The site will be familiar, but the merchandise will be new when Arts in Rhode Island takes up residence this weekend at the most charming barn/store in town - 30 Middle Road.
For 10 years, George and Eunice Scottie hosted "Christmas in the Barn," an all-family craft affair out of the barn on their property just west of Cedar Avenue. It's one spot in town that just about everyone will recognize. It's the one with the smiling wooden snowmen out front and a through-the-roof charm rating.
This year inside the barn, 12 Rhode Island artists will be offering their goods, including the Scottie's daughter Anne Viens, a jewelry maker. Viens had been part of Christmas in the Barn with her parents. When she joined Arts in RI earlier this year, she asked her parents if the group could use the space for a holiday sale.
Viens knew the magic of the barn. With its wooden beams strung with white lights,and myriad antique details, it is a cozy, inviting space.
Arts in RI is a juried artists collaborative. The artists participating in this weekend's show include potters, weavers, glass blowers, jewelry makers and photographers.
Viens has a studio at Harborhill Complex at the bottom of Division Street just west of the train tracks. She's been a jewelry maker for several years, but her new line of beach sand jewelry has "taken over," she said in an interview earlier this week. "I was trying to make a bracelet. I did it wrong," she said. But wrong ended up right. The more she played with her technique, the better the results.
For Viens, her parents' barn space was too inviting to allow it to lie fallow this holiday season.
"It's just like a good old-fashioned holiday sale," she said.
The Arts in RI sale runs Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 & 5, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Barn on 30 Middle Road. Visitors can park on Middle Road. All are welcome.