Friday, November 30, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Woonsocket Reservoir Number Three by beyond providence
Woonsocket Reservoir Number Three by beyond providence

DSC_9779_80_81.jpg by Wilks2010
DSC_9779_80_81.jpg by Wilks2010

reflecting pond by I {heart} Rhody
reflecting pond by I {heart} Rhody

Downtown Providence by Armadillo Commander
Downtown Providence by Armadillo Commander

Fountain at the Towers Narragansett, RI. by mary jane 43
Fountain at the Towers Narragansett, RI. by mary jane 43

Mount Hope Bridge by Bell7283
Mount Hope Bridge by Bell7283

Fall, near Foster Center, Rhode Island by print57
Fall, near Foster Center, Rhode Island by print57

Untitled by Bellamy Photography
Untitled by Bellamy Photography

Smith Appleby House by Dragonfly Island
Smith Appleby House by Dragonfly Island

ODC3 Postcard Perfect by R Joanne
ODC3 Postcard Perfect by R Joanne

Shoreline at Goddard Park - Warwick, Rhode Island by misterfoto
Shoreline at Goddard Park - Warwick, Rhode Island by misterfoto

Fish Fountain by ArtFan70
Fish Fountain by ArtFan70

Jamestown Fireworks by leith70
Jamestown Fireworks by leith70

George Hail Free Library by robtm2010
George Hail Free Library by robtm2010

PomhamLight_b&w by sixkings55
PomhamLight_b&w by sixkings55

Untitled by markv20
Untitled by markv20

Sands of time, for each line represents movement like the rings on a tree. by robert.rinkel
Sands of time, for each line represents movement like the rings on a tree. by robert.rinkel

Somewhere in Rhode Island by Jerri Moon Cantone
Somewhere in Rhode Island by Jerri Moon Cantone

Golden Hour.jpg by MStoeckle
Golden Hour.jpg by MStoeckle

bristol fall 2012 colt by jambori39
bristol fall 2012 colt by jambori39

Fort Getty Jamestown 9/11/12 by E Godfrey
Fort Getty Jamestown 9/11/12 by E Godfrey

Untitled by provbenson2009
Untitled by provbenson2009

Newport Bridge B&W by Royston_Kane
Newport Bridge B&W by Royston_Kane

At 77 & 179 by MyDay247
At 77 & 179 by MyDay247

DSC_3382 by dadofliz
DSC_3382 by dadofliz

Bandaloop-0201 by GoProvidenceRI
Bandaloop-0201 by GoProvidenceRI

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Events ~ Yelp's Merry Marketplace ~ 12/13/12 ~ Pawtucket

Merry Marketplace
December 13, 2012  7:00-9:00 PM
Hope Artiste Village
1005 Main St.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island




Full list of participating vendors:
- East Side Pockets
- Providence Coal Fired Pizza
- Los Andes
- The Cupcakerie
- Hudson Street Deli
- Shoppe Pioneer
- Queen of Hearts / Modern Love
- Homestyle
- In Your Ear Records
- Mod Mama
- Alayne White Spa
- Ava Anderson Non Toxic
- Shutterbooth
- Brad Smith Photography
- Narragansett Brewery
- Newport Storm Brewery
- Harpoon Brewery
- Crispin Cider
- Bai Infusions

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Artists ~ Alyssa Holland Short ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Alyssa Holland Short
Business name: Alyssa Holland Short Illustration
Location: Providence, RI
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlyssaHollandShort
Website: www.alyssahollandshort.com
Blog: http://alyssahollandshort.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ahsillustration
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alyssa-Holland-Short-Illustration/203416129713199


1. Tell us about your work
My work combines illustration with imagination and humor to create well-crafted specialty products that remind my customers of the people they love, inspire them to daydream, and make them feel like a kid again. I have a line of illustrated stationery and home decor products. I also create made-to-order personalized artwork for weddings and new baby gifts. 

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
When I was born, my Aunt Joanna gave my parents a drawing of my name. Thirty-five years and twelve apartments later, I still have the drawing and I continue to treasure it. When my friends began having children, I wanted to give them gifts that would be just as meaningful. I started creating personalized illustrations that incorporated the child’s name with images that were significant to the family. In 2007 I took my first custom order and in 2011 I had enough business to launch my illustration studio and my line of illustrated cards and prints.



3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I grew up in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so a lot of my inspiration comes from childhood memories of forest explorations, fireflies, swimming holes, kick-the-can, and trips to the bookmobile.  My art has always been an escape for me and I want to provide my customers with that same solace. When someone opens one of my cards, I want them to feel as if they have stepped into a world that’s full of joy and warmth – almost as if they were to open the envelope and a little ray of sun shines onto their face.

When I’m working on a custom order, my inspiration comes from my clients. I work closely with each person to create a one-of-a-kind artwork that is truly unique and full of meaning. I always begin the creative process by asking my clients to share stories and details about the person for whom the gift is being created and then I use that information to come up with ideas for the illustration. For example, I recently made a gift for a new baby whose parents loved the outdoors and their two tuxedo cats. The final drawing was of kayaking cats, wearing little life vests.



4. What’s your favorite item to make?
I love coming up with new stories and scenes for the three characters that play a central role in many of my products: Primrose Lamb, Dandelion Duck, and Myrtle Mouse. They are so fun to draw and think about – their storylines are endless and they keep me very entertained.

I also very much enjoy making custom gifts. Working one on one with my clients is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of my work as an artist. I love when someone comes to me with an idea and I can bring it to life and make it tangible for him or her.



5. What’s your best seller?
My custom baby gifts keep me steadily working in my studio. My “Lena-Dog & Radish-Cat” line of cards is one of the more popular items in my Etsy store. The Lena-Dog character is inspired by my own dog (the real life Lena), so it makes me very happy that she’s such a hit with my customers.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived here for ten years. I moved here in 2002 to attend RISD for graduate school and fell in love with the city (and my husband, who grew up in Rhode Island).

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I {heart} that there are so many creative people. People all over the state are making art, music, theatre, dance – it’s incredibly inspiring. I also love that I can enjoy the aspects of city living here in Providence, but that the ocean and forest are just minutes away. It’s such a beautiful state. I’m so happy to call Rhode Island my home.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sights ~ RISD Fleet Library ~ Providence

RISD Fleet Library
15 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island

It was a happy coincidence that I went into RISD's Fleet Library last month.

Fleet Bank Building/RISD library

Just a week or so later, it was named one of Travel & Leisure's most beautiful college libraries. I wasn't surprised.

The barrel vaulted ceiling soars two floors above, supported by an impressive colonnade. The building was originally built by Industrial Trust Bank in 1917, and you can see the grandeur of the era in the architecture. It's massive.

image: f*ck yeah Rhode Island
Walking in, the first thing you notice other than the huge amount of space, is the comfortable mixture of the original Beaux Arts architecture with the addition of modern library furnishings, including cork flooring and a riser for presentation seating.

That riser has a cool feature in the authors wall, with cutouts of the names of authors in eye chart-like shrinking font size.

author's wall


The building:
The building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the architectural firm York & Sawyer for the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company. RIHTC was the first trust company incorporated in New England, in 1867. The company was in part incorporated to provide assistance to Rhode Island Hospital. In fact, it was required by its charter to pay the hospital an annual payment of one-third of all the net annual profits over and above six percent. The arrangement was later mutually cancelled.

RI Hospital Trust was one of the great lending institutions of the 19th century, providing capital to many businesses Rhode Islanders still recognize, such as the Ann & Hope Company, Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing, and the Wanskuck Company, Worsted and Woolen manufacturers. Many prominent business men of the time were members of it board. Familiar names sat on the board, including Goddard, Goff, Aldrich, Metcalf, Holbrook, and Knight.

In 1985, RI Hospital Trust merged with Bank of Boston, but retained its name. In 1996, Bank of Boston merged with BayBanks, Inc to form BankBoston. By 1998, RI Hospital Trust changed its name to the new BankBoston. In 1999 BankBoston was later acquired by Fleet Financial, which became Fleet Boston. Finally, in 2004, Fleet Boston was acquired by Bank of America.

In 2002, FleetBoston donated the building to RISD. After some adaptive remodeling, the bottom three floors were converted into a library. The upper floors are student housing.

From RISD's Library site:
"Founded in 1878, the RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its more than 145,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design and photography. The collection provides strong historical and contemporary perspectives, and materials in landscape architecture, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry support upper-level research. The library is also noted for its artist’s book collection, its rare books and outstanding visual resources collections."
I didn't spend much time browsing the stacks. I was too focused on the architecture and conversion of the interior. The work has won several awards.

From Architecture Week 2008:
"The Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design earned an education honor award for Office dA. The library is located in the barrel-vaulted main hall of a historic bank building in downtown Providence. The project preserved the character of interior while updating its accessibility and mechanical systems. Fire stairs and sprinkler systems were inserted carefully to avoid visual disruption."

The Library's Facebook page lists several more awards, too.:
"New Fleet Library at RISD Earns Providence Preservation Society Award 2006 Adaptive Reuse/Material Conservation/New Design/Institutional Award
  • 2007 AIA/ALA Library Building Award
  • 2007 ID Magazine Annual Design Review award in the Enviroments category
  • 2007 RISD Fleet Library won a Special Recognition Reconstruction Award fromBuilding Design + Construction Magazine.
  • 2008 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award Honor Award in the category “Outstanding Historic Renovation Project—Adaptive Re-use”
  • AIA Chapter 2008 Building Type Awards: Educational Facility Design Honor Award Winner"
It's definitely worth a walk-through. If you appreciate art in any of its forms, you're bound to find materials to keep you occupied for years.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Events ~ Bright Night Providence ~ 12/31/12 ~ Providence

Bright Night Providence
December 31, 2012



Bright Night Providence is an artist-run arts oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration. It carries on in the tradition of First Night Providence.
This is the TENTH anniversary of Bright Night Providence!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Art scene ~ A Christmas Carol ~ Trinity Repertory Company ~ Providence

Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington St.
Providence, Rhode Island
November 10-December 29, 2012


Bear and I have wanted to see Trinity's version of A Christmas Carol since our first Christmas in Rhode Island. This year we were determined to go, since it's the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth. We saw it on the 20th, and the whole experience was terrific!

The theater dresses for the occasion, with trees and bunting decked with gold pine coneslights and ribbons. The effect is luxe, but not overdone, and the gold picks out the existing gold in the decor, so it looks like it really belongs there.

A chorus of carolers kept the spirit up, dressed in top hats, bowlers and their holiday best. Bear rocked out to Jingle Bells and The Wassail Song, and I loved their rendition of Joy to the World.
The harmony was lovely, and it was the perfect touch.

The second floor quickly filled with people. Older couples mingled with hipsters, parochial school students and parents with children wearing their holiday best. The house was definitely in the holiday mood, and the atmosphere was cheery.

On a side note, Trinity has a nice selection of wines. I tried a Deep Purple Zinfandel that was silky smooth and delicious.

Inside the theater, a number of the child actors in costume went up and down the aisles, offering shoeshines to audience members. They're soon called to the stage by the storyteller, who gathers them together to hear "just one story" before they go home for the night.

The initial musical number that indicated a scene change was a little confusing. I thought at first that we were watching a musical, but it turned out to be a scene change distraction that they used throughout the show. The music overpowered the vocals a bit, especially in the first song, so it was hard to make out the words, but I wouldn't call any of the tunes very catchy.

The story got started, and it was such a joy. Timothy Crowe was an effective Scrooge, believably mean-spirited, but still with a sense of humor that's often lost in productions, but very true to the story.

Timothy Crowe as Ebenezer Scrooge
Photo: Mark Turek

I have to commend their handling of Jacob Marley. Not only was the makeup very effective, but they managed to convey the ghostly change of the door knocker and Marley's unwilling pull back to his endless journey.

Stephen Thorne as Jacob Marley
Photo: Mark Turek
Another standout was Mia Ellis as the Ghost of Christmas Past. She had a great childlike quality to her, but a mature and wise speaking voice. Overdone, she could have been Glinda the Good Witch. Instead she struck a perfect balance. I wasn't as impressed with her singing voice, but hers was one of my favorite performances.

Mia Ellis as The Ghost of Christmas Past
Photo: Mark Turek
The child actors, ranging in age from 10 to 12, did a good job overall. Bear and I both loved Elliot Peters as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Although only onstage for a brief time, he carried the role with a powerful, jolly presence that was impressive and still fun.

Elliot Peters as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Photo: Mark Turek

The play stayed pretty true to the story, and we liked the way some of the action took place in the aisles. We had a great time and would highly recommend the experience for anyone. It will definitely put you in the spirit, if you're not already.

The cast
Photo: Mark Turek


Tickets can be purchased by phone at (401) 351-4242, online at www.trinityrep.com, or in person at the theater’s box office. Adult ticket prices for A Christmas Carol start at $36. Children’s tickets (age 2-14) start at $22. For information on group discounts for parties of 20 or more contact Group Sales at (401) 351-4242.

Friday, November 23, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Night of Providence by Armadillo Commander
Night of Providence by Armadillo Commander

Clock at Union Station by I {heart} Rhody
Clock at Union Station by I {heart} Rhody

Waterplace Park Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool
Waterplace Park Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

colt state park fall 12 by jambori39
colt state park fall 12 by jambori39

Point Juduth Lighthouse-2 by Royston_Kane
Point Juduth Lighthouse-2 by Royston_Kane

Fall on Block Island by E Godfrey
Fall on Block Island by E Godfrey

Swan, Swan, Georgiaville Pond by Dragonfly Island
Swan, Georgiaville Pond by Dragonfly Island

DSC_5193 by dadofliz
DSC_5193 by dadofliz

Untitled by Bellamy Photography
Untitled by Bellamy Photography

Fall in Rhode Island by Jerri Moon Cantone
Fall in Rhode Island by Jerri Moon Cantone

Castle Hill Light at sunset by leith70
Castle Hill Light at sunset by leith70

Untitled by Bell7283
Untitled by Bell7283

Christopher Columbus Statue close-up by Ken Zirkel
Christopher Columbus Statue close-up by Ken Zirkel

Francis Moore Dimond House by robtm2010
Francis Moore Dimond House by robtm2010

The Terrace by MyDay247
The Terrace by MyDay247

Chepachet reflections by beyond providence
Chepachet reflections by beyond providence

Veterans Day 2012, Providence RI by provbenson2009
Veterans Day 2012, Providence RI by provbenson2009

DSC_0831_2_3.jpg by Wilks2010
DSC_0831_2_3.jpg by Wilks2010


"Boats in the Fog on Greenwich Cove - East Greenwich, Rhode Island by misterfoto

DSC_1631.jpg by MStoeckle
DSC_1631.jpg by MStoeckle

Rays of God by mike_dooley
Rays of God by target="_blank">mike_dooley

Fall on the Pond as abstract, Saunderstown, Rhode Island by print57
Fall on the Pond as abstract, Saunderstown, Rhode Island by print57

lobster by TheFreshLobster
lobster by TheFreshLobster

CVS Providence by ArtFan70
CVS Providence by ArtFan70

Poof! Water, wind, waves, and sea foam. by robert.rinkel
Poof! Water, wind, waves, and sea foam. by robert.rinkel

Ladd Observatory_8_hdr by sixkings55
Ladd Observatory_8_hdr by sixkings55

Pendragon, RI Institution  by mary jane 43
Pendragon, RI Institution by mary jane 43