2016 Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket
Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Show and Sale
172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
In 2011, a group of Rhode Island artists proposed incorporating fine art and American made crafts into the Pawtucket Arts Festival. We called it Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket. These artists came together to jury over 50 regional artists and the two day event was held at the Pawtucket Armory, with an estimated 2-3,000 people coming through its doors. As the event grew, each year it added new features such as art experiences, art education, installation art, and opportunities for local musicians and artists to showcase their talents.
Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket went on for the next three years, with support from individuals, the City of Pawtucket, local companies, foundations, and the RI State Council on the Arts.
This year would have been our fifth year, but the committee came to a difficult decision to end the event due to decline in funding, as well as a smaller number of artists submitting applications this year.
"We really commend our artists who came together, learned, and had a wonderful time coordinating this two day very detailed event showing and selling fine arts and crafts in Pawtucket. While we have delighted to see our original idea to have a fine art event grow and grow, we thought it best to end on a high note, and we wish the Pawtucket Arts Festival continued success with their events. We strongly feel that the fine arts community adds to the significant tourism in our state, enriches our identity, and delights people of all ages."
We hope you will visit the Pawtucket Arts Festival and the many activities that take place during the month of September as well as the many open studios during the weekend of the 17th and 18th in and around the Exchange Street area.
warmest regards -
Nancy Gaucher-Thomas & Gretchen Dow Simpson and the AMP Committee
PAWTUCKET ARMORY ARTS CENTER, LLC
for their continue support of the arts in Rhode Island.