Meet Artist Kathrine Lovell May 30th!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage for the next Art Night Bristol Warren event!

Art Night Bristol Warren celebrates the arts by featuring monthly Gallery & Open Studio Tours from April through November.  Visitors can meet featured artists in their studios or at partner galleries/ businesses for an inside peek at how their work is created.  A free trolley service runs from 5-8 pm between the towns of Bristol and Warren, with stops at the participating locations.  Follow this link to learn more.

We are thrilled to be hosting  local Artist Kathrine Lovell from 5pm-9pm this Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Kathrine Lovell

Kathrine Lovell is a fine artist and a decorative painter. She studied at RISD, and received her BFA in painting. Her decorative painting business is currently in it’s 26th year, that means hundreds of pieces of furniture, dozens of murals, acres of wall treatments and a myriad of floor cloths are gracing homes, businesses and design studios throughout New England.  Lovell’s fine art work has been on display in many area galleries, and lately reproductions can be found in Target, HomeGoods, Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s department stores, and all around the world online. Last year, she has opened a new studio/gallery in The Mill Pond Shops in Tiverton Rhode Island.

Mallow by Kathrine Lovell

Lovell’s fine paintings are ethereal layers of paint, pattern, and color, combined with nature forms such as plants, flowers, animals and most often, birds.  Pattern and geometric form are representative of her self-awareness within the natural landscape.  A love of gardening is reflected in her flower paintings that burst with color, and her endless fascination with the world around her can be seen in her recent foray into landscape paintings.

Around the corner Kate & Company will host  Kirsten Sorenson with her beautiful paintings and fabric designs.

Alta Luna Gallery will feature “The Best & Brightest” Exhibit with light refreshments and music.

Angelina’s will have the work of the Met School Arts Advisory Showcase.

Be sure not to miss Susan O’Donnell’s gorgeous Japanese Fish Printings being featured at Sue Casa on State Street.

For full details and a list of all the Bristol and Warren participating venues and featured artists click here.  See you Thursday!




Lobster Anyone?

In my recent travels, I came across this bright red painted wooden lobster.   I thought it would make a great sign!

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you know how much I love signs.  I especially love vintage signs

…but a found object can be a fun place to start too!  I could tell someone took great care and effort with a jigsaw to cut out the shape.  It probably took a lot of time and patience.

Fortunately, that left me with the fun part!  To tone down the bright red color, I mixed Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® together and thinned down the paint mix with water to make a wash.

Primer Red

Primer Red

Emperor's Silk

Emperor’s Silk

I painted the wash of color over the surface, wiping some away as I went.  Once dry, I painted on some lettering with Old White Chalk Paint® using a liner brush.

After  it was dry, I waxed the surface with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and then used a little dark wax to tone down the white lettering.

 The wax really enhanced the color and brought the sign to life.

While the sign has since found a new home, the whole project reminds me of clambakes, the coast and summer in New England.  Lobster anyone?






Off to Brimfield!

A reminder….we are off to Brimfield, Massachusetts  this week to participate in the Brimfield Antique Show.   Our show opens Wednesday and we will be there through Saturday and packing up on Sunday.

Please find us at the New England Motel Antique Market space 303.  Look for us on the right as you come through the main parking entrance, we are in the 2nd tent on the right.

Shop hours will be limited this week due to our participation in the show.  We will be open Monday from 9am-Noon and then Friday, May 17th from 10am – 5pm.  We will be closed on Saturday and resume normal business hours the following week.  Have a great week!  Hope to see you at the show.

Brimfield & Beyond

I’m off to the Brimfield, Massachusetts Antique Show from Wednesday, May 15th to Saturday May 18, 2013.

I’m participating in the New England Motel Show (next to the main food court with the yellow and green umbrellas) in space 303 (main entrance, 2nd tent on right)  I hope to see you there!

I wrote in an earlier post about my top 10 tips for navigating the Brimfield Antiques Show.  If you are going to the show and haven’t been before, it is a must read!

My first and most important tip—“If you see something you love (budget permitting)–buy it on the spot!” was a lesson I learned the hard way….

I was shopping several years ago at the Brimfield Show with my husband—part of our annual trek that serves as my birthday present. 

We parked in the Quaker Acres field and my husband  immediately came across a great find…

When he pointed out the sign to me, I let out a gasp of surprise that got the dealer’s attention. Certainly not a good thing when you want to negotiate—especially if your last name is spelled C-H-A-C-E (of course I didn’t admit it when the dealer asked!)

Personally, I was ready to buy the sign on the spot but my husband was against it—we had just arrived in Brimfield—we had barely begun hunting…maybe he thought it was too easy game?  Anyhow he somehow convinced me to move on.

Fast forward 6 hours later –we were heading home.  It was all I could do to persuade him to go back to that field to see if the sign was still there.  It was!   I thought it was meant to be.   He didn’t want to buy it, didn’t like the price and he had no idea where we would use it.  We headed home sans sign.  Strike two.

Of course I was kicking myself that we didn’t buy the sign.  When I returned to Bristol I told my sad story to Robin Jenkins and Jeff Gladding of Robin Jenkins Antiques and Epilogues.  Robin said she would have bought the sign at that price herself.   They advised me to bring my girlfriends to Brimfield next time (sorry Rick!).


A few days later, Robin flagged me down to show me a picture she had taken with her cell phone—it was my sign (or rather the sign-that-should-have-been-mine!)  Apparently the Connecticut antique dealer (who Robin knew) did not sell the sign at Brimfield and it ended up in his space at an antique shop in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  I was so lucky she came across it.

After a few phone calls (thanks Robin) and a secret shopping trip with my Mom and my Sister, the sign was mine—or should I say “ours”!

While it was a fortunate stroke of serendipity that we ended up with our now treasured sign, if you are shopping at Brimfield I would advise you not to count on lightening striking twice!

Happy hunting!