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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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8 ENTERTAINMENT DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PROVIDENCE – The Art Providence Holiday Show returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center this weekend, Dec. 8-9, featuring nearly 200 local and national artists. Now in its second year, this pre- mier art, craft and design show replaced the former RISD Alumni Holiday Sale, held for more than 20 years to support alumni artists by providing a coveted opportunity to sell their work. Laura Burkett, a designer and maker herself with a line of leather bags and accessories, took over the show in March of 2017 under the umbrella of her marketing company, ArtSmart Productions. A former marketing pro- fessional in the corporate space, she said she was pleased to see the transi- tion year make an impact, prompting her decision to return to downtown. "I know firsthand how much artists appreciate a show that works, and we are off to a good start," said Burkett, a Kentucky native who has lived in Rhode Island for nine years and established Laura Burkett Designs leather studio in Pawtucket two years ago. "The lineup of artists for this year's show represents tremendous talent and technical skill, all selected by our knowledgeable, experienced panel of jurors." The Art Providence Holiday Show welcomes back many RISD alumni as well as talented artists from all over New England and beyond to showcase work in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, wood, painting, prints, furniture, leather, photography and more. Following a successful 2017 show, Art Providence Holiday was honored with a Providence Ambassadors Award by GoProvidence and the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) for con- tinuing the legacy of RISD's annual sale and driving business to the Ocean State. Burkett, newly hired coordinator of the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative in Pawtucket, Cumberland and Central Falls, said one of the main differences with this show is that it's juried, with more participants than just those from RISD. Also a significant difference is that it runs over two days instead of just one, she said. There are five or six new compo- nents this year, such as food sam- pling, live music and an affordable VIP package, she said. Three aspects making this event especially attrac- tive are tax-free art purchases, free parking downtown on Sunday, and a requirement that artists be at the show and interacting with customers, said Burkett. The goal is to create a "long-term kind of thing" here that's strategically different from many other shows focused only on crafts, she said, with an assortment of art, design and small-batch production creating a Art Providence Holiday Show takes best of RISD and expands on it By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BURKETT See HOLIDAY SHOW, Page 11

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