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Atabey Sanchez-Haiman likes to make art that makes people smile. Whether it’s a print featuring Rhody favorites like coffee syrup or Del’s lemonade, a T-Rex, or Darth Vader, Atabey’s work is sure to be a conversation starter wherever it’s displayed.
Under the name Giraffes and Robots, her cheerful paintings and prints are immediately recognizable by a consistent use of mustard-yellow and ketchup-red, simple shapes depicting subjects like toys, superheroes, and animals, and the clever use of optimistic messaging.
Like many local artists, when Atabey was ready to take her home-based business to the next level, she chose Hope Artiste Village. “Pawtucket is a great city that values art, and it has affordable studios for artists,” says Atabey, who has set-up studio and shop at the renovated mill complex at 1005 Main Street.
Filled with the same bright colors and energy of her artwork, Atabey’s first-floor studio almost appears to glow and that’s by design. “When people come inside they automatically smile, and a smile can go a long way to making a difference.”
Atabey’s sunny style and outlook is gaining recognition, recently named one of the 2018 Leading Ladies by Providence Media, her work has been featured in Rhode Island Monthly special interest publications Home Design and Engaged Bridal; and Uppercase Magazine, a national quarterly, among others.
Giraffes and Robots is open during the popular Wintertime Farmers Market, held Saturdays through April at Hope Artiste Village and also by appointment by calling 347-ROBOTS1. Says Atabey, “There are many independent businesses that are sprouting up all over the city and if you want to shop local, what better place than a city full of artists and entrepreneurs making their dreams a reality.”
Visit giraffesandrobots.com for pop-up locations, online shopping, and more.
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