Showing posts from July, 2014

Artists ~ Heather Hawkins ~ Smithfield

Artist’s name: Heather Hawkins
Shop name: XHeatherLaceX (I came up with the name when I was 15, I know it's ridiculous!)
Twitter: @Hawkalyptica

1. Tell us about your work
In the past I've done custom paintings of creature silhouettes, and at one point I was framing skeleton keys. Neither garnered much attention despite how much fun I thought they were, so I kept trying new things.

My latest project is called "Home Is Where Your Collection Is." Originally the title was going to be "Home Is Where the Heart Is" which was the more obvious choice, but I was using my shop as a catch-all for selling my "Home Is.." project plus posters and comic books. Most people have an amount of love invested in their collections, thus the title. In any case, I basically paint a background onto an 8x10 canvas and add a silhouette of a state onto it. I mostly do Rhode Island, since it's my home, but I've done a couple of Massachusett…

Other Blogs ~ Ellen Welty ~ Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: Learning to Clam

Rhode Island Monthly's blog has just added a new feature:

Ellen Welty will try some Rhode Island-specific skills and write about them.

Her first effort is clamming:

Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: Learning to Clam - ridaily blog - July 2014 - Rhode Island

I've never been clamming, in Rhode Island or anywhere else, so it's on my list. This post just made me more excited.

Artists ~ Keri Ambrosino ~ Coventry

Artist’s name: Keri Ambrosino
Shop name: Design by Keri

1. Tell us about your work/self
I am intensely passionate about what I do and cannot imagine doing anything other than design for the rest of my life. Many would describe me as optimistic, honest, and incredibly driven. Being born the only Redhead in my family I’ve always stood out as unique, and love it!

As a Rhode Island College Graduate, with a degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Media Design, I’ve obtained the knowledge to create inspirations for all types of businesses. As I’ve freelanced for over 10 years I love bringing fresh new ideas to the table by style and design.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Since I was a little girl I’ve always loved art and the smiles it would bring to those who were inspired by it. Drawing, painting and creating handmade m…

Artist interview ~ Janine Connelly ~ Barrington

Artist’s name: Janine Connelly
Shop name: Clarobel

1. Tell us about your work
I craft jewelry made with pebbles, sand and shells, all sourced locally from beaches around Rhode Island. Many pieces are labeled with tiny sterling silver tags, showing which beach the material came from.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
From watching my daughters' delight as they find (and hoard) their treasures from summers spent at the beach. After years of hearing, "can we make something with this?" I finally decided to do so.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
From any part of the Rhode Island coastline. Smooth, sandy beaches, or the shapes and colors of a rocky coast, and the water on a sunny or stormy day.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
The sand-filled sterling pendants! I love looking so closely at the var…

Events ~ #DownCityFlair Competition ~ Providence

#DownCityFlair Competition
DownCity participating merchants
through August 27, Drawing August 28

From ShopDownCity's site:
This one is big!
This Summer you can win one of the best prizes we’ve ever offered- how do you win? Collect a full set of #DowncityFlair.
Yep, that’s it!
Each Downcity member has their own button design (see below). To get a FREE button all you have to do is mention ‘Downcity Flair’ when you drop by.
Once you’ve collected all 37 buttons, upload your photos (or photos) on this page to enter and be in with a chance of winning the ULTIMATE Downcity prize!
The Prize: One night stay at the Dean for two (subject to availability) $150 gift certificate to restaurant of your choice (participating members only) Rental bikes from Dash Bicycle A spa treatment for two at the Biltmore Spa A shopping spree worth $400 (participating shops only) **Must be redeemed no later than October 31st, 2014
You must collect all 37 buttons to enter so we are giving you the whole Summer to get y…

Events ~ ABC6's Sunsmart to begin at RI beaches ~ Statewide

ABC6 along with the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, will launch the Sun Smarts Sunscreen Campaign Monday at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Full story: ABC6's Sunsmart to begin at RI beaches - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Events ~ Providence Downtown Farmers Market ~ July 1 - October 28, 3-6pm

Providence Downtown Farmer's Market
Kennedy Plaza
Tuesdays, July 1 - October 28, 2014
3:00-6:00 pm

Events ~ Providence Restaurant Weeks ~ July 6 - 19

Providence Restaurant Weeks
July 6-19, 2014
Various locations