Showing posts from January, 2015

Events ~ The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show ~ February 19-22 ~ Providence

The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show
February 19-22, 2015
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

pumpkin path by shana

THE CHANLER by tao wang

Dancing On The Waves by ArtFan70

Where Are You Going..... by Donna St.Pierre

Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church - Corner of Broadway & Barton streets by Eric Harrison

Snow Bench by John

IMG_9560_DxO by John "Mike" Manning

Snacking on Seafood by John Crosby

IMG_6843 by MrsLamontagne423

Artists ~ Wendy Cournoyer ~ Bristol

Artist’s name: Wendy Cournoyer
Shop name: Wendy's Wonders

1. Tell us about your work:
I am a knitter, crocheter, dyer and spinner of natural fibers. I strive to create items that will become a staple piece in your everyday attire.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I am a self taught Fiber Artist. I started knitting and crocheting once I became a stay at home Mom. I fell in love with making things for family and friends. As time passed, I started to tinker more and more with making on own designs. Knitting and designing has now branched off into making my own yarns. Dyeing and spinning has inspired me on a different level of color and texture.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Everywhere! The world is full of natural textures and c…

Sights ~ The Cranston Street Armory ~ Providence

Cranston Street Armory
310 Cranston St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Since its construction in 1907, the Cranston Street Armory has become a landmark in the West End of Providence. So much so, that the neighborhood surrounding it is known as "the Armory District."

Once used for storage of munitions and military training, the National Guard occupied the building until 1996.

"The Castle," as it's sometimes known, sits on land that was willed to the state by Ebenezer Knight Dexter, and was used as a Civil War encampment and training ground. Although the land itself is now part of the Providence Parks, it's still known as the "Dexter Training Ground" and "Dexter Field."

The architects for the Armory were William R. Walker & Son, who also designed Warwick City Hall, Cumberland Town Hall, Emery's Majestic Theater (now Trinity Rep), Avon Cinema, Westerly Armory and the Fifth Ward Wardroom in Pawtucket, among many others.

Throughout its hist…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

DSC_0091 by tao wang

Backstreets by Donna St.Pierre

Exchange Place / Kennedy Plaza by Eric Harrison

Providence Night Skyline by John

Sachem Pond and North Light by John Crosby

Providence WaterFire by Keith Bragg

Providence by Eddy

dandy by shana

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

The StudioIOnline and #94: Water by Joanne Johnson

Artists ~ Monique G. Burgess ~ Portsmouth

Artist’s name: Monique G Burgess
Shop name: MGBstudio
Travel Blog:

1. Tell us about your work
All my jewelry items are one of a kind and handmade in my Portsmouth home studio overlooking the Sakonnet. My main materials include small sparkling faceted gemstone beads or briolettes, leather cord, Japanese silk knotting thread, and ultra tiny faceted Charlotte seed beads. I'm a sailor, global ocean cruiser, with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Nautical knotted gemstone jewelry has been my specialty since 2008, when my husband, 2 kids and I sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to Auckland, New Zealand.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Living on a 48-foot catamaran for a few years will alter your world...for the better. It was during our family global cruise that I real…

Much ado about painting

Much (too much?) is being made of the non-typical portrait of former Gov. Lincoln Chafee unveiled recently.

The portrait has a dreamy, almost impressionist quality to it, very different from the more representational life-captures attempted by artists of previous governors (see GoLocalProv's slideshow here).

Portrait styles do tend to change over time. From 1775 to 1860, the governors were seated in their portraits. William Sprague, in office 1860-1863, was shown on a horse. It was the Civil War era, after all.

For the next 20 years, the Governors are all seated, until 1883, when Augustus O. Bourn got up to stand beside his chair. John W. Davis sat back down in 1887 and it took another 12 years before Charles Lippitt stood up.

Governors alternated between standing and sitting, in varying levels of visual crispness, until standing became the style, roundabout 1903. Governors weren't seated again until Gov. San Souci sat down again in 1921.

They were standing in the 30s, sitting…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

India Point Park Before the Storm by Frank Grace

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

sunset, september by shana

Crescent Park Carousel by Keith Bragg

Seekonk River Bridge by Erika Smith

Jamestown and Pell Bridge by John Crosby

Power Plant by John

Corner of Hope & Olney Streets by Eric Harrison

The Stories We Tell...... by Donna St.Pierre

Mary Magdalene by ArtFan70

Dining ~ Rosalina ~ Providence

150 Aborn St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 413-1069

It's Providence Restaurant Weeks!
This season's culinary adventure took me to Rosalina, just around the corner from Gracie's, steps from Trinity Rep. Or as a Rhode Islander would say "Where Cuban Revolution used to be."

It's a cute place, with the atmosphere of a comfortable home and the soundtrack of a Blake Edwards movie.

I sat at the bar, since I could watch CNN and fret over Boko Haram and the situation in France. Sometimes I'm a glutton for punishment.

Renee, the bartender, was there right away to offer one of their signature cocktails. I tried the Tina Louise, which is muddled limes, rye, pear nectar, ginger beer with a sugar and black pepper rim. It was pretty good. Tasty, not too sweet, and the pepper gave a nice bite to it.

The appetizer was eggplant parmesan with crostini and Narragansett Creamery ricotta. The eggplant was served in a tiny cast iron pot, thick with melted cheese a…