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Cue the cheers and confetti!

Happy New Year!  Have you noticed any thoughts of possible resolutions drifting through your mind these days?  Personally, I dislike resolutions … they seem to come pre-packaged with the cynical threat of failure.  I prefer the anticipation of embracing new ideas, trying new things, and nurturing new habits.  These seem somehow friendlier and more approachable.  And so, may I humbly submit for your consideration this friendly and (perhaps) new habit for 2014:  Found-Object Doodling!

I saw this, a couple of days ago, on the inkygirl blog by children’s book writer & illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and I wanted to share it with you:

A Portrait in Ink and Parsley
A Portrait in Ink and Parsley

“Found Object Doodles (a.k.a. Sometimes It’s Okay To Play With Your Food Before Eating It)”  by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Ah!  Inspiring in the best sense of the word, because this is something everyone can do!  Click on the photo above, or the article link, to read (and see) more.  Doodling will warm-up your creative muscles, and there’s no pressure to “make it perfect”.  It’ll bring a smile to your face and to those around you.  It contributes more art to the world and reminds us that art is all around us.  And all it takes to get started is a Sharpie in your pocket.


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

Family Favorites for ART Night

Gather the family and hop on the trolley for a night on the town!  ART Night has planned a marvelous finale to an outstanding first year, this Thursday, November 29th, from 5pm ’til 9pm (ish!).  What began back in March, as a small but ambitious new artful thing-to-do in Bristol & Warren, has exploded into a delightfully contagious, collaborative endeavor to strengthen the local economy and our community ties by bringing people together one night each month to celebrate art!  The Arts Room is especially happy to note that this month’s featured local artists are huge favorites among arts-loving families:

Ellen Blomgren, ceramic sculptor, artist educator, and owner of Mudstone Studios in Warren, will open her studio doors to give us all a sneak peak at how she works.  Ellen’s intriguing animal figures are a natural draw for children and teens, and she has worked with artists of all ages in her classes and workshops, and as an artist-in-residence in several local schools.  You won’t want to miss this chance to see her workspace up close!

A floor or two above Mudstone, in Studio #225 at the Cutler Mills in Warren, copper artist David Ferro will open up his workspace and give us a chance to see his spectacular weathervanes in process!  If you’ve never before glimpsed the inside of this fascinating studio then don’t miss this chance.  David’s work is unique and inspiring, and adults and children of all ages are bound to be captivated by every nook and cranny of his studio.

A wonderfully unexpected thing has happened over the past year, as the buzz about ART Night has steadily grown – a growing number of local shops and restaurants have begun to participate in this art-focused endeavor, creating what we like to call … PERKS!  They have been brilliant, odd, and varied, and they change from month to month, but they are always worth noting.  Here are some of the perks being offered for ART Night this Thursday:

The Community String Project’s Adult Ensemble will play a selection of seasonal carols and folk songs in Cutler Mills from 6pm ’til 7pm.  If you plan it just right, this’ll make for a relaxing interlude between Open Studio visits!

MUSE, on Main Street in Warren, is holding an Awesome Affordable Art sale, perfect for holiday gift-giving. Plus, they’ve got spiked cider, Simply Devine’s homemade apple fritters and live instrumental soundscapes by Matt Kiepert, or what they like to call “very soothing sounds for a very long time.”

●Also in Warren, The Wooden Midshipman on Water Street is having a Nautical Art
Sale! All art, framed or unframed, is 25% off or more during this special holiday preview, and each piece comes with complimentary gift wrap. If anyone is thinking of grabbing some original, affordable local art as a gift, ART Night is definitely the time to stop by and have a glass of mulled spiked cider while they gift wrap it for you.

●Upstairs from Green River Silver on Hope Street in Bristol, a new gallery has opened! Alta Luna Gallery will be hosting an opening reception from 6pm ’til 9pm: “Harvest ~ Light ~ Celebration”, a juried exhibit of regional artists.  There will be live music by blues guitarist, Ross Robinson, and refreshments will be served.

●Also in Bristol, local painter Blayney Norton will be featured at Kate & Co. on Hope Street, while next door at Angelina’s Coffee, they’re having a reception for artist Kendra Ferreira, who creates the most amazing colored pencil drawings.  Around the corner at Sea Rose Cottage on Constitution Street, painter Kathrine Lovell will be the guest artist.  A few blocks north, The Knotty Dog on Bradford Street will be featuring the work of local fiber artist Maya Tavares.  And there are new exhibits not to be missed at Hope Gallery, Gallery Eleven, and the Bristol Art Museum (on display at the library) along the way!

These are just a few of the perks being offered this month; to find out more visit the ART Night website here, and look for them on Facebook!

The Arts Room wishes to extend our appreciation to the many hardworking people who labored tirelessly all year bringing ART Night to our community every month!  We wish you a restful holiday and we look forward to ART Night 2013.  Thank you!

Kick It!

Now THIS is teamwork!

Students from six local dance studios performed this kickline dance routine on the day after Thanksgiving this year, as part of National Dance Week’s Kick Line Contest in celebration of the Rockettes 85th anniversary.  Over 160 students, from Danceworks, Extensions School of Dance, Just Dance, Rosemary’s School of Dance, Shannon’s Studio, and The Ballet Center performed together at Colt State Park in Bristol on Friday, November 23rd.  The performance was filmed and entered in the Kick Line Contest, in the “Longest Line” category.  Way to go, dancers!