By PETE FONTAINE Jon Correia doesn't claim to be a Picasso; however, the area abstract artist painted a picture Sunday of what will be coming to the popular Oakland Beach Volunteer Firemen's Club in the near future. Correia, who doubles as a
Jon Correia doesn’t claim to be a Picasso; however, the area abstract artist painted a picture Sunday of what will be coming to the popular Oakland Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Club in the near future.
Correia, who doubles as a Warwick business owner/bartender at the 108-year-old one-time fire station turned social club located on Oakland Beach Avenue in Warwick, organized an impressive craft’s fair that attracted 23 vendors and upwards of 120 people who enjoyed everything from charcoal-grilled foods to home décor made from recycled products such as skateboards and walls signs that was once stock for fences.
“It was an honor to have an event that went so smoothly and appealed to a wide audience,” said Correia, who owns Pics by Twiggs that features digital photos, paintings and sculptures. “We will definitely be doing this again!”
Although Correia didn’t give a definite date, he did say “all the vendors were pleased with our audience and we could possibly increase the number of participants at our next fair.”
Sunday’s craft fair, Correia said between mixing what looked like perfectly chilled beverages, was a sun-splashed, well-staffed by a handful of OBVFC members and held inside the red-brick building as well as outside on the patio that, in fact, serves as a memorial to all deceased firefighters.
Member Derek Joyal, who recently opened Simplicity Prints on West Shore Road that sells a variety of apparel and was among the vendors, helped with the kitchen duties as did Merrill Leveillee.
Likewise, “Rocky” Hudson – an iconic member of the ageless club – served as the day’s official greeter while board member John Gates tended to grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on a spanking new propane powered grill after Merrill Leveillee performed similar duties so other staffers could enjoy the fair.
Meanwhile, Lorrie Roy, who operated an exhibit she called “No Name” that offered a large variety of crafts and beautiful ocean paintings as well as Ashley Medeiros of “Miss Adventure’s” enjoyed the day’s camaraderie and conversation.
The same held true for Dana Scolaro, Correia’s friend who staffed the colorful collection of abstract paintings and sculptures that drew rave reviews from fair-goers as did another display or classy and colorful artificial flowers that were displayed in tall vases and containers.
When asked if the OBVFC has ever held similar events in the past, Correia replied: “Yes, but not to this extent, especially since we even have a vendor offering freshly-made cupcakes and pastries and who doesn’t like a burger and beer!”