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From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

So This Is Autumn..... by Donna St.Pierre

Castle Hill Dusk by dhfore

Storm Over Castle Hill Light by Cal Ellinwood

Indexed I by ArtFan70

Harbor Life by alex feuti

Pigeon Beauty by hfpicc

The Stone-Ender by Frank Grace

Salve Regina gate house by Erika Smith

ProvidenceRiver@Sunset by eric mcbane

Beavertail Lighthouse by Eddy

The Fallen by Kevin Andrade

Flushed out of the pocket by John Crosby

SDP RI Color (1 of 1) by SkiHound2

2015 09 27 Lunar Eclipse by Royston Kane

lonely by shana

Snoopy's Diner by Robert Magina

Eleazer Arnold House by Rick Payette

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

Artists ~ Jenn Bailey ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Jenn Bailey
Shop name:Alterd Eco Design

1. Tell us about your work:
Well, I try to use found items and make them into a unique piece if art. If it's a piece of jewelry or a small one of a kind art work. All pieces I try to make affordable. Local flare to it as well. I try to mark down where I find that piece of driftwood. Or what beach that stone came from. I'm very proud to be from Rhode Island.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
Yes, I fear friend of mine, Kristina Gatta, came up with it. Altered Eco Design was taken so we took away the e to make it different.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Went to school for Advertising and Graphic Design.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Experience in life

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I don't limit myself.

6. What’s your best seller?
Mix Media Domino Pendants

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
My whole life

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?

Shop local ~ Small business Saturday

The holiday shopping season is upon us. I {heart} Rhody encourages you to consider shopping local all year, and especially Small Business Saturday.

All year, we feature local artists, crafters, artisans and makers, and Rhode Island has many, many more that have yet to be featured. 
Please consider buying local this holiday season. For more ideas, check out our list of places to see in Rhode Island.

Events ~ A Christmas Carol (feat. Big Nazo Puppets) ~ West Kingston

Christmas Caorl Featuring the Big Nazo Puppets
Courthouse Center for the Arts
3481 Kingstown Rd.
West Kingston, Rhode Island
December 11-20, 2015

Design ~ Alana and Joe's home on Apartment Therapy

Congratulations to Alana and Joe, whose orange cottage in Newport was featured on Apartment Therapy!

A few of my favorite shots (all via Apartment Therapy):

Events ~ Contemporary Theater Company's Planet Christmas ~ Wakefield

Planet Christmas
Contemporary Theater Company
327 Main ST.
Wakefield, Rhode Island

from the press release:

Whether you love the carols, decorations, and stories of Christmas or find the constant barrage of commercialized holiday cheer exhausting, Planet Christmas, a new play opening December 4 and receiving its world-premiere at the Contemporary Theater Company, is sure to delight.
Funny and poignant with a touch of "Bah Humbug," Planet Christmas follows Christmases over hundreds of years in the small coastal town of Pine Beach. From the first European pilgrim to ceaseless holiday music at the Planet Christmas superstore to the far distant future, Christmas is a constant, reminding us of our shared sentimentality and exasperation.

The play contrasts cheerful carols and cynical quips but ultimately reminds us of what the holidays really mean - family togetherness – whether it’s the family you’re given, or the family you choose.
Performance dates: Dec 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 1…

Read local ~ Menagerie of the Weird ~ J.L. Metcalf (Author), Frankie B. Washington (Illustrator)


Just finished reading Menagerie of the Weird by J. L. Metcalf. It's a collection of short stories, definitely of the macabre.

Metcalf is a fluid writer, moving easily between first-person and third in her narration. Her stories encompass the human and supernatural. Occasionally they're humorous, but most often filled with blood and depravity.

Her works may remind you of Stephen King, with a little Poe and Lovecraft thrown in. They offer peeks into the minds of the disturbed, the evil, and the mad. No one is innocent and few are what they appear at first glance.

Metcalf doesn't pull punches with language or description. In the gritty worlds she creates, there's no room for either. Gleeful serial killers, mad scientist doctors, hired assassins, cannibals, and cultists aren't likely to bother with niceties.

If you enjoy that kind of read, you'll want to add this one to your collection. Those who are faint of heart should just move along.

Makers ~ Gypsea Living ~ Providence

Makers' names: Blair Lynch & Kassondra Perrotti
Shop name: Gypsea Living
Website: GypseaLiving.Etsy.Com
Facebook: Gypsea Living
Instagram: @gypsealiving

1. Tell us about your work
We make organic body & household products in small batches, as well as original paintings and jewelry. The body products we offer consist of organic sugar scrubs, body lotions, lip balms, face masks, etc. and they all use organic ingredients such as coconut oils, sunflower oils, sugars and essential oils. We also offer men's products ranging from lotions to beard oils and after-shave mists. The household products we create are based in natural anti-bacterial/anti-viral agents such as white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol or baking soda combined with pure essential oils. We like to use essential oils because they not only have a positive effect on the mood of the user, but also contain natural germ-fighting qualities and boost the body's immunity-defenses.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your …

Events ~ RI Comic Con ~ Providence

I'm a pop culture/art/sci fi/fantasy geek. I cheerfully admit it. So when Comic Con comes to town, I'm all up in it.

It's fair to say that most of the people who go to Comic Con are much more into their particular fandom(s) than I am into my own. Even so, I had a really good time.

I was tickled to see classic tv stars like Barbara Eden, Lou Ferrigno, Lorenzo Lamas, and Dean Cain. Helloooo Superman. Celebrity voice actors like Tom Kenny ("Spongebob Squarepants") were there to represent as well. Although I saw those folks and others from afar, I actually got to stop and say hello to Ralph Macchio. It turns out that he and I grew up in different parts of Long Island at about the same time. Clearly, he wears the years better than I do.

You can see there in my bag that I bought art. If there's a place to find talented local graphic artists, Comic Con is one of them.

I met comic artists, illustrators, painters, and crafters of all descriptions. There were thousands…

Artists ~ Jon Kopfenstein ~ Riverside

Artist’s name: Jon Klopfenstein
Shop name: Purple Periscope

A collection of Jon Klopfenstein's works, ranging from his earliest pieces to his most current will be on display from November 6th through the holiday season at The Courthouse Center for the Arts.

1. Tell us about your work
I am a self-taught artist, with a special passion for creating one-of-a-kind canvas artwork and mural designs using combinations of acrylic and aerosol. I like to describe artwork as a modern take on a retro style - bold, bright pop art paintings with a hint of graffiti.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Being a Pisces, I've always been drawn to aquatic themes, and when my wife and I were developing the business, we liked the fun and playful nature of a purple periscope that would provide an alternate view from a subterranean esoteric realm...also, my last name is impo…

Events ~ Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show ~ Pawtucket

Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show
Pawtucket Armory Arts Center

Bear and I went to the Pawtucket Armory to check out the Fine Furnishings Show last weekend. We're both fans of interior design/decorating, and though our budget is limited, we like to dream big.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the show, but our first time attending. It features artisans of handcrafted furnishings of all types, including decorative art. In fact there were several sculptures from a Boston gallery that dominated their space.

That giant face was a real attention-grabber right from the start!

Another big statement piece was an amazing metal sculpture by Rhode Island artist Timothy Hetlund called "Moon Gate." Created for viewing the Supermoon/Blood Moon/Eclipse on September 27, its interior circle was meant to frame the moon in the sky. The holes in the outside circle are actually filled with various gems and stones selected for specific properties. It's a stunning piece and also contains …