Created 30 years ago by a community of artists who opened their
I-95 Foundry Building studios to the public during the holidays,
The Foundry Artists Show provides a unique opportunity to tap one
of the area's greatest resources - its artists. By the time the Foundry
Building was converted in 1995 to office space, its artists scattered
to studios throughout the region, the Foundry Artists Show had
become an established holiday tradition. Every year since, the
Foundry Artists have reunited for the holidays, presenting their work
for sale and gift giving. These artists, in turn, support their
community by donating work for the charity silent auction to benefit
a local organization or cause. In recent years, the Foundry Artists'
annual shows have supported the renovation of the space in which
its sale has been held so successfully: the1894 castle-like
Pawtucket Armory, in its conversion from empty hall abandoned by
the National Guard in 1994, to becoming a permanent cultural and
educational landmark center for the arts.
For thirty years, this popular New England holiday tradition has
offered the opportunity to both view and purchase work by 60+ top
regional artists. With a juried selection of artists, caliber of work is
high. Categories of fine art and craft range from art glass to wood,
and include painting, sculpture, metal, fiber, mixed media, jewelry,
ceramics, photography, millinery, artisan beauty products,
handmade books, and furniture.