Providence, RI - WaterFire Providence in Partnership with the PVD Artisan Market and Bryce Studio is announcing the inaugural WaterFire Art & Craft Festival to be held at the WaterFire Arts Center on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from Noon to 6:00 pm. The festival will expand on the WaterFire Arts Festival installations that have been featured at full lighting during previous WaterFire event seasons.
“We’re incredibly excited to invite the community to the WaterFire Arts Center for the first-ever WaterFire Art & Craft Festival,” said Laura Duclos, Director of Creative Services at WaterFire Providence. “This event is an extension of the Arts Festival Plaza that happens at each full WaterFire Lighting and we’re thrilled to be bringing the community of artists and patrons from our downtown events to the Valley Street neighborhood.”
The WaterFire Art & Craft Festival at the WaterFire Arts Center will feature over 75 local artists and makers. Works for sale will include everything from fine art and photography to hand-craft bath and beauty solutions and artisanal jams. This pre-season event will be a kick-off for the upcoming WaterFire event season and will mark the beginning of our sixth year working with painter and festival co-organizer Mike Bryce (https://www.facebook.com/Mikebryceart/).
“I am a professional artist from Providence, I’ve lived here for 52 years and still remember the very first WaterFire Lighting! As the owner of Bryce Studio and Providence Artisans as well as being President of the Foundry Artists Association, I have enjoyed cultivating a great working relationship with many local artists whose handmade creations can be found at WaterFire Art and Craft Festival and at every full WaterFire lighting in the Arts Festival Plaza.”
The WaterFire Art & Craft Festival will also feature live acoustic musical performances by local musicians. WaterFire Providence is working with Pump House Music Works (https://www.facebook.com/pumphousemusicworks/) to curate these performances. Pump House Music Works, a nonprofit organization, offers high-quality music concerts and related social events in their intimate 125-person venue located in Wakefield, RI. Performers appearing at the festival will include David Bender, founder of Chords for Peace; Tim Larson, a blues guitarist with an eclectic ear; and Lily Baker, a newcomer to the local music scene with an amazing and captivating stage presence.
Living statues from Ten31 Productions (https://www.ten31productions.com/), A Silent Soapbox (http://www.asilentsoapbox.com/) and Aqua Carta (https://www.acquacarta.com/) will be performing inside the main hall.
WaterFire Providence is also presenting a community resource fair at this event. Learn about volunteering at WaterFire events, join our membership program, or apply for an internship. Connect with local nonprofits: What Cheer Flower Farm (https://www.whatcheerflowerfarm.org/), Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (http://wrwc.org/), and others. Students and teachers from the new Wheeler School Cityside Classroom will be on-site to talk about this new program coming to the WaterFire Art Center this Fall. WaterFire Providence will be accepting donations to the Providence Animal Rescue League’s (http://www.parl.org/) Pet Food Pantry, look for the donation box inside the WaterFire Store.
The Village Greek (https://eatvillagegreek.com) and Red’s Rhode Island (https://redsri.com/) food trucks will be serving up classic Greek food and RI style cheesesteak. Frenchy’s Popcorn (http://www.frenchyspopcorn.com/) will be offering a variety of snacks inside the main hall.
Interested visitors can find a complete listing of the participating artist vendors and updated details about performances and other amenities on the event page on the WaterFire Providence website https://waterfire.org/art-festival. Connect with the WaterFire Arts Center on Facebook to learn more about all of the artists, vendors, and performers that will be appearing at the festival https://www.facebook.com/waterfireartscenter/.
About WaterFire Providence
WaterFire Providence is a 501(c)3 independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. Created in 1994 by the artist Barnaby Evans, each year approximately one million visitors come to Providence to experience WaterFire, creating $114,000,000 of impact for the local economy, generating over $9,000,000 in tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island, and supporting 1,294 jobs for community residents. For more information about WaterFire Providence, please visit https://waterfire.org.
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