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Up Coming Classes

Laura Travis: Stone Carving Classes

HopArts artist Laura Travis will host two stone carving classes this Fall, one at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, Saturday and Sunday during Columbus Day Weekend, and one in the winter studio at 30 Cutler Street in Warren, RI, every Tuesday night starting September 12.

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Christy Sherman: Polymer Clay – Baby Seal Sculpting Class

HopArts artist Christy Sherman will be teaching one of her favorite classes in October. Sign up at the Wickford Art Association.
The Wickford Art Association is disability accessible.

Learn to sculpt and handle polymer clay in 3 dimensions as you sculpt an adorable baby seal. You’ll learn how to create fur texture and how to use paint to bring out the texture and highlight your seal.

Your seal can be a free-standing figurine, a hanging pendant, or an ornament.

No experience needed.
When: October 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Wickford Art Association, 36 Beach Street, Wickford, RI 02852 | 401. 294.6840
Cost: $55 Members of Wickford Art Association,  $90 Non-members,  $10 Material fee


Open Studio

HopArts weaver, Joyce Hoffman is opening her studio at The Old Rockville Post Office:

Tuesdays and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
from 10 am – 2 pm
June – September 2017     (CLOSED JULY 4th)

335 Canonchet Road
Hopkinton, RI
(The Old Rockville Post Office) Map

I invite HopArts members and their friends/relatives to drop by. They can bring hand work to do –  Knitting,  Crocheting, Sewing, or Weaving projects. Or just come to visit. I have my floor loom at the Studio as well as a Frame loom. I am working on items for HopArts weekend!

Looking forward to seeing folks.


Solstice Studio: Carving Stone at The Summer Studio

June 19 – 20, 2017
The Summer Studio – Laura Travis Carving
15 Maple Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Map It

Open Studio- and a class in carving stone with HopArts artist Laura Travis. Two days in Middlebridge at The Summer Studio for beginners and experienced carvers. Flexible schedule and pricing according to the time frames you prefer.

Choose the time frame that works for you! Studio will be open 9:30 to 7 pm. Minimum 3 hrs- $30 up to both days with instruction in your choice of stone at $125. See complete details and directions at


Osso gets grant

HopArts artist Caitlin Osso, photographer, has received a grant through a collaborative project, called Assets for Artists (A4A) sponsored by MASS MoCA, ArtHome and the Midas Collaborative. The goal of this project is to empower artist-entrepreneurs to achieve the financial stability needed to support their creative work.

The program provides the following:

  • A “matched savings” program providing working capital to be invested in the artist’s Rhode Island-based creative business and provides a matching grant based on certain goals.
  • Free artist-customized training in financial management and business planning.
  • Support in writing a business plan to guide the targeted investment of the matched savings funds.

Caitlin says; “I have already started my courses, beginning last week with an intense, inspiring, and very informative full-day Financial Boot-camp, with the AMAZING Ester Robinson. We talked about the difference between most people- budgets, and those of artists and went over many great ideas on how to sustain a wonderful life while doing what we love for a living. I am very excited to continue my education with Mass MoCA, and to make my goal of a sustainable art business a reality. I am so honored to have been chosen to be a part of this wonderful program.” 

Caitlin’s webpage is: