Once again, The Mill at Shady Lea is getting ready to open its doors for the 20th year and celebrate the award winning Artists and world-renowned Craftsmen and women of the Shady Lea Mill
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 2nd and 3rd from 11 to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host its 20th annual 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, beautiful work in metals, photography, woodworking, jewelry design. 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. Julie Munafo, who is one of the cornerstones of the mill makes the most awesome wreaths, 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 and Sue. 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 is Ursula Bendl with her specialized soaps. How about the paintings of Pamela Hicks, Trish Hurley, Jo-Anne Melrose Kris Chatterson, Ethan French and the beautiful works of our 3 weavers, Susie, Nancy and Judy.
This year we will also be featuring several new additions to our "old timers" The paintings of Ethan French, Adam Broadbent, and Ed Ferszt. You don't want to miss Sky Sabin of Sabin Videos Productions or Joe Yoffa's furniture pieces.
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. Outback is the Tree Hugger himself, Matt (Twig) Largess of Largess Forestry with his wonderful group and the amazing sculptures of Elizabeth Lind, now in L-1.
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.
It has been said the Shady Lea Mill has a pulse of its own, the feel of a community in action. a celebration of diversity! If you haven't experienced us yet, this is the year. Treat yourself and join us.
AT A GLANCE:
Shady Lea Mill Open Studios
Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd / 11am 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 9th & 10th