Head for a studio tour, such as the annual SHADY LEA ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO, now in its 11th year. Housed in a former North Kingstown textile mill called Shady Lea, more than 40 artists, artisans, and craftspeople open their studios in December for self-guided tours, a chance to see artists at work, and an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind gift items. The historic mill is said to have been a place where blankets for Union soldiers were woven during the Civil War. The artists include sculptors, glassblowers, a fabric and furniture duo, painters, beadmakers, ceramicists, photographers, soapmakers, potters, and printers. Lynn Reisert Krim, daughter of mill founder Andy Reisert, took on her late father’s vision to offer a place where creative people could form a supportive community in which to learn, share, and work. The mill has truly become a haven for the artists within its walls.
Shady Lea Open Studio | 215 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown | 401.295.0718 | sewmanythings.net/openstudios_info.htm