(11.5) Head over to the Pawtucket Arts Center this weekend for the 22nd annual Fine Furnishings Show, where roughly 100 exhibitors will be selling their wares. They will also be happy to discuss a custom piece you have been “designing” in your head. Many of these artisans have studios in the Providence area:
The Fire & Ice Studio creates custom architectural glass with etching, and light and deep carving, of both glass and mirror.
Interior architecture and design, including hand-tufted rugs, by Design by Chiara.
Rugs and carpets by two Providence brick-and-mortar stores: Loominous (on North Main Street) and the venerable Rustigian Rugs (Governor at Wickenden).
Lighting and lamps by Michael Lamar.
Expect the unusual at the booth being manned by students from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The list of exhibitors includes Channing Gray Furniture (with no link). A certain Channing Gray (former ProJo staff writer) has written up the event for the Providence Journal without mentioning whether or not he is indeed the same Channing Gray who makes furniture. One would think an editor would have made clear.
Sidebar: I am referring here to the hard copy of today’s Providence Journal. The ProJo website is still such a disorganized mishmash that I never go directly to it, but today a Google search for the piece yielded nothing. So I went to the website and, as usual, the ProJo search engine also yielded absolutely nothing. I then tried as many categories as seemed reasonable — Things to do, RI Events, Entertainment, News — nothing.
Seen here is a detail from “Turtle Grass” by Rhode Island artist Pat Warwick.
Friday is identified as “Date Night,” 4pm to 8pm/Saturday, 10am to 6pm/Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Plenty of free parking.
$10, Friday through Sunday, November 3 through 5, Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, (directions)