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Flickr Friday

Victory or Peace by Erika Smith

Jamestown Windmill by Rick Payette

Monarch Butter*Fly by Scott

missing unicorn by shana

Air Show-1 by Steven Wilkinson

Public art ~ The World War Monument ~ Providence

Tucked between the Providence River and the County Courthouse along South Main Street is Monument Park, and the most noticeable landmark there is the World War Monument.

Erected in 1929 and designed by architect Paul Cret, the Greek Revival Doric column stands 75' high, and is surmounted by a statue of Victory, also identified as Peace. The sculptor was German-born Carl Paul Jennewin. Carved of Maine granite, the statue weighs 23 tons and is 30' tall.

At the base of the column - which is carved of Westerly marble - are friezes designed by Janet deCoux, who included her own self-portrait in one of them.

You reach the base of the monument by a small set of steps, and inlaid in the marble are plaques cast by Gorham. They depict a destroyer; a machine gun,
rifles and a trench soldier's tin hat; a cannon and tank; and an airplane, representing the Navy, Infantry, Artillery and Air Service:

On the plinth just above each plaque is carved a quote. This one shows the quote by Emer…

Artists ~ Glenn McCusker ~ Wakefield-Peacedale

Artist’s name: Glenn McCusker
Shop name: Boneythings
Facebook: Boneythings

1. Tell us about your work
Boneythings is the home of handcarved bone and other things. I live near the shore in South County and most of my carvings are in someway related to the sea. I do, however, carve a variety of items and try to stay in the "one of a kind" mode.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
My carving began as a way to break the monotony of building saltwater fishing lures. I had a little business and did well but it was too repetitive. Bone carving has since replaced lure building.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I find myself drawn to the designs of ancient Hawaiians and Maori tribes of New Zealand. I've never been to either place but I can dream.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Whatever is in front of me on the carving table.

5. What’s your best seller?
I would have to say carved fish hooks.

6. How long have y…

Events ~ Design Week RI ~ September 16-27 ~ Providence

Design Week RI
September 16-27, 2015
Providence, Rhode Island

Sights ~ Virtual Tour ~ Joseph Spaulding House ~ Pawtucket

Virtual Pastimes
Joseph Spaulding House Tour
30 Fruit St.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

I first met Mark Gruman at the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference back in April. He was very enthusiastic about an upcoming project: virtual tours of local museums. I thought it was a great idea, too.

As someone who doesn't always have transportation to all the places I'd like to see, virtual tours are the next best thing. Also, lots of historic sites aren't mobility-friendly, which leaves out not only people with mobility issues, but also parents with children in strollers. This is a decent alternative.

Joseph Spaulding House, Pawtucket RI" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Mark's company, Virtual Pastimes, has just launched with a tour of the Joseph Spaulding House in Pawtucket. I got a chance to view the tour, and it's pretty good.

There's a detailed lead-up to the history of Pawtucket and Spaulding's place in it bef…

Businesspeople ~ Ronald G. Shapiro

Business name: Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD, LLC / dba / Education By Entertainment
Your name: Ronald G Shapiro, PhD
Title: Speaker & Consultant

1. Tell us about your business: 
We help people to improve safety, performance and communication at work, school and home through offering Education by Entertainment TV game show style programs which teach people more about how they think and process information while they are having a ton of fun. While our primary focus is on serving academic institutions, businesses, community and professional organizations, we also offer programs for youth groups and social events such as birthday celebrations. People will remember more from our programs t…

Flickr Friday


BRIDGES by Alex Tao Wang

Artists ~ Lori and Shayl ~ North Scituate

Artist’s name: Lori and Shayl
Shop name: Sisters of the Moon Design

1. Tell us about your work: 
We are a mother and daughter team that have been crafting and creating for generations. We make lots of designs from Skirts, tutus, wedding apparel, hair pieces, dance wear and more. This is our full time job. We put a lot of love and care into each piece we create and custom design.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Since we both have always been into crafts, My mother worked as a seamstress when she was younger at the local Lawsons, and even before that at her grandmothers dress shop in Central Falls, Faubes. I grew up following in her footsteps and learned to sew, and went to school for art and photography at Rhode Island collage. Before long we put our heads together and created "si…

Events ~ Downtown Sundown Series ~ Providence

Downtown Sundown Series
Roger Williams National Memorial
282 N. Main St.
Providence, Rhode Island
Alt. Saturdays, 7-9:30pm

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Manchester Street Power Station by Alex Tao Wang

Group Of Three by ArtFan70

Cliff Walk...Newport, RI by Fire In The Eye Photography

Hopkins Mills Cemetery by Frank Grace

Warwick Light by Michael Macedo

Providence, Rhode Island by Kelsey Garcia

Artists ~ Walter Silva ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Walter Silva
Shop name: Silva Ware by Walter Silva

1. Tell us about your work
Doodler, Freelance illustrator, Product designer and Artisan with a strong passion for decoupage. With that said my passion for creating is "ON" at all times 24/7.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
In my opinion you either are an artist or not! Being a FT Artist continues to be the biggest challenge, but would have it no other way. I have a BFA in Fine Arts and that experience enabled me to grow and explore many media and techniques.
Don't be fooled that any of this is easy, I advise all who want to purse the ART's, don't talk about doing it, Just DO IT!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I follow a lot of design Blogs, Doodling with m…

Events ~ Dog Days at Aurora ~ Providence

Dog Days at Aurora
276 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island
Tuesdays, 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, 7/21, 8/4 and 8/18. 5-7pm

Architecture ~ First Universalist Church of Burrillville ~ Harrisville

First Universalist Church of Burrillville
134 Harrisville Main St.
Burrillville, Rhode Island

When I attended the Preservation Conference, our tour of Harrisville had a boxed lunch in the common room of the Universalist Church. As we walked in the entrance, I gasped.

Entering from ground level, you can either go up or down stairs. Looking up, there was a remarkable work of stained glass in an office outside the sanctuary.

The sanctuary is a combination of the simple and the ornate. Largely undecorated white walls and subtly patterned pew cushions make a stark backdrop for the impressive pipe organ and massive chandelier.

There's very little information available about the history of the church. From what I recall, it was built plainly, as is customary for Unitarian Universalists. This might have been in 1901. In the 1930s, it was reconstructed by Austin P. Levy, a prominent local mill owner, to better fit his ideal of a typical New England village.

The women from the church were …

Architecture ~ John Banister House ~ Newport

John Banister House
56 Pelham St.
Newport, Rhode Island

John Banister was a wealthy property owner in colonial Newport, who built a house for him and his growing family on Pelham St. circa 1751.
(all photos courtesy Lila Delman Real Estate)

This is the same John Ban(n)ister after whom Bannister's Wharf is named. He owned the wharf during the 1740s.

John was born in Boston in 1707 to a merchant father, and moved to Newport. He was heavily involved in trade with Europe, the West Indies and the Colonies, importing luxury goods, as well as enslaved people. He married Hermione Pelham (no coincidence to the name of the street where he built his house). Hermione was a granddaughter of Colonial Governor Benedict Arnold, and related to Anne Boleyn. The property originally extended to include the Newport Tower.

During the Revolutionary War, the house was used as headquarters by English General Prescott. John left the house to his son, also named John, though by the time of his death in 1767,…