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Buy Art, Bucket Edition

Photo from The Grant website

Those crazy cats at The Grant up in the Bucket are having a holiday arts bazar (bizarre?).

Dec 13 It’s the Grant, Charlie Brown or The Grant that Stole Christmas! What do we mean with these silly plays on pop culture? Why, it’s the first Grant Christmas Vendor Fair! Artists at the Grant and friends will set up tables and such to ply their wares. Think hand knit goodies, jewelry, posters, shirts, rock-n-roll collectibles and art. Maybe even more, we’re not sure. Come on down and check it out! Starts at noon, goes till at least 6 and we’ll see what happens.

The Grant
250 Main Street, Pawtucket
December 13, 2008
Noon – 6:00pm

RIPTA: Routes 42 or 99


Buy Art

Buy ArtNow I’m buying next to nothing this Christmas, if’n you haven’t heard, there’s a big ass financial crisis. Aside from that, I’m poor and Grinchie. What little I will buy will be much more thoughtful than in previous years, no one is getting a gift certificate. To that end, I may be looking for some locally produced art, and the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism have a new program this year to get people out buying art.

Here is how it works:

Limited edition I BUY ART buttons created with Providence artists will be given to each and every art buyer. Whether you buy artwork costing $5, $50 or $500, you’ll want to be among the first to wear one of these BUY ART buttons and help us encourage artful shopping in Providence – The Creative Capital.

The BUY ART program is open to all venues – galleries, artist sales, retailers and independent art sellers – that sell art. We invite everyone to get involved as we celebrate the joy of buying, giving and receiving art!

For a full list of where to buy and more information visit the Buy Art website.

While we are talking about initiatives out of the Mayor’s Office*, let’s talk about the city’s new tagline:


I had heard word that this was coming out, but I’ve yet to see a press release on it or anything. I’m thinking maybe I like it. Let’s face it, with the economy we’re in now, the Renaissance is on hold for a while, and that was getting pretty tired anyway. The Creative Capital is also nicely vague. It could be talking about creativity as in the arts, or creativity as in the new economy tech sector stuff, both of which are important to the city and both of which have nice overlaps from time to time (and we should see more of).

*Seeing as I haven’t seen a press release I’m not sure this is coming from the Mayor’s Office, but I’m willing to assume so.


Yay! Craftland!

Photo © if’n books from Craftland’s Flickr Pool

Craftland is back, opening next Friday, December 5th.

Craftland is an annual holiday sale in downtown Providence, RI that celebrates all kinds of sparkly handmade objects and the people who make them.

Craftland 2008 will be open 7 days a week from December 5-24, 2008 and located at 235 Westminster Street. Hours are 11am – 6pm (open til 8pm on Thursdays and Saturdays!).

Check out our blog for artist interviews, updates and more!


Providence Art Windows Seeks Proposals for 2009 Season


Painting by Brenda Wilkinson from Providence Art Windows


Providence Art Windows is seeking art and art installation proposals for 10 windows in Downtown Providence for the 2009 season. Site-specific is preferred, pre-existing accepted; 2D or 3D. Some spaces are raw, and others are located within established businesses. Site visits encouraged before proposal is written.

Jury includes Diana Gaston, Associate Curator, Fidelity Investments. First round will begin 03/15/09, and others to be determined.

Deadline: postmarked 12/12/08. $100 stipend available. Send 8-10 jpegs on disk (if video, 3 min. max on dvd), printed 1 page proposal, image list and resume, and SASE to: Rebecca Siemering, PAW Director, 545 Pawtucket Avenue, Box 206, Pawtucket, RI, 02860. No email entries. (Images must be in standard JPEG (.jpg) format, and should be no more than 800 KB in size. Images should be roughly 600 x 900 pixels. No Power Point presentations accepted. Note that this work is on view to the public 24 hrs a day, so think accordingly when submitting your proposal. Questions? Email Rebecca Siemering


PROPOSED: Brown’s Creative Arts Center

Could this be the breakthrough building that RISD’s Chase Center was supposed to be?

We’ll see… This coming week (details to follow) Brown will be having a public meeting where the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (very cool website, BTW) will take everyone on a virtual tour of the proposed multidisciplinary arts center at Brown that is slated to start construction next Summer and finish in 2010/11-ish.

It will be located along Angell Street and be behind the Brown Bookstore Building, fronting the sidewalk. Its architecture is dramatic to say the least. Check out the images above and below (there’s more on the firm’s website). I’m not sure I actually like it yet, but it’s unambiguously ambitious, with a fascinating tiered floorplan.

One wonders through… If the College Hill neighborhood folks fainted at the site of Brown’s conservative Hillel and Science buildings, how many heart attacks will this induce?


Steel Yard Halloween Iron Pour

Iron PourThe Steel Yard presents it’s 3rd annual HALLOWEEN IRON POUR!
Friday, October 31st – 6:00pm
27 Sims Avenue, Providence

This Halloween, come down to the Steel Yard for another molten metal spectacular! The gates open at 6:00 on October 31st at the Steel Yard, and admission is $5. Activities from 6pm – 7pm will include a ceramic bowl sale by our Ceramics Cooperative, bike art and costume building with Recycle-A-Bike, and a pumpkin flinging trebuchet. Proceeds from the bowl sale will benefit the Ceramics Department and resident artists. Hot cider and snacks will be available by donation.

The Iron Guild’s casting performance will start promptly at 7pm. The first Guild performance at the Steel Yard brought us a glowing skull with iron wings. Last year, they unveiled the giant flaming heart and poured molten iron into pumpkins. This year…zombies, brains, and candy.
Stick around after the pour for music from local Providence band Animal Hospital.

*For pictures and video from previous Iron Guild performances, check out their website:

For more information, please call 401-273-7101.


Providence Open Market moves to Pawtucket?

Well OK, I kid, kind of. But why is the Providence Open Market moving from Westminster Street Downcity to Lippitt Park on the Pawtucket line?

The Providence Open Market, now in its 2nd season, is the city’s only Open-Air Market where you can shop for handmade artisan goods and fine art. Now located in picturesque Lippitt Park, on the east side of Providence, at the juncture of Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd, where Providence borders Pawtucket.

Emphasis mine.

Also, does the fact that the directions page features a little cartoon of a hipster* on a Vespa but said directions are via Route 95 define irony?

*it’s either a hipster or Jen Cole


2008 Pawtucket Arts Festival

2008 Pawtucket Arts FestivalThe tenth annual Pawtucket Arts Festival starts next month. The mission of the festival is:

The mission of the Pawtucket Arts Festival is to present a series of events that are high-quality visual, performance and participatory arts EVENTS every year, by Rhode Island, regional, national and internationally-known artists that take place for the enjoyment of Pawtucket residents and visitors to our City. The underlying goals are to highlight the City’s 307 acre Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, the State pier, and Slater Memorial Park.

A full schedule of events of the month long festival can be found here.


Greater Kennedy Plaza

Kennedy Plaza

Burnside Park

The city has been working in recent month on short term moves, and long term planning to improve what they are calling the Greater Kennedy Plaza area. That work has begun to manifest itself over recent weeks.

On Thursday’s in recent weeks, food has been served in Burnside Park. Today, the Thursday event was expanded to become Market Bazaar Thursdays (see photo above) described as: Delicious food, antiques, books, accessories, art, merchandise and fun! Market Bazaar Thursdays run from 11:00am to 7:00pm every Thursday along the Kennedy Plaza side of Burnside Park.

Kennedy Plaza

Burnside Park Fountain

We’ve also been seeing incremental steps towards better infrastructure and upkeep in the area. Above we see new plantings around the fountain in Burnside Park, also in Burnside the benches were recently refurbished. The Yellow Jackets of course continue there work keeping Downcity clean and maintaining planting beds.

The DID also installed these maps (well, I’ve only actually seen the one), showing the Downcity area to passersby.

Wayfaring sign Downcity Providence

Kennedy Plaza

As always, Haven Bros. remain a fixture in the Plaza.

Also a fixture…

Kennedy Plaza

…people who many classify as “undesirables.” This gentleman seemed to have had a little too much to drink/smoke.

It is good to see an effort made to improve Kennedy Plaza and attract more people to the area. I hope it works and the city maintains its commitment to the steps it has made so far, and more long term changes which will make the Greater Kennedy Plaza area the vibrant urban space it should be.

For more information on upcoming events in Kennedy Plaza, please visit


Junkanoo @ RISD

Bahamian performers Junkanoo visited RISD this weekend performing at the spring block party on Benefit Street today. Above is a short video clip and below are a few photos from today’s festivities.

Junkanoo @ RISD

Junkanoo @ RISD

Junkanoo @ RISD

Photos and video by Jef Nickerson for


The Steel Yard Fundraiser


From the Steel Yard:

From May 15-18, 2008 the Steel Yard throws open its gates for “Works in Progress,” their most ambitious fundraiser to date.

This year’s adventure will offer an exciting and unusual menu of opportunities with something for all ages, varied interests and any ability to pay. From the no-fee Iron Chef: Junkyard Edition (torch wielding metal workers take on the secret ingredient) to Spectator Sport Sunday (competitive welding and wheel-throwing), the creative spirit of the Steel Yard community will be in full gear. Other events include Smokin’ Steel Yard (a family bbq using smokers and grills made in our own “Make a smoker and learn how to use it” class), the dance extravaganza Steel Yard is Burning and Clay-doh a grown-up, sanctioned chance to play in the ceramics studio.

Throughout the fundraiser’s four day period they’ll also offer regular tours, studio demos, and a raffle as well as the opportunity to shop at Peripatetica, the place to find one of a kind gifts and souvenirs made by local artists and craftspeople. The weekend will end with an evening of outdoor movies on the Thirsty Theater screen.

Events range from free to $25 and a 4-day all-access pass is available for $100 in advance. For more information, call (401) 273-7101.




Craftland is back, running December 1st though 22nd with an Opening Party November 30th.

Craftland is an annual holiday sale in Providence, RI that celebrates all kinds of handmade objects and the people who make them.

Craftland 2007 is located at 235 Westminster Street. We will be open from December 1-22, 2007. Check out the blog for details about upcoming events and featured artists.

Craftland Hours:
wed-sun 11-6, open late thursdays and saturdays 11-8. dec. 1-22.

Events – Save the Date:
Opening party November 30, 5-9 PM
Meet the artists December 13, 6-8 PM

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