Traveling Travis

Travis-in-London-Celts-cropHopArts stone carver Laura Travis just returned from a trip to London to study some of her favorite Celtic art objects at a spectacular show at the British Museum “Celts: Art and Identity”. She funded the trip with a successful Kickstarter! and is eager to get back into the studio to get busy on a new body of work in stone sculpture to reflect all that new inspiration!


Laura is offering two classes in stone carving in her studio in Warren, RI. Registration for the Workshop can be found at Eventbrite or at or by phone call: 401-792-7149. Enrollment is limited!

Relief Carving in Limestone Workshop
February 20 and 21
9:30 am to 4 pm (with lunch break)

Relief carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. In this 12-hour introductory-level workshop, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them in relief-bring your own idea or utilize teacher references – and in the process learn something of an art form that has graced buildings and monuments from the Assyrians onward. Please note: this workshop does not include instruction in carving letters. Workshop fee includes use of tools and one piece of stone. Addtional tools and stone may be available for purchase

NEW! Tuesdays Rock!
Weekly Stone carving class at Laura Travis Carving
Tuesdays, March 1 to 22, 6 to 8:30 pm!

A highly personalized, in-studio class in carving stone for a limit of 5 people. If you ever wanted to “dig in” in a small group, with every tool at your fingertips, and work towards completing a special project, this is the class for you. It’s great for relief carvers looking to get some experience in carving in the round. Beginners are always welcome and will find this a very supportive setting. Soapstone carving in the round and limestone carving in the round or in relief are all options. $125 for four weeks of class at studio 219A, stone and some materials additional. Registration for the classes can be found at Eventbrite or at or by phone call: 401-792-7149.


Shaw in Newport

HopArts artist Susan Shaw is included the 2016 juried Newport Art Museum Annual Members Exhibit. Shown above is her painting in the exhibit, Tumult, watercolor, 22″x28″.

The opening reception is Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm. Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. The exhibit is in the Cushing Gallery and will be up from February 6- May 22, it is open to the public.

Sherman on the March

Here’s the latest from artist Christy Sherman, Skygrazer Designs. There’s a lot going on!

Critters Workshop Jan 23rd

Polymer Clay Critters – Ages 5 and up, but adults are welcome with or without a kid.
Jan 23rd at 10:30AM  ($5 Materials fee for the clay)

Sign up at the Clark Memorial Library:

7 Pinehurst Dr.
Carolina, R.I. 02812
Phone: (401) 364-6100

This will be a low key demo and play session. I’m going to demonstrate how to make lizards (shown in the Mixed Media class photo below), but everyone can make whatever they like.

The class will be about an hour. Baking the critters will take another 40 minutes or so afterwards, so you can either hang out at the library or pick up your baked critters another day.

It’s a lot of fun!

Magpie Eclectic March 12

Saturday, March 12,  10 AM – 1 PM
Wickford Art Center – Sign up here
mixedmediaEmbrace your inner magpie, and dig out all your treasures. String a necklace or bracelet out of a bit of this and a bit of that and then add some wire to hold it all together. Asymmetry and mixed media are encouraged, but you can use the same techniques to make more traditional designs.

We will cover a variety of techniques such as making your own custom clasps, wire spirals, links, and connections between chains, beads, fiber, ribbon, leather and wire. You’ll also learn how to use findings such as headpins, eyepins, jumprings and earwires.

This is a great starting point for anyone who wants to make or mend your own jewelry, or for anyone who wants to learn connection techniques for mixed media. No experience necessary.

$50 Members / $85 Non-members   $25 Supply fee

Artist’s Unhinged Retreat

Registration is open, sign up soon.
April 15-17th in Glen Ridge, NJ
There are going to be some great world class instructors, and yours truly. I’ll be teaching two dragon sculpting classes.

For more details and registration:
Artists Unhinged
(I’m not sure if there’s a non-Facebook link but I’ll send one out when I find out)

And Good News!

Fire Mountain has announced the 2015 Creative Clays Contest winners. My barn owl was both a Category winner and Grand Prize Winner – Special Recognition.Barn Owl-Design-Idea-F951-Wall-Hanging-bc2015_winners_creativeclay_073

Grear in the Fall

Artist Leah Grear has several  shows and sales this fall:

• November 13-15
Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center Holiday Show

Greenlock Announcement

Art Show and Sale – Greenlock Gallery
59 Summer St, Rehoboth
Opening and Reception
Friday, November 13th 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday, November 14th 10:00 – 4:00 PM; Sunday, November 15th 11:00 – 3:00 PM
Call for more info: 508.252.5814

• Saturday, December 5
RISD Alumni Holiday Sale

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General Admission: $8.00*; free for current RISD students and children under 14
*Proceeds support scholarships for RISD students

Join us for this annual favorite, which features over 200 RISD alumni and current student artists selling work in a variety of media: fine art, glass, ceramics, apparel and accessories, jewelry, furniture, gifts and more!

• Thursday, December 10 /3-7pm
Wheeler School Holiday Art and Artisans sale
The show will be in the Student Union in the Hope building at Wheeler School, 216 Hope Street.
For more info contact Leah Grear:  860-391-5104

A diverse group of Southern Rhode Island artists and artisans.