programs & events

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception

5 – 7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Opening of the summer 2015 exhibitions. Members free, non-members $10 suggested donation, cash bar. Shows opening include: 

The Eternal Feminine: Icons & Images From Regional Collections

Peter Marcus: The New American Family

Jennifer and David Clancy: Nature Studies

Janet Prip: New Work 

Roger Birn: Animal Krackers. 

Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Musica Dolce String Quartet

Musica Dolce String Quartet

Chamber Music Concert

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Live concert in the Museum's Ilgenfritz Gallery, featuring the Musica Dolce String Quartet in 23 season. 

Gigi Turgeon, Paulinka De Rochemont (violins), Diane Guillemette (viola) and Elizabeth Reardon (cello) will perform:

Haydn string quartet in C major Op.20, No.2

Schubert string trio in Bb major, No. 2

Dvorak string quartet in Eb major, Op. 51

Tickets: Available online or at the door. Discounts for Museum members. Children 12 and under are free. 

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Museum and Coleman Center galleries are open and admission is free. 

Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Jamestown Studio Tour

12 – 4 pm     Jamestown, RI

Head over to Jamestown, RI and enjoy a sneak peek into the studios of current exhibiting artists. Stop by any time between 12pm - 4pm for your FREE, self-guided, tour of their work spaces. Participating artists and studio locations include:

David & Jennifer Clancy
382 North Road

Peter Marcus
52 Ocean Avenue

Janet Prip & Roger Birn
38 Rosemary Lane

Photo Guild Meeting

featuring David H. Wells

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Monthly meeting of the Photographers' Guild, featuring "Every Picture Tells a Story," a presentation by David H. Wells. Learn more at NewportPhotoGuild.org.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Vasari's Lives of the Artists" by Giorgio Vasari

noon     Griswold House

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

Make a Wave

art making family activity, ages 4-8

11 am – 1 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Please join us for a lesson and art making activity with “Miss Kate” of St. Michael’s Country Day School, an Early Childhood Educator and artist. She will teach children about local RI artist Kay Worden and her beloved bronze wave sculpture “The Wave,” on America’s Cup Avenue. Her entertaining sculptures are found around the world including several right here on Aquidneck Island!  Children will get to sculpt their own wave, pass around Kay’s original Wave sculpture in the palm of their hands, and enjoy a short art story.  Each child will get to take home their sculptures and a map locating where you may find three Kay Worden sculptures. All parents are invited to attend the presentation or simply explore the Newport Art Museum with staff, learning about the Museum and all it has to offer families.


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Murder at the Museum

Scent of a Killer

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set during a 1925 fashion show, you'll join Coco Chanel and other leading fashion designers as they unveil their hottest new Haute Couture styles. When something goes terribly wrong, you will search the galleries for clues, question suspects to help solve the crime! 

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Annual Meeting

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Newport Art Museum Annual Meeting. Open to members, friends and the general public. Speaker TBA.

Clayfest

in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation

10 am – 4 pm     Rough Point

Come pinch, coil, throw, and fire as we celebrate the art of clay with our friends at the Newport Restoration Foundation, on the lawn of Rough Point.  See the NRF's 2015 exhibition, "Fired and Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point", a selection of historic ceramics from the collection paired with newly commissioned work by seven contemporary clay artists. Then check out hands-on activities happening throughout the day and suitable for all ages.  Bring a picnic or purchase snacks at one of the food trucks on site. 

Tickets are $15 (discounts for children and Newport Art Museum members). Rain date Sunday, June 28.


Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Summer Art Camps Begin

9 am     Coleman Center (26 Liberty Street)

Week long summer art camps for kids, tweens and teens being at the Museum's art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Click here to browse and/or register for art camps or call 401-848-2787.

Independence Day

Museum & Coleman Center are Closed

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Museum and Coleman Center will be closed all day. The Museum will re-open Sunday, July 5 at noon. Happy 4th everyone! 


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Murder at the Museum

Scent of a Killer

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set during a 1925 fashion show, you'll join Coco Chanel and other leading fashion designers as they unveil their hottest new Haute Couture styles. When something goes terribly wrong, you will search the galleries for clues, question suspects to help solve the crime! 

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Museum and Coleman Center galleries are open and admission is free. 


Meet the Artists

Gallery Talks

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Meet exhibiting artists as they discuss their work and current exhibitions. Free as part of Newport Gallery Night. 

  • Peter Marcus, 5:30pm
  • Roger Birn, 6pm
  • Janet Prip, 6:30pm

Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Of Apples and Objects: The Still Life Paintings of Paul Cezanne

Art Talk with Benedict Leca

5:30 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join us for a talk by Benedict Leca, Executive Director of the Redwood Library & Athenaem titled: “Of Apples and Objects: The Still Life Paintings of Paul Cezanne.” A prolific Post-Impressionist artist, Cézanne sustained a lifelong interest in still life painting, which led to what is arguably the single most innovative body of work in the genre of any artist in the Western canon. 

Mr. Leca is a Cezanne specialist who received his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Brown University with a specialization in 18th-century French painting and printmaking and his M.A. in the History of Art specializing in ancient art at the University of Texas. He has previously held the positions of Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario and Curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawing at the Cincinnati Art Museum. 

All are welcome and admission is free.

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Moon & Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham

noon     Griswold House

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

A Beaux Arts Ball

Save the Date

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Newport Art Museum summer gala and silent auction, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Manice and the memory of Beatrice G. Manice. To make advance reservations call 401-619-7990.

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Murder at the Museum

Scent of a Killer

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set during a 1925 fashion show, you'll join Coco Chanel and other leading fashion designers as they unveil their hottest new Haute Couture styles. When something goes terribly wrong, you will search the galleries for clues, question suspects to help solve the crime! 

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Gallery Talk

"The Eternal Feminine

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Collector James Baker & Newport Art Museum curator Nancy Whipple Grinnell discuss The Eternal Feminine exhibition. Free with the price of admission. 

Visiting Artist Workshop

Studio Incamminati

9 am     Coleman Center (26 Liberty Street)

Join Studio Incamminati, School of Contemporary Realist Art, for a three-day workshop, Portrait Painting with JaFang Lu.  This workshop will introduce students to three disciplines in the art of portrait painting, closed grisaille, color study and the combination and application of the two disciplines. Portrait Painting will run 7/31 - 8/2. Tuition is $499 (Newport Art Museum members receive a 15% discount). To register, call Studio Incamminati directly or visit their website.

Murder Mystery 1920s - 160x160

Murder at the Museum

Scent of a Killer

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set during a 1925 fashion show, you'll join Coco Chanel and other leading fashion designers as they unveil their hottest new Haute Couture styles. When something goes terribly wrong, you will search the galleries for clues, question suspects to help solve the crime! 

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Newport Gallery Night

5 – 8 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Museum and Coleman Center galleries are open and admission is free. 

Wet Paint

8 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Registration, drop-off & preview party. Full schedule and details coming soon.

Wet Paint

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Silent & live auctions. Full schedule and details coming soon.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Capital Culture*" by Neil Harris

noon     Griswold House

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read the book, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

*Full title: "Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, The National Gallery of Art and The Reinvention of the Museum Experience"

Murder Mystery 1920s - 160x160

Murder at the Museum

Scent of a Killer

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set during a 1925 fashion show, you'll join Coco Chanel and other leading fashion designers as they unveil their hottest new Haute Couture styles. When something goes terribly wrong, you will search the galleries for clues, question suspects to help solve the crime! 

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm

Visiting Artist Workshop

Landscape Workshop with David Dewey

9 am     Coleman Center (26 Liberty Street)

Landscape Workshop with David Dewey will combine observational methods with watercolor skills and ways of interpreting and using color on location. Lectures and demonstrations will include methods, color knowledge and composition technique. Landscape Watercolor will run 8/29 - 8/30. SIGN UP


Murder at the Museum

A Dark & Stormy Night

7 – 8:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for an interactive murder mystery in the Museum's historic John N. A. Griswold House. Set in the present, guests will attend Newport's first annual Steampunk "Sleuth-i-Con." Meet your favorite heroes and villains from steampunk culture, vote for "Best & Worst Costumes," and mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts. Dress-up becomes reality and results in a guest's death...  You will need to explore the galleries, question the suspects, and decipher clues in order to piece together the murder. Do you have what it takes to solve the crime?

Reservations strongly recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:30pm