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Providence show has a familiar feel

William Kochman

William Kochman

The 26th annual Providence Fine Furnishings Show, held Nov. 5-7 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, R.I., featured about 100 local and regional artists, craftspeople and students who showcased their work in a wide range of styles.

Director Karla Little says the show was at about 80 percent capacity.

“It was nice to feel a bit more normal after last year when we had so many restrictions and guidelines with masks, oneway aisles, space between each exhibitor, separate entrance and exit, contact tracking and only a certain number of people in the show at one time,” says Little.

“It was also nice to have returning exhibitors and some wonderful new ones, too. The majority of exhibitors had great sales and/or orders. We won’t see the true results for at least six months, especially with regard to furniture, but also things that will be ordered for holiday gift giving.”

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There were Best in Show awards sponsored by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. The judges included Lynda Simonton, market editor at New England Home magazine and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, furniture maker and past president of the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Category winners included:

Furniture Design: William Kochman of Studio Diggs in Scituate, Mass.

Furniture, Traditional Craftsmanship: Jon Peirce of Industrious Revolution in North Smithfield, R.I.

Furniture Innovation: Stewart Junge of Fivo Design in Andover, Mass.

Traditional Furniture, Student: Avrom Tobin of the North Bennet Street School

Contemporary Furniture, Student: Grace Elwood of Rhode Island School of Design in Providence

Accessories: Suzi Ballenger of Humble Linens/Real Fibers in North Kingstown, R.I.

Fine Art/Craft: Thomas Dahlke of North Fork Woodworks in Brunswick, Maine

Marc Harrison Award for Marketing Excellence: John Sterling of J.C. Sterling Fine Furniture in Millmont, Pa.

For more, visit finefurnishingsshows.com

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue.

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