The Bay November 2010

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The Buzz on the bay

Cynthia Whalen Nelson


Photography: Janice Lee Kelly

The Art of Saving the Bay

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Up, Up and Away A local artist’s imagination takes flight Art has taken a new form in Barrington. Airborne sculptures sway and billow with the patterns of every environment they encounter; the artwork is fresh, new and imaginative. Local artist Janice Lee Kelly crafts helium and air sculptures from mere balloons and foil for her new business, Float. Don’t think that the balloons are only decorations for a children’s birthday party – these creations are beautiful enough for a wide range of celebrations and special events. Display one at your holiday party and it will surely be a conversation starter. Kelly creates four variations of artwork with balloons: follies, flowers, creatures and sculptures. Made from foil and natural latex, the sculptures are crafted with colors,


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shapes and sizes to suit any venue. They are also environmentally conscious as Kelly reuses materials whenever possible. The sizes and shapes she creates are limitless. “Kinetic, site specific and energetic, these sculptures have a life of their own. They come alive interacting with their environment,” says Kelly. She also spends much of her time as a photographer (including for this magazine) so each design created is artfully photographed. “Interacting with them through the lens of a camera gives me yet another layer of great pleasure,” she explains. “Capturing their full expression and communion with the landscape completes the design cycle for me.” –Lauren Knight

Ever since 1970, the hard work and generous donations of concerned Rhode Islanders have been helping to restore, improve and protect the Narragansett Bay region. November 18 marks the opening of the fifth Save the Bay Art Show, showcasing bay-themed painting, photography and sculpture from artists across Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The variety of these alluring works encapsulate the sheer beauty of the triumphant comeback the bay has made – and just in time for the holiday season, as these works can be purchased for unique gifts. Stop by the Save the Bay Center at 1000 Save the Bay Drive in Providence from 5:30-7:30pm for the opening reception to revel in drinks and hors d’oeuvres for $25 per ticket, with half of all the proceeds benefitting the Save the Bay programs. Following the opening night, the exhibit will remain open on weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm until December 28, leaving those who miss opening night plenty of time marvel the at the plentiful art. -Whitney Smith


Shop and Win in Bristol This holiday season, the more you shop with the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association, the more chances you’ll have to win. For every $25 you spend with a participating member, you’ll receive a ticket for the Second Annual Snowflake Raffle, with a grand prize of $5000 cash. The contest runs from November 5 to December 19, with the winner drawn on the last day. You can also double your chance to win at the Holiday Preview on November 19, when the streets will be aglow with holiday luminaria, and you’ll get two tickets for every $25.