We build a community of arts with local artists and artisan members through networking.


About the Ocean State Artisans

Ocean State Artisans is a Rhode Island not-for-profit organization of artists, artisans, crafters and craft related business owners engaged in networking, information referral, creative educational pursuits, camaraderie and fun.

Leadership - Board Members

  • Susan Keenan - President
  • Nancy Buffery - Vice President
  • Paul DiCarlo - Treasurer 
  • Terry Haydt - Recording Secretary
  • Nancy Potvin - Corresponding Secretary

Members at Large

  • Mary Larson
  • Beth Needham
  • Ellen Fucille
  • Pat Sprague

Committee Chairs

  • Mary Larson - Craft Shows
  • Norma McEntee- Historian
  • William McGregor - Membership
  • Judy & Barry Rubenstein - Hospitality
  • Ginny Lirio - Craft Beat

CCRI Craft Fair

The Ocean State Artisans host one of the largest craft fairs in Rhode Island at the Community Collage of Rhode Island's Knight Campus in Warwick, RI.  The event takes place on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving each year. The show features over 100 local artisans and crafters offering unique handmade products for gifting and home decoration.

Proceeds from the show are donated to several local charities, most notably, the Rhode Island Food Bank.  Attendees of the show are encouraged to bring non perishable food for donation to the food bank.