Eye for Design: Design With Impact

The second annual Design Expo will be held at the Jamestown Arts Center starting in January.


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From the Tellart exhibit at the Weblab, a project done in collaboration with Google, for the Science Museum in London.

Courtesy of Tellart

What kind of impact have designers had in Rhode Island? That's the theme of the second annual Design Expo at the Jamestown Arts Center, which begins January 23. Here are the details:

WHO: Designers from around the state show through their work the impact they've had on Rhode Island and beyond, including wood bender and sculptor Matthias Pliessnig; the design and engineering group Tellart; mission-based architects Union Studio from Providence; and Sproutel, the maker of toys helping children with chronic illnesses.

Matthias Pliessnig

WHAT: Designers with a range of specialties are also participating, including Libby Slader, Kelly Taylor Interior Design, Ronald F. DiMauro Architects, Burgin Lambert Architects, Isoude, Shuttercal, Re-Sails, Loft, Baby's Journey, Sandra Liotus Lighting Design, Circle A Cycles, Spiraire Surfboards and Willywaw.

WHEN: Opening reception is January 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., which will feature two speakers on design, including RISD faculty member and entrepreneur Bill Foulkes, who created the "Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking" course.

A Pecha Kucha night featuring designers will also be held January 29. The adult show-and-tell will feature presentations by Scott Ferguson of Oracle, Barnaby Evans of WaterFire, engineer Kipp Bradford, Justin Sirotin of Mars Made and Adrienne Gagnon of DownCity Design. Doors open at 7 p.m., presentations start at 7:30 p.m.

A Teen Xtreme Sports Video Night will take place on January 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits worked with the Teen Center and the JAC Teen Advisory Council on it. The Expo is also offering a four-session design class for middle-school aged children from January 15 through February 5.

The Expo runs through February 23.

WHERE: The Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 401-662-3839, jamestownartcenter.org


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