Winter Warmup this weekend!

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!

Stop by this Saturday at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Artist Profile: Betty Harrington

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.


Our Artists in the News

October 2017
There’s a hot, new place for art in Bristol
Founding artists, Holly Dirks, Richard Bradley, Andrew Thomas Nasser and Ellen Blomgren discuss Hotpoint Emporium with East Bay Newspapers

November 2017
The new Hotpoint Emporium in Bristol
Founding artists, Holly Dirks, Richard Bradley, Andrew Thomas Nasser and Ellen Blomgren interviewed in featurette video by East Bay Newspapers

March 2018
The New Main Street
Andrew Thomas Nasser interviewed as Hotpoint Emporium is featured in the Bay magazine

October 2018
The Magic of Mandalas
Meredith Brower featured in the Bay magazine


Lauren Lake Window Display

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.

Lauren says,

“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 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: with “updates” in the subject line.

Artist Profile: Meredith Brower

Eco-photography mandala notecards

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.