Ellen Welty

Rare Art

A new exhibit features portraits of children with rare diseases.

“Beyond the Diagnosis” debuted at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School in early 2015 with seventeen portraits. Now it boasts nearly 150, including six children from Rhode Island, and paintings contributed by twenty-two Rhode Island artists.

Quilt for Change

These quilting exhibits illuminate the challenges women face around the world.

Just like paint on canvas, a quilt can tell a story. Quilt For Change was founded seven years ago by quilter Allison Wilbur and her husband, Dick, who works at the United States Naval War College in Newport. Their quilt exhibits illuminate challenges that women around the world face, including illnesses like malaria and the hardship of raising a family…

Pet Project

Sometimes the best companions in life surprise you.

Really, it all started with the monkey. When I was fifteen, a neighbor asked me to take care of her pets while she vacationed on a South Sea island. She had a cat, an enormous snake and a monkey. The cat and the snake didn’t need much from me, but the monkey was definitely high-maintenance. I had to shut myself…

Secret Rhode Island

You think you know Rhode Island. 
This state doesn’t cover many square miles, after all. But do you really?

You’re busy. You’ve got a life. Besides, the truth is, some of our state’s best stuff and people are tucked away; every day, you probably drive by them as you sail down I-95, oblivious. Well, here they are — our state’s hidden gems — from where the ghosts hang out, to where to savor a drink you’ve never tasted before….

Rhody Relics: Treasures Found at Local Archaeological Sites

Rhode Island’s archaeologists have identified over 2,500 sites of archaeological interest in our tiny state.

In the basement of the Old State House at 150 Benefit Street in Providence – where prisoners were once housed while awaiting trial in the courtroom upstairs – sits the office of two archaeologists most residents don’t even know exist: Charlotte Taylor and Tim Ives. They work for the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, and together, they oversee…

Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: The Post-Halloween Edition

Writer Ellen Welty resolved to become more of a Rhode Islander for Halloween.

I’ve spent fourteen years living in Rhode Island with my family…I look on it as the beginning of a beautiful friendship between this tiny state and me. But as much as I love it here, I feel I haven’t totally morphed yet into a real Rhode Islander. There's so much that real Ocean State residents know how to do that…

Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: Learning to be a True RI Sports Fan

Writer Ellen Welty details her adventures on becoming a real Rhode Islander.

Fourteen years ago, my family and I moved to Rhode Island – our best decision ever. No matter how much I love it here, however, I still don’t feel I’m a real local. There are things real Rhode Islanders know how to do, which I don’t. So I’ve decided to learn how to do them. This is my year of…

Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: Learning to Follow Directions, Rhode Island-Style

Writer Ellen Welty details her adventures on becoming a real Rhode Islander.

Fourteen years ago, my family and I moved to Rhode Island – our best decision ever. No matter how much I love it here, however, I still don’t feel I’m a real local. There are things real Rhode Islanders know how to do, which I don’t. So I’ve decided to learn how to do them. This is my year of…

Becoming a Real Rhode Islander: Learning to Clam

A Rhode Island resident tests out different Rhode Island-centric skills, in an effort to become more connected to the Ocean State.

Fourteen years ago, my family and I moved to Rhode Island – our best decision ever. We left Los Angeles, the land of parched palm trees and six-lane boulevards that I travelled just to go to my kid’s t-ball game. The land where the car wash was always full of scowling customers supervising the small army of guys polishing their…