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ART! Shady Lea Mill 25th annual Holiday Open Studios

Experience a unique blend of artists & artisans, brought together for the Soul’s purpose of creation, creative growth & support on Dec 2nd & 3rd, 2023 from 10 to 4, the historic Shady Lea Mill, 215 Shady Lea Rd., North Kingstown, will open its doors for the 25th Annual Holiday Open Studios.

Shop original one-of- a-kind works of art direct from gifted resident artists and artisans. Choose from jewelry, rugs, blown glass, woodworking, pottery, paintings, photography and so much more from over 40 participating artists.

Enjoy tax-free holiday shopping with free admission and free parking. Donations to the NK Food Pantry will be accepted at each point of entry. Instagram:


They house over 40 artists and artisans working in various media.  Some of Rhode Island’s most gifted people open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts.  Featured will be one of a kind Pottery, Sculpture, Weaving, Spinning, Rug Hooking, Painting, Mixed Media Collage, Glass Blowing, Photography, Jewelry Design and Woodworking.  Classes are offered in Rug Hooking, Painting and Pottery.    

Back again this year is the absolutely gorgeous jewelry of Petri Kymlander, the antique clocks of Rich Fyans and our busy Donna Thompson, still making things with a bit of a “twist”. This year we will also be featuring several new additions to our “old timers”  Newbies this year are Painters, Ann O’Brien, Gloria Dahl and Marisa Lonkart.  The Shady Birds Potters welcomes new partner,Theresa Nelson.  Wander thru the historic hallways of the Shady Lea and enjoy meeting the artists, watching demonstrations and be prepared to be amazed! 

About the Mill

Today we have over 40 studios which house many talented and creative people.  For some, it is a place of escape where their creative juices flow undisturbed by the fast pace of their daily lives.  For others, it is a place of business where they can enjoy the best of both worlds as they make a living plying their craft and enjoy the antiquity of an old mill full of local history and flavor.  Most important it is a place of bonding as artists and artisans work together and support one another in their endeavors.

We are looking for anyone who can add to our information about our mill.   If any of your ancestors were part of the early history of this wonderful place, we would enjoy hearing  from you.

WINTER OPEN STUDIO – Saturday & Sunday – DECEMBER 2 & 3,2023 – 10:00AM to 4:00PM

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