Showing posts from April, 2015

Events ~ WaterFire 2015 Schedule

from goprovidence,.com

Saturday, May 16th
Partial Lighting - Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
Sponsored by Volvo Group of Companies in North America

Saturday, May 23rd
Full Lighting - Sunset: 8:06 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America and Brown University in celebration of its 250th Anniversary

Friday, May 29th
Basin Lighting - Sunset: 8:12 p.m.
Sponsored by Providence College National Alumni Association

Saturday, June 13th
Full Lighting - Sunset: 8:21 p.m.
Sponsored by: National Grid

Tuesday, July 14th
Basin Lighting - Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
Sponsored by National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Saturday, July 18th
Full Lighting - Sunset: 8:18 p.m.
Sponsored by: Navigant Credit Union and Cox Business

Saturday, August 1st
Full Lighting - Sunset: 8:05 p.m.
Sponsored by: Fidelity Investments and Gilead-C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C

Saturday, August 15th
Full Lighting - Sunset: 7:47 p.m.
Sponsored by: Amica Insurance

Saturday, August 29th
Full Lighting - Sunset: 7:26 p.m.
Thanks to th…

Artists ~ Marta Lopez ~ Cumberland

Artist’s name: Marta Lopez
Shop name: Art Bows

1. Tell us about your work.
I make party favors and kids jewelry.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
In 2005 my daughter was born with a heart condition and we lived in Children’s Hospital for 4 months. I bought a book in Michaels and I learned to make jewelry. My daughter demanded a lot of care at home and I started selling in eBay my creations, stones, findings. But in 2013 started to sell in etsy.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I visited Disney stores, movies. I always am looking for affordable pendants, jewelry. Sometimes I receive inspiration of my custom orders.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I don’t have a favorite item to create, but I am happy with my bracelets party favors.

5. What’s your best seller?
My best seller item is Sophia the First Amulet.

6. . How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I am living in RI from 1999. I am from Colombia.

7. What do you …

Public Art ~ Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial ~ Providence

Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial
Riverwalk near Dyer and Hay Streets
Providence, Rhode Island

A proud and trepidatious man steps onto the soil of a new land. He looks to a brighter future. Behind him kneels a barefoot woman holding a dead or dying man. They represent the suffering of the past and the hope of the future, and are the most prominent piece of the Irish Famine Memorial.
We discovered the memorial quite by accident back in 2008. It was a lovely summer day and we were exploring the riverfront, and there it was.

The sculpture was created by Robert Shure in Woburn, Mass. Shure has created other monuments as well, including a relief of George Washington in profile that graces the Washington Monument in D.C.

The Memorial is a welcoming spot, with benches to sit, and places in both sun and shade. There are several markers, including a set of plaques that explain the dedication. You'll find the full text at the Irish Famine Memorial Committee's webpage.

"This memori…

Events ~ 30th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference ~ Glocester

The Historic Preservation Conference is an annual day-long event held in different locations around the state each year.

This was my first time attending the conference, and it happened to be in Glocester, which is a part of the state I don't get to very often now that we don't have a car. It turned out to be a great experience.

It started out at St. Eugene's Church in Chepachet with a keynote speech by Robert M. Thompson, PhD, Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, called "From Sticks to Stones and Back Again."

He gave a very engaging and informative talk on the history that's visible in the stone walls that abound in New England, and what they can tell us about the people who built them. It tied in perfectly with a film clip I saw later about the Narragansett people who often built those walls for the English settlers.

Professor Thompson discussed the influence of culture on the height and intricacy of wall building, comparing New England st…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Make A Wish..... by Donna St.Pierre

Street Art In The Alley #streetphotography #graffiti #urban #capturedmoment #rhodeisland #city #urban #instagram #nikon #random #grafitti #streetart by Fire In The Eye Photography

Ochre Court by Alex Tao Wang

Sunset, Bristol, Rhode Island by Peter Rintels

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

"Providence Skyline from Point Street Bridge" by Frank Grace

Our "free stuff" guidelines

Usually we purchase the items and services we review, but occasionally we’ve been asked by makers, providers, restaurateurs, event coordinators etc. if they can give us  free samples/services/meals/tickets to review, or invite us to a meal or event. The answer is absolutely yes, please as long as they meet the following guidelines:

You must be a business located in Rhode Island.Any item must be legal for sale in Rhode Island.Our household has the following food allergies/intolerances and can't accept samples containing these ingredients: Orange, banana, wintergreen.We love animals, but are only able to review pet products for cats or parakeets.You must be willing to accept that we will do an honest review, and point out both the strengths and weaknesses of your product/service, etc. and whether we like it. While we love and appreciate free stuff, we won't sacrifice the trust of our  readers for it.If we absolutely do not like your product, we will contact you privately to le…

Artists ~ Karen Parker ~ Warwick

Artist’s name: Karen Parker
Shop name: K&T Jewelry & Accessories
Twitter: @karenktj
Facebook: pinswithpersonality/facebook

1. Tell us about your work
My focus is using mixed metals of brass, copper and silver to create theme oriented pins, barrettes and ponytail holders.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I always say the wind blew me in this direction. I inherited creative ability from my father. He drew stunning portraits in pastels of old time movie stars such as Mary Pickford, Buddy Rogers and May West to name a few that I can remember. My mother made jewelry at home at the kitchen table to make "milk money". I come from a family of 8 kids and back then many women made jewelry at home to help support the family. As far back as I can remember I sat with my mother and sister and linked, looped, glued, bagged, tagged, wrapped, etc. So I guess I learned a trade early on and together with artistic abil…

Events ~ Urban Vintage Bazaar ~ Arcade, Providence ~ April 25

Urban Vintage Bazaar
The Arcade
130 Westminster St.
April 25, 2015
10:00 - 4:00

Dining ~ Ogie's Trailer Park ~ Providence

Ogie's Trailer Park
1155 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 383-8200

Ogie's Trailer Park had been getting a lot of press since they opened on Westminster Street last winter. I decided to stop in and see for myself.

The place has a retro charm - especially if you're deep into mid-century modern - with turquoise bar stools and dark wood in the bar area.

Personally, I love the starburst lamps. There's a much better photo at The Dish:

I grabbed a seat away from the bar, near the kitchen, which is adorably kitted out like an old-school RV.

The menu isn't extensive - nor would you expect it to be - but it's pretty varied. I opted for the mac and cheese croquets and a white Russian, which seemed a fitting warmer for a day when the snow was still knee-deep on the ground.

(note: Kindle Fire is awesome, but its photos leave much to be desired)
The croquettes were lovely comfort food, amped up with a kicking sauce and crisp coating.

The White Russian (my first…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Atlantic National Bank by Eric Harrison

Columns by ArtFan70

Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography

IMG_6664 by MrsLamontagne423

COLT STATE PARK by Tao Wang Alex

MAGIC TIME by Tao Wang Alex

Irish Famine Memorial by Erika Smith

Artists ~ Season James ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Season James
Shop name: Above/Below
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 …

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Governor Aram Pothier Tomb by Frank Grace

Traffic...195 #providence #rhodeisland #bridge #landscape #architecture #instagram by Fire In The Eye Photography

Amica (Banigan) building by Eric Harrison

Narragansett Towers by Erika Smith

The Freshman Diaries...... by Donna St.Pierre

Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography

Sunday Strollers by John Crosby

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

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

DSC_9055 by Roger LeJeune