a solid unified voice - one that celebrates the arts and our community
In 2011, Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket was created under the direction of artists, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas and Gretchen Dow Simpson. Our vision was to present a two-day juried fine art and contemporary craft show and sale whose mission is to meet high standards of technical and artistic excellence and to present the best of contemporary fine art and American-made crafts—all in a comfortable, professional, and accessible setting. Painting, ceramics, fiber, glass, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing and accessories are just some of the many disciplines that are represented at AMP. Located in the historic Pawtucket Armory Arts Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the 1,000 square foot drill hall is the perfect venue to showcase this event and the works of over fifty artists under one roof.
At the 4th annual event on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, families will enjoy participating in a live tape art installation to be created on the exterior of the Armory building with the Tape Art Crew. Music always livens things up: Mary Ann Rossoni and the Rossonians will perform both days on the grounds of the Armory Arts Center, along with first-time participant Providence Country Day School Jazz Ensemble. Demonstrations made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, will take place throughout the two-day event, including the art of collage with Hiroko Shikashio, the art of chain maille with jewelry designer Audree Dyson, and the process used by Gail Solomon and Barbara Materna (Jack and Cookie) in creating their colorful wool handbags. Painting, ceramics, fiber, glass, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing and accessories are just some of the many disciplines represented at AMP. Visitors will have an opportunity to speak directly with the artists and purchase their work while learning about their creative processes.
The event is offered free of admission to the community and sales of art are tax-free, thereby adding to the economic development and tourism promotion of our state as well as encouraging artists and small businesses to come to Rhode Island.
By partnering with the Pawtucket Arts Festival and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket is in keeping with the long history that celebrates the arts and traditions in our community. As important as it is to promote our exhibitors, it is equally important to collaborate with other arts organizations, schools and artists to help make the event bigger, more successful, and more significant by reaching a broader audience. Reaching out to these groups creates a solid unified voice—one that celebrates the arts and our community. www.artsmarketplacepawtucket.com
by Nancy Gaucher-Thomas