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I meander through the labyrinth of Hope Artiste Village with a sensation reminiscent of wandering through the Calles of Venice, Italy. There were twists and turns leading me to my destination, coupled with the feeling of being pleasurably lost.
Finally, I arrive at Kent Stetson’s Studio. I enter through an array of bold color with dynamic clutches flanking me and leading me further into the space. Almost immediately as I turn the corner, Kent happily greets me and we talk shop for a while. It is a very comfortable atmosphere; so easy, in fact, that Kent sits down and continues what he was working on before I walked in. He sews some clutches together as we speak. It is natural to work this way, both for him and myself. This multi-tasking approach and visually compelling environment provided much insight into our conversation.
P.S.: I adore the record clutch!
Behind glass windows of a Providence building are sleeping creatures from out of this world. A green troll like creature with three eyes and crooked teeth sits still, a five foot tall carrot like being with a nose hanging off his face and a pink shirt is frozen smiling, even a giant alien masked by a spacesuit and helmet seems to be in a slumber. These are the creations from the Big Nazo Lab.
The streets of Providence are quiet. The river that slices through the city is still. Even the line at Dunkin Donuts is absent. To an outsider visiting the city, they may not realize what is coming; it is the calm before the storm. In less than two days, some say an estimated 100,000 people will engulf the city to watch and partake in this year’s PVD Fest, a festival held in Providence connecting people across the area through music, art and cultural experiences.