Rhody Gem: October 2019

The Art Cafe – The Bay Magazine


We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it!

What it is:

The Art Cafe is an eclectic coffee shop and art gallery/studio serving espresso, specialty drinks, and pastries; the studio is used by local artists and students of all ages throughout the year.

Where to find it:

The ride to The Art Cafe is a treat in itself – pass coastal farms and ocean views until you arrive at 7 South of Commons Road in Little Compton. Follow the garden paths to small buildings and galleries, housed in an old barn and an 18th century building.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

According to the consensus: great coffee, delicious pastries, and beautiful surroundings inside and out, not to mention a percentage of all art sales are donated to local land trust, the Sakonnet Preservation Association. Josie Richmond owns the gallery and Judith Worthen owns the coffee shop, and offers, “It is the atmosphere of the whole place that affects people: the weathered barn, natural gardens, beautiful variety of art, and the mixture and friendliness of people is relaxing in its casualness.” Nominator Gail Greenwood says, “Judith is the coolest person we’ve met since moving to Little Compton. The Art Cafe is an extension of her awesomeness and it’s such a great place to soak up good feelings. I especially love Wednesdays when the kids are going nuts at the free art classes. So adorable and so much fun!"

The Art Cafe
7 South of Commons Road, Little Compton