2006-11-30 / About Town

By Karen Krider

Holiday craft fare

Saturday, Dec. 2, is a busy date in town! With so many activities, don't miss the CIAA Craft Fair and Little Picture Show at the Melrose Avenue School, from 10 a.m. to 4.p.m. You'll be sure to find that perfect gift while you are helping to support the CIAA's scholarship programs. Please stop by our booth at the entrance and say hello. Many affordable works of art will be on display on the walls and in the browsing bins. This is a not-tobe missed opportunity!

While you are enjoying the bounty of handmade crafts, your children and grandchildren will love the PTO's affordable gift room for children only. Be sure to support the PTO's good work by stopping for a food break at its refreshment area.

We have ambitious plans for a future arts center for Jamestown. Watch your mailbox for details! It's time to establish a permanent home for the many arts-related activities on the island.

Art classes in Jamestown

Contact katepetrie@cox.net if you can teach a CIAA-sponsored art or craft class through the Jamestown Department of Parks & Recreation, at the Wellspring space on Pemberton Avenue.

Legendary sculptor Kay Worden taught her art to students at the Lawn Avenue School recently. Photo courtesy CIAA Legendary sculptor Kay Worden taught her art to students at the Lawn Avenue School recently. Photo courtesy CIAA The eight-week, after-school art program on Wednesdays at the Lawn Avenue School, sponsored by the CIAA, has been a great success. We would like to thank Martin Keen, Kay Worden, Josy Wright, Karen Imbriale, Jane Wright, Barbara Hutchinson and Mary Beth Murphy for sharing their expertise with the students and making the 45 minutes fly by with creative, fun, and inspiring classes.

Be sure to sign your children up for the next session , and please contact Kate if you would like to teach: katepetrie@cox. net.

Can we chat?

One more time: Please take a moment and send Joce (djdonaghue@ yahoo.com) your e-mail addresses. We want to be able to communicate with you, and perhaps enable conversations through our Web site.

Member news

Deb Lichtenstein, Kate Petrie, and Karen Krider had work juried into the South County Art Association's All Media Open Juried II Show.

Josy Wright's print can still be seen in "Press Works: The Monotype Guild of New England's Juried Exhibition" at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, N.H., through Dec. 6. Info: www. mgne.org.

Rene Stawicki's show continues upstairs at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon. Info: 423-0905.

At the galleries

Jamestown Designs is showing a new print series by John Mecray, and several recent works by Evelyn Thistle Rhodes, among other island artists.

Handcrafted items abound on the island. Christina's Originals is all decked out for the holidays with her unique handbags and other items, along with luscious alpaca sweaters and ponchos. Deborah Goyette's wonderful beads sparkle at her East Ferry shop. Hand-blown glass items can be seen at Clancy Designs' glass studio on North Main Road, while you can also watch the process. And I'll add another plug for the CIAA's Holiday Craft Show this Saturday.

Gallery 297, Bristol, A Not So Small Picture Show Oct. 26 to Dec. 29. Visit the library at 26 North Main Rd. or call 423-7280 to register. Info: Carol Strause FitzSimonds at 683-1549 or www.greenriversilver.com.

Also, 36th Holiday Pottery & Art Sale, through Dec. 10. Info: 783-2194 or www.southcountyart. org.

Courthouse Center for the Arts, South. Kingston, 16th annual Artcraft Show & Sale, Dec.1, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Info: 782-1018. (If you go on Friday you won't miss the CIAA's Holiday Sale on Saturday.)

Wickford Art Association, Little Picture Show & Sale, Nov. 26 to Dec. 22. Info: www.wickfordart. org.

Resources, calls for entries, & activities

Contact Jillian Barber right away at 423-2335 if you are interested in exhibiting work in the "Winter Scenes" show at the library. See below for details.

For those of you who are looking for the perfect opportunity to show your work or become more active, we've assembled the following collection of sites. Please let us know if we've missed something that you find useful.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Info: www.arts.ri.gov. Lists posted events, jobs, and calls for entry.

American Watercolor Society Info: www.americanwatercolorsociety. org.

Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston. Applications being accepted now for ACraft Boston, at the World Trade Center, Boston, March 30 to April 1, 2007. Info: 617-266-1810, or societyofcrafts. org.

American Craft Council, N.Y., lists upcoming exhibits and shows by state as well as ACCsponsored public and retail show schedules on its helpful Web site: www.craftcouncil.org.

Another good site for information is hosted by the Fuller Craft Museum, which offers links to an extensive list of general and specialized craft organizations: www.fullercraft.org.

The Guild offers interesting opportunities for fine artists and artisans to market their work to the public and through architects and designers. Check it out at: www. guild.com.

Two photography guilds are active in our area, and offer many benefits of membership. Try the Photography Guild of the Newport Art Museum, 848-8200 or www.newportartmuseum.com., or the Photography Guild of the Wickford Art Association, www. wickfordart.org.

Library Shows

Karen Krider's photographs, "Boneyards & Boatyards," will hang through December 10, when "Winter Scenes," a diverse

group show of CIAA Artists' works, will begin to cover the entry walls. So, if you have procrastinated about a gift for someone - or for yourself - you may find the perfect work of art in our very own Library. Just in time. (Contact Jillian to enter!)

Contact karenkrider@cox.net with arts and crafts news items (Put CIAA in the topic, please!) We would like to include more news about more people!

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