One of Providence’s best-loved holiday traditions has gotten even better. What used to be the RISD Holiday Sale, cancelled by the school this year in lieu of more global initiatives, has been replaced by the Art Providence Holiday Show. This juried art, craft and design show differs from its predecessor in two primary ways: (a) Applications were open to all artists rather than solely RISD alumni and (b) the show will run for two days — Dec. 9 and 10 — rather than just one. 

The show will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and tickets are $8 for one day or $10 for two days; kids under 16 get in free. The VIP Preview event is Friday, Dec. 8, 5:30–7 p.m., and offers first dibs on the artists’ work. Tickets for the VIP event are $100.

“The RISD alumni show has been a strong show for me for 22 years,” said Elise Moran, a RISD graduate who hand forges delicate necklaces, bracelets and rings out of silver. “I’m very happy the Art Providence Show is continuing the tradition. It has the potential to be an even bigger and better show.”

More than 200 artists from Providence, greater New England and beyond will be showcased, and roughly half are RISD alumni. 

This show will have something for everyone, from the holiday shopper to the art collector or interior designer, with a wide range of styles and price points across 15 categories, such as glass, wearable fiber, furniture and more. 

You’ll see some of the time-tested favorites with artists such as Andrea Valentini ("architextural" bags and accessories), Dahlia Kanner (stunning jewelry) and P&W Glass (gorgeous pieces for your home); as well as be introduced to artists whose work may be new to you, including Mark Perry (contemporary folk sculpture), Christina Osheim (richly hued ceramics), Ian Buchbinder (Space panda mugs? Yes!) and Phyllis Dobbyn Adams ("abstractly realistic" painting), to name but a few.  

For tickets and details, go to artprovidenceshow.com.

Providence for the Holidays