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Symposium Books at the WaterFire Arts Store

New Store & New Books

You can now shop at the WaterFire Store all year round! Find us at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, now open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. 

The WaterFire Store is proud to partner with Symposium Books to offer a curated collection of Art Books at an affordable price. Come check out the selection and explore our new space!

     

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that the design for the WaterFire Arts Center was inspired by modernist painter, Piet Mondrian’s completed work “Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black”! Both the WaterFire building and Mondrian’s work were created in 1929. The geometric patterns in the painting are mimicked in the extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and the bold primary colors in the large contemporary fixtures throughout the building

Part of the Mondrian basic art series, Mondrian by Susan Deicer explores the pioneering works of Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), an extraordinary painter and leading art theoretician whose influence resonates to this day.

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Product Picks: Summer 2016 Intern Edition!

Amazing WaterFire UnisexSo much new merchandise has been added to the WaterFire shop this summer that we just couldn’t resist doing a photoshoot to show off our favorites!  We asked summer interns from various departments for their thoughts and recommendations, and today we’re sharing it all with you!

Greg Miller, Video Intern: I modeled the Amazing WaterFire Tee, and I felt that’s just what it was! I loved how it fit and it was the most comfortable cotton shirt. It brings a nostalgic, carnival-like feeling to WaterFire, and it was totally breathable in the humid New England summer.

Raglan and Embroidered Hat

Melissa Bassett, Special Events and Operations Intern: One of the products I modeled was the new Raglan and that was my favorite! It’s so cute and comfy… I know what I’m asking for for Christmas! I think it works for both males and females, and I was super excited that I got to be the one to model it!  Other WaterFire products that I really like are the black hats, especially the one with the brazier and flame on the front and WaterFire’s name on the back. 

Sarah Daebler, Video Intern: I modeled the Raglan Tee too and I liked how it was so comfortable and I also loved the colors that it used, I thought it made the shirt so cute! Other WaterFire products that I like are the Clear Currents Tees because they are so unique, and the hats because they are so cute.

Navy Mesh HatEva Gabrielson, Graphic Design Intern: My favorite product is the trucker hats, OBVIOUSLY. There is no contest. They make you feel like a baller… Plus the colors are limitless! Well, three colors is almost limitless…

Marissa Pesak, Special Events and Operations Intern: I am head over heels in love with the baseball cap with the fire embroidery. It is so lovely and simple. Would 10/10 come in handy on event days. I absolutely loved the Donna Lee bracelet I modeled. It is so subtly WaterFire, but also wearable for everyday.

Horace Robinson, Management Intern: I personally like the colors of the products (like the 2016 Clear Currents and Amazing WaterFire tees). I often do not wear bright colors but these products really pop with the color contrast, the material is quite soft also.

Clear Currents TeeAli Fortier, Branding and Merchandise Intern: Honestly, the hardest part about working with Merchandise is resisting the urge to buy it all!  I don’t think I could pick just one favorite!  I love all of the shirts that the other interns have been mentioning, but I’ve also been obsessed with all of our ScreenCraft products – from jewelry and wine charms, to marble magnets! 

Thank you to all of the interns who participated in the photoshoot and shared their thoughts on the merchandise!  We hope all the WaterFire fans out there are just as excited as we are about these new products!

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Partner Spotlight: ScreenCraft Tileworks

“Any factory can make stuff, we make gifts that celebrate your town or favorite place.”Tanya Bernard

ScreenCraft EmployeesShopping local has played a big role in the partnerships WaterFire has fostered, ScreenCraft Tileworks being one of them.  As a community-based organization, supporting other local businesses is at the core of who we are, and we’re proud to work with these partners to create WaterFire souvenirs for our many national and international visitors.  The WaterFire-ScreenCraft partnership began at the end of 2014 with the launch of the marble magnets, and since then, ScreenCraft has supplied WaterFire with 620 magnets, 461 bracelets, and various other products like the new Wine Charms!

What makes ScreenCraft especially unique is the fact that each item gets made one at a time from real, authentic marble as opposed to resin molds which many other companies opt for.  The tile is all unique, with each piece different from the last.  “Everything is created and assembled here,” says Tanya, starting with the marble prep process in which each tile is hand-cleaned and quality-checked.  Even picking the perfect marble has become a crucial part of the process.  In fact, ScreenCraft has created relationships with the families in Italy and Turkey who run the marble quarries.  For ScreenCraft, a company with many long term employees, these personal relationships with other family-run companies are so important.  

ScreenCraft Tileworks didn’t always go by that name, and it wasn’t always focused on tiles!  The Champagne family-run, third generation business actually found its initial success in custom signage and photography, which influenced the customizable nature of its current tile business. Nowadays, Tanya explains that the company is “very much about place and making finer souvenirs people keep,” and even people’s pride in place, which is at the heart of what WaterFire does.  

Making CharmsScreenCraft equally enjoys its partnership with WaterFire, explaining: “I love that you’re a Rhode Island event and organization, and I love that our product is Rhode Island made, and I think that’s the epitome of shopping local…it’s a very arts-oriented state.”  Both ScreenCraft and WaterFire agree that it’s great to support other local businesses as well as the Rhode Island community through events like WaterFire, where every ounce of the proceeds is going back to support the event itself.  Being able to bring pride to the state of Rhode Island and the city of Providence is such a special experience.

“When I think of WaterFire, I think of how it celebrates Providence…there’s nothing like it, it’s very, very special” -Tanya Bernard

Click here to shop the entire WaterFire line of ScreenCraft products.

All Marble Magnets

Thank you to the ScreenCraft team for giving us a behind the scenes look at how these fantastic products are made.

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Partner Spotlight: Gather Glass

“Similar to WaterFire, at the root of Gather Glass there is a passion for art, community, and of course fire.” – Benjamin Giguere, artist at Gather Glass

At WaterFire we proudly collaborate with local artists to create unique pieces for our store and spread our passion for art and culture. One of our partners is Providence glassblowing business Gather Glass, who became one of our vendors shortly after forming in 2010. There have been countless hours spent conceptualizing, designing, creating, packaging, and producing a variety of products from jewelry to glassware all inspired by the water and flames of WaterFire.

The artists at Gather Glass are very passionate about community, and WaterFire is an ideal setting for sharing their work on-site during the fires and connecting the audience with their process. They joined us by the river over six years ago to show the city the art of glassblowing and have been working alongside our store every lighting since.

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“From the very first lighting we attended, we felt something very special was happening.  Between the crackling of the river fires, the sound of the flame from our torch and the meditative music in the air, we began to seamlessly melt into the backdrop of a city transformed into an art scape. We immediately felt at home.”

 

“Each time you look into your glass pendant or earring, we hope you remember the smell of wood burning or feel the heat of the fires against your skin. It is these sensations that inspired our work; we hope they inspire you in the same way. We feel honored and inspired to be part of this evolving art event and look forward to all the creative possibilities that lie ahead.”

Gather Glass WaterFire tumblers

Click here to see all of the Gather Glass WaterFire products

Thank you Matt Stone and Benjamin Giguere for your dedication in creatively transforming the city.

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Showing Off Our WaterFire Style

This past Friday, Sarah and I posed in the WaterFire merchandise to get updated photographs for the store website. In the two photographs, we are sporting the cozier options since the Winter weather is (unfortunately) fast approaching. Believe it or not, this is Sarah’s and my first modeling gig. I know, I know, we look like professionals, but we owe it all to the WaterFire merchandise, and our awesome supervisor/photographer Laura for making us look great! 🙂

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Sarah to the left is wearing the black embroidered WaterFire hoodie in size small, while Sarah to the right is wearing the NEW navy brazier crew neck sweatshirt in medium.

It wasn’t hard to find some great backdrops for the pictures. We simply walked out of WaterFire’s new temporary storage building here in Providence, The Plant, just minutes away from the future WaterFire Arts Center at 475 Valley Street. There is a beautiful courtyard surrounded by old brick walls, plants, and benches, which added depth to our photographs. Keep your eyes out for more shots of us and purchase WaterFire merchandise for your friends, family, loved ones and yourself this holiday season!

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From right to left: Sarah is wearing the Orange Long sleeve RI tee in a medium size, while the other Sarah is sporting the WaterFire Zip Hoodie in a small.
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