Tiverton

Singing Out Against Hunger 2016 Series

Founded in 2003, Singing Out Against Hunger was created to provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need and to raise awareness of their ongoing plight.  In cooperation with local merchants, volunteer musicians, and civic-minded people, Singing Out Against Hunger raises thousands of dollars each year through free musical events, raffles, and donations.  “We believe that self-expression, through music and the arts, a volunteer spirit, and the talents of individuals will help to rid the East Bay communities of hunger”.

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Since their inception, SOAH has raised more than $165,000 and has provided over 100,000 pounds of food to community food banks and suppliers. Their impact has aided over 3,500 households and over 5,000 individuals in the East Bay area.

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Each year, Singing Out hosts free, local concerts for the enjoyment of the community, while raising money and showcasing local merchants & musicians. This year, SOAH will be hosting their free concert series at Evelyn’s Drive-In, as well as events at The Sakonnet Collective, Coastal Roasters, Art Cafe and South Shore Beach just to name a few venues. “You may think that food insecurity isn’t a factor in the neighborhood that you live in, yet 1 in 6 children are living in poverty right here in Rhode Island”. Hunger affects the old, the young, single individuals & family’s alike. Come support this grassroots organization, enjoy an afternoon of fun, all for an amazing cause!

Upcoming+EventsFor all event info, and more information on volunteering, hosting an event, or seeing what they are all about, visit their website at www.singingoutagainsthunger.org and follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Sakonnet Collective Concert Series– Saturday, June 11, 2016- 
The Art Cafe Concert Series-

Evelyn’s Drive-In Concert Series-

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Coastal Roasters Concert Series-

South Shore Beach Concert Series-

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Sandywoods Concert Series-

 

Farmcoast Outfitters is OPEN!

The newest shop in Tiverton Four Corners is taking the area by storm. Farmcoast Outfitters is a new Men’s, Women’s and Children’s sportswear store that has everything you will need for a great outdoor adventure on the Farmcoast. Everything from outdoor gear, flip flops, hammocks, bathing suits and more, to great gifts and wonderful books to enlighten the adventurer’s spirit.

Farmcoast Outfitters

3879 Main Road, Tiverton, RI

401-816-6766

Follow them on FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM FOR ALL THE LATEST PRODUCTS AND NEWS ABOUT THE STORE                                                             facebook.com/Farmcoastoutfitters

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The bright airy store brings new life to this historic building at 3879 Main Road in Tiverton Four Corners.

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We are so proud of the Farmcoast area and all the natural resources it offers us. Hiking, fishing, farming, surfing and more can all be explored on your next Farmcoast experience. Be sure to stop into the new shop, Farmcoast Outfitters for all your gear!!!

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…..And So the Adventure Begins

Photography by: Isa Images Photography Studio

Farmcoast Outfitter’s Handmade Sign: Paul Francis Lambert 

Festivals on the FarmCoast

Summer is a time to celebrate, and here on the FarmCoast there are plenty of chances to join in the festivities. FarmCoast festivals highlight the unique people, art, food, and landscape of our four towns and are happening here all summer long!

The Westport Fair July 16th– 20th

Here’s where you can experience a good old-fashioned summer fair right on the FarmCoast. Think local crafts, BBQ, 4H, carnivals, and music. In partnership with Lee’s Supermarket the fair grants scholarships each year to community recipients. The fair is located at 200 Pine Hill Road Westport, MA. For more information visit the fair website.

Arts and Artisan Festival July 19th

The 27th annual Arts and Artisan Festival is the longest standing art fest on the FarmCoast and is one of the many FarmCoast traditions that only gets brighter with age. The festival features over 75 New England artists showcasing everything from textiles to painting to photography and more. Live entertainment and amazing food by the Acacia Café food truck will be there all day long. The festival is held on lawn behind the behind The Mill Pond Shops in historic Tiverton Four Corners at 3998 Main Rd Tiverton, RI from 10-4pm. The rain date is Sunday, July 20th. To learn more about the festival and vendors, click here.

Padanaram Village Celebration July 26-27th

Explore Padanaram and the “Days of Yore” in this two-day celebration commemorating Dartmouth’s 350th anniversary. Saturday enjoy sidewalk sales, nature walks, a SEMAP culinary presentation, historic reenactments, concerts, tractor rides and more. Sunday brings more historic presentations, a baseball game, and family centered events. There will even be a birthday cake! For more information about this two-day event, click here.

SouthCoast Artists Tours July 19th & 20th AND August 16th and 17th

Now in their 11th year, the South Coast Artists are once again opening their doors during the Open Studio Tours this summer, providing visitors a glance at the life and work of established and unique area artists. Grab a tour map and wander through the FarmCoast towns on your choice of two weekends this summer to see live multi-media painting, sculpting and pottery, mosaic and more. The SouthCoast Artists are a non-profit organization working together to preserve and enrich the community through art. Click here for more information or to download a map.

Cultural Survival Bazaar July 26th and 27th

A traveling Bazaar of indigenous art and culture, this celebration of native people is the most colorful of the FarmCoast festivals. Here you will find tribal crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, carpets, and accessories, not to mention live music, Native American storytelling, cultural presentations, craft-making demonstrations, and short films all on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House in Tiverton Four Corners from 10am to 5pm. Dedicated to the principals of fair trade the Bazaar facilitates the expansion and access to American markets. In the past seven years alone the bazaars have generated over $3 million for indigenous artisans, fair trade businesses, indigenous communities’ programs, and Cultural Survival’s work on behalf of indigenous peoples. For more information on the mission, the artists and performances click here.

Sing out Against Hunger  July 26th through October

A series of music performances by local musicians will once again take the stage on the FarmCoast to raise awareness and gather canned goods for the Tiverton Food Drive. In cooperation with local merchants, volunteer musicians, and civic-minded people, Singing Out Against Hunger raises thousands of dollars each year to help rid the community of hunger. Their main event at Evelyn’s Drive In will take place September 12-14th where you can find raffle prizes, a silent auction, and great local bands. Other concert locations and dates can be found here.

Hope to see you at one of the many Festivals this summer!

Summer Music on the FarmCoast

FarmCoast summers are here which means fresh eggs on the roadside, clam cakes on the beach, open shop doors, beautiful sunsets, and of course, live music. Many of our members are offering summer evening concerts and we hope you get out to join them!

Westport Rivers Sunset Concert Series

A gorgeous vineyard with a long family history is bringing back their much-loved Sunset Concert Series starting this Friday June 20th with a fabulous entertainment line-up. Bring your picnic blanket and food if you want, but you may want to save your appetite for the Cuttyhunk raw bar or catering by Compton Clambakes. Beer and wine are also available to purchase, but bring your own glasses! The outdoor concerts will be every Friday from 6-8pm and a few Saturday nights as well. The cost is $10 per carload. For more visit westportrivers.com



Apponagansett Summer Concert Series

Find your spot on the lawn of the Apponagansett park overlooking the Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30pm to enjoy  a lively line-up of local music.  “The Bucket” will be serving your favorite backyard cooks plus ice cream and cold drinks. The cost is $5 per person or $4 in advance; children under 12 are free. Rain date will be on Thursdays. Find details about the bands and series here.

LIVE at the Sail Loft

This Padanram hot-spot hosts live music Thrusdays and Sundays and just released a brand new menu. By the way, Padanaram is a must-see stop on the Farmcoast, so before dinner stroll the shops of this quaint and historic boating village. Discover the harmony of local music and local food together at the Sail Loft. To get updates on Sail Loft performances follow them here.

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard Summer Concert Series

Surrounded by the beauty of Little Compton’s favorite vineyard, park your family and pets on the grounds of Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard for an evening of spirited music and superb local wine. Concerts will be held Thursday evenings from 6-8pm through Sept 18th and food and drink will be for sale at Carolyn’s Cafe. Dancing barefoot is encouraged. To see the full band line-up visit sakonnetwine.com.

Back Eddy

Long-time local favorite The Back Eddy has reserved Sunday nights for fresh seafood, spirited cocktails, and live music. Expect amazing performances like that of acclaimed singer-songwriter Rebecca Correia, in an entirely relaxed atmosphere. Stop by throughout the summer for waterfront seats, local food, amazing views, and great local music.

Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center Concert and Food Truck Festival

The Meeting House in Four Corners has made welcome hundreds of community festivals over the years and will be hosting this year’s not-to-be-missed Art Center Food Truck Concert Festival. Be there for one, or all three, concert dates June 29th, July 27th, and Auguest 17th and find delicious local creations from the Acacia Food Truck each time. The Concert line-up is as follows: Smith & Weeden on June 29th, Kate Grana & Friends on July 27th, and Abbey Rhode on August 20th; per ticket cost is $14 at the door. Alternatively, you can purchase a season pass for all three concerts for $30 which grants you discounts to 5 other concerts happening at the art center. This venue is an iconic stop for visitors and locals on the summer Farmcoast trail, we hope to see you there!

Community Supported Agriculture: Top 10 Reasons to get a Farmcoast CSA this Summer

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a big part of the FarmCoast heritage. The land in all it’s lush and fertile beauty is credit to the bountiful farms and farmers and their faithful integrity. If you haven’t signed up for a farm share this year, here are ten reasons why you should. Scroll down for a list of farms on the FarmCoast offering delicious summer produce.

10. Because we all know by now to SHOP LOCAL. 100% of your money spent on a farm share goes right to the farmer who picked those veggies allowing them to more efficiently sustain their business and crops.

9. Because in your market bag each week will be super FRESH, colorful, often ORGANIC produce that you’d pay more for in the grocery store.

8. Because the average COST of a couple’s farmshare is about $25 per week. For the same cost as a trip to the movies you can help to sustain and maintain the farms and open space on the FarmCoast for years to come and eat vegetables while you’re doing it.

7. Because summertime is a great time to get CREATIVE in the kitchen. Each week you’ll bring home an assortment of seasonal produce giving your dinner menu a chance to refresh. Not sure what to do with kohlrabi? Not to worry, many of the farms send home recipes to accompany their veggies.

6. Because you’ll get to know your farmer and other veggie-loving farmcoast FRIENDS. Anyone for a farmcoast CSA cook-out?

5. Because you’ll be in the know. Your trip to the farm each week will be like a crash course in eating by season, and even long after your CSA has expired you will continue to shop smarter and cook healthier.

4. Did we mention healthy eating?

3. Because food is culture, and part of the FarmCoast CULTURE is food. Join the wave of Farmcoast foodies!

2. Because getting it from the farm will minimize your carbon FOOTPRINT by decreasing how far your food travels.  Most food travels over 1500 miles before you eat it!

1. Tomatoes, corn, sugar snap peas, beets, blueberries, peppers, kale, cucumbers, peaches, squash, garlic, and happiness all summer long.


It’s not too late to get in on a CSA this summer. Below are a list of FarmCoast farms offering shares.Contact individual farms for details and share availability. Most begin in the next couple of weeks so don’t wait! Do you already have a share? Let us know what’s your favorite CSA take-home.

Tiverton

Roots Farm 

Mello’s Farm Stand

Little Compton

Wishing Stone Farm

Westport MA

Hilltop Farm

Skinny Dip Farm 

Dartmouth
Apponagansett Farm 

Brix Bounty Farm

Round the Bend Farm

Silverbrook Farm

Look Who’s New on the FarmCoast

A host of new members have jumped on the sustainably-minded bandwagon we call the FarmCoast, a beautiful stretch of land that sits on the coastal border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Farmcoast, as the name implies, is a community graciously dependent on its land, but farms are not all you will find here. Food caught fresh and sustainably sourced, clothing hand-made and fair-trade, art in many accomplished forms, and people who appreciate these precious modern amenities are all scattered across the FarmCoast landscape. If you haven’t been to this region of New England yet, now’s the perfect time. Here are some of 2014’s newest members. Welcome aboard!

The Local Bouquet

The local bouquet is a full service “field to vase” floral design studio using domestic and locally grown flowers and offering gorgeous event assortments, flower subscriptions, and workshops. Visit their website to learn more about Mary-Kate and Maureen or to order your own FarmCoast blooms.

Simmons Cafe and Market

You will find some flowers from the local bouquet stocked in the new Simmons Cafe and Market, a historic, lively café and marketplace that features natural and organic foods, local products, healthy meals, art, music, and wifi. Simmons Cafe is located at 78A Crandall Rd in Little Compton, RI.

Shop-Isa

An artist gallery and artisan boutique overlooking the Sakonnet River, Shop-Isa features a blossoming assortment of fair-trade and handmade goods. You will find everything from soaps and jewelry, to photography and up-cycled home vintage accessories. Find Shop Isa at 1793 Main Rd. Tiverton,RI and online at shopisa.tumblr.com.

Katherine Lovell Studio and Gallery

Previously part of the Mill Pond Shops, Katherine Lovell will be joining the FarmCoast and the lively arts community in Tiverton Four Corners in a new location at 3895 Main Road in Tiverton. Don’t miss her grand opening on June 14th to see wonderful, nature-inspired works of art! To learn more about her paintings visit klovell.com.

Acacia Cafe-Food Truck

Acacia Cafe is the tastiest new FarmCoast member, a Food Truck, serving up a mouthwatering menu and traveling throughout Rhode Island and the southcoast of Massachusetts at regular locations and special events. All their ingredients are locally grown and sourced, all natural and organic whenever possible. They will be guests of honor at the Tiverton Four Corners Food Truck Concert Series this summer, don’t miss it! For more information on their food, locations, and menu visit them online at acaciacafe.com.

Sakonnet Collective

A new member with a new location in Tiverton Four Corners, this colorful art gallery and studio brings excitement and enthusiasm along with fine furniture, sculptures, mixed media art, ceramics, and jewelry crafted by local and resident artists as well as visiting artists. Stop by their new location at 3842 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI for their Grand Opening on June 14th or visit them online at thesakonnetcollective.com.


Tess & Carlos

 
An urban upscale boutique comes to the village of Four Corners! Tess and Carlos is well-known for their high-quality, European-style women’s clothing and accessories. They have stores in and around the Boston metropolitan area and now right here on the FarmCoast. Read all about their new boutique on the Discover Rhode Island Style Blog!

For a full listing of all FarmCoast Members, visit our website at www.farmcoast.com.

Wide Open Spaces on the FarmCoast

Spring has sprung! And if this warmer weather has got you searching for a trip to the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. Our four coastal villages are filled with open spaces and gorgeous natural habitats just waiting for your visit. We invite you to bask in the warm sun and all the glory of being in the fresh outdoors. From open parks to nature trails, here are some stops you might want to explore this spring

In Tiverton 
Tiverton is known for it’s hidden treasures and certainly Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is one of these. Situated just minutes north of historic Tiverton Four Corners on Sepowet Ave, this preserve features 50 acres of accessible tree-lined trails welcoming to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and encouraging to hopeful bird watchers; Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis are just some of the birds you might encounter on your peaceful walk through the trails. What to bring: your binoculars and sketch pad; this refuge will delight you with stunning views of salt marshes and the sparkling Sakonnet River.
Weetamoo Woods, part of Pardon Gray Reserve, is another option for hiking in Tiverton. While you can travel through Pardon Gray to get to the forest trails, many prefer the entrance on East Rd. which gives direct access to over 5 miles of mapped trails. This healthy trek is a paradise for budding botanists and historians alike. Here you’ll find a showcase of nature’s most resilient mosses, mushrooms, and wild plants, and remnence of Weetamoo’s original Wampanoag ownership with historic stone walls, cellar holes and even a village sawmill. What to bring: Your pup and a few dollars for ice cream. Wetamoo is right across from iconic Tiverton ice cream parlor, Gray’s!

In Little Compton
Although the entrance may be easy to pass by, don’t drive by Simmon’s Mill Pond in Little Compton, especially if you’ve brought your fishing gear. Over 400 acres of land sit under forest cover with wide hiking trails and at the pond, we hear, an abundance of trout in the spring. Hike about a 1/2 mile from the entrance on Colebrook Rd. and find a beautiful place to spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy the sounds of nature. What to bring: sturdy shoes and your fishing pole.

In Westport
If you find yourself in this summer beach town make your way over to Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the coastal wetlands. Two entrances give access to over 7 hiking routes, boasting 6 miles of trails and “first-class bird watching,” each with their own unique display of this rich New England habitat. Parking on Horseneck Rd. brings you to the Quansett Trail System including a breathtaking Beach Loop filled with gorgeous views of Buzzard’s Bay. Just up the street, parking on Allen’s Neck Road brings you to the Allen’s Neck Trail System through old pastures and grasslands to giant boulders and vernal pools.What to bring: a wind jacket and a bird dictionary; Over 300 species of birds have been spotted here!

In Dartmouth
Located on Barney’s Joy Rd., Demarest Lloyd State Park is rightfully called one of the best-kept secrets in southern Massachusetts. In a harmonious blending of farm and sea, hiking trails open onto a beautiful accessible beach. Visitors say traveling here feels like being a kid again, uncovering a secret treasure you’ll want to visit again and again. What to bring: sand shovels and buckets for collecting rocks and shells. Also in Dartmouth, managed jointly by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and Trustees of Reservations, Slocum River Reserve is a beautiful hike for those who appreciate a peek at the water featuring 2 miles of walking trails along the stunning Slocum River. To add to it’s appeal, over the passed year an art exhibit, The River Project, was installed inviting visitors to view large scale sculptures by local artists amidst the trails through May 18th 2013. What to Bring: your artistic side and a bit of bug spray.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust manages over ten popular trails in the area including the popular Daffodil fields in Parson’s Preserve, a springtime delight for all ages. The organization hosts events and guided walks throughout the year.Visit their website for specific trail information. Another great destination in Dartmouth is the Lloyd Center for the Environment with five family friendly trails over 55 acres of lush forest and wetlands. Colorful trail maps available at the education center guide you through the reserve but don’t forget to spend some time in the indoor aquaria room! The Lloyd Center is also a great spot for canoeing and kayaking. What to Bring: all your friends!

Happy Trails! 

ANNOUNCING “QUARTET” at GALLERY4

Solo exhibitions can unearth the unbound essence of an artist –their process, foundation, nourishment, and growth– with intensity and valor. While this earnest presentation of art is often liberating, a selective group exhibition can likewise illuminate new waves of understanding. So is the case with a new foursome exhibition at Gallery4 on Main Rd. in Tiverton Four Corners where Turkish slippers, fine jewelry, and wall-sized canvases flourish together side-by-side. Here four prominent south coast-area women have been chosen to exhibit their work in a showing titled, “Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance,” which will run through August 12th, exposing not only the depth of each female artist, but the “harmony and dissonance” between them.

The works of Jane Tuckerman, Gayle Wells Mandle, Susan Strauss, and Sarah Benham adorn eager white walls filling the gallery with familiar excitement and a new sense of importance. The four women who live as neighbors along the south coast have now come together in a poignant display of their experiences apart, in separate corners of the world.

“It’s a clever name,” says Sarah Benham reflecting on the title amidst a backdrop of opening-night attendees and her bold, figurative oil paintings. Showing are both early and late works by Benham who likens her process to a lucid puzzle, “it’s about finding a solution” she says. Inspired by the simple pleasures of life, Benham has spiraled through style and medium during her honored career as an artist, always considering the wise words of a friend: “to always be astonished by what you do. And I am astonished” she says. There are many ways to be astonished by Benham’s paintings. First it’s the figures that grab you, then the density and depth of the scene. They are faceless jolts of color and mood awakening the senses and mesmerizing in their perfection.

The exhibit, orchestrated by gallery owners Bob Smith, Elaine Hill, and Alix Cambell struck a chord of enthusiasm in the community with over 150 people gathering last Sunday for the opening reception. The works handpicked and juxtaposed in the four-room gallery gave enough space for each artist to breathe while infusing one another with vibrancy and contrast.

Tucked away in one nook of the gallery last Sunday was Susan Strauss whose landscapes and floral masterpieces float effortlessly on the walls as if growing there on their own. A master of decorative arts, Strauss is a fresh face in the gallery, yet her plein air paintings are exuberantly lived in. Their immediate transparency morphs into luminous and muddled movement the longer you let them in, drawing forth intellect, grace, and wonder. Strauss describes a satisfying fluidity to her path of “pushing back and painting over, pushing back and painting over,” and eventually pulling forward her work into a new dimension. That is when she knows her work is complete.

Neighboring Strauss was artist Gayle Wells Mandle present at the opening with husband Roger Mandle, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design. The couple spent time in Qatar, inspiring Gayle’s striking selection of collaged fragments from this land of wealth and discord, elegantly blended with color, texture, and cultural artifacts in a rousing display of gender clash and blunt symbolism. Fascinating is how she recreates a history of travel, human rights, and cultural tribulation while still speculating on the future of this oil-saturated part of our world. Gayle’s work is piercing as she pieces together parts of humanity we might choose to ignore, extracting for the viewer something imperative to consider.

Lastly, former chairman of photography at Harvard University, Jane Tuckerman, took the right wing of the gallery with chilling mixed-media photographs of her lifelong study in the mystical world of death rituals. Since 1984 she’s been returning to Benares, India, the last existing site of cremation ceremonies and one of the world’s most sacred spiritual hubs. Here she began capturing religious rituals, rights of passage, and celebrations with vigor through film and photograph. With an anthropological twist, her layered photographs peer with sharp eyes into a world frightfully unknown. Astounding is the way she shapes darkness into something primitive and eloquent. Her work puts forth a magnetic pull of emotion into the descending layers of each photograph.

Even still, Tuckerman emphasizes, with deep understanding, connections within humanity; “We’re all so displaced and haunted by memories—memories become our own special ghosts.” Growing up in rural Westport spawned an obsession with the energy and history of a land; “Westport has this extraordinary connection to this history, Indians, colonists, pre-historic people…It’s about connection to the land, something our culture is loosing,” says Tuckerman. “There’s something very primal about art. Artists connect with each other and with a greater world. I’m appreciative and in awe of Gallery4 for their foresight and sensitivity to this exhibit and the world of art.” she says.

A fondness for the quest, the solution, and the layers of aesthetic, social, and spiritual life give harmony to these four women. But the beauty is in the dissonance.

Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance is open for viewing Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5 at 3848 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. For more information about this exhibit visit www.gallery4tiverton.com

Kelly Milukas Color Craving

Those who are drawn to artist Kelly Milukas’ paintings might describe their attraction more like a craving. A craving for color…for velocity, vibrancy, and voluptuousness. Her pastel-layered watercolor paintings offer just this, a very tempting and vivid description of country life most can only find in their dreams– or on a Kelly Milukas canvas if they happen to stop by her Tiverton, Rhode Island studio.

Inspired by  the multi-dimentionality of life, she describes the work of being an artist as “soul-touching…it’s hard to get away from the vibrancy.” Her popular paintings are composed of under-layers of watercolor blanketed by rich pastels creating candy coated, highly coveted masterpieces.

After studying sculpture in Portland, Maine, Kelly met her now husband and settled into their Tiverton home. It wasn’t long before the old shed was converted into a contemporary art studio and sanctuary for her growing passion for painting. Now Kelly is a celebrity around town, best known for her charismatic cow paintings and kaleidoscopic collection of scenery from her various travels. “My imagery is a visually charged interpretation of the experience,” says Kelly. And their presence is electric.

While making art started has always been a passion, it recently unfolded into an unexpected adventure for Kelly. When a friend confronted her with the challenge of capturing regenerative medicine through photographs, Kelly’s natural curiosity was hooked. She took a break from painting to explore this uncharted artistic territory and –as it turns out– the highly symbolic world of stem cells. “Her works incorporate the broad symbolism and subject of key, locks, and mysteries to visually communicate the body’s ability to heal itself,” according to a statement by the Regenerative Medicine Foundation. Moving from cows and brushes to keys and locks proved satisfying and invigorating for Kelly; the inspiring results of her photographic journey are on display at the Bow House Studio.

Along with this recent partnership, Kelly is also the proud president of the South Coast Artists, a cooperative non-profit organization comprised of roughly 100 members dedicated to celebrating the rich arts community of the south coast. For two weekends every summer, the members of the SCA open their doors to visitors from all over New England as part of the South Coast Artist Tour, showcasing a rich display of talented work. This year the tour will take place July 21st and 22nd as well as August 18th and 19th. Each year the organization expands to include more artists and visitors from the area; according to Kelly, part of the SCA’s vision is bringing the arts to children of all ages, for free, with hands on demonstrations and interactive family tours. Kelly herself welcomes a whopping 400+ visitors to the Bow House Studio each weekend, a testament to her fascinating and energetic accomplishments and enthusiastic following.

As the 2012 South Coast Artists Tour approaches, Kelly is now busy preparing for the rush, shifting mediums once again. “Getting back to painting has changed my vision,” says Kelly. “Dealing with layers and textures and pushing contrast…” These elements of photography, she says, have transformed her paintings and understanding of the artistic process.

The beautiful Tiverton studio is a must-stop if you plan to do the SCA Tour this year; you can expect custom framing by Kelly at the studio, and a healthy glimpse of the life of a very multi-dimensional artist. Despite the hustle and bustle of meetings and gallery events Kelly always has time to paint; perhaps it’s her energetic personality, or love for colors, or maybe a craving she just can’t ignore. Either way her work is in a fantastical world all its own.

For more information on the work of Kelly Milukas visit www.kellymilukas.com 

At Home in The Cottage

Customers that walk in to the sunlit Cottage are usually greeted by the small and friendly Pesos, a champagne-colored terrier rescued from Mexico who has made a comfortable home in the only fine home furnishings boutique around. And it’s no wonder he likes it here. The Cottage in Tiverton Four Corners is a modern lifestyle haven featuring two floors of soft, classic, and bold colors and fabrics, lovely floral scents, fresh wood accents and elegent music for inspirational browsing. While Pesos spends his time lounging amidst the tasteful décor, store owner Nancy Heminway and her partners Ivy and Linda are busy prettying the shop to perfection.

Nancy, Ivy, and Linda have been working together for over 15 years, and The Cottage has been a local staple for even longer, but even if you’re a regular customer here you will never see the same display twice. These three women make daily styling changes to the windowsills, table-tops, and furniture sets in store in order to keep up with a high demand for their goods, and provide customers with a fresh perspective each time they visit.  “We take care of the merchandise.”

Personal attention to the pristine details make shopping at this home furnishings boutique feel something like a guilty pleasure, but it can be a treat for your wallet too; we’re competitive in prices, says Nancy. The store mostly carries high-end and luxury products, but their quality and value are assuredly the best you will find, not to mention the sale room. Names like Mitchell Gold and Lee Industries, Simon Pierce, and Bella Notte line the shelves, and most everything they carry is American-made. The Cottage also specializes in exclusive imports, like the Florence-made fragrance line Officina Profumo. One of the most unique traits of this store can be found behind the well-placed scenes: Everything, including furniture, is stocked, which means whatever you see in- store can be taken home with that same day. A wonderfully gratifying perk for shoppers.

Customer satisfaction and innovative design are part of Nancy’s roots. Before opening The Cottage she worked for Design Research, the Boston-based lifestyle retailer known most noteably as the first home for modern American design. DR introduced lifestyle stores to the world of retail with popular brands like Merimekko and Alvar Aalto. Trading in the big name for the small boutique life has proven rewarding for Nancy and her team. They gracefully weave together an intelligent eye for design, expertise in elegant home fashion, and the gentle pace of the Tiverton countryside. The Cottage carries everything for the home from cookbooks to dish soap, rugs, to popular local art work. They also offer in-home design services as well as merchandise loans to ensure every product is the right fit.

Award winning and stunning the The Cottage blissfully remains the closest thing to home as you will find while out shopping….for person and pooch alike.