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Love from T4C

Love is in the air at Four Corners and our shops are busy stocking special deals and darling gifts just for you! Our lovable local gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some favorites!

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More Great Deals!
Tiffany Peay is offering limited-time Valentine’s charms (pictured above) and free jewelry cleaner with any February purchase; Amy Lund Handweaver has made a stock full of soft and lovable scarves (all 14% off this month); Little Purls children’s shop is offering a ONE-DAY special on FEB 11TH–buy 2 items at 50% off and receive a free box of candy; Milk and Honey has new Laurent Vals Passionata dark chocolates, and Courtyards is offering free $10 gift card with any $30 purchase of their specialty gifts. Stop by and see for yourself what other great deals are happening on our block!

Spread the word, share the love, shop sweetly and locally! 

With love,
T4C 

 

A sweet pairing just in time for the Holidays

Milk and honey go together like Cathi and Gerry Fournier, the new owners of Milk and Honey Bazaar who’ve spent the last year packaging up a long list of new and wonderful products for the small cheese shop in Four Corners. This year, the couple is celebrating the new and improved success of Milk and Honey, a popular neighborhood stop for all things sweet and savory.

“It’s everything we’ve expected and more,” says Cathi of their recent adventure. After leaving a career in accounting to fulfill their shared dream of being small business owners, Cathi and Gerry are now busy bundling colorful gift packages and platters for happy and hungry customers. “We’ve got back the local base,” she says, and after just a year’s time the locals have something back too: the corner shop they’ve always loved. Milk and Honey now carry over 100 varieties of gourmet cheeses and all the extra bits too; crackers, crisps, cookies, jams, and cutting boards, not to mention fine oils and a generous assortment of local honey.  

An exciting addition to the shop this year is Florida’s native Tupelo Honey, a beautiful and delicate golden honey brought in from the only place in the world where the white Tupelo plant grows in abundance. The honey is rich in vitamins and minerals and its superior flavor makes it a popular favorite for who ever can get their hands on it. This stylish sweetener comes in festive bottles, and makes a fashionable and delicious addition to the table or pantry shelf.

While tempting edibles come from far and wide, the Fournier’s first priority remains vested in supporting businesses right in their neighborhood. They buy from local cheese and dairy farms, represent local artists, and spend quality time meeting specific needs of their customers. They are the modern one-stop mom and pop, where you can shop for fresh dinner ingredients, a party platter, or just a loaf of bread, a carton of milk, and a wedge of cheese. Don’t forget to stop in next time you’re passing through and taste for yourself what’s new at Milk and Honey. Call to put in an order at 401-624-1974 or visit them online at www.milkandhoneybazaar.com. Happy Holidays from T4C!


Another Reason to Love Courtyards

Have you been to Courtyards lately? New goods are coming in all the time thanks to seasoned buyers Sharon and Wendy Prazak who have eyes for wonderful gifts. Their loft-style barn store sits amongst the trees south of the light at 4Corners and has three rooms on bottom floor overflowing with handmade crafts, candles, and tasteful trinkets. Walk up the curved wooden staircase to a charming slanted-ceiling top floor with books, paintings, mobiles, and children’s gifts. Stepping into Courtyards feels like walking into someone’s personal treasure chest.

The whimsical selection now includes a few more flirty finds…. Introducing Stella Marie Cupcake Soaps! Its real soap, in the shape of a cupcake. The perfect party favor, bathroom decoration, and gift for your trendiest friends. For those of you who know Stella Marie Soaps, you know the scents are to die for and absolutely pure. The locally handmade soaps are all natural, environmentally friendly and named after their maker’s two grandmothers, which adds a little extra charm. Choose from “flavors” like Apple, Lavender, Tea-Rose, Raspberry Mint, and Orange…

For the new Moms, Courtyards is now carrying “Momma’s Jewels” teething necklaces. The concept: One safe and beautiful piece of jewlery you can wear with anything, and let your baby play with too. Choose from one, two, or three linked chunky 100% sterling silver rings, which are elegant when the baby is not chewing them, and adorable when they are.

Mother and daughter couple Sharlene and Wendy have been behind Courtyards for 30 years perfecting the art of buying. “We’re best friends,” says Wendy. And who better to partner with than your best friend? Perhaps that’s why Courtyards is such a special place to be…

Don’t miss Courtyard’s Fall Event next weekend, October 9th from 12-5pm. Maryanna Langolis a local RISD graduate, will be in the store sharing her artistic creations. Visit www.courtyardsltd.com for directions.


 

 

Books from The Cottage

The Cottage in 4 Corners has been around for just about 8 years, pleasing visitors, and their senses, with defining luxurious home and garden-ware, not to mention an elegant selection of books. Coffee table books, cookbooks, gardening books, and books for just plain old enjoyment are on display, right in the middle of the store, offering pages of foundational decorating and domestic know-how, bound and beautiful in their hardcovers. Books, like candles, blankets, and bubble baths, provide a comforting and fortifying solace– relaxing and inspiring at the same time. With autumn upon us, it’s time to get a blanket, or a wooden spoon, and get reading.  Here are a few books from The Cottage we happen to love…

Slow Love (For reading in bed, in the bath, or in your pjs)
By Rhode Islander/New Yorker Dominque Browning
This biography/self-help book is more like a good story, the story of hectic working life, confounding love affairs, and what it takes to make the most of life’s simple pleasures, something we can never have enough of.


DR
 ,”Design Research” (For inspiration and display in any room in the house; the perfect coffee table accouterment.)
By Jane Thompson, co-owner of DR, and Alexandria Langue
Before the Cottage, owner Nancy Hemenway worked as part of the Design Research team, the lifestyle design company from which all lifestyle design companies spawned (think Crate and Barrel, and Design with in Reach). While the legacy of the modern design phenomenon lives well into popular culture, it has also seeped into Nancy’s distinctive 4 Corners boutique. Read about the history of DR and the lifestyle designs that started it all.

Cucina Simpatica (For simple family meals, or entertaining, an essential guide to delicious italian cuisine)
Whether you love cooking or hate it, this book will be your guide. Simple ingredients and traditional recipes will have you drooling with delight and patting yourself on the back at the same time. A classic cookbook essential to add to the library.


Happy Reading to you all. Let us know what you’ve been reading lately!

A Fitting Arrangement

There’s something new downstairs from Gallery 4…not to mention something old, borrowed, and blue. Arn Krebs has recently taken up shop, alongside Susan Freda, in a new space devoted to their fine jewelry creations, making heads turn and newly-wed hands sparkle. In their shared, full-service jewlery shop, Arn makes beautiful custom wedding and engagement bands in a variety of styles and metal combinations that can only be described as beautifully…handsome.

Downstairs at 3848 Main Road, the sound of grinding metal and faint smell of sawdust attest to the hard work of something handmade, while the luster of the final products show off Arn’s years of metal and goldsmith talent. The Colorado native has spent over 10 years as a metalsmith, the last 4 of which have been on the East Coast, traveling between Boston and Tiverton, RI. As an artist of an extremely specialized craft, Arn has mastered what it takes to be, simultaneously, creative and utilitarian. His work is unique and precise, and his jewelry “clean, natural, organic, and elegant.” 

Arn works with mostly reclaimed metals as well  as a colorful selection of rare and luminous gemstones that he and Sue hand-pick in Tuscon, Arizona each year. Diamonds, moonstone, sapphires, labradorite, and opals are just some of the gemstones shining around the shop these days. One of the more unique and symbolic metals he uses is called mokume gane, a beautiful fusion of several precious, layered metals. The modern method of preparing mokume into functional pieces is borrowed from an ancient japanese sword-making technique where metals such as platinum, gold, steel, or silver are combined into a multi-layer billet and then manipulated with heat and pressure into highly choreographed designs.“If you cut the billet in half, it’s a mirror image,” says Arn, a perfect symbol of a symmetrical bond. Partnering with Sue Freda, Arn’s creations likewise represent a harmonious blending of masculine and feminine symmetries.

Arn is a skilled sculptor, carpenter, and designer with both a BFA and MFA in sculpture, and will continue to work with a variety of mediums. But for now he enjoys making wedding jewelry because of its intimate process; “designing with people…finding what’s important to them and trying to manifest that into something that’s meaningful” is his specialty. As a full service shop, Arn is on hand for repairs and custom orders; he can make or fix just about anything. And, “if we don’t have something, we can get it,” says Arn.

Arn is in the gallery most days, making jewelry, resetting stones, resizing rings, engraving, and experimenting with new designs. Both Sue and Arn are available for consultation by appointment, and will be appearing together in Trade Shows around New England this fall. Bring your jewelry and your friends!

 

New Designs on the Table

Hurricanes behind us (hopefully), it’s time to bring out the deck furniture and soak up the end of summer and all it’s slow and quiet delight. Warm days and cool evenings make September a perfect month for friendly gatherings. Just in time, Nankeen has introduced a gorgeous new line of table accouterments to accent indoor and outdoor dining and brighten tables with timeless blue and white style. The napkins and placemats come in three patterns, Fish, Butterfly, and Rope. The placemats are reversible, and everything can be thrown in the washing machine, fantastic. Take a look at these 3 beautiful patterns and some simple and fun ways to fold them, because no party’s complete without getting a little fancy!

         

BIRD OF PARADISE

1. Fold napkin in half and in half again.
2. Then fold in half diagonally with points on the top and facing up.
3. Fold left and right sides down along center line, turning their extended points under.
4. Fold in half on long dimension with edges facing out.
5. Pull up points and arrange on a fabric surface.

 

THE GOBLET FAN

1. Fold napkin in half.
2. Pleat from bottom to top.
3. Turn napkin back 1/3 of the way on right (folded) end and place into goblet.
4. Spread out pleats at top

 

CARDINAL’S HAT
 
1. Fold napkin in half diagonally.
2. Fold corners to meet at top point.

3. Turn napkin over with points to the top, fold lower corner 2/3 way up.
4. Fold back onto itself.
5. Bring corners together tucking one into the other. Open base of fold and stand upright.


THE ROSE 


1. Fold all 4 corners of open napkin to center.
2. Fold new corners to center.
3. Turn napkin over and fold all 4 corners to center. Holding center firmly reach under each corner and pull up flaps to form petals.
4. Reach between petals and pull flaps from underneath.

 

Have fun with these, share with friends, enjoy!
All napkin designs found at marko.com 

Retrospective

To capture the essence of something remarkable is the work of an artist; to be able to pass on these glimpses of experience, emotion and reality is the lucid mark of a great one. Harry Nadler, one of the distinctive abstract expressionists of his time has made his mark on art communities around the world and continues to inspire viewers over twenty years after his death. Nadler, who died at age 60, well before his artistic vision was complete, remains a lively part of the art world through his vivid, transcendent works. His paintings, ranging from geometric wall-sized masterpieces to a less characteristic Moroccan portraits, are now showing at Gallery4 through September 25th as part of the much-anticipated retrospective, Harry Nadler 1930-1990, Evolution: Ingres to Geometric Abstraction.

The opening reception was held last Friday where Harry’s wife, Helen Nadler was present amidst the backdrop of her husband’s beautifully positioned pieces. Gallery 4 is representing the estate of Harry Nadler thanks to the support of Helen, an artist herself and now Little Compton resident who has cherished and shared her perspective of Harry’s lifetime as an artist. Her memories are captured in a distinguished book on display at the exhibit, Harry Nadler, Retrospective 1930-1990.” “For Harry the activity of painting was a way of connecting separate realities….His explorations were about weaving the space, and creating the ambiguity of figure and ground… Breaking edges, boundaries, merging the spatial and temporal…”using visual language to express deep ethical concerns.”

Committed to artistic study, Harry found enduring inspiration in European artists such as Cézanne, and felt equally compelled engage with his fellow 20th century community of artists. After studying in California and Europe, Harry set off to fufill his yearnings New York, where he spent much of his post-degree lifetime teaching and studying. Despite is constant immersion in the field, he maintained a unique style.  “Nadler was unlike most artsits of our time because he never felt the compulsion to find any “trademark,” or signature motif. He had a refreshing confidence in his own originality…”

The transformation of Harry’s works can be followed through his lifetime; this exhibit showcases 60 years of transformation, thought, and perspective. John Spike, a close friend of Harry had the pleasure of witnessing his artistic evolution. “It is obvious from this retrospective exhibition that even in the very last works…Nadler was employing to the upmost every aspect of the age and experience and talent and intellect that were granted him in this life.” As you wander the inspirational space, feel the walls and gallery owners shine as they know they have something really special here.

Bringing Back the Elephants

Years ago Bob Smith stumbled upon a village of elephants in Thailand. Not just any village of elephants, this one happened to house the talented variety. At the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand, elephants learn to paint, and do a pretty good job. With the help of  “mahouts,” or elephant caregivers, the animals produce a variety of masterpieces including paintings of themselves, trees, flowers, and a crowd favorite: colorful abstracts.

“People have an affinity for elephants,” says Bob, as he described their gentle and tactile nature. The majestic way they walk, stand, and paint elicit an awe-inspired response from onlookers, and just like humans when they paint, “you can see the concentration in their face.” Although there’s record of elephant paintings much earlier, the practice at the Elephant Conservation Center started in the early 90’s when partnering graphic artists Komar and Melamid came to the reservation as teachers. Now, years later, the elephants are naturals. While none are forced to paint, many pick up the brush because they love it.

Many of the elephant’s abstract paintings bear a striking resemblance to the work of Joan Mitchell, a 20th century expressionist painter known for her bold, emotional strokes and vivid mix of colors. The elephants seem to mimic this style with similarly-intense brush strokes, filling the canvas with amazing affection. Even more remarkable is uniqueness of each elephant; it’s not difficult to distinguish the hand of the artist, or in this case, the trunk.

The country has just under 3,000 domesticated elephants and the ECC works to nurture all aspects of their well-being. They are one of the only reservations with an on-site hospital, and mahouts provide around-the-clock care for the elephants, training, bathing, feeding, and painting with them. These enormous creatures are naturally emotional and intelligent, and painting provides a means of expression not often available to non-human breeds.

This is Bob Smith’s eighth year at Gallery4 under Wander Imports, a name for his collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian artwork, including furniture and decorative pieces. Bob gallery space is showing the elephant paintings through September 5th at 3848 Main Road in 4Corners. To learn more about this art form you can talk with Bob or his partners Sue, Elaine, and Alix at Gallery4 anytime. The book When Elephants Paint is also a helpful resource and available for browsing at Gallery4.

It’s a must-see exhibit you’ll never forget.

Now Showing @ 4Corners: Victoria Monroe Gallery

We’re now on to the third round of gallery art showing in the new space in 4 Corners, and this one is just as exceptional as the first two. The Victoria Monroe Gallery resides on Newbury street in Boston, and temporarily showing part of their selection at the Visiting Artist Gallery (3848 Main Rd) through August 10th. The gallery features mostly French pencil and watercolor drawings, masterful in their intricate details, and vivid hand-done coloring.

Much of the drawings’ beauty rests in their scientific origins. Long before photography, 18th and 19th Century amateur naturalists created botanical still lifes for study. Purely observational, the drawing’s represent the unique perspective of the time period. “A lot of these people didn’t even consider themselves artists,” said Adelaide of the VM Gallery. Fish, fruit, and botanicals come to life in their original ink and pencil form, so realistic, that, at first glance, they appear to be prints, but don’t be fooled.

The architecture pieces on exhibit likewise represent a historical reverence. “Late 18th century artists and architects made pilgrimages to the great monuments throughout Europe to study and sketch them in person,” says Victoria. The featured french works demonstrate dualy the classical and academic world; the drawing below by Jules-Germain Oliver is stamped with approval across its middle likely by a late professor.

In addition to European works the gallery is also showing a selection by a contemporary Indian artist. The small pieces are so rich in color and remarkable detail that the works take on a larger-than-life culture and history right in their place on the wall.

Stop by the gallery and admire the works of past and present artists, scientists, and architects. As Victoria says, “lifted out of the context of their time, we see them through the prism of our own.”

Light Air Gold and Wire

Susan Freda was born to make art. For some people, it just happens that way. Growing up with curious mind, and curious hands, she eventually received a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her Master’s degree at Mass Art. Now, Sue’s natural affinity for conceptual design has gained her local and international recognition.

During her early career Sue had one eye on the runway; her linear-modern wire dresses made extravagant statements in the world of high fashion. These crocheted works of art floated into numerous galleries and museums in the US and overseas where they became known for their elemental nature. The gentle intensity of her work captures the natural world and captivates the room, while an ephemeral, romantic quality reflects light and creates a sort of luminous halo around each of the pieces. With names like “cloud” and “nest,” her jewelry lines reveal the earth-inspired movement behind her work. Susan’s newest series of jewelry make bold statements and are special enough to be passed down as heirlooms. Her current focus is on custom engagement rings, and other special occasion jewelry.

Susan works mainly with reclaimed gold, silver, and vermeil (a blend of both), and all her pieces are one of a kind, inspired by snap shots of her environment and experience. “It’s hard to describe the artist drive, it’s just about communicating what you experience…to have an idea and change it into something new for the world.” Wire is a unique and incredibly malleable medium where she hones her patience and seeks a sense of meditation.

As all artists, Susan’s work has evolved, and continues to change in subtle and remarkable ways. She busies her self in her new studio under Gallery4 where she and partner Arn Krebs, operate a full service metal and wire shop, fulfilling custom orders, repairs, and consultations.

She has been granted the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, A De Young Museum Residency, and a Scholarship Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is in the collection of Meditech, Stuart Weitzman, Neiman Marcus, and Fidelity, among others. To learn more about Sue and Arn, visit her website www.susanfreda.com or visit her and her collection in person at Gallery4 at 3848 Main Road in Tiverton.

Wander through her gallery space, try on a ring or necklace, and be enchanted by the light.