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Halloweentown

halloween-night

Halloween is next week!  It’s sort of sneaking up on us this year, perhaps because of the warm weather we’ve been having this fall.  Until yesterday, that is.  Finally, the air has that chilly autumn snap to it, and the local Halloween happenings are right around the corner:

Take a walk down Hope Street in downtown Bristol for the 10th Annual Halloween Walkabout on Sunday, October 27th from 1pm ’til 3pm.  The Downtown Bristol Merchants’ Association invites you to bring your children (dressed in costume) downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

And for families with older children and teens, the Mt. Hope Masqueraders invite you to visit their Haunted House, if you dare, on Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30pm ’til 8:30pm in the MHHS Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Bristol.  There will be two tours: Scary, for the bravest guests, and Not-So-Scary, for the younger (and/or more timid) crowd.  There will also be face-painting, a fortune-teller, refreshments, games, and prizes.  Tickets are $5 and come with two game-passes; contact Carol Schlink at MHHS for more information.

What Moves You?

ART Night

Japanese fish printing, children’s art, a local treasure, a grand opening and a chance to help an artist in need – these are the happenings that have grabbed my attention for tonight’s ART Night in Bristol and Warren:

Featured Open Studio artist Susan O’Donnell is a graduate of Roger Williams University. Her art technique is GYOTAKU (gee-yo-tah-koo) – the Japanese art of fish printing. She brings a whimsical twist to this ancient art with bright color canvases and a more decorative style. Her prints have been reviewed in numerous magazines and she shows and she sells her art throughout the country.  Visit her at 39 State Street in Bristol.

The Rockwell School Arts Night includes artwork from each student in Rockwell School. On display are works in a variety of mediums created by students ranging from kindergarten to the 5th grade. The students took inspiration from famous artists, different cultures, illustrated books and more. Arts Night will also feature student musical performances.  Visit them at 1225 Hope Street in Bristol.

The Colt Andrews School 2013 Art Show Opening is from 6pm ’til 7pm on ART Night. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will have artwork in the exhibit, which runs until June 4th at 570 Hope Street in Bristol.

Imago Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special exhibit featuring artwork by students from Mt. Hope High School. More than 50 art works by advanced students in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and computer graphics are on display through June 14 at the IMAGO gallery at 36 Market Street in Warren.

Featured Open Studio artist Don Primiano is a painter and founder of Don’s Art Shop in Warren. Don’s paintings cover a wide spectrum of styles, personalized visions to social issues. Sometimes referred to as a ‘sophisticated primitive’, Primiano has enjoyed an independent, old-world, bohemian life-style, always surrounded by close friends and followers. His work, however, truly reflects an optimistic warmth and enthusiasm throughout. Visit him at 543 Main Street in Warren.

Come to the grand opening celebration of a new gallery space, Bohème! Featuring wonderful local artists, including Clavin Kahn, Nick Lane, Zan Norlund, Samantha Robshaw & Dara Raisner.  Bohème is a place to celebrate local art and the people who have created it. There will be refreshments & live music, too! Stop in at 504 Main Street in Warren.

The Wooden Midshipman is hosting an artist fundraiser with musicians Joe Fletcher & Will Houlihan – the net proceeds from the sale of all art will go to support Brown Bird, a wonderful local band that’s been dealing with mounting medical bills and a partially cancelled tour due to struggles with an ongoing illness. Expect to find all kinds of amazing work, both prints and originals, from local artists in all mediums. Plus food, music, and libations!  Catch this event at 146 Water Street in Warren.

To find out more about these happenings and other tempting events planned for tonight’s ART Night, visit the ART Night website.  They’re also on Facebook!

ART Night, Season Two!

ART Night

ART Night returns this week, and not a moment too soon!  We are visual creatures, and I am looking forward to this chance to restore some visual balance to my mind, to feast my eyes on art that will lift me up, soothe and delight…

On Thursday, April 25th from 5pm ’til 9pm, Art Night opens its second season with a stand-out roster of talented artists.

a glimpse of an air sculpture by Janice Lee Kelly, 2012
a glimpse of an air sculpture by Janice Lee Kelly, 2012

If you haven’t done ART Night before, then you don’t want to miss this opening night.  And, if you’ve been waiting for a chance to bring your kids to ART Night, then you’re in luck!  Air sculptor Janice Lee Kelly is one of four featured Open Studio artists this month – her surprising sculptures are spectacular in person, and the chance to peek inside her studio is something you and your children will remember for a long time…

Cut-paper artist Robert Pillsbury is also opening his studio for ART Night on Thursday.  I am very excited about this.  I first saw his work hanging on a wall at the Rogers Free Library, part of a Bristol Art Museum exhibit, I think.  It stopped me in my tracks, quite literally.  I remember thinking, someday I will own a Robert Pillsbury.  Maybe ‘someday’ will be Thursday…

©Oliveira Textiles, 2013
©Oliveira Textiles, 2013

A third featured Open Studio artist to get excited about this month is textile designer Dawn Oliveira.  Her organic, ocean-inspired textile designs are like nothing you’ve ever seen, innovative, soothing and gorgeous!  You’ll definitely want to visit her studio with your older children and teens to talk with Dawn about her passion for sustainable design.  And, when you see the belts and clutches and sunhats she makes with remnants from her larger projects (no waste!), you might be inspired to drop a subtle hint for a sweet Mother’s Day gift…

And there’s more!  Rounding out this month’s featured Open Studio artists is sculptor Allison Newsome.  I haven’t yet seen her work in person, which gives me that exhilarating feeling that I might find something new and wonderful.  And I MUST visit The Knotty Dog in Bristol, to see Ed King’s breathtaking photography up close and in person for the first time!  And, artist Jay Egge will be giving a live demonstration of working with pastels at Alta Luna Gallery, also in Bristol.  In Warren, IMAGO Foundation for the Arts’ beautiful gallery space is filled with the work of member artists and guest artists, and it’s right next door to 2nd Story Theatre, which is hosting a special dress rehearsal of their newest production, “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams, with ticket proceeds benefiting the Bristol Warren Education Foundation.  What a night this could be!  ART Night AND 2nd Story Theatre! ***Please take note, the play contains adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.

For a complete itinerary of Open Studios, gallery events, roaming performances and special perks –  visit the ART Night website!

The Coolest Local Gift This Season!

Discover Warren giftcoinShopping local this holiday season just got even easier, thanks to Discover Warren’s latest creative endeavor!  Local artist Adam Tracy has designed the coolest alternative to the traditional paper gift certificate - a wooden $10 gift coin that never expires and is redeemable at more than 30 Warren shops and restaurants (for a full list of local shops and restaurants that accept the coins, visit the Discover Warren website).

Burlap giftcoin sackLearn more about the gift coins in this article published by the East Bay Newspapers, and then hurry and buy some coins before they run out!  Discover Warren organizer Katie Dickson says it best,

“They’re slick and smooth, about the size of a half dollar, and come in little burlap sacks. They’re much cooler than a paper gift certificate.”

Warren WonderlandWe’ll go a step further – they are the perfect present for the Difficult-to-Buy-For person on your holiday gift list (and we all have at least one!).  You can get them at The Coffee Depot on Main Street and at The Wooden Midshipman on Water Street.

You can also show the Discover Warren organizers how much you love this gift coin idea by using them to make purchases during their 2nd Annual Warren Wonderland on Friday, December 7th starting at 5pm – you’ll get double raffle tickets for using the gift coins!  Click the image to learn more