Showing posts from August, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Into the Wind by John Crosby

The Compassionate Friends Remembrance Garden by ArtFan70

Roger Williams Park. Providence, RI by Fire in the Eye Photography

Southwater St. Providence, RI by Fire in the Eye Photography

Popham Rocks Light by Michael Macedo

Historic Providence Home by Robert Magina

From the Top of Rose Island Lighthouse by Frank Grace

Providence Nightscape by Anthony Nathan Photography

Looking For Butterflies..... by Donna St.Pierre

RWP Boathouse by Eddy

IMG_0075 by emcbane

Artists ~ Corkie Bolton ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Corkie Bolton
Shop name: MetalRibbonStudio
Twitter: @metalribbon
Instagram: @metalribbonstudio

1. Tell us about your work
Everything I create is either one of a kind or made in very small production lines. Besides the help from casters in Rhode Island, everything is made by hand, by me. I really pride myself on quality materials and enjoy being affordable but consider my work more of an investment then a piece of costume jewelry.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Ever since I got my Jewelry degree in college I have been fascinated with ribbons and incorporated them into my work. I believe they add a celebratory and bold element to the text I often incorporate. I also draw inspiration from tattoos and ribbons are used frequently in certain genres, Sailor Jerry for example.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I attend…

Dining ~ DeWolf Tavern ~ Bristol

DeWolf Tavern
259 Thames St.
Bristol, Rhode Island
RIPTA Route 60

Not long ago, on a late Wednesday afternoon I took a trip to Bristol. It's an easy bus ride. The 60 has stops the entire length of Main Street, and most things are an easy walk from there.

After soaking in the salt air breeze, and enjoying a long walking tour, I was hungry and stopped in at DeWolf Tavern.

DeWolf Tavern sits about 150 feet from the water in a historic warehouse that dates from 1818.

The warehouse itself has a shameful history. Built in 1818 by brothers James and William deWolf, members of the most profitable slave-trading families in Rhode Island, the building was used for storage and transport of molasses, rum and human beings.

Quoting from the Warwick Digital History Project:
"James deWolf built a large warehouse on Thames Street made of heavy timbers and large stone blocks which had been imported from Africa as ballast. Here he loaded and unloaded his slavers and privateers." The build…

Events ~ A Day in the Park in Remembrance of Jayce ~ September 6

2nd Annual "A Day in the Park in Remembrance of Jayce"
September 6, 2014 (rain date 9/13/15)
Johnston Memorial Park
1583 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, Rhode Island

Events ~ The Artists Loop with Philippe LeJeune ~ Providence


Events ~ BBQ & Backpacks Fundraiser ~ Providence ~ August 30

RI Affiliated & Camp ERROL Presents:
BBQ & Backpacks (Back 2 School Drive)
Music, Food & Community Engagement
Date: August 30th, 2015
Time: 12 PM - 4 PM
Location: Davey Lopes Recreation Center
227 Dudley Street Prov, RI

Sights ~ Lovecraft Arts & Sciences ~ Providence

Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
Providence Arcade
Suite 105
65 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island

The creeping, dark and weird force behind NecronomiCon

Howard Phillips (H. P.) Lovecraft was an author, posthumously regarded as the 20th century's greatest influence on the horror genre. He was born and grew up in Providence, and lived most of his life here. He's buried in Swan Point Cemetery. Today (August 20, 2015) is his 125th birthday.

Lovecraft knew and loved the Providence of his day, and his stories and letters often reference sites that are still standing today. Necronomicon offers bus and walking tours that I'm really excited about.

The Arts & Sciences physical presence in the Arcade is a strange and wonderful place. Part museum, part shop, I took a peek inside recently and was charmed and fascinated.

New books, old books, Lovecraft's own typewriter, and a curated collection of the weird make the place resemble a Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities. There are …

Artists ~ Samantha Lonczak ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Samantha Londzak
Shop name: Pomp & Pastiche

1. Tell us about your work
The work showcased in Pomp & Pastiche combines my interest in graphic design with my passion for card making, decor, and generally anything else that happens to be on-trend for the moment

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've always had an interest in crafts & design, and my college years spent as an avid member of AXO certainly allowed my crafting spirit to shine through. I now work for a prestigious catering company creating their ad materials and marketing campaigns, as well as custom signage for weddings and events which allows me to continue to express my creativity through multiple outlets.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration isn't necessarily pinpointed to one specific area, but rather experiences as a whole. It could be a song that's stuck in my head, a piece of fabric I saw…

Events ~ Necronomicon ~ Providence

Necronomicon Providence
August 20-23, 2015
Providence, Rhode Island

Events ~ Scituate Art Festival ~ North Scituate ~ Oct. 10-12

Scituate Art Festival
October 10-12, 2015
Village Green
North Scituate, Rhode Island

Eat local ~ Hola Baked Goods

¡Hola! Baked Goods
by Crystal Perreira
via Hope & Main

Our trip to Hope & Main's Schoolyard Market introduced us to another food entrepreneur, Crystal of ¡Hola! Baked Goods. She's enthusiastic about sharing Latin-inspired baked goods.  We tried a couple.

Brazilian Corn & Coconut Muffins
Moist and sweet, the two flavors complement each other well. Even Papi, who's a fussy eater and nearly refused to even taste, liked it. I would eat these for breakfast all the time.

Latina's chocolate chip cookie
We felt the mango was a little unnecessary, making for a random fruity, chewy piece. However, the spices were fantastic and added a nice touch of heat to the cookie. Kind of like having it warm from the oven. So good.

We'll be back for more.

Artist ~ Julie A. Eastin ~ Narragansett

Artist’s name: Julie A. Eastin
Shop name: An October Monday

1. Tell us about your work
I’m a fire writer… Okay maybe not really fire but it sounds so cool! I use a technique called pyrography or wood burning. I start by creating my designs digitally, then the image is transferred to my wood canvas, sometimes I hand draw it on and sometimes I use a heat transfer technique. Then I burn the image onto the wood. Next, it’s time to paint, stain and seal. I use homemade vinegar stains, milk paints, sometimes an acrylic paint wash, we seal with a water-based polyurethane and finally it is polished with our very own homemade bees wax wood polish. Then ta da we have a finished creation!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Yes! An October Monday has lots of meanin…

Eat Local ~ Ocean State Smoked Fish Company

Ocean State Smoked Fish Company
via Hope & Main

We first tried and enjoyed Ocean State Smoked Fish at EatDrinkRI Festival. Then, this past weekend, we stopped by the Schoolyard Market at Hope & Main and found them again.

Rhode Island Smoked Fish Salad (whitefish)
This was my favorite. The flavor is very smoky and the texture creamy. It's rich, and not for binge-eating, but for savoring. A little stringier than the bluefish pate, and wonderful on a cracker. Regular readers know that I'm not a fan of fish, but I liked this and bought some to take hom.

Bluefish Pate
The bluefish was fishier-tasting to me. However, Mommy liked it better than the whitefish. It has a smoother texture than the whitefish.

Salmon pate
This contained cilantro, so I passed on trying it. Mommy and Bear loved it.

They also sell straight smoked fish by the piece, which was a big hit with Mommy and Bear.

There was quite a debate on which flavor would come home with us. Ultimately, we took home some of t…

Dining ~ One More Taco ~ Johnston

One More Taco
751 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, Rhode Island
(401) 260-6815

On a whim, my coworker and I decided to try out One More Taco. I'd read about it, and they were the recent recipient of the 2015 Best of RI - Tacos award from Rhode Island Monthly. The time was right for a taco run.

The building itself is tiny. I don't know what it might have been in a former life, but it's now a welcoming, clean, six-seater (if you're really friendly) storefront taco stand. There are a couple of picnic tables outside, but otherwise it's a taco-scented island in a lake of asphalt.

We got there about 1pm, and there were only a couple of people ahead of us. At the counter our greeting was friendly and welcoming. Our order was taken quickly and the wait was short.

I ordered an American (brisket, garlic crema, pico de gallo, lettuce and queso fresco) without pico, and a Smokey Pig (pulled pork, sour cream and cumin cabbage slaw, and pickled mustard seed).

The American was fantastic. F…