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New Providence show added to spring slate

KL Communications, producer of the Fine Furnishings Show in Providence, is launching a new show, the May Day Market, scheduled for May 1-2 at the Waterfire Arts Center in Providence, R.I.

Director and founder Karla Little announced a call to artists, craftsmen and vendors in January. She says she was inspired to give artists another opportunity to show and sell their work, particularly in the wake of the pandemic which cancelled many similar types of events recently.

“Whenever I travel with my husband, we always seek out the local markets as they are a wonderful place to get a feel for the local food, art, crafts and more. Thus, I have always wanted to do one,” says Little.

“Also, 2020 was a very tough year for artists, craftsmen and small businesses, including myself, so this is another opportunity for them, very affordably, to market and sell their work. May Day Market seemed like a happy name and great time of year. Just before Mother’s Day, graduations and full-on outdoor activities. A celebration of spring.”

The May Day Market will differ from the much larger Fine Furnishings Show, held annually at the same venue in November. Using a simpler format, exhibitors will bring their own tables, chairs, and display materials, as opposed to laying carpet, forming drapery partitions and more. It will also offer free admission.

“I am guessing about a third of the Fine Furnishings show exhibitors will exhibit in both shows and the furniture makers will bring their ‘smalls’ to the May Day Market. I’m excited to see what they have,” added Little.

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This article was originally published in the April 2021 issue.

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