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

  • Debbie Rathbun- Vice President

  • Paul DiCarlo - Treasurer 

  • Terry Haydt - Recording Secretary

  • Nancy Potvin - Corresponding Secretary

Members at Large

  • Mary Larson

  • Beth Needham

  • Ellen Fucile

  • Ron Schmitz

Committee Chairs

  • Mary Larson - Debbie Rathbun Craft Shows

  • Vivian Drummond - Historian

  • William McGregor - Membership

  • Judy & Barry Rubenstein - Hospitality

  • Melonie Massa- Craft Beat, Social Media, Advertising 

Our story

Since1990 the Ocean State Artisans host one of the largest craft fairs in Rhode Island. 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.

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