On Saturday, May 15th, a group of RFL residents met for several hours to weed, prune and spread mulch in a neighborhood parklet that has been neglected for the last few years. The weather was perfect for the event as the crew worked diligently to beautify the site.

Donald Grebien, Mayor of Pawtucket, greeted and thanked the residents for their service to the community. Residents took advantage of the opportunity to chat with Mayor Grebien on a range of topics of importance to the City.

L to R: John Catanese, Irene Lozach, Roland Peltier, Toba Weintraub, Mayor Donald Grebien, Pamela Hughes, Steven Cohen, Linda Dewing, Joan Hausrath, Not pictured Karl Machata, Karen Rand Anderson, Stephen O’Brien, Daryl Begin and his son, Elliot

The Pawtucket Department of Public Works delivering mulch.
All hard at work.
Elliot Begin supervising John Catanese.
Stephen O’Brian and Steven Cohen concentrating on the work at hand.
Domenico Mautarelli, Roland Peltier, and Toba Weintraub interrupted for a photo.
Linda Dewing, Pamela Hughes, and Karen Rand Anderson with big smiles as they transform the garden.
Daryl Begin and his son Elliot, who worked as hard as everyone else.
Pamela Hughes, Chair of the RFL Social Committee, with Irene Lozach enjoying a well deserved break in the sun.
A good amount of landscape debris was collected.
Tidy, weed-free plant beds.
All done. Roland Peltier enjoying a moment of relaxation in a beautiful garden setting.

THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS FUN AND PRODUCTIVE EVENT!

In 2000, prior to the Lebanon building being developed as a condominium, the empty building became the location for a movie set. Scenes for the film, Stay Until Tomorrow, were shot in the southeast corner of the 5th floor of the building, a space now occupied by Unit 504.

Movie set in 2000 where Unit 504 is today
Still from film

The writer and director of Stay Until Tomorrow, Laura Colella, a Professor of Filmmaking at RISD, has made several other films, one of which, Breakfast with Curtis, has won awards and received critical acclaim.

From the film website:
ABOUT:

  • Nina is a former teen star who quit acting to go to college, then left college to travel the world, and became attached to the lifestyle of an international drifter. Several years later, she drops in on her childhood friend Jim, and asks to crash for a few days – which turn into a few adventurous weeks. Jim is a reserved librarian whose workplace becomes a site for Nina’s comic, literary and sexual escapades. As her visit extends, we discover there’s more to Jim than meets the eye.

You can watch a trailer here.

You can watch the film with Fandor on Amazon Prime with a free 7-day trial here.

For more information about the film visit Wikipedia.

REVIEWS

“An evocative meta-film… Eleanor Hutchins is alternately sexy, funny, and bemusing as Nina… Equally in love with words and images, Colella displays great fondness for things that delight the senses, including, but not limited to, food, wine, sex, music, and art.” – The Los Angeles Times

“A wildly inventive and unabashedly sweet comedy … Gorgeously shot and subtly acted, this playful and bold feature builds with a slow charm that ultimately pays off big, in a chaotic finale that draws from a passion for the limitless possibilities of cinema.” – Minnesota Film Arts

“Boasts a splendid performance from Eleanor Hutchins as the onetime soap star who descends on her librarian buddy and proceeds to dismantle his ordered existence.” – BBC

“Funny and sexy, this is a feel-good movie for the irreverent. Nina is restless. She has tried acting and college, but really just wants to travel and experience new things. This unpredictable comedy is a refreshingly real look at a young woman seeking exotic and erotic possibilities.” – Brattleboro Film Festival

“Sensual, dreamy direction, recalling that of Wong Kar-Wai.” – Santa Fe Reporter

“On the one hand, Stay Until Tomorrow is a road movie about an old love; on the other hand, it’s about traveling the world. It’s also a musical delicacy.” – 030 (Berlin)

Looking for a way to be productive during the summer of 2020, while at the same time spending time out-of-doors socially distanced, Pamela Hughes (RFL Unit 301) and Joan Hausrath (RFL Unit 504) decided to paint a mural.  After looking around the Armory Arts District neighborhood, they found a wall on a building at 189 Exchange Street across the street from the Pawtucket Armory that looked perfect for their needs.  The owner of the building, Ed Breault, gave his permission, and the project was underway. 

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The mural, titled, Covid in Bloom, was funded by XOS Plus, a local non-profit arts advocacy group (all four Board members are residents of Riverfront Lofts: Linda Cohen, Amanda Chase, Pamela Hughes, and Joan Hausrath.) Joan designed the colorful, upbeat mural and Pamela helped with painting.  Landscaping under the mural was funded by Phyllis Nathanson, owner of the adjacent building.

Having fun doing the project and receiving a tremendous amount of positive feedback from passersby, the two women were then inspired to decorate three electrical utility boxes in the neighborhood.  Pamela and Joan now plan to beautify another box in 2021. Toba Weintraub (RFL Unit 304) also plans to apply her talent to a box soon while Linda Dewing (RFL Unit 605) used her creative skills on one across from the Public Library a couple of years ago.  Look for these public art projects as you navigate the city.

Left: Hawaiian Blooms, Pamela Hughes – Spring and Exchange Streets
Right: Butterflies, Joan Hausrath – Exchange Street and Dexter Avenue

Left: Triangles, Joan Hausrath – Exchange Street and Broadway
Right: Cats at Play, Linda Dewing – Summer and High Streets

To see more Public Art in the City visit:  pawtucketpublicart.com

 

The RFL Social Committee (Nora Guyer, Unit 410, and Gretchen Delue, Unit 101) hosted a well-attended community cookie swap in the Gallery on Sunday afternoon.  The conference table was laden with festive cookies of all sizes and shapes.  The delicious flavors included chocolate, lemon, spice, ginger, mint, hazel nut, coconut, and many more.  Bakers and nibblers enjoyed the opportunity to share cookies and recipes.

The annual cast of new falcons who make their home on the City Hall tower have grown into quite handsome birds. Steven Cohen photographed this one on his deck this morning.

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There are several exciting initiatives currently taking place in Pawtucket that are enhancing the city through the arts.

For instance, the city has just received a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $75,000 for public art that will be matched by the city.  The project will consist of an art installation on an I-95 overpass with the goal of providing for an interesting pedestrian experience as the overpass unites the communities on either side. These are communities that were severed when I-95 was constructed.  The announcement was made by the new Director of the NEA, Jane Chu, during a visit to Pawtucket.  Attendees at the news conference included Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Representative Cicilline, and Mayor Grebien.

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Another initiative is the installation of  banners identifying our neighborhood as the Armory Arts District.  This is a project that is being funded by a grant from the city and is being administered by the Armory Arts District Group and the Pawtucket Foundation.  You will soon see these banners on the streets!

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The same grant from the city is also funding a couple of streetscape beautification projects in our neighborhood.  One area is at the Exit 29 South ramp and the other is the creation of a parklet along Broadway by the parking lot. The parklet is designed to eventually be a site for public art. (The sculpture in the photo is not part of the grant.)

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This is the second year that Riverfront Lofts has participated in XOS: Exchange Street Open Studios where artists and designers in our neighborhood open their studios and lofts to visitors as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival.  This year the event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8 from 10am to 4pm and more than 60 artists will be located in our lofts and at 59-65 Blackstone Avenue, the brick building behind Tolman High School.

Several residents of Riverfront Lofts formed a non-profit organization this past year, XOS Plus, that serves as the organizing team for XOS.  They were successful this year in applying for and receiving grant support to help fund lots of advertising for the event.  And there are a number of residents who have served as committee chairs for the event, others who are hosting guest artists, and still more who are volunteering to serve as greeters and parking managers that weekend.  Not only is this a great event for artists and art lovers, it also introduces the public to what Pawtucket has to offer as an arts community and loft living.  The residents of Riverfront Lofts are making a difference in our community!

Here are some of the artists in Riverfront lofts.

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Here is some of the fabulous art that will be on display and for sale.

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There will be signage all over the neighborhood directing visitors to the studio locations.  XOS is very grateful to Delin Design for donating their design services for these signs as well as the ad layouts that are appearing in area publications.

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In 2004 Seth and his wife, Pamela, purchased their unit from the developer as raw space and built out their beautiful and unique loft/studio themselves. Seth currently serves on the Riverfront Executive Board and is a very valuable, on-going member of the Property Committee. The bench in our lobby was created by Seth, who has been a member of the Industrial Design Department at RISD since 1980.

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Seth instructing his students at RISD.

Earlier in his career, Seth designed and crafted one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that were sold in galleries and exhibited in many museums. His work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Fuller Craft Museum.  Today he designs furniture for production. He holds several patents on his designs, and in 2003 was a finalist for the American Society of Furniture Designers Pinnacle Award in the Occasional Furniture category for one of his patented products. He is the author of Designing Furniture, a book that describes and analyzes visual design elements and design methodology, published by the Taunton Press, Newtown, CT in 1989.

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Seth is currently designing wood, bamboo lumber, and compressed fiber furniture that is being manufactured in various Asian countries for his clients.  He currently has chairs on display as part of the RISD Faculty Exhibit at the RISD Museum.

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Seth has traveled extensively all over the world collecting hand crafted utilitarian baskets.  He has a passion for fishing and collecting vintage toasters.

For the second year, Silvia Acosta (Unit 404 and a member of the RFLCA Property Committee) has worked with her architecture students at RISD in creating an outdoor landscape/structure project at the Chinese Church, just a couple of blocks down Roosevelt Ave. from Riverfront Lofts.  This year the students worked on building out an existing partial foundation with a screened enclosure planted with vines.  They also planted additional trees, shrubs, and plants on the site as well as constructing and launching a floating platform on the Blackstone River.  Silvia intends to return next spring to work on Phase Three.  To see Phase One, go to: https://riverfrontlofts.wordpress.com/page/2/

Phase two included constructing seating and planting trees and shrubs.

Ivy will grow up the wall in the back while grapes will form an arbor.

The Pavilion was built last year during Phase One.

Seating areas were constructed along the river’s edge.

Students are launching the floating platform.

Below is Silvia with one of her talented, hardworking students.  Congratulations on a fabulous Pawtucket improvement project!

On September 18th the RFL Landscaping Committee joined with the RFL Social Committee for a bulb planting and cookout event to which a number of residents attended.  450 daffodil bulbs were added to the landscaping at the Exchange Court entrance where hundreds of bulbs were planted last year. More crocuses were added as well.  The greatest challenge to the planting party was the area where construction has been taking place and where the soil was hard as a rock!  After all the hard work, the group was joined by other residents on the third level of the garage to enjoy a cookout. There they enjoyed a potluck of great food, conversation, and an elevated view of surrounding buildings illuminated by the warm glow of twilight.  It looks like this might become an annual event!

Look forward to a spectacular display in the spring!

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