programs & events

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception

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

The Opening Reception for the new winter exhibitions. Join the fun, see wonderful new art and be here for the announcement of prizes awarded in the Newport Annual Juried Exhibition.

**UPDATE: Although the museum will be closed today, Feb. 5th, due to snow, we will open for the Opening Reception at 5pm as planned!**

Winter Speaker Series

"Jamie Wyeth, and Family Too" Elliot Bostwick Davis

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Elliot Bostwick Davis is curator at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston (MFA) and author of the book “Jamie Wyeth”. Davis joined the MFA in 2001 as Chair of the Art of the Americas Department where she then led the department’s curatorial staff in the planning and installation of the Museum’s new wing for the Art of the Americas. Come and engage with Elliot and all things Wyeth. 

Art After Dark

Of Myths and Celebrations

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


Animate the night, connect with friends and family, and celebrate mythical stories from around the world.  Visit Jason E. Smith's "Outer Myths" exhibition, create a traditional Lunar New Year craft, explore the Museum's permanent collection, view the stars above through high-powered telescopes and learn the related mythical stories of the constellations. The Museum will be alive with sights and sounds for all ages.  Live music, early evening guided tours for children and late night "Insomniac Tours" for adults, an all-ages scavenger hunt of the Museum's permanent collection, hands-on crafts, libations and light refreshments.  

Special this night: 
Roger Williams University Professor Dale Leavitt will speak about the University's Oyster Nursery and Gardening program
5:30p  Guided Children's Tour of the Museum
6:00p  Gallery Talk with Exhibiting Artist Jason E. Smith on his current work "Outer Myths" in the Wright Gallery
8:00p  Guided Insomniac Tour of the Museum 
Chef In Residence:  Roger Williams University "Ferry Cliff Farm" oysters freshly shucked at our Raw Bar
Stargazing on the Museum lawn with Skyscrapers, Inc., RI's amateur astronomical society.  
Dress warmly and follow the luminaria for a magical night at the Newport Art Museum.

Admission is free for members.
($10 suggested donation for non-members)
 

Second Saturdays

Celebrate Lunar New Year!

10 am – 12 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Welcome in 2016 - The Year of the Monkey!  Learn about the animals of the Lunar calendar and their mythical personalities, listen to Lunar New Year stories while making your own traditional paper lantern.

 

Storytelling at 10:15am

Lantern-making ongoing

Family Friendly Museum Tour 11:45am


Admission is free to Second Saturdays (donations welcome).

Please preregister here!


Winter Speaker Series

"An Unscripted Encore" Ed Shea

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Ed Shea, the President and Artistic Director at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, RI, established the theatre from the ground up starting right here in Newport. As a fan favorite from a past winter speaker series and someone who seems to never run out of stories, we are happy to welcome him back to the museum.   As the title suggests he will give an unscripted summery of his career and theatrical endeavors. 

Read / Eat / Chat

"American Wilderness" by Barbara Babcock Millhouse

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read Murder at American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting by Barbara Babcock Millhouse, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

Winter Speaker Series

"Reflections on an American Innovator" Elizabeth Williams

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Describing silver produced by the Gorham Manufacturing Company as “superbly elegant, perfect in design and execution,” the Providence Journal boldly claimed in 1850 that the “wealth of our city will see that it need not go abroad for the most luxurious ornaments for the table.” What was founded as a small shop by Jabez Gorham in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island, rapidly expanded to become one of the nation’s leading producers of silver in the late 19th century. At the height of Gorham’s powers, its designs were celebrated nationally and internationally at world’s fairs. The company was commissioned to create everything from public presentation pieces and military awards to one-of-a-kind showstoppers for use in the private dining rooms of America’s elite. The resulting works reveal both an arc of uniquely American design and the aspirations of a youthful nation and its magnates. Acquired by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 1909, an appropriately-themed diminutive silver spoon with a chased handle in the shape of a harpoon and bowl formed as a whale swimming in waves became the first of 4,525 Gorham works now owned by the RISD Museum, including design drawings, bronzes, medals, jewelry, furniture and the largest single collection of Gorham silver.Williams joined the RISD Museum as Curator of Decorative Arts and Design in 2013. We are very excited to hear her speak about a very influential and local entity: Gorham Silver. 

 

Music In the Galleries

Community String Project's Chamber Ensemble

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Chamber Ensemble is the most advanced adult string ensemble in the Community String Project and represents the finest musicians trained by CSP’s innovative music program. The Community String Project is an independent non-profit organization offering affordable and accessible orchestral string lessons to children and adults.

With an accomplished faculty and an advisory board including Sebastian Ruth (Artistic Director of Community Music Works) Francisco Noya (Resident Conductor of the RI Philharmonic) and Dr. Mark Churchill (Director, El Sistema, USA) CSP aims to transform lives through its innovative music program. The Chamber Ensemble is directed by Nathan Rodriquez, who has performed with several orchestras and ensembles across the United States including the National Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Performing works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi and others, the Chamber Ensemble appears at various venues in the Bristol-Warren community.

Art After Dark

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

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


Until winter finally loosens it's grip, warm up at the Museum, connect with friends and family, and feast your eyes on the vibrant colors on view in our galleries.  Sip steaming soups from Sweet Magnolia, be inspired by Islay Taylor's extravagant mixed media neckpieces, explore the Museum's permanent collection, view the stars above through high-powered telescopes and learn the related mythical stories of the constellations. Enjoy a festive all-ages night out at the Museum.  Live music, early evening guided tours for children and late night "Insomniac Tours" for adults, an all-ages scavenger hunt of the Museum's permanent collection, hands-on crafts, libations and light refreshments.  

Special this night: 
5:30p  Guided Children's Tour of the Museum 
Gallery Conversation with sculptor and jewelry maker Islay Taylor
8:00p  Guided Insomniac Tour of the Museum 
Chef In Residence:  Sweet Magnolia with gourmet, organic soup tastings
Stargazing on the Museum lawn with Skyscrapers, Inc., RI's amateur astronomical society.  
Dress warmly and follow the luminaria for a magical night at the Newport Art Museum.

Admission is free for Members.
($10 suggested donation for non-members)
 

Second Saturdays

Providence Children's Film Festival

10 am – 12 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join us for a selection of this year's short film favorites curated especially for the Museum by the Providence Children's Film Festival!  Animation, live action, foreign and fabulous! Channel this inspiraton to create your own imaginative film story board and sculpt your mini lead character.  Don't miss it!

Screening starts at 10:15am 

Crafts immediately following screening

Family Friendly Museum Tour 11:45


Admission is free (donations welcome).  

Pre-registration is encouraged. 

Floral Painting Still Life Workshop

WITH CARLO RUSSO

9 am – 3 pm     Coleman Center (26 Liberty Street)

This 4 day class will focus on painting the floral still life in oils. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint.    

Thursday - Sunday         3/17 - 3/20

 

 


Read / Eat / Chat

"Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture" Trade by Rachel Cohen

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read Murder at Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade by Rachel Cohen, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

Art After Dark

Primavera

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


Welcome longer days, more sunlight, and the start of spring with friends and family at the Museum.  Look closer at the Museum's collection for examples of Luminist painting with Peter Arguimbau, sample spring's bounty with Harvest Kitchen's veggie delights, view the stars above through high-powered telescopes and learn the related mythical stories of the spring sky constellations. Live music, early evening guided tours for children and late night "Insomniac Tours" for adults, an all-ages scavenger hunt of the Museum's permanent collection, hands-on crafts, libations and light refreshments.  

Special this night: 
5:30p  Guided Children's Tour of the Museum 
6:00p  Gallery Talk: Luminism as seen through the Museum's collection with Peter Arguimbau, Director of the Mariner Gallery on Spring Street, Newport
8:00p  Guided Insomniac Tour of the Museum 
Chef In Residence:  Harvest Kitchen 
Stargazing on the Museum lawn with Skyscrapers, Inc., RI's amateur astronomical society.  
Dress warmly and follow the luminaria for a magical night at the Newport Art Museum.

Admission is free for Members.
($10 suggested donation for non-members)
 

Read / Eat / Chat

"Unknown Rockwell" by Nan O'Brien & James Edgerton

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families" by Nan O'Brien and James Edgerton, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Twilight of the Belle Epoque" by Mary McAuliffe

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War by Mary McAuliffe, bring a lunch and discuss! Members FREE, non-members $5.

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

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