Providence will host two shows on same weekend

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The 24th annual Fine Furnishings Show and the third annual Art Providence Show will both be staged on Nov. 8-10 and collectively showcase the work of over 250 high-end artists, makers and designers.

The Fine Furnishings Show will return to the WaterFire Arts Center for the second consecutive year. A little over a mile and less than a five-minute drive away, the Art Providence Show will fill two halls at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

“The WaterFire Arts Center is a wonderful venue for our show,” said Karla Little, owner of the Fine Furnishings Shows. “It provides a lovely and fitting backdrop for our exhibitors’ work and fabulous amenities for both exhibitors and attendees, including ample free parking.”

The Art Providence Show, formerly the annual RISD Alumni Holiday Sale that was traditionally held the first Saturday in December, is produced by ArtSmart Productions and will be presented in Exhibit Halls C and D of the Rhode Island Convention Center.

“The capacity of the RICC is unmatched and we love being in downtown Providence,” said Laura Burkett, owner/operator of ArtSmart and Executive Director of the Art Providence Show.

“We wanted to move off the December date and get ahead of the curve,” added Burkett. “When we discovered our best option was the same weekend as the Fine Furnishings Show, Karla could not have been more gracious about our move. Right away we discussed opportunities to work together rather than compete, and it felt empowering.”

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