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The Mill at Shady Lea: Open Studios

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17th Annual
Open Studios 2014

215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
noon - 5


  The Mill at Shady Lea is getting ready for its biggest event yet when

the award winning Artists and world-renowned Craftsmen and Women of the Shady Lea Mill will proudly open their doors to celebrate their 17th year anniversary.

The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, houses over 40 artists and artisans working in various media.   On Saturday and Sunday December 6th and 7th from noon to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host Open Studios for each artisan to showcase his/her skills. Just in time for holiday shopping,  some of Rhode Island’s many talented residents open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts.  Featured will be one of a kind pottery, sculpture, weaving, painting, mixed media collage, glass blowing and fusing, hand made pewter frames, photography, woodworking, jewelry design, music and classes in art and guitar building.  Anchor Bend Glassworks is an unprecedented glass artist collaborative established in 2003. This award winning team is comprised of childhood friends Michael Richardson, Justin Tarducci and Timothy Underwood. All met while exploring their shared enthusiasm for art, glass and creation. The talents from each artist encourage and compliment the energy and originality that permeates every piece of hand blown glass that Anchor Bend creates. Their award winning designs can be seen at select galleries and museums nationwide. 
David Christensen  also lends his talents in cane glass beadwork to the Anchor Bend team. His jewelry and other creations will be highlighted at the Open Studios as well as the talented Dan Collins and his Shady Lea Guitars.  Dan's classes in guitar building are growing and he is beginning to expand into his own line.   It's great to see him gain the recognition he so richly deserves.  Don't forget Ed Roche and his wonderful original paintings that grace our hallways.  Ed is one of the corner stones of the mill.  As is Julie Munafo, who makes the most awesome frames and pieces of jewelry, selling them online all over the world.
Back again this year is the absolutely gorgeous jewelry of Petri Kymlander, the antique clocks of Rich Fyans and our busy "POTTERS", Donna, Sue and Connie.  Donna Dunn of RI Spa Products, the reason the mill always smells so good with her soaps, creams and sprays all made from ingredients grown in Rhode Island, is getting ready to present some new products again this year.  Also back are Jon O'Hare, with his expertise on making jewelry as it was done 50 years ago,   Grant Andrews, music composer and producer and Katy O'Kula, writer and photographer.    
Roberto Bessin, who has been traveling the past few years has promised he has put aside this week-end to catch up with old friends and talk about the new work he has been doing.  
This year we will also be featuring several new additions to our "old timers"  Information on them will be forthcoming.
It’s as much a party as a shopping experience as the artists provide food, drink and entertainment ­ as well as demonstrations and explanations of their work so be prepared to be amazed with music in the hallways!  Shady Lea Guitar Company will again be playing their very own hand built guitars and showing us how it is done.  Outback is the Tree Hugger himself, Matt (Twig) Largess of Largess Forestry with his wonderful group and Ethan Colby of Freshmode, well known area graphic artist who will put your message/logo on t-shirts, sweat shirts, hats and anything else that can't run faster then he can.   
(The paranormal group, *GHOSTS*,  is planning an exciting presentation of their adventures at the mill and other historical buildings of interest.  They also give private tours for those who are interested.)
As always, The Shady Lea continues to be home to an artistic magic that permeates through every Studio.
While admission is free,  the artists of Shady Lea Mill are asking guests to bring a non-perishable food items for the North Kingstown Food Bank.   Collection bins will be placed at every point of entry. Food items of greatest need are proteins – peanut butter, canned meat and fish, beans, etc.   Thank you.

Shady Lea Mill Open Studios
Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th / Noon to 5pm
Shady Lea Mill
215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Admission is free but we ask a donation to the NK Food Bank

Open to the public / Free parking and refreshments
Storm Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 13th & 14th.





Participating Artists & Businesses
Please check in for updates

Suite No.NameType of Art
100 Anchor Bend Glassworks Hand Blown Glass
102 Robert Allott & Nancy DiMarzio / Orion Glassworks & Design Painter/glass Sculptures
102 David Christensen Furnace and Fused Glass
103 Realfibers - Suzy Bellanger and Wayne Bruce Weaver, papermaker, fiber artist
105 Julie Munafo pewter and frames, metal artist
109 Donna Thompson Pottery
113 Richard Fyans/ Narragansett Clock Shop antique clocks repaired/rebuilt/for sale
114 Petri Kymlander Goldsmith, Designer, Jeweler
115 Element Metal Arts/Judy Schaefer Sculptor/Jewelry/Weaver
209 Susan Matthews Potter, Ceramic/Felt Sculpture
217 Barbara Hutchinson painter
218 Dianne Schuman Potter
219 Jo-Anna Melrose painter/printmaker
221 Largess Forestry Tree Care/Preservation & Education of the forest
225A Bob Plain/RI Futures writer