Showing posts from September, 2015

Artists ~ Kathleen L'Heureux ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Kathleen L'Heureux
Shop name: Gingerspice Studio

Tell us about your work
I make ornaments for different occasions but mostly Christmas of course. I either hand paint designs and decoupage on colored ornaments or on clear ornaments which I fill with a variety of things. I also have a line of hand painted glass votive candles and glassware.

Is there a story behind the name of your business?
When I started my business in October we had just lost our 12 year old chocolate lab Ginger to stomach cancer. I wanted the name to be a kind of tribute to her.

How did you come to be a professional artist?
I started drawing when I was very young. I received my Bachelors degree from Rhode Island college in graphic design and have been a designer ever since. I only started making the ornaments last October. It has been a great creative outlet.

Where do you draw your inspirations?
Inspiration seems to co…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

A Cubist Portrait by ArtFan70

Rose Island Lighthouse by Cal Ellinwood

Walk The Donna St.Pierre

Fireball by Eddy

100L-FirstShots-9328 by emcbane

Lantern Room Opening by Frank Grace

Great Blue Heron by Jason Major

Blueberries by Joanne Johnson

Land's End by John Crosby

Sailing by alex feuti

DSC_2674 by Kevin Andrade

Poplar Point Light by Michael Macedo

Blue Moon over Providence, RI. by Katie Racine

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

Great Swamp, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, off bike path by Peter Rintels

Point Street Bridge by Robert Magina

Sunset at Salty Brine by Royston Kane

Colt State Park by Yiming Chen

Artists ~ Chad and Sami Michael ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Chad and Sami Michael
Etsy Shop name: WhatBoxCreations
(Sami is currently working on building a What-Blog)
Twitter: @ChadatWhatBox
Chef Sami Michael- @BumbleB_tch
(Kinda bare, still figuring out Pinterest)

1. Tell us about your work
We believe that Chaos prevails over order, every time, and we bring that point of view to our work, We enjoy finding ways to challenge the established order and create something new.

My primary tool of choice is airbrush, I feel it allows me to create at the speed of thought. However, I will can work with just about anything I get my hands on.
While Sami does paint and draw on occasion, most of her work is in the kitchen. She is currently focused on developing a line of spice mixes and dry rubs, tentatively named What?Dust.

Our goal is to, after eventua…

Sights ~ Looff Carousel ~ Slater Park ~ Pawtucket

Looff Carousel
Slater Park
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Our first visit to Slater Park came during a search for a farmer's market on a Sunday. We didn't find what we'd hoped, but tired, grumpy children were quickly perked up by a visit to the carousel.

The inside of the barn is clean and attractive. It's simply furnished with a few souveniers, a ticket booth and a couple of old-time arcade games.

The tickets are very reasonable, and give the kids a fast ride on a stationary carousel (none of the animals go up and down). In fact, the carousel is said to be the fastest that Looff made.

The carousel was built by famed carousel maker Charles I.D. Looff in 1895 and installed at the park in 1910.

Another interesting feature is that the three dogs in its roster of ride animals, which are rare. It also boasts a camel, giraffe and lion.

I liked the real horsehair tails on many of the steeds, that seemed to emphasize the age of the ride. Not that it's a true indicator. The Looff …

Artists ~ Monica Lee ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Monica Lee

1. Tell us about your work
My works are basically for the children’s book illustration, but I don’t put limits on the genre of the illustration that I create. I draw and illustrate what I love, trying to express how much I love them.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Creating art was my natural instinct. I drew and painted since when I can’t remember, and the only thing had changed was the medium and canvas. Although none of my parents nor any relatives were artists, they supported me strongly to develop my artistic career.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Literally every visual information that my eyes and brain appreciate with joy and excitement inspires me. I’m especially drawn to the harmonizing combination of colors, and so far there are nothing like nature to perform better on it. I also get a lot of inspirations…

Shop local ~ Mumma's Real Lemonade ~ Bristol

Our outing to the Schoolyard Farmer's Market in Warren (at Hope & Main) netted us a lot of great locally-made foods. One that stood out for us was Mumma's Real Lemonade.

Mumma's has a slight kick of mint that adds a little jazz to your garden variety lemonade. It's not too sweet, not at all sour, but just tart enough to give your salivary gland that little kick-start.

She delivers to events as well, for summer flavor any time.

Events ~ 100th Anniversary of A&L Tirocchi Gowns Lecture

To mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Tirocchi sisters’ shop on Broadway in Providence, the RI Historical Society welcomes Museum of Fine Arts Boston Curator Pamela Parmal to discuss her work with the Tirocchi collection on Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:30pm, at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St.).

The lecture comes at an opportune time, since the Providence Revolving Fund recently requested public aid in saving the Tirocchi house on Broadway.

Doing good ~ Preserve Prentice-Tirocchi House on Broadway


Brief recess

I {heart} Rhody is taking a brief recess while I recover from pneumonia. See you soon!

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Artists ~ Mark Gruneberg ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Matt Gruneberg
Shop name:GrunebergArt
Twitter: @GrunebergArt

1. Tell us about your work:
My focus is to preserve and bring attention to historic architecture through traditional drafting methods. There are many great buildings waiting to be rediscovered and sometimes a drawing opens up the imagination on what these structures could ideally become. I love the details in old buildings and drawing them lets me interact with the original designers and builders in my own little way.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
My Etsy shop began as Side View Studio because at the time of opening I enjoyed drawing objects as their flattened out versions, typically, from the side! My official business name has now branched out to become Gruneberg Illustration.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have my Masters Degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University. …

Artists ~ Melanie Belhumeur ~ Mapleville

Artist’s name: Melanie Belhumeur
Shop name: The Rhode Home
Instagram: RhodyTravels

1. Tell us about your work
I do mostly Pyrography (wood burning). The majority of my pieces are custom pizza peels, cutting boards and serving trays. I can either make them with stain so they can be used purely for decoration or I can use wood oil so you can use them for food. I tend to do pieces inspired by nature and anything nautical.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I am a Rhode Island girl born and raised, Rhody is my home and I wanted something that would just give people that feeling that you get when you are going home. I have two sisters, one is in NYC and the other is in Boston. I know the excitement that my parents and I get when they are coming home to visit, but as someone who lived across the country for a few months I also know that feeling you get when you are on your way to your home town. The familiar…