Rhody Gem: Harbor Creative Arts

March 2021

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What it is:

An art studio incorporating drawing, painting, and collage in programming for kids of all ages, along with private group classes by reservation and pop-up sales from local artisans.

 

Where to find it:

Right next to the Wickford Middle School baseball diamond, find the cottage-like studio a stone’s throw from Inside Scoop (and close enough for parents to run to Dave’s Market while kids are in class).

 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

It’s hard to imagine a more inviting space for kiddos to create than this clean, COVID-ready nook where aprons are hung neatly in a row and colorful peace signs and paintings reign supreme. Prior to opening the space in December, owner and educator Rachel Armentano could be found around the West Bay teaching art in backyards, garages, and parks all summer to keep kids engaged and connected through creativity. “For some toddlers and distance learning students, I’m one of the only people outside their family they have seen in almost a year,” explains Armentano, who ensures all young artists, from toddlers to teens, feel comfortable yet challenged and confident when they leave. While classes are small and workspaces distanced for now, nothing beats the camaraderie of posing with finished masterpieces for a picture in front of a mural of swirly blue waves at the end of class.

Harbor Creative Arts • 319 Phillips Street, North Kingstown • @harborcreativearts

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