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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-30-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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12 ENTERTAINMENT JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Park in East Providence but due to its large-scale nature had to be canceled because of the coronavirus. The council had also been plan- ning to host an open studio tour and decided to combine the two for this event. "There are a lot of great artists in East Providence who were willing to open their home studios," he said. "We have artists from Rumford down to Riverside." There will be 18 artists and three writers set up across 10 locations, many in front of their homes. People can drive around the city and visit them, hopefully purchasing some of their work, he said. "I'm excited that we can offer some art- ists an opportunity for them to showcase their wares," he said. "It's also good that we can keep the Looff going." A few booths will be set up at Hunt's Mills Museum, 27 Hunts Mill Road, where there will also be belly danc- ers and an a cappella group performing. Small-scale live music will take place at Stevie D's Riverside Tavern, 24 Monroe Ave., including acoustic duos and three- piece bands, Lawson said, noting they're planning on three to four acts. "I'm a musician myself. We're all itching to play," he said. "I'm excited to offer some musicians an outlet to perform live." Folks can also grab some pub food at Stevie D's. Riverside Creamery, 447 Willett Ave., has offered to host an artist and has sug- gested creat- ing a special flavor or sundae dish for the event, he said. Lawson said when you look at activi- ties people are doing dur- ing this lockdown time, it's art, music, reading books, and watching movies. "Art is what nurtures our soul during this tough time," he said. "The Arts Council is working hard to keep some normalcy in this time of COVID." Artist Emily Farnsworth, of East Providence, will have her acrylic and oil paintings on display outside her fam- ily's restaurant, Farnsworth Cafe, 302 Willett Ave., for the day. Farnsworth has partici- pated in the art festival since 2017. "It's always been a great experience," she said. "I'm excited about the On Tour (event). It's going to be a little different." Farnsworth's paintings tend to be landscapes and portraits, and she also does tattoo designs. This year she also started to make jewelry, which she will be selling for the first time, she said. Her jewelry will be for sale for $25 to $60, while paint- ings cost between $60 and $200. On Carriage Lane in Rumford, artist Rachel Brask will be displaying her series of oil paintings, which she's dubbed Rachel's Rainy Days, in the yard outside her studio. Her work, which costs between $50 and $1,200, consists of colorful, textured oil painting impressions of rainy days, she said. While many people think of rainy days as "doom and gloom," she said her mission is to show them as joyful and peaceful. "You can't have flowers in spring without the rain." She also offers prints, mugs, and other gift prod- ucts so there's something for every budget and price point, she noted. While she's par- ticipated in past Looff art festivals, she said what's cool about the decentralized way of doing it this year is that it helps people visit different locations throughout town and "to realize how many creative artists are in East Providence." The lockdown this past spring has afforded artists time to work on new pieces. In April, Brask painted one painting per day, resulting in 30 small paintings, which she exhibited on the picket fence in her front yard for passersby to see and pur- chase. "Now is a really great way to get out and see what (art- ists) have been doing during that time," Brask said. The rain date will be Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit https:// on-tour/ . FARNSWORTH BRASK LOOFF From Page 11

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