In January of this year, a small handful of the member artists from Hotpoint Emporium began investigating the possibility of restoring the iconic neon sign located on the building at 39 State Street in Bristol RI. Kol Naylor and Chryssa Udvardy researched until they found Dion Signs in Central Falls, RI which had both the capabilities and the enthusiastic interest required to restore the sign.
Property owner, Steven DeLeo generously provided half the funds, allowing the first phase of the restoration effort to begin. Dion signs came to Bristol to remove the sign in February, and has been working on cleaning up, repairing and replacing parts to light the sign back up. Phase two will be the return and reinstallation, which we are hoping will take place in April or May. With that will be a public celebration and lighting party with special festivities to be announced.
The artists at Hotpoint Emporium are coordinating fundraising efforts to pay for the mounting restoration costs. There is a gofundme campaign, where gifts hand-made by the artists are soon to be offered for various donation amounts. There is also a very special collection of 27 necklaces and charms available at the store made from original glass and brass tube supports that held the sign together for the past 70+ years.
Brrr, it’s cold out there! Come warm up at the hottest place in Bristol, RI. Hotpoint Emporium is hosting a holiday shindig. We will have hot drinks, a huge door prize, a chance to meet the artists, caroling, and of course, tons of great holiday themed artwork to buy!
I was given my first set of oil paints in 1961 and have been painting ever since that day. My development as an artist has moved through many stages as I multi-tasked through life as a painter, wife, mother, and student.
I took courses whenever possible and feel lucky to have met many teachers who believed in my creative potential. My move to Rhode Island was a crucial step because Rhode Island School of Design classes demanded artistic growth. In 1992, I fulfilled a life-long dream and graduated from Brown University at the age of 49. After graduation, I became a full time artist and moved towards brining my unique vision as an artist to fruition.
My primary body of work is called INFIGO. My artworks include paintings, photography, assemblage, and mixed media. Small works of art in these areas, can be seen at HOTPOINT EMPORIUM.
If you happen by the Hotpoint Emporium Gallery during the month of August, be sure and have a good look at this month’s display window featuring the work of member artist Lauren Lake.
Ms. Lake’s photographic collage series, entitled “Distance Traveled” explores dreams, memory, myth and ‘internal landscape’ using imagery and, at times, poetry and music(lyrics). Lauren became interested in photography long before attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Industrial Design in 91, though it wasn’t until studying in Italy on RISD’s European Honors Program that photography became more of an ‘art form’ for her.
“In this series I use several decades of collected photographs, in addition to new imagery, mixed and combined in some way, either with drawings, written word, poetry or lyrics, to ‘solidify’ an experience or give form to an elusive idea or feeling…But I invite people to create their own narrative when viewing one of my image collages. Our own history informs our outlook and it’s what makes art so distinctly personal and unique for each of us.”
Also Lauren continually ‘experiments’ with different forms of technological processes which, most recently, gave birth to Kiiltaa.com a little over a year ago for jewelry and more personal one of a kind objects. In addition to her current window display, her jewelry is on the main level of our gallery with more two dimensional work in our “underground gallery”.
If you’d like updates about her any of her works email: info@Kiiltaa.com with “updates” in the subject line.
Bonnie Blue creates beautiful bronzed sculptures in stone and clay. Many of her sculptures are cast by Mike Koscis of Bristol RI using a secret formula created by the late Len Shartle, whose monument to Christopher Columbus graces Independence Park.
When Meredith Brower’s circumstances led her to a place of deep introspection, she knew it was time to take the risk and let her photography light shine. Like a firefly, she felt the light growing stronger the more she envisioned herself creating great imagery and making connections with her community. By letting her “inner fire fly”, she founded the Firefly Yoga Festival, opened a photography studio on Spring Street in Newport, RI, created a barn studio in Tiverton, RI, and launched her series of Mandala Note Cards.