Contact: Rebecca Zhukov
The Foundry Artists Association, one of Rhode Island’s premier arts events, opens its 33rd season of featured professional regional artists over the first two weekends in December. The show is held at the historic Pawtucket Armory at 172 Exchange Street in Pawtucket, R.I. The six dates are: Dec. 4,5,6 and Dec. 11,12 and 13, preceded by a Grand Opening on Thursday evening, Dec. 3rd, from 5pm-9pm. The Gala Opening Night features live music, refreshments, and the highlight: A Silent Auction showcasing items donated by each of the Foundry Artists. Proceeds (tax-deductible) go towards the support of a local charity. This year’s recipients are Sojourner House and Resources for Human Development.
During its long tenure, this popular and festive New England holiday tradition has offered patrons the opportunity to view and purchase distinctive, high-quality work by over 60 regional artists, selected by a jury. Categories of fine art and crafts range from art glass to wood, and include painting, sculpture, metal, fiber, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, photography, millinery, handmade books, and furniture.
Created over three decades ago by a community of artists who opened their I-95 Foundry Building studios in downtown Providence to the public during the holiday season, the Foundry Artists Show provides a unique opportunity to experience one of the area’s greatest resources---its artists. In 1995, when the Foundry Building was converted to office space, its artists scattered to studios throughout the region. Thanks to the departure of the National Guard from its 1894 castle-like landmark in Pawtucket, the Foundry Artists’ annual shows have supported the renovation of the Pawtucket Armory to its present function as a permanent cultural and educational landmark for the arts.
For additional information about this year’s foundry Artists Show, please visit www.foundryshow.com or www.facebook.com/foundryshow.