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Open Studios 2019

215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
  11am - 5pm

Storm Dates:
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Sunday, December 15h, 2019



Once again, The Mill at Shady Lea is getting ready to open its doors for the 22nd year  and celebrate the

  award winning Artists and world-renowned Craftsmen and women of the Shady Lea Mill  

The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, houses over 40 artists and artisans working in various media.   On Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 from 11 to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host its 22nd annual Open Studios for each artisan to showcase his/her skills. Just in time for holiday shopping,  some of Rhode Island’s many talented residents open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts.  Featured will be one of a kind pottery, sculpture, weaving, fine arts, mixed media, glass blowing and fusing, beautiful work in metals and jewelry design.  Anchor Bend Glassworks is an unprecedented glass artist collaborative established in 2003. This award winning team is comprised of childhood friends Michael Richardson, Justin Tarducci and Timothy Underwood. All met while exploring their shared enthusiasm for art, glass and creation. The talents from each artist encourage and compliment the energy and originality that permeates every piece of hand blown glass that Anchor Bend creates. Their award winning designs can be seen at select galleries and museums nationwide.  
David Christensen  also lends his talents in cane glass bead work to the Anchor Bend team. His jewelry and other creations will be highlighted at the Open Studios.   Julie Munafo, who is one of the cornerstones of the mill makes the most awesome wreaths, frames and pieces of jewelry, selling them online all over the world.
  Back again this year is the absolutely gorgeous jewelry of Petri Kymlander, our busy "POTTERS", Donna and Jen and Susie Matthews' most unusual Pottery and Felt works of art.  Also back is  Ursula Bendl with her specialized soaps which you can't miss the upper corridors by just following your nose.   How about the paintings of Kim Ellery, Trish Hurley, Jo-Anne Melrose,  Ethan French and the beautiful works of our 3 weavers, Susie, Nancy and Judy and the fiber arts of Kate Barber and  Spinner Kate O'Donovan.  Remember Diane Harrison who uses natural dyes and botanical printing on silk, cashmere and wool scarves, wraps and kimonos and Martin Keen, in Studio 203, who continues to have fun experimenting with his many talents.
  You don't want to miss  Joe Yoffa's interesting paintings.  He moved on to another focus recently.  Be prepared for a surprise.   Also The Singing Stones is back featuring the most beautiful jewelry pieces of Lisa Gibsons.   This year we welcome writer and Illustrator of children's books,  Jeanette Bradley in Studio 112. 
It’s as much a party as a shopping experience as the artists provide food, drink and entertainment ­ as well as demonstrations and explanations of their work so be prepared to be amazed.    Around back, a special feature will be a demonstration by
Sculptor Elizabeth Lind, in L-1 on Saturday at 2pm.  Some of her students will be there to guide you.   Check out our Facebook Page and Instagram #themillatshadylea, for more informatio on these and others who are here at the Shady Lea.

  As always, The Shady Lea continues to be home to an artistic magic that permeates through every Studio. 
While admission is free,  the artists of Shady Lea Mill are again asking guests to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Kingstown Food Bank.   Collection bins will be placed at every point of entry.

 It has been said the Shady Lea Mill has a pulse of its own, the feel of a community in action. a celebration of diversity!    If you haven't experienced us yet, this is the year.  Treat yourself and join us. 

Shady Lea Mill Open Studios
Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 11am to 5pm
Shady Lea Mill
215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852


Admission is free but we ask a donation to the NK Food Bank

Open to the public / Free parking and refreshments
Storm Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 14th & 15th.






Participating Artists & Businesses
Please check in for updates

Suite No.NameType of Art
100 Anchor Bend Glassworks Hand Blown Glass
102 David Christensen Furnace and Fused Glass
102 Robert Allott & Nancy DiMarzio / Orion Glassworks & Design Painter/glass Sculptures
103 Suzy Ballenger Weaver
104 Trish Hurley Oil Painter
105 Julie Munafo pewter and frames
106 Lisa Gibson McMahon Jewelry
107 Ethan French Painter, Furniture, Architecture
109 Donna Thompson Pottery
109 Jan Hall-Stinson Ceramics
111 Handwovens by Nancy Moye Handweaver
112 Studio Bradley/Jeanette Bradley Illustration
113 Richard Fyans/ Narragansett Clock Shop antique clocks repaired/rebuilt/for sale
114 Petri Kymlander Goldsmith, Designer, Jeweler
115 Element Wrought & Woven/Judy Schaefer Sculptor/Jewelry/Weaver
200 Lynn Murphy/Time To Design, Inc Mixed Media
201 Andrea Peitsch Multy Media/Stop Motion Animation/classes
203 Martin Keen Designer/Sulptor
204 Claudia Flynn (West) STUDIO AND OFFICE
205 Kim Ellery Acrylic Painter/Expressionist
206 TESU/Diane Harrison Textiles
207 Joe Yoffa Mixed Media
208 Karen Kelleher Painter
208 Lynn M. Malec Painter
209 Susan Mathews Ceramic Felt Sculpture
210 Dragonfly Fiber Arts Studio/ Kathryn O'Donovan Fiber Art/Spinning/Weaving
212 Marne Snyder collagist
214 Kate Barber Textiles Fiber arts
216 Renee Syed Painter
219 Jo-Anna Melrose painter/printmaker
L-1 The Stone Cocoon/Elizabeth Lind Stone & Wood Carving/Clay Assemblage