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Art After Dark

Art After Dark
         photo courtesy of Rich Hudson

Discover Art After Dark!

The Newport Art Museum's sparkling late night gathering, Art After Dark recently received the 2017 Editor's Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine!  Held on the second Thursday of each month, Art After Dark features artful programs, talks, film screenings, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation. Each Art After Dark is unique and full of new adventures. Admission is free for Members. ($10 suggested donation for non-members)

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Art After Dark

Fashion Design for the Stars: Leah Benjamin

5 – 9 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)




Art / Design / Culture / Celebrity / Fashion with Designer Leah Benjamin

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI are celebrating DESIGN WEEK RI during Art After Dark with an exciting collaborative design event, Art / Design / Culture / Celebrity / Fashion with Designer Leah Benjamin at the Newport Art Museum.” Design Week RI is taking place all over our fair state with 55+ events over 12 days between Sept 13-24.  During this Art After Dark, we're pleased to present local fashion design heavy weight Leah Benjamin, who will share her work, inspiration, and her take on the intersection between art, culture and celebrity in the post millennium.



Try your hand at cross stitch and needlework with Instructor Sammi Alarie, or create a mini stop motion animation film based on a painting in the Museum's collection. These are just two of the many new classes offered this Fall at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies! The Fall class catalogue will be hot off the press, and Art After Dark is the perfect time to experiment, ask questions, craft and create your own mini film. Sign up for a class during Art After Dark and even receive a $15 tuition discount!



Enjoy a free guided tour of the Historic Griswold House illuminating the exceptional architecture, origins of the Newport Art Museum and it's ongoing legacy.  



Leah Benjamin has worked as a fashion designer, educator, and artist for over 20 years. Her work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch has been featured in Elle, Bazaar, W, Vogue, Paris Vogue, and the cover of Self and Surface, with additional designs worn on the red carpet by Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba and Liv Tyler.  

She is currently working in collaboration with the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill, for the 2017 North American Tour. Ms. Hill and Nas, one of the great kings of hip-hop, will perform in Boston at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12 (just 2 days before this talk!). 

This unique event will allow us a glimpse behind the scenes of a Rhode Island native, whose path has led her around the world and back home, where she lives an intentionally secluded life, on her farm in Hopkinton, RI. Ms. Benjamin received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. She has also been an arts educator for over 20 years, including faculty, critic, outreach and teaching at RISD, The Newport Art Museum, The Art Institute of NYC, The MOMA and The Art Students League of NY.  

Art After Dark is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for Non-members.  Cash bar and light refreshments.

Speaker Presentation is Free, but due to limited seating, preregistration via the link below is recommended. 

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