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Presentation by Deborah Coolidge

Part of Newport Arboretum Week

3 pm     Newport Art Museum

Beginning with tree rubbings, exhibiting artist and teacher Deborah Coolidge proceeds to hold a “dialogue with willing trees.” Learn about the tree as an art form, past and present. Enjoy an engaging slideshow presentation and view her current exhibition Delicate Armour: Works on Paper by Deborah Coolidge. Brought to you by the Newport Tree Society as part of Newport Arboretum Week 2014Free with the price of Museum admission

Murder at the Museum - bonus performance

"Something Wicked This Way Comes"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

When the Newport society folk of 1893 attempt to put on an amateur production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth bitter rivalries, old flames, family conflicts and problems with the servants quickly work to thwart their efforts. When a cast member turns up dead, the curse of “The Scottish Play” seems to be coming true. No stone is left unturned and no question is considered off the table… “Security is mortals’ chiefest enemy!”

This is a special bonus performance for school vacation week.

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Murder at the Museum

"Something Wicked This Way Comes"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

When the Newport society folk of 1893 attempt to put on an amateur production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth bitter rivalries, old flames, family conflicts and problems with the servants quickly work to thwart their efforts. When a cast member turns up dead, the curse of “The Scottish Play” seems to be coming true. No stone is left unturned and no question is considered off the table… “Security is mortals’ chiefest enemy!”

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Music in the Galleries

Alley Cats a capella

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us or a live concert featuring the Alley Cats a cappella Group, in the Ilgenfritz Gallery. Free with the price of Museum admission.

People's Choice Award

Last Day to Vote

10 am – 4 pm     Cushing Gallery

Last day  for visitors to vote for their favorite piece in the Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition.  Voting takes place in the Cushing Gallery. A winner will be announced May 1 and will receive a gift certificate for a three-course dinner for two at the Hotel Viking's One Bellevue.

Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan and Texas Guinan as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening.

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Volunteer Tea

3:30 – 5 pm     Newport Art Museum

Tea, coffee and other light refreshments to honor our hardwork volunteers. 

RSVP no later than Thursday, May 1 to 401-848-8200.

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum

Museum open extended hours and admission is free, 5-8pm. Learn more.


MUSE Exhibition Opening Reception

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 7 pm     Griswold Lower Gallery

The Current MUSE classes from three area high schools, East Bay Met School, Portsmouth High and Rogers High, are proud to present the MUSE Exhibition, co-curated by the students as part of their curriculum. Come view the exciting group show, selected and created by the MUSE students.

Lunch with the Artist

Jacopo Tintoretto: "Michangelo's design, Titian's Color"

noon     Griswold House

Art History discussion hosted by Richard Tyre. Topic: Jacopo Tintoretto: "Michangelo's design, Titian's Color" Members free, non-members $8. Bring a lunch.

Topic was originally listed as Thomas Gainsborough: is He the Perfect Gentleman? but has been changed to the one listed above. 

Read/Eat/Chat

"The Creation of Eve" by Lynn Cullen

noon     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Museum's book club will focus on The Creation of Eve, by Lynn Cullen. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss. Members FREE, non-members $5.

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime. 

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RI Children's Chorus logo

Music in the Galleries

Rhode Island Children's Chorus

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us for a live concert in the Ilgenfritz Gallery featuing the Rhode Island Children's Chorus. Free with the price of Museum admission.

Newport Annual Pick-Up

Day 1

10 am – 6 pm     Cushing Gallery

Artists who participated in the 2014 Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition may pick up their work in the Cushing Gallery.

Newport Annual Pick-Up

Day 2

10 am – 6 pm     Cushing Gallery

Artists who participated in the 2014 Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition may pick up their work in the Cushing Gallery.

Photo Guild Meeting

Travel / Adventure Photography

7 pm     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Photographers' Guild featuring Travel and Adventure photography by Alexander Nesbitt. Learn more.

Newport Annual Pick-Up

Day 3

11 am – 1 pm     Cushing Gallery

Artists who participated in the 2014 Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition may pick up their work in the Cushing Gallery.


Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan, and Texas Guinan, as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates, and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening.

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Memorial Day

Museum Open

10 am – 4 pm     Newport Art Museum

The Museum is normally closed on Mondays but will be open to the public, 10am - 4pm, on this Monday holiday. 

Opening Reception

Summer Exhibitions

5 – 7 pm     Newport Art Museum

Griswold House sesquicentennial kick-off and opening of our summer exhibitions

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime.

Sesquicentennial Lecture

"'Very Simple Charm' or 'White Elephants': Richard Morris Hunt's Revolutionary Renaissance of American Architecture"

6 pm     Griswold House

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John N.A. Griswold House with this lecture by architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson. 

$10 members / $15 non-members

Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan, and Texas Guinan, as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates, and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening. 

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Lunch with the Artist

Raphael & Portraiture: Better than Life or Simply Lifelike?

noon     Griswold House

Art History discussion hosted by Richard Tyre. Topic: Raphael & Portraiture: Better than Life or Simply Lifelike?  Members free, non-members $8. Bring a lunch.

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum

Museum open extended hours and admission is free, 5-8pm. Learn more.


Gallery Talk

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join exhibiting artist Mary Chatowsky Jameson for a Gallery Talk, during Newport Gallery Night.  Admission is FREE.

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime.

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Photo Guild Meeting

Topic TBA

7 pm     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Photographers' Guild featuring a presentation by a Cannon Explorer of Light photographer, name and topic TBA.  Learn more.

Read/Eat/Chat

"The Portland Vase: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Mysterious Roman Treasure" by Robin Brooks

noon     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Musuem's book club will focus on The Portland Vase: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Mysterious Roman Treasure, by Robin Brooks. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss. Members FREE, non-members $5.

What's It Worth

with Skinner, Inc.

5:30 – 7:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

Appraisal event with Skinner, Inc. for members (become a member today).  One piece per person. $15 admission fee. Reservations required, call 401-619-7277.

Studio Incamminati Painting the Figure

Studio Incamminati workshop - June 19 - 21

Painting the Figure in Color

9 am – 4 pm     Newport Art Museum

The Museum welcomes Studio Incamminati for this exciting visiting artist workshop, "Painting the Figure in Color," with instructor Darren Kingsley (June 19 - 21). Tuition is $475 (Newport Art Museum members save 15%). To register, call Studio Incamminati directly at 215-592-7910 or register online


Appraisal Day

with Skinner, Inc.

9 am – 2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Public appraisal event with Skinner, Inc. $20 per item or $50 for three. Reservations required. Call 401-619-7277. 

Studio Incamminati Painting the Head

Studio Incamminati workshop - June 23 - 25

Painting the Head in Color

9 am – 4 pm     Newport Art Museum

The Museum welcomes Studio Incamminati for this exciting visiting artist workshop, "Painting the Head in Color," with instructor Lea Colie Wight (June 23 - 25). Tuition is $475 (Newport Art Museum members save 15%). To register, call Studio Incamminati directly at 215-592-7910 or register online


Annual Meeting

5 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us for our Annual Meeting, featuring presentation by Kirby Perkins Construction on history of the renovations to the Griswold House, 1998 - 2006. Free and open to the public.

Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan, and Texas Guinan, as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates, and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening.

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Independence Day

Museum Closed

10 am – 4 pm     Newport Art Museum

The Museum is closed for the 4th of July.  We will re-open tomorrow at 10am. Happy Independance Day everyone!

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime.

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Lunch with the Artist

Picasso's Obsession with Degas: What Did It Produce?

noon     Griswold House

Art History discussion hosted by Richard Tyre. Topic: Picasso's Obsession with Degas: What Did It Produce? Members free, non-members $8. Bring a lunch.

This topic was rescheduled from April

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum

Museum open extended hours and admission is free, 5-8pm. Learn more.


Sesquicentennial Lecture

"'A Greater Facility:' The J. N. A. Griswold House Drawings of Richard Morris Hunt"

6 pm     Griswold House

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John N.A. Griswold House with this lecture by architectural historian Ronald J. Onorato.

$10 members / $15 non-members

Gallery Talk

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join exhibiting artist Elizabeth Congdon for a Gallery Talk. Free with the price of admission. 

Read/Eat/Chat

"The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World" by Paul Robert Walker

noon     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Museum's book club will focus on The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World, by Paul Robert Walker. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss. Members FREE, non-members $5.

Summer Gala

Night at the Museum: A Beaux Arts Ball

6 pm – 12 am     Newport Art Museum

Dinner, dancing and silent auction in the Museum. After party begins at 9pm. Details coming soon. 

PM Picnic

featuring The Ravers

6 pm     Newport Art Museum lawn

Bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a live concert by The Ravers on the Museum's lawn. 

Newport Music Festival

4 – 6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Enjoy a Newport Music Festival concert in the Museum. Visit NewportMusic.org for details and tickets.

Newport Music Festival

4 – 6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Enjoy a Newport Music Festival concert in the Museum. Visit NewportMusic.org for performer details and tickets.

Newport Music Festival

4 – 6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Enjoy a Newport Music Festival concert in the Museum. Visit NewportMusic.org for performer details and tickets. 


Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan, and Texas Guinan, as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates, and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening.

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Sesquicentennial Gallery Talk

"Art and Enterprise: Richard Morris Hunt's Early Newport Friendships"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John N.A. Griswold House with this lecture by Newport Art Museum Curator Nancy Whipple Grinnell.

Free with the price of admission.


Newport Music Festival

4 – 6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Enjoy a Newport Music Festival concert in the Museum. Visit NewportMusic.org for performer details and tickets. 

BridgeFest Event

"Metal Crafting" featuring Tim Danyliw

11 am     Newport Art Museum

Join us for this BridgeFest event at the Museum: Metal Crafting: The Sound of Steel & Singing Drum Circle with Tim Danyliw. Admission is FREE.

BridgeFest Event

"Mommy & Me" featuring Michelle Cruz

11 am     Newport Art Museum

Join us for this BridgeFest event at the Museum: Mommy & Me by singer/songwriter Michelle Cruz. For parents and children 6 months - 2 years old. Admission is FREE.

PM Picnic

featuring Ten Rod Ramblers

6 pm     Newport Art Museum lawn

Bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a live concert by Ten Rod Ramblers on the Museum's lawn. This performance is part of BridgeFest

BridgeFest Event

"Beasts Can Drum"

11 am     Newport Art Museum

Join us for this BridgeFest event at the Museum: Beasts Can Drum, a music and art story hour for children. Admission is FREE.

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime.

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PM Picnic

featuring Abbey Rhode

6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a live concert by Abbey Rhode on the Museum's lawn.

Sesquicentennial Lecture

"Richard Morris Hunt's Early Newport Interiors"

6 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John N.A. Griswold House with this lecture by Paul Miller, Curator for the Preservation Society of Newport County.

10 members / $15 non-members

Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

It’s 1931. Join a cadre of questionable characters in Prohibition era Newport, including Lucky Luciano, Thelma “Hot Toddy” Todd, Larry Fay, Helen Morgan, and Texas Guinan, as they attempt to unravel a tangled web of intrigue. Shady dealings, back stabbing associates, and double-crossing authorities come together to make an unforgettable evening.

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Lunch with the Artist

Gustave Dore: He is our Imagination

noon     Griswold House

Art History discussion hosted by Richard Tyre. Topic: Gustave Dore: He is our Imagination. Members free, non-members $8. Bring a lunch.

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum

Museum open extended hours and admission is free, 5-8pm. Learn more.

Wet Paint

Saturday

8 am – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum

Make art, drop-off and preview party. Details coming soon.

Wet Paint

Sunday

11 am – 5 pm     Newport Art Museum

Silent auction continues, followed by live auction. Details coming soon.

PM Picnic

featuring Spice

6 pm     Newport Art Museum lawn

Bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a live concert by Spice on the Museum's lawn.

Read/Eat/Chat

"The Caves of Perigord" by Martin Walker

noon     Newport Art Museum

Monthly meeting of the Museum's book club will focus on The Caves of Perigord, by Martin Walker. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss. Members FREE, non-members $5.

Murder at the Museum

"Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime.

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Sesquicentennial Gallery Talk

"John La Farge's Portrait of the Son of Richard Morris Hunt"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John N.A. Griswold House with this lecture by art and architectural historian James L. Yarnall.

Free with the price of admission.

Murder at the Museum

"Mobsters & Molls"

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum

The late 19th century saw Newport’s popularity among the “Swell Set” explode!  Descending on this little summer resort town, the wealthiest of Americans hosted the most extravagant of entertainments. Come as a guest to their “Costume Ball,” but don’t concern yourself with getting dressed up…  You will be in costume from the characters’ point of view!  Newport's social elite will need your assistance to solve the crime. 

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Music in the Galleries

Brown University

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us for a live concert in the Ilgenfritz Gallery, featuring a muscial group from Brown University.

Music in the Galleries

Sync Or Swim a cappella

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Live concert by the Sync Or Swim a cappella group in the Ilgenfritz Gallery.  Free with the price of admission.  Visit our galleries and stay for the concert!

Music in the Galleries

St. Mary's Choir - Christmas Music

2 pm     Newport Art Museum

Join us for a live Christmas concert in the Ilgenfritz Gallery, featuring St. Mary's Choir.