Providence, Rhode Island #9 by MyDay247

Untitled by provbenson2009

IMG_2667.2 by Amy Martira Photography

Marina at Sunset
Marina at Sunset by BarbaraS2009

Red Tailed Hawk and Lunch
Red Tailed Hawk and Lunch by BlueisCoool

Pontiac Avenue, Cranston
Pontiac Avenue, Cranston by Carly Sabatino

Exeter Hollow Mill
Exeter Hollow Mill by cyberastrofolkie

Pawtuxet by dadofliz

Sunrise at Gooseberry Island 1 (Westport, MA)
Sunrise at Gooseberry Island 1 (Westport, MA) by Dave Amadio Photography

Snowy bench
Snowy bench by jpsphoto

111 Photographs of 111 Westminster Street in Providence, RI
111 Photographs of 111 Westminster Street in Providence, RI by doubleagent

Lincoln by Dragonfly Island

Around Providence
Around Providence by Jraymay

Providence River
Providence River by jpsphoto

Another one of the "BRIDGE"
Another one of the "BRIDGE" by Jerri Moon Cantone

giant hamsters
giant hamsters by Jef Nickerson

fall-28 by GoProvidenceRI

IMG_7632 by E Godfrey

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Events ~ The Northeast International Auto Show ~ Providence

The Northeast International Auto Show
Providence Convention Center
1 Sabin St.
Providence, Rhode Island

I dragged two rather disinterested young women with me to the Northeast International Auto Show. "There will be cars there," I encouraged. Both of them gave me the so? look that children seem to perfect in their teens.

Then we arrived. We started at the far end of the Mezzanine and worked our way back around. There were hundreds of cars, from many of the local dealerships and from around the globe. The first stop, Bear was in love.

Suzuki SX4
The Suzuki SX4 was the right body type and color. We must have gone back to it three times in the course of the evening. She stood in line to sit in the driver's seat.

C seemed really into it, too. She was carefully checking mileage, and comparing fuel efficiency among the models she liked. She doesn't drive, but by the time we left, I think she may have changed her mind about getting her license.

Nissan Juke
This was my favorite: the Nissan Juke.
Nissan Juke
I liked the body style and the interior. It looks like it would be a fun car to drive.

Unsurprisingly, the star of the show was the Corvette ZR1. It was displayed like most of the other cars, just standing on the showroom floor, but every time we passed it, there were about half a dozen guys clusterd around.
Corvette ZR1

C has always been a fan of the VW Beetle. First the old-school design, then the 2000. But the 2013 was a disappointment. She said that the body style now looks like someone had smooshed a 2000 bug so that the roof was lower and the body elongated. I have to agree. It diminishes the classic Beetle look and brings it closer to the cookie-cutter sedan.
2013 VW Beetle

C and I both liked the look of the Fiat Gucci.
Fiat Gucci

and we all liked the Mini Coopers.
Mini Coopers

We weren't shopping for cars, but for someone who is, this is a great opportunity to make a one-stop shop and check out dozens of models in an evening. Once you've narrowed it down, you can visit the local dealers for test drives and negotiations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artists ~ Kent Stetson ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Kent Stetson
Business name: Kent Stetson Handbags
Location: Providence, RI
Facebook: Kent Stetson Handbags

1. Tell us about your work.  When I was a student at Brown, I recall a professor mentioning in passing by during a critique of my work that I made "nice wall decorations". This comment really upset me at the time, but a couple years after I graduated I remember thinking about the way that I was framing my fine art. Instead of putting a piece in a picture frame, I decided to make a handbag out of it. I sold this piece to the first person I showed it to. I made several more bags, which were intended to be more sculptural than functional, but people insisted on using them. In a small way, I think that I have helped to cultivate a new kind of art-buyer- someone who may have a great appreciation for unique and artistic work, but may value the functional component of the bags I make and their element of interaction.

via Kent Stetson Handbags on Facebook
2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter? By several twists of fate, I ended up going to the World Shoe Association show in February of 2008. While I was there, I showed some samples to various buyers and was able to find representation with a showroom based in Los Angeles. Several weeks later I had sales orders from Nordstrom, Fred Segal Rocks, Patricia Fields, and numerous other exclusive retailers throughout the US and Asia. All during this time, I was managing a large real estate investment portfolio in the Providence area. I filled my orders all by hand, without hiring any assistance, and at the same time continued my "real job". I took on management of a large amount of work in my career field, and as the economy slumped, orders tapered off. This past May, I had a catharsis one day and decided that I was done with my career. I immediately started making bags and art, and entered craft shows and independent markets. Almost immediately the response was overwhelming. I made a conscious effort to focus on selling bags directly to end users, and limiting the amount of energy I had previously put into my wholesale and online business.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? I try to draw inspiration from life. The day I quit my job back in May I went out and purchased a hammock. Lying in my hammock trying to sort out the major life decision I had just made, I took a photograph of the sky. This photograph became the basis for a pattern from which I made a bag. Toy cars, googly eyes, fabrics, and materials I encounter manifest themselves into bag designs. I try to create bags from the unexpected- which generates designs that are authentic and convey a sense of humor.

via Kent Stetson Handbags on Facebook

4. What’s your favorite item to make? I love to make things that I have never seen before. Anything that is the result of the process of discovering how to translate materials into a design that can create a unique experience for it's owner is what ultimately captivates my interest.

5. What’s your best seller? The form that sells best for me is a tri-fold envelope clutch. The bag that got me into major retailers was made from thick crocodile-embossed patent leather with 18-inch gold chain fringe dangling from the bottom. I play around with proportion using this basic design- sometimes exaggerating the dimensions or making the flap asymmetrical, creating fabrics for the lining that relate to the image on the outside (one bag has apples on the outside and a print of snakes on the inside).

via Kent Stetson Handbags on Facebook

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? I came to Brown University as an undergraduate in 1997, and stayed here upon graduating.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? I love the anecdotes that arise from coming from such a small place- the feeling that we are all only one degree of separation from each other, the colorful politics and public figures, the amusing attitudes, the thick native accent, the endlessly entertaining subject of the weather, oysters, and the seemingly infinite space between two points that are more than a 10 minute drive from each other.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: What I do is ultimately about relationships. I aspire to be the kind of designer whose work you cannot find online or in a store- to generate the kind of business that is based on sharing an experience, and passing what I have made along to the person who is going to use it- seeing what I make going to a good home where it is going to be appreciated and make people happy.

Friday, February 17, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Rose Island Lighthouse at night
"Rose Island Lighthouse at night by nelights

Tuckerman Ave. Summer of 81. Perfect drop and tuck on a small summer swell.
Tuckerman Ave. Summer of 81. Perfect drop and tuck on a small summer swell. by robert.rinkel

Mallard, Male
Mallard, Male by R Joanne

A renaissance city
A renaissance city by provbenson2009

Kennedy Plaza
Kennedy Plaza by boliyou (I {heart} Rhody)

50. I can see clearly now
50. I can see clearly now by R Joanne

Rocky Shore
Rocky Shore by robtm2010

"IMG_2646.2 by Amy Martira Photograph

Matunuck RI, looking to the west
Matunuck RI, looking to the west by BarbaraS2009

Yellow Sunflower
Yellow Sunflower by BlueisCoool

RI Capitol Building 6
RI Capitol Building 6 by Carly Sabatino

363/365 - east greenwich, ri
363/365 - east greenwich, ri by dracisk

87 of 111
87 of 111 by doubleagent

Bay Day
Bay Day by dadofliz

Dock Ep
Dock Ep by cortneyrita.miclette

DAP_5027 the gallery is below.
DAP_5027 the gallery is below. by Dave Amadio Photography

Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls by cyberastrofolkie

First snowfall of 2012
First snowfall of 2012 by Ken Zirkel

Lippitt Park
Lippitt Park by GoProvidenceRI

warren skiffs
warren skiffs by jambori39

Dame Farm
Dame Farm by Dragonfly Island

India Point Park
India Point Park by jpsphoto

Scarborough Beach, Rhode Island
Scarborough Beach, Rhode Island by colorob