Tis the season to support local artists and craftspeople ! The Shady Lea Mill, a local southern Rhode Island treasure, is having their annual open house. A great place to visit and maybe, just maybe, find that one of kind Christmas gift you’ve been searching for.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
DEC 4th and 5th, 2010
Noon to Five
The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Matatuxet River in North Kingstown RI, houses over 40 artists, artisans, and craftsmen and women working in various media. This 13th Year marks the biggest 2-Day Event in The Mill’s history. On Saturday and Sunday December 4th and 5th from noon to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host 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. Featuring one of a kind pottery, metal sculpture, painting, mixed media collage, glass blowing, hand made pewter frames, photography, woodworking, jewelry and classes in art, guitar making and furniture building.
As an addition to this year’s event, the artists of Shady Lea Mill are again asking guests to bring non-perishable food items to fill North Kingstown Food Bank’s empty shelves and gently worn jackets and coats your family members have outgrown . There is a great need for these donations this year, and with the holidays approaching, the Open Studios is a great time to get people together in donating to this hard-working local charity. 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.