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Well Traveled Wares: How One Painting Inspired a Collaborative Decor Collection

How does abstract intuitive painting, evolve into a home decor collection? See the steps involved in translating a painted canvas into functional decor. Painter and ceramic artist Nicole M Curcio draws on her 20+ years of experience in the design and decor industry and finds inspiration in the cities we inhabit and the places we go to escape. Combining her home design and decor background with her artistic sensibility, she’s become interested in making art more approachable to a broader audience by integrating her artwork into items for everyday use.

Join us for a preview of select pieces from Well Traveled Wares. Learn how creative collaboration and idea sharing is fueling this colorful, new lifestyle brand. The bright jewel-tones of Nicole’s City Lights painting are balanced by the clean lines of a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic to create smaller scale furniture, lighting, decor and dishware, to fit in the smaller spaces where many of us dwell. All items in the collection are a collaboration with other artists: from graphic design, to upholstery, lighting design and woodworking. The collection relies on each person’s expertise within their chosen medium to skillfully design and handcraft every piece. Mingle with Nicole, the artist; Mandy Szigethy, owner and craftswoman at Rose City Upholstery; and James Violette, woodworker and lighting designer. Sip wine and snack on hors d’oeuvres while you tour Rose City Upholstery: see finished furniture, lighting, artwork and decor, as well as pieces and plans in-process.

To make it a truly collaborative event, you'll have the opportunity to engage in our design process by sharing your feedback, as you visit each vignette.

We've partnered with Community Warehouse, whose mission is to connect essential furnishings to neighbors in need through unique community partnerships, creating stronger home foundations and brighter futures for all. All proceeds from our raffle, and 5% of sales made during the event, will be donated to Community Warehouse. You can also choose between a free ticket, or a $5 ticket if you'd like to make a donation to Community Warehouse. Space is limited, so don't wait to get your tickets!

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Festival Event registration opens on June 1, 2020.

Festival Event registration opens on June 1, 2020.


This organizer is still confirming dates + details. You will get updates no later than June 1!



Venue is ADA accessible


The event will be hosted by Rose City Upholstery in collaboration with Nicole and Well Traveled Wares.

Well Traveled Wares is a fine art and lifestyle brand concept from Nicole M Curcio, brought to life through collaborations with Mandy Szigethy, James Violette, and other creative friend's talents and contributions.