Marine Arts and Crafts Show and Booksigning at URI Bay Campus on December 2

Marine Arts and Crafts Show and Booksigning at URI Bay Campus on December 2 Narragansett, R.I .– November 20, 2000 — If you’re looking for the perfect seasonal gift that expresses the spirit of the Ocean State, the Marine Art and Craft Show and Booksigning may be your first and last stop for holiday shopping. The show and booksigning will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coastal Institute Visitor’s Center on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. During the show, the Coastal Institute Bookstore and the Living on the Edge interactive exhibit will also be open to the public. There is no admission fee to the show, bookstore, or exhibit. A number of noted Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut artists, artisans, and authors will be represented at the show. Artists include Karen Perrin, Ray DeWick, Debbie Panciera, Christine Hyde DeWick, Betty Young, Babette Allina, and MaryAnn Bolton McGwin, all oil painters who specialize in marine landscapes, lighthouses, and marine mammals. In addition, the works of watercolorist Joan McLellan, copper sculptor Ed Brown, and pen and ink artist Eric Slade will be available for purchase. Several well-known authors will be available at different times throughout the day to autograph their latest books. Don Bousquet and Martha Murphy will be available to sign their collaborative Rhode Island Cookbook from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bousquet’s Born in Rhode Island and Murphy’s New England Fish Tale will also be featured. Award-winning writer Ann Hood will be on hand from 1-2 p.m. to autograph Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, Ruby: A Novel and her newly published Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time. In addition, from 2-4 p.m., noted children’s book author Faith McNulty will be signing How Whales Walked into the Sea, described by The Horn Book Magazine as an “almost poetic explanation of how modern whales came to be.” Several of McNulty other children’s books will be available for purchase, including Listening to Whales Sing, Endangered Animals, and Dancing with Manatees. Malia Schwartz, who co-wrote Guide to Marine Mammals & Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico will be signing copies of her book from 2-3 p.m. This colorful guidebook recently won the 2000 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for best “Nature Guidebook.” Linda Beaulieu, assistant public relations manager for Johnson & Wales University will autograph her cookbook and restaurant guide Divine Providence, An Insider’s Guide to the City’s Best Restaurants. She will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information or directions, call Friends of Oceanography at 874-6602 or the URI Office of Marine Programs at 874-6642. Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642,