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ArtMart, new pop-up artist markets at the WaterFire Arts Center

WaterFire is committed to transforming place and building community. Recently, our staff has been focused on creating new and safe events inside and outside the WaterFire Arts Center. ArtMart is a new outdoor pop-up art market that aims to support and connect artists with the community by providing a safe venue to sell their work.

Mask wearing and physical distancing (6′ away!) is required of everyone – at all times. ArtMart is a smaller scale market allowing for more space between artist tents and for visitors. Free parking is available in the ALCO parking lots adjacent to the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street. The entrance and exit will be set-up for one-way traffic. All vendors, staff, volunteers and visitors need to answer COVID-19 pre-screening questions before entering. (Here’s a helpful guide from the Governor’s REOPENING RI plan.)

ArtMart will be held outside the WaterFire Arts Center for a 2-day market on Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Twenty local artists will be selling their original, handcrafted, and affordable art. Shop and support local artists and WaterFire by coming to buy art!

Red’s Rhode Island Street Kitchen will be serving up their uniquely Rhode Island spin on classic Philly cheesesteaks on Sunday 9/20 from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m.

September ArtMart Artists

Anthony Tavis Folk Art
David Sieczkiewicz Photography (Saturday only)
Gather Glass
Glass Sails
K&T Jewelry & Accessories
MACS Boutique Cork Jewelry
Mermaids Baubles
Milkcan Industries
Moonlight Jewelry
MPearl (Saturday only)
Parched (Saturday only)
Pastels and Parcels (Saturday only)
Violet Drury Designs (Sunday only)
Whoa Girl Designs (Saturday only)

There will be additional October Saturdays: October 3, October 10 and October 24. Apply now for our October dates.

The store and gallery at the WaterFire Arts Center are open weekly Wednesday through Saturdays, Noon to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, when we have a scheduled Art Mart, the store and gallery will open early at 10:00 a.m.

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Over the last 10+ years, alongside some incredible co-workers and volunteers, I've worked to build the organization that WaterFire Providence is today. As Director of Creative Services, my team and I work on visual communications, graphic design, the visitor experience, merchandising as well as project management for programming at the WaterFire Arts Center. Being a part of the 'Rhode Island' experience for tens of thousands of people is incredible and I have an intense pride in place for both Downtown Providence and the Valley neighborhood.

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