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Events ~ The Newport Antiques Show ~ Middletown

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Newport Antiques Show
St. George's School Middletown, Rhode Island
Megan and I popped down to the 10th Newport Antiques Show on Saturday, and spent a couple of hours wandering the stalls. There were vendors and experts from all around the Northeast, as near as Newport and as far away as England. The array of state license plates in the parking lot was just as eclectic.
More than 40 exhibitors showcased wares ranging from books, large and small: To items practical and decorative, beautiful and dangerous.
 We loved seeing it all, and imagining what we'd take home with us. I don't think there was anything less than 100 years old. Megan and I loved seeing the vignettes set up in some of the furniture stalls, ranging from the 1700s to 1915.



One thing that caught my eye was a type of frame that we saw on prints in several stalls. It might Verre Eglomisé (gilded glass), but I'm not sure.



We were also charmed by a display from the Newport Historical Society.

I think it's f…

Artists ~ Catherine Van Lancker ~ Newport

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Artist’s name: Catherine Van Lancker
Shop name: CatherineVanLancker
Website:www.catherinevanlancker.com
Twitter: cvanlancker
Facebook: cvanlancker
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1. Tell us about your work
I am an artist and a teacher living and working in Rhode Island. I create original etchings, add hand painted watercolor to the originals, and then have beautiful archival prints made. I also have the original etchings available for sale upon request.

My other love is plein aire painting - painting directly outdoors using oil paint on canvas. My subjects spring from the beautiful coastal landscape where I live. I have many large, original paintings for sale upon request.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Nope, it's just my name.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have been an artist for my entire life. My undergraduate study was in illustration at RISD and painting at Massachusetts College of Art, followed by graduate wo…

Sights ~ RI Holocaust Memorial ~ Providence

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RI Holocaust Memorial
Providence Greenway/Memorial Park
Providence, Rhode Island

I was moved when I read about the dedication of the RI Holocaust Memorial last summer. The description made it sound like a quiet, meditative place, so I put off going for awhile, to avoid the initial crowds.

When I finally did go, it was quiet. Just a couple of people on that late afternoon, taking a silent stroll.

Most paused at the entrance to read the inscription, a quote from Roman Kent, a Holocaust survivor.


The path through the Entrance Gate resembles train tracks, an eerie symbol for anyone even remotely familiar with the transportation of the Nazi's "undesirables." 


The path narrows, and six spires surround the end point, symbolizing the sharp decrease in numbers of the victims, and giving a ghostly sense of the claustrophobia of the camps. To look beyond the Memorial is to see the rest of the world through black bars. There are six spires to represent the six million Jewish people …

Events ~ Nathanael Greene Birthday Celebration ~ July 24

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General Nathanael Greene Hmstd
50 Taft St, Coventry, RI 02816
July 24, 2016, 1-4 pm

On July 24 the Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead will be hosting an open house and free tours of Gen. Greene's 1770 home Spell Hall.

There will be a birthday ceremony at 2:00 pm with a presentation by Rhode Island Historical Society Director Emeritus, Al Klyberg, followed by complimentary refreshments and a concert by the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife and Drum.


Events ~ What's It Worth? at Newport Antiques Show ~ July 24, 2016

What’s It Worth?
Antiques Appraisal Event at the Newport Antiques Show
NEWPORT, RI – (JUNE 2016) – Do you have a unique treasure that you found at an antiques store and would like to learn more about its significance? Do you own a one-of- a-kind family heirloom and you’d like to learn its monetary value? On Sunday July 24, 2016 at the Newport Antiques Show, international fine art, antique and jewelry specialists from Freeman’s will be available to examine these objects and provide specific expertise about the item’s value during the special event What’s It Worth.

Four of Freeman’s specialists will be available to offer personalized verbal auction estimates during What’s It Worth. The line-up of specialists features:


Tim Andreadis a Specialist in 20th Century Design, American furniture, folk and decorative arts.Nicholas B. A. Nicholson, Senior Vice President and Division Head, an expert in the area of English and Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts as well as silver and objects de …