She said she wants to reignite people’s interest in handwritten correspondence through her work. Pollina sells prints that feature her nautical-themed watercolor artwork out of 452 Thames St. Inside the store, shoppers can even fill out their purchased postcards on an antique desk in the corner and mail them through Pollina’s post box. More: News on the move: Three familiar faces expanding into new spaces on Aquidneck Island
Tiverton native Steve Iwanski, after attending college in the Midwest, is back in the area and has launched Charter Books, which soon will have a storefront at 8 Broadway. More:Small business owners voice concerns to Gov. McKee during visit to Thames Street in Newport
Eileen on Thames Pollina grew up in Portsmouth and graduated from Portsmouth High School before attending the University of Rhode Island. After losing her first graphic design job to the pandemic, she decided to launch her own brand on Aquidneck Island and opened a physical storefront on April 1.
“I want people to know and realize that I grew up here, and I have a lot of gratitude for our community,” she said. ” As I mentioned, the support was overwhelming online, and that gave me the courage to branch out here. I want to give back to our local community” Charter Books Currently, some prints in her store will have 10% of the proceeds donated to Clean Ocean Access, the Aquidneck Island environmental organization.
Not only is Pollina’s artwork themed after Newport’s beaches and nautical features, the graphic designer also uses the sale of her artwork to give back to the community. She sells art supplies to encourage young artists, such as the buckets of chalk she sells and donates a portion of the proceeds to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. “It makes me sad that kids don’t necessarily learn cursive in school like they used to, so a lot of my cards include faux calligraphy,” Pollina said. “My goal is to spark written correspondence again, in a modern way, with my designs.”
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