SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI – The Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio’s fifth annual holiday sale takes place this weekend, allowing people to shop for handcrafted stained glass and fused glass works, from ornaments to lamp shades to lampshades and more from the studio’s more than 30 student artists.
The sale will be a little different this year due to COVID-19, with owner Peg Corcoran choosing to host it over two days, this Saturday and Sunday, instead of the traditional one-day event.
“We added Sunday just because we know (we can only have 10 people at a time),” Corcoran said. “There are usually 150-200 people on that day when we already have it, so now we think if we spread it out over the two days, just because we can only have 10 people at a time, and we’ll see how it goes, maybe that’s something we keep doing.
One thing that doesn’t change, however, is the fact that the studio donates 10% of all sales to charity, with this year’s recipient being their neighbors at the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.
“When it comes to COVID, I know there are a lot of families in need,” Corcoran said. “There are every year, but it seemed to be even more this year, so I thought it was probably the best choice.”
At times earlier this year, Corcoran was unsure whether his studio, which was closed from late March through July, would even be able to hold a sale this year.
“There was a lot of talk this summer about whether to move forward or not, but they were interested in doing it (and) we thought we were going to move forward and make adjustments as we go. depending on what was going on, “Corcoran says.
Corcoran contacted the state’s Department of Trade Regulations and worked with them to develop a COVID security plan, which was later approved by the City of South Kingstown and was subject to further adjustments by the DBR for comply with the latest COVID-19 regulations.
Gone are the popular hot chocolate bar and live music concerts of years gone by, as none can take place this year due to guidelines, but the main attraction of the handcrafted stained glass windows remains.
“There are a lot of stained glass panels to hang on the window, but there (are) a lot of ornaments, that’s usually the most important thing,” Corcoran said. “We have other things like sagging bottle serving trays, lanterns. One of my students made a bunch of large lanterns that you can put on your porch with stained glass panels in them.
As per the guidelines, only 10 people will be allowed in the shopping area at a time, with five volunteer artists managing sales who can answer questions about their specific pieces.
“The students really appreciate it,” Corcoran said. “It gives them an outlet: a way to exhibit and sell some of their work. It was not an easy decision, and sometimes I wondered if we had made the right decision, but I thought we will see how it goes.
As the only full-time employee at her studio, Corcoran said she was incredibly grateful to her students, who first came up with the idea of a vacation sale to her five years ago.
“It was really a group of my students in one of my classes that came up with the idea of having some sort of vacation sale where they could sell some of their work and showcase their work, that’s so kind of like that took off, “Corcoran said.” (We) broadcast it to all the students – I have between 60 and 70 students – and about half of them participated … C ‘that’s really how it started and that’s just from there that it took off. Every year it gets bigger and we have done better.
While Corcoran has put all kinds of measures in place to make selling as safe as possible, she understands that not everyone is comfortable going out to shop in person. So, she plans to sell some of the post-weekend unsold items on the studio’s Facebook page and offer curbside pickup, though she said nothing was set in stone yet. .
The Fifth Annual Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio Sale will be held on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm at the studio itself, which is located “on the Rotary” at 1214 Kingstown Road in Peace Dale. . Masks and social distancing will be required.
For more information, see their website, bosgraafstudio.com or check them out on Facebook under Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio.