by Kim Celona
Artist & Writer
This year’s Foo Fest will be super cool and exciting as usual because AS220 is just that. It all begins tomorrow, August 13th from 1PM to 1AM!
How awesome is it that you can hang, create, listen to eclectic and electronic musician Dan Deacon, shop and browse the Anarchist book fair and view a human gnome garden with a bunch of talented and just really nice people because artists are just that. Through my experience at AS220 which I’ve written about in previous RICM articles, I have found a home, a place where I feel so comfortable.
People mark the start of summer in different ways. Maybe it’s by the first ice cream cone they get to eat that slowly melts down the fresh waffle cone. It could be the first beach trip where you get to start working on your golden tan. Or maybe it’s gathering together for cookouts, complete with hamburgers, colds beers, and games with friends.
But for others, it may start with the deep purr of Vroom! Vrooooom!
Cars are a staple of many summer memories; especially in New England when the temperature is finally warm enough to take the top down on the convertible, unroll the windows, and enjoy the car trips as the sun shines through the windshield.
JOIN US FOR A PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
30 CORINA STREET, PROVIDENCE
The Centennial Celebration, 100 Years of Corliss Park. This event will kick off the second century of Corliss Park and engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs. We invite you to be part of this celebration on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Park. We have planned a family fun day filled with a handball tournament, the Providence Community Library, Zumba in the Park, Ask the Gardener at our beautiful community garden, Onomatopoetry Mixed Arts Performance, sporting events, Fashion in the Park with Donahue Models and Talent Agency, food trucks, vendors and more.
Tuesday, July 12th at 5:00PM
Join us to explore the many possibilities for using paper in collage artworks. Bring your Quilt-Collage in progress as well as photographs and fabric with special meaning.
The Artists Loop Memory Quilt-Collage project is led by Pnina Pressburger in collaboration with textile and collage artists to explore mixed media art making.
FREE - Tickets are required. Click HERE to register.
The late British actor Alan Rickman once said, “Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we’re in deep trouble.” Now, Rhode Island’s only Latino theater company, Teatro ECAS, has a permanent home where they are telling fascinating stories about their community and their heritage.
Located in a tidy storefront on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Parkis Avenue, Teatro ECAS was founded in 1997 by a group of educators who wanted to use the arts as an educational tool. Among those was Francis Parra, a teacher at the International Charter School in Pawtucket. Francis has served as the theater’s artistic executive director since those early days and has staged dozens of performances and workshops in high school and university auditoriums, libraries and even in Roger Williams Park.
“It gives students who are not into athletics a place to shine and showcase their talents.” - Phyllis McHale, Curator
On April 29, 2016, Shea High School of Pawtucket held their 5th annual fashion show. The event is an opportunity for students to get involved and express their identity and talent through fashion. With a wide variety of cultural, sexual, and social backgrounds that make up the urban community, art is a form of expression which all students can identify with. The annual show gives students the chance to put their time and creativity into producing clothing and choreographing scenes. From modeling to designing to decorating the stage, no one is excluded from finding a way to get involved. In collaborating and committing nearly a year of their time, the students worked
hard to deliver the best to represent their community. The show not only features clothing but also dance and visual art, bringing everything together.
"As part of the parameters, they had to design a logo, as well as label designs with visual coding to translate flavor change."
FOOD IS A VISUAL MEDIUM so naturally, designing food packaging brought out the playful side of JWU Providence’s Graphic Design & Digital Media students. Professor Karyn Jimenez- Elliott’s Advanced Print class recently had the task of conceptualizing and designing an identity system for a hypothetical beverage company.
Rogers High School students enjoyed reduced cost tickets to their senior prom due to the community-supported effort.
Nearly 200 guests gathered at the Newport Art Museum on the evening of Thursday, March 24th in the name of fashion and philanthropy. “A Night to Remember,” a fashion show featuring local students, coaches, and alumni from Rogers High School in Newport as well as members of the Newport School Committee, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and other “local celebrities” raised funds to defray ticket costs for the Rogers High School senior prom.
"I have been creating art for years by utilizing textiles, vintage jewels, yarns, and repurposed wallpapers. However, using a sewing machine was not on my list of new things to learn in 2016."
Once I met Martha Jackson of the Restored by Design Foundation, I knew I wanted to be a part of her mission to help underprivileged women heal through art. So, I decided to take the beginner sewing class taught by the Foundation to learn how to create a bucket bag. The bags are sold at the Restored by Design Foundation’s retail boutique located on the East Side of Providence; all the proceeds support the foundation. I was determined to learn this new skill, and in return I was helping the community and providing a brighter future for them.
Wickford Art Festival 54th Anniversary
July 9, 2016 from 10 am – 6 pm
July 10, 2016 from 10 am – 5 pm
Join over 200 artists from all over the country and world as they display their art amongst historic homes, eclectic shops, and quaint streets. Handicap accessible and family friendly, this fine art festival draws art lovers from throughout New England with crowds over 80,000 attending yearly.
Admission is FREE.
All art is one of a kind or limited, signed, and numbered editions. Artists will be in their booths to meet attendees, and discuss their inspiration and method of creation.
Also, we will be introducing a “Kids’ Corner” to expand our audience to more than just the adult art lover, and encourage kids to walk away from the festival looking forward to the next year!
Wickford is located 25 minutes south of Providence, 20 minutes from Newport, RI and less than a
1-hour drive from CT and MA. Visit www.wickfordart.org or www.facebook.com/Wickford-Art-Association-Festival or call 401-294-6840 for more information.