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Abundance Offers a Relaxing Night on the Town

By Jake Levin

Maria Grace Furtado took a big risk when she opened Abundance Coastal Designs last year.

She'd been a realtor and real estate broker for many years and tried working her way into other fields, but inevitably wound up back where she always started. Always an artist at heart, though, Furtado had this hope that she could bring some joy to others.

The same joy she felt when she would sit down in a cozy studio with a glass of champagne as the sun set and let her imagination run free, as she described it. And so, in 2016, she opened up Abundance Coastal Designs Mosaic Studio in scenic Bristol, R.I. on the Mount Hope peninsula.

"Creating the art of a mosaic piece allows the freedom to create without following any rules," Furtado said. "I often have my students ask, 'Is this ok?' and 'Should I do this?' My answer is usually, 'What would YOU like to create? What would YOU like to see and do?' We are all governed by so many rules and directions all day long that we forget how to let go and just 'create.'"

Furtado offers "Girls Night Out" events at Abundance, which are private mosaic parties heavy on relaxing in the classroom-turned-studio at 220 High St. in Bristol, the former home of the Byfield School. These events allow friends to join together, unwind, sip a little wine or bubbly, and create while laughing and sharing all that's been going on, Furtado said.

"Life gets so hectic and busy, and often, my students, who are my guests, can't wait to spend some quality time with friends, family, and even coworkers while letting their creative juices flow," Furtado said. "They allow themselves to listen to the music I play, and after instruction, to cut their tile, beads, and stained-glass pieces in order to create and make something beautiful."

To learn more visit abundancecoastaldesigns.com or call at 401-714-9102.

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