Showing posts from October, 2016

A Peek Inside Longfield, the Charles Dana Gibson House

Longfield stands on 1.4 acres of land at 1200 Hope Street in Bristol. If you travel from Warren into Bristol along Hope Street, it's on the left. It's a white Gothic Revival three-story home.

I'd found it while scrolling through historic homes for sale, and I was touched by the house's description on Zillow.

"This Once Elegant Gothic Revival Style House Called "Longfield" Was Designed By Famed 19th c. Architect Russell Warren. It Is Down To The Studs Waiting For Someone W/Vision and Passion To Finish The Work That Has Begun. The Potential Is Magnificent." I had to see for myself. Agent Dory Skemp of Coldwell Banker graciously took me on a tour, and gave me some background on the history of the house.

Though Gothic Revival is generally built in stone, Longfield is wood, which makes it a bit more unusual. It was built in 1848 and designed by R.I. architect Russell Warren, who built many homes and churches around Bristol and Providence.

Longfield was d…

Press Release ~ A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley ~ Newport


A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley A November 3, 2016 talk with award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky
Newport, RI – John Singleton Copley’s extraordinary talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, as well as Newport residents such as Martin Howard and Ann Fairchild Bowler. Copley did not share the political beliefs of many of his patrons, and painting portraits failed to satisfy his lofty artistic goals. As an ambitious British subject who lamented America’s provincialism, he looked longingly across the Atlantic. When resistance escalated into all-out war, Copley was in London. The magisterial canvases he created there made him one of the towering figures of the British art scene: a painter of America’s revolution as Britain’s American War.
On Thursday November 3, 2016 at 5:30pm, the Newport Historical Society will host award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky to explore th…

Press Release ~ Gal Gadot to appear at RI Comic Con

In a very rare convention appearance, Gal Gadot will appear at the fifth anniversary of Rhode Island Comic Con, happening November 11 through 13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center Arena.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model who won the title of Miss Israel in 2004. She made her film debut in the fourth film of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast & Furious as Gisele. Her role was expanded in the sequels Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 in which she performed her own stunts. Most recently, Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is part of the DC Extended Universe in which Gal will also play the role in the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble film Justice League, both due out in 2017.

Gadot will make a ONE-DAY appearance at Rhode Island Comic Con, Sunday November 13, 2016. VIP and autograph pre-sale packages are available now on the convention’s website,

Available through Ticket…

Wintertime Farmers Market begins November 5


Makers ~ Brandon Thursby ~ Narragansett Pier

Artist’s name: Brandon Thursby
Shop name: RockYouWear
Instagram: @RockYouWear

1. Tell us about your work
The name of my business is RockYouWear and I specialize in carving pendants out of beach rocks. I collect most of the rocks from my favorite local beaches in southern Rhode Island. I also use gemstones for some of my work and enjoy experimenting with new materials.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I struggled for a while to come up with a name for my business and couldn’t quite find one that I felt fit. My brother gave me the idea for the name Rockyouwear so I have to give him the credit for that.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I started carving rocks about 4 years ago. I wanted a unique pendant for myself made from a rock I collected from one of my favorite rocky beaches. I did not plan on turning it into a business but I enjoyed making the first one so much t…

Anchors Aweigh ~ My Seagoing Adventure

My dad and I have birthdays close together, his in late September, and mine in early October. This year we decided to take each other (and my Mom) on a sail around Newport Harbor.

We chose Cruise Newport's schooner Madeleine. They sail out of Bowen's Wharf.

Madeleine is 72 feet long, has a wood hull, two masts, 2,000 feet of sail area, and seats 49.  Also? Topless figurehead.

Although it was overcast, the weather cooperated while we were underway. The cruise took us around Newport Harbor, while the knowledgeable crew pointed out views you can only get from the water.

We passed any number of boats, including some World Cup competitors, and this wood hulled beauty.

We also saw Hammersmith Farm, where Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis summered as a child, Castle Hill Inn, Fort Adams, Pell Bridge, and lots of other architectural, landscape, and historical places, all in an over-too-soon 90 minutes.

It was a great trip, and would be even better on a clearer day (with a better camera th…

Makers ~ Samantha Davidson ~ East Providence

Artist’s name: Samantha L. Davidson
Shop name: This Crooked Crown Witchery & Curiosities
Twitter: @crookedcrown

1. Tell us about your work
My shop is centered around magical and mystical arts. I do tarot readings and divination as well as provide various spiritual and magical tools for practitioners and the curious.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
It's kind of a long, convoluted story. Let's just say it starts with a mischievous spirit and ends in the woods.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
Mostly I developed my skills through routine practice over the last twenty years. The products I sell are all things I've used for myself over the years.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I draw inspiration from everyth…

Press release ~ 2016 Fine Furnishings Show ~ Pawtucket

Contact: Karla Little – Show Owner Fine Furnishings Shows 401-816-0963

The 21st Annual Fine Furnishings Show – New England Region Announces Judges and New Focus for the Best in Show Awards

TIVERTON, RI (October 11, 2016) – KL Communications and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware are pleased to announce that Philip C. Lowe and Rachel Arroyo will be the esteemed judges for the 21st Annual New England Fine Furnishings Show – Best in Show Awards.
Lowe is the owner and director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts and has been involved with woodworking since 1968. He is the author of many articles and is featured in videos with Fine Woodworking Magazine. His teaching experience includes ten years (1975 -1985) as an instructor at Boston’s North Bennett Street School and as the department head for the latter five. Lowe has been a visiting instructor, seminar speaker and demonstrator at various trade schools, private schools, woodworking orga…

Artist ~ Laura White Carpenter ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Laura White Carpenter
Shop name: The Artist in Residence
Facebook: Artist in Residence Laura White Carpenter
Pinterest: Laura White Carpenter
Instagram: The Artist in Residence

1. Tell us about your work
I create three distinct bodies of work in different media - (1) large-scale abstracted nature-based paintings (2) raku ceramic sculpture (3) found wood and ceramic mixed media sculpture and functional pieces (including furniture).

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Both my maiden and married names are very common, and apparently many people who share those names are artists. It was a fortunate twist that I couldn't locate a domain name using my name, but instead was very pleasantly shocked that no one had grabbed The Artist in Residence. I consider it a perfect name, because I indeed wish to be an artist represented in people's residences!

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

Press Release ~ Making of a Newport Meal ~ Newport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Making of a Newport Meal A “Newport Eats” Digital Exhibit
Newport, RI – September 2016 – The Newport Historical Society is pleased to debut a new digital exhibit Making of a Newport Meal: Selections from the Newport Historical Society's Collections, curated by NHS summer intern Michelle Montalbano, on the Explore Historic Newport app.

This digital exhibit, part of the Newport Eats history of food program initiative, explores the role of food and culture in Newport in the 19th and 20th centuries. Making of a Newport Meal reviews the early 20th century mussels industry, neighborhood groceries in ethnic and immigrant enclaves, and the guest book and vouchers from wealthy estate owners alike. The images exhibited range from digital reproductions of glass plate negatives, to bound recipe books, household records, and advertising cards and other ephemera.

To view Making of a Newport Meal visit under the Exhibits tab. The Explore Historic Newport …

Press release ~ Macbeth at Contemporary Theater Company ~ Wakefield

WAKEFIELD – Double, double toil and trouble: Shakespeare’s spooky tragedy, Macbeth, is coming to the Contemporary Theater Company just in time for Halloween, running October 14 through November 12.

After tackling Comedy of Errors and Antony and Cleopatra this summer in the company’s new patio performance series Shakespeare on the Saugatucket, the Bard takes center stage in the Contemporary Theater Company’s fall mainstage play, Macbeth.

Macbeth is one of the most renowned plays in the English language for a reason,” says the production’s director, Stephen Strenio. “There's enough blood, guts, and witchcraft for a proper Halloween party, and a gripping exploration of the consequences of betrayal and murder to boot.”

Artistic Director Christopher J Simpson returns to the stage as Macbeth himself. The tale follows the descent of the Macbeths as they follow their greed and ambition along a murderous trail laid by the famous witches.

“Briskly paced, this action-packed play leaps into…