Hop Arts Studio Trail Weekend
In the area around Hopkinton and Richmond in southern Rhode Island, just over the Connecticut border, there are dozens of professional artists and artisans who have gathered in a grassroots organization called HopArts. And once as year, they create the HopArts Studio Trail, where literally dozens of these high-quality artists and craftspeople exhibit their work.
Imagine 15 different galleries (the venues are actually inns, coffee houses and libraries as well as studios), joined by map, with a map that links them all together. Each location features anywhere from one to four collections; the works are anything from paintings to handbags, carvings to jewelry. To be completely unfair, we’ve listed only one of these venues – Shaw Pottery in Wyoming, where you’ll find jewelry from interestingly sourced materials by Jon Campbell; handwoven garments and home goods by Jude Larzelere; watercolors and paintings by Susan Shaw; and polymer clay wildlife jewelry from Christy Sherman. Multiply that by 15 and you get the picture.
The trail dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. Admission to all galleries is free. Besides Shaw Pottery, two area libraries act as hospitality sites – Landworthy Public Library in Hope Valley and Clark Library in Carolina.