Art

A Rhode Island Picker Success Story

A local family goes from picking at flea markets to dealing high-yield antiques in the digital world.

Bill Wolstenholme returned from Vietnam in the 1970s with a promising future ahead of him: he was off to the University of Rhode Island on the government’s dollar and was going to marry his Burrillville High School sweetheart, Wendy. But one problem cropped up: The couple was strapped for cash. “We didn’t have a lot of money, but my wife…

He's Got a License to Peddle

Jim McCarthy just launched a mobile business selling vintage bikes curbside in Providence.

You know all about food trucks, but how about a big green truck traveling to farmers markets and festivals in Providence–selling vintage bikes? Jim McCarthy just launched a mobile business called Curbside reCycles. Stationed near the Hope Street street festival in Providence Saturday, McCarthy showed off his classic Schwinns as passersby stopped to check them out. He thinks he's the…

TEDxProvidence Returns this Weekend

This year's speakers will focus on social enterprise, food and arts and craftsmanship.

Come hear from some of the finest minds in Providence this Saturday, May 11. TEDxProvidence will feature panels on several areas of interest in Rhode Island: social enterprise, food and art and craftsmanship. Tickets are $40. Here's a complete list of the speakers and the schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Check In / Registration RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk,…

Local Man Discovers Hidden Artistic Talent

Shawn Patrick Duff’s first gallery show will take place May 4−25 at AS220’s Main Gallery at 115 Empire St. in Providence.

Shawn Patrick Duff had fallen on hard times. He was out of work due to an injury and having trouble paying the bills. As a single father of a sixteen-year-old son living in Pawtucket, it was getting even more difficult to make ends meet. Then his mother, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away. He couldn’t sleep. One night,…

Three-Hour Artist

A new instructional studio in Pawtucket offers tips and sips.

You’re no painter. But after a couple glasses of wine and a few solid instructions — well, move over, Monet. This weekend, May 4 and 5, Pawtucket entrepreneurs Rachel and Paul Araujo launch Paint and Vino, a social studio that provides in-depth painting tutorials for all skill levels. Here, creativity is fueled by two complimentary glasses of Zagat-rated wine or…

Pop-Up Museum in Central Falls

It will open in a carriage house behind Adams Memorial Library for one week in May.

What does a carriage house in Central Falls have in common with a palace in Paris? Emily Leighton, a graduate student at RISD, was inspired by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s recent work on a 24-hour pop-up museum in Paris. She decided to do the same thing in Central Falls, only for a week instead of a day. Leighton, who is…

Art and War in Iraq at Brown's David Winton Bell Gallery

Daniel Heyman's show "I am Sorry It is Difficult to Start” and Wafaa Bila's "The Ashes Series" will be on display through May 26.

Last Friday, I dropped by the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University to see Daniel Heyman’s show “I am Sorry It is Difficult to Start” and Wafaa Bilal’s “The Ashes Series.” These powerful shows, timed to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, force the viewer to confront the very painful realities of the Iraq…

Local Artist Celebrates Women in Business

Gail Ahlers hopes to create a mixed media wall sculpture made of reclaimed lumber and steel, and handmade cherry blossoms to present to the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

A local artist is hoping to create an original art sculpture to celebrate women in business. Gail Ahlers is artistic director and CEO of Ahlers Designs and she creates beautiful custom works of art that are made specifically to help communicate mission statements. Her hope is to create a mixed media wall sculpture made of reclaimed lumber and steel, and…

Tiverton Weaver's Work is Lasting

Amy Lund shows how to spin some yarn and weave some linen.

The customer arrived at Amy Lund’s Tiverton studio and gallery, carrying a dish towel that he bought from her more than fifteen years ago. It was bleached from repeated washings over the years, and had a small hole from wear, but the customer remembered where he bought it, and came back to have it repaired. That’s the type of relationship…

Renowned Event Planner Returns to RISD

David Stark shared some tips with students about what he's done with his painting major.

He’s turned the launch party for designer Prabal Gurung’s partnership with Target into a carnival and created a giant sculpture out of 15,000 Dr. Seuss books on the steps of the New York Public Library.   You can’t major in the work RISD alum and event producer David Stark now does for clients that range from the Global Volatility Summit…