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Summer fun at local Arts and Crafts Festivals

By Linda Demers

Outdoor art festivals and craft fairs are a highlight of my summer. On a beautiful day (we’ve been known to have them), nothing excites me more than being outside among festive shoppers looking at great handmade products and enjoying live entertainment. As a supporter of buying handmade and shopping local, I can find absolutely everything I need or want from artists in this area: clothes for adults and kids, jewelry, home décor, food, handbags, stationary, and even pet products. Local artists pour countless hours, honed skill, and love into each item they make.

One such artist is Providence’s Heather Toupin, a gocco screenprint artist who makes hip stationary and prints. Heather also makes custom cards, invitations, baby announcements, etc. If you want something truly unique and uber cool, then Heather is the one to call. Recenlty, she began screenprinting these adorable onesies modeled below by her little boy. You can meet Heather and see her designs at ArtBeat in Sommerville, MA, July 17 & 18 (more information below) and at Sowa Open Market in Boston, July 12 & 26. She also sells online here.

KIDOINFO DEAL: Heather has offered to give 10% off to anyone who mentions seeing her on kidoinfo  at any of her 3 shows.

gocco screenprints by Heather Toupin

Here are some upcoming July art shows that can be found within a 60 mile radius of Providence:

29th Annual East Providence Heritage Festival
July 17 – 19, 2009
Pierce Field, Lyon Avenue, East Providence RI
Artists, rides, music, food, children’s shows

IndieArts Fest ‘09
July 18, 2009
Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence, RI
Artists, performers, food

ArtBeat 2009 – Somerville…Of the Future
July 17 & 18, 2009
Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Music, performance art, crafts, dance, theater, food

Sowa Open Market
Open Sundays (excluding July 5) through October 25, 2009
540 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Linda Cox Demers moved to Barrington from Chicago with her two boys, ages 12 & 7, and husband.  She runs her handbag and accessories business, à la mode, from home and has recently discovered a passion for blogging.  As an independent designer herself, Linda enjoys promoting local artists and the “buy handmade” movement. Visit Linda’s blog at http://alamodestuff.blogspot.com.

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