Steve Duque is an artist, a skateboarder, and a native Rhode Islander. These passions come together in his wonderful handcrafted jewelry and housewares -- all made from repurposed skateboards he finds around town. When Steve isn’t out exploring Rhode Island on his board, he’s gathering broken and discarded skateboards in his studio and carefully shaping them into earrings, necklaces, coasters, pens and other colorful, intricate objects.
Steve is a Flea Fan in his own right. He told EcoRI “The Providence Flea is probably the best flea or art market I’ve ever been to. Not only because I’m a vendor there, but because of what they offer and how organized they are. You’re not just another person who’s signing up for a table. They want to know what you do and how they can be into it. These guys are really into it.”
Aw shucks, Steve. We ARE really into supporting our vendors!
Get an upcycled skateboard from Duque’s colorful layered collection. He’s at the Providence Flea June 1, 8 and 29!
People in the glass world know the work of Neal Drobnis. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit his magical studio and see him at work. Neal creates all kinds of objects in glass – lawn ornaments, night lights, glassware, tiles.
Inspired by nature and ancient artifacts, Neal frequently uses a technique called “sand casting,” working with sand as a mold to form unique shapes in glass. The result is one-of-a-kind and beautiful.
Neal’s work can be found in galleries all over the world, and now you can also see it at The Providence Flea this summer. Visit Neal’s booth on June 1 on the Opening Day of The Flea!
We are busy finding and welcoming new vendors to The Flea for our second season, and we’re smiling ear to ear as we introduce GRIN!
GRIN is a new contemporary art gallery in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood focusing on emerging artists from varied mediums. Founded by artists Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, who struggled to find venues for student and emerging work, GRIN has shown the work of over 50 artists to date.
Corey wrote to the Flea saying, “The Flea was one of our favorite events in PVD last summer! We spent each Sunday conceptualizing our tent space for 2014.”
Help us welcome new artists to the Greenway this summer. Look for the GRIN booth on June 1 Opening Day!
"Art is food. Feed the people." So says Ric Kasini Kadour about his instant 'ARTSHOP.' Ric comes to us all the way from Montreal (oui), and he's all about bringing contemporary art to everyday people. "We do this by setting up an on-the-spot shop in a variety of locations around North America," he told the Flea. Expect ARTSHOP to sell 'small art products and ephemera' in their booth at accessible prices. "Instant ARTSHOP is also an opportunity for us to network with local artists and converse about making accessible contemporary art either with us or independently." Ric said he's inspired by finding ways of making art accessible to the broadest possible audience. "We want people to buy art, own art, live with art in their home." Kasini House ARTSHOP wants artists to join them, to break out of the gallery model and sell art to people where they live work and play. So get your art on with Kasini House ARTSHOP, only at The Flea and only on September 8!
Hilory Wagner started selling at flea markets with her sister when she was about eight years old. Now Hilory is back at it with EssenTiles, upcycled Scrabble tiles that she transforms into wine charms and gifts. "They are fun, functional, totally customizable, and appeal to everyone's passions!" Hilory told us. Her wine charm sets include eight wine markers--tiny works of art combining Scrabble tiles with images or beadwork--and an authentic wood Scrabble tile rack to store and display her creations. She also creates earrings and pendants from cool photos or customers' images. Hilory created these beauties below especially for Flea staff and volunteers, and everyone LOVED them! Thanks, Hil! Land a triple word score with "awesome" at the Essentiles booth on July 7, 14 and 21, and August 4 and 11 at The Flea!
Kyla Coburn's signature interiors can be found in some of the city's sleekest spots--Loie Fuller, Broadway Bistro, The Avery, and most recently--and amazingly upcycled and architecturally salvaged--The Grange. "I love getting the psychology of a space and contributing the environment that serves up the tastes and sounds. Certain objects and art call out to be a part of a completed space and making that match is inspiring," Kyla told us. What does she do with that which doesn't make a match--one-of-a-kind finds, spoils of the restaurant design wars, picks of the pickers and hoarded beauty of all kinds? Why bring it to The Flea, of course! And Kyla's favorite thing about flea markets? "Mmmmmm...like a religion, an addiction, and a lover all in one harmless Sunday afternoon." We couldn't have said it better. Catch Kyla and her magic red truck of curiosities again at The Providence Flea on June 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25.
Calling all dog lovers...and cat and bird and snake lovers! (Ok, maybe not snake lovers...) Jodi Manca is a painter specializing in pet portraits in tempera, acrylic, oils and print who is inspired mostly by color. Jodi told us, "I love the emotional effects color can produce and enjoy exploring that. When it comes to the dog portraits, it's all about emotion!' As a pet owner herself, she says it's the emotion in the eyes that draws her to paint them. She likes to see if she can capture their individual personalities. (We'd say she captured it in the face of this beagle!)
Jodi loves the diversity of a flea, and thinks a flea market is like traveling the world--something to discover around every corner! See Jodi's art in our corner of the world at The Providence Flea on June 23, July 21 and August 25!
Got an urge to really dig through a pile for something special you didn't know you had to have? Luigi Porreca is bringing the treasure he's found through his scrap metal recycling business to The Providence Flea. For the last 30 years he's been collecting lamps, metal signs, tools, cast iron, brass and copper goods. He's also stumbled across some art and vintage fashion. Luigi says, "We have too much stuff, and we want to pass along the great finds from over the years." What better place than The Providence Flea?! Let something shiny catch your eye at Luigi's booth on June 16 & 30; July 7, 14, 21 & 28; August 4, 11, 18 & 25.
"I want to say one word to you...Just one word...Are you listening?...Plastics." Are you ready for The Providence Plastic Project? Maybe Ben* wasn't, but we sure are--and the planet is too! Providence Plastic, a team of three artists and designers, makes cool products from pre-consumer waste. They gather the waste (like bags from dry cleaners) right here in Providence and create bright, colorful and completely unique material for local artists to use in developing new products. They declare, "We are taking recycling into our own hands and working with local companies to pursue completely new ways to deal with local material resources. Think of us as a material microbrewery." Meet your old plastic in a new form at The Providence Flea on June 2, 9,16, 23, 30; July 7,14, 21, 28; and August 4, 11, 18 and 25!
(*Ben=Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film classic, The Graduate)
Vintage Flippers is a family team who consider themselves avid antique explorers and upcycled decor enthusiasts, offering Victorian furniture, musical instruments such as copper timpani drums and trumpets turned into lamps and coffee tables, unique mirrors and picture frames hand-painted, unique glass caddies and serving ware for entertaining, and the list goes on...! The 'Flippers' tell us they are inspired by "being able to creatively work together to find an old, dirty or hidden treasure amongst a field of products and turn it into our vision of something chic makes us happy." And we're happy if they're happy! Meet the Flippers at The Flea on June 2, July 7, and August 4!