Wooly Fair highlights Providence art community

A collection of local artists is bringing a festival to Providence for the seventh year.

More than 100 creators are building a village on the Valley Street site of The Steel Yard and inviting the public to come down to have fun and see the efforts of the local art community.

Sam White is the creative director and originator of what's called The Wooly Fair.

"It's actually a genuine community building event. It's an enormous group effort. I think it appeals to a lot of people for that reason, and also just because it's a huge spectacle," White said.

Many companies donate in-kind help, and dozens of volunteers contribute their time.

One, Keith Harvey, said he believes more Rhode Islanders should know about the artists that live in the capital city.

"It's an interchange between the artistic community to bring in the whole of Providence to show them. There are a lot of 9-to-5 people that don't always interact with the artistic community," Harvey said.

Two years ago the fair attracted 2,100 visitors. It begins at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday evening.