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Upcoming Events

Art After Dark

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

Join us on May 12 as we applaud our Museum Studies (Muse) students at the opening reception of their curated exhibition here in the galleries! Our innovative Muse program fosters the next generation of art lovers, makers, curators and supporters. Food is art, too, and the Roger's High School Culinary students are prepared to WOW you, while you enjoy live jazz performed by the Portsmouth Abbey Jazz Band. We'll also be announcing the winner of the Popular Vote for the Newport Annual Show! Tricky Gallery Game puzzlers, scavenger hunts and stargazing on the lawn with Skyscrapers, Inc. Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island!

Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Muses, Myths & Tall Tales

Come enjoy beast-making at the Museum! Create your own unique characters based on ancient mythic animals, gods and goddesses. The head of a griffin, a unicorn's horn, the wings of a pegasus, and a mermaid's tail? YUP! Listen to stories, visit the Museum's resident Griffin, take a peek at some inspiring drawings, and spend time with new friends. Expand your children’s visual literacy skills with a mini guided Learning to Look tour where we’ll focus on close looking at one or two works selected especially for Second Saturday.

 

Free Family-Friendly Museum Tour: 11:45am

Admission is free to Second Saturdays (donations welcome).

Please preregister by clicking here!

 

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" by Mary McAuliffe, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

In Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, André Citroën, Paul Poiret, François Coty, and so many others—including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines—emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War—a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life.

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.

Newport Annual Pick-up

10 am – 5 pm     Cushing Gallery

Exhibiting artists in the Newport Annual: Members' Juried Exhibition can retrieve their work Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 10 am - 5 pm.

Newport Annual Pick-up

10 am – 5 pm     Cushing Gallery

Exhibiting artists in the Newport Annual: Members' Juried Exhibition can retrieve their work Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 10 am - 5 pm.

Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Get the Rhythm!

Make some noise and make some art! Rhythm and pattern are everywhere - explore making rhythmic sounds, and finding rhythmic patterns in the artwork in the galleries. Using a variety of materials, children will create their own selection of instruments, while learning the fundamentals of percussive sounds and beats. Expand your children’s visual literacy skills with a mini guided Learning to Look tour where we’ll focus on close looking at one or two works selected especially for Second Saturday.

 

Free Family-Friendly Museum Tour: 11:45am

Admission is free to Second Saturdays (donations welcome).

Please preregister by clicking here!

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

Book Description:

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France - Camille Pissarro the Father of Impressionism.

Beaux Arts Ball

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016 

Beaux Arts Ball

6pm: Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7:30pm: Seated Dinner

 

The Board of Trustees of the Newport Art Museum invite you to attend our annual Beaux Arts Ball, a gala fundraiser in celebration and support of the Museum’s mission to connect art and community. Proceeds from the Beaux Arts Ball provide vital support for the Museum’s operations, public programs, and exhibitions.

Join event co-chairs Kristen Coates, Molly de Ramel, and Elizabeth Anne Kahane for a festive evening honoring the Benson Family: John, Richard, Christopher, Nicholas, Oliver and Samuel Benson and the late John Howard and Esther Fisher Benson and Thomas Benson.

Reservations start at $350 per person for the entire evening. Seating for dinner is limited.

For night-owls who want to join the fun just for after-dinner drinks and dancing at 9:30, tickets are $125 per person.

 

Corporate Sponsorship

To learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, download our Corporate Sponsorship information or call Polly Lyman, Director of Development, at plyman@newportartmuseum.org or at 401-848-8200 x7990. 

 

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Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Cities by the Sea

If you were to travel to distant shores, what kind of sea-faring craft would want to ferry you across?  Or are you a land-lubber who would rather man the lighthouse close to home?  Create your ideal 3-dimensional mixed-media dream vessel!  Don't overlook the sea creatures between near and far lands - learn the beautiful art of fish printing!  Expand your children’s visual literacy skills with a mini guided Learning to Look tour where we’ll focus on close looking at one or two works selected especially for Second Saturday.

 

Free Family-Friendly Museum Tour: 11:45am

Admission is free to Second Saturdays (donations welcome).

Please preregister by clicking here!


 

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr.

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 Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr., bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book description:

Thousands of books on interior design have come and gone since the 1897 publication of this pioneering manual, but The Decoration of Houses remains, thanks to the insightful and inspiring advice of its co-authors. Before she became the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton was a society matron, remodeling a summer home in Newport, Rhode Island. With the able assistance of architect Ogden Codman, Jr., Wharton assembled this corrective to the rampant vulgarity of her nouveau riche neighbors. Wharton and Codman defied the excesses of the Gilded Age, counseling readers to reject the popular penchant for clutter in favor of simplicity and balance.

More than an engaging item of period charm, this historic guide offers examples of design rooted in architectural principles. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the authors' ideals of classic beauty, depicting grand ballrooms and spacious boudoirs as well as the elements common to homes of every size and era: doors and windows, walls and ceilings, floors, halls, and stairs. One of the genre's most important and influential titles, this volume sparked a Renaissance in American interior design, and its sound advice and practical approach remain forever in style.

Wet Paint 2016

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year marks the 23rd annual Wet Paint at the Newport Art Museum.    

Wet Paint has become a marquee event in Newport.  The weekend-long community art-fest draws visitors from across New England for a celebration of regional artists, culminating in a lively benefit auction. On the morning of Saturday, August 13, participating artists convene at the Museum to have their canvasses stamped. They explore the town and coastline in search of their favorite subjects  and views, and bring their completed works, still wet, back to the Museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon.   In 2015 our 500 participating artists ranged in age from 5 months to spry nonagenarians!

Saturday evening, artists and guests and Wet Paint sponsors are welcomed to a highly anticipated Preview Reception to kick off the Silent Auction.  Bidding is active and continues on Sunday, August 14, with a selection of the greatest pieces included in a Live Auction under the Big Top in the afternoon.   

 For the past several years, Wet Paint has been generously supported by private individuals, local merchants and regional corporations.

 Artists, bidders, volunteers, sponsors :   2016 Wet Paint co-chairs Rupert Nesbitt, Victoria Rios, and Brooke Roberts  look forward to welcoming you at this fun-filled event, which raises funds in support of the Museum.  For more information contact Polly Lyman, plyman@newportartmuseum.org 401-848-8200.


Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Wet Paint!

Join in the fun of Wet Paint! Register at 10:00am, pick up a canvas and go explore the many outdoor painting locations Newport has to offer. (A list of great spots will be provided).

Come back after you paint and donate your piece for our silent auction - come to the opening reception that evening and view their work hanging on the Gallery walls!  

 

Admission is free to Second Saturdays (donations welcome).

Please preregister by clicking here!

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt" by Susan Stein

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 Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt" by Susan Stein, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

This book of essays on the work of architect Richard Morris Hunt accompanies an exhibit jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nine essays by important scholars cover dif ferent aspects of the architect's work, including the Lenox Library and the gateway designs for Central Park. Da vid Chase's article on Hunt's domestic commissions, including the palatial Biltmore House, is especially interest ing. Drawings for the book and exhibit were selected from the vast Hunt col lection at the AIA. A complementary volume to Paul R. Baker's Richard Morris Hunt ( LJ 7/80), this well-illus trated book is highly recommended for most architecture collections.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Murder At Beechwood: A Guilded Newport Mystery" by Alyssa Maxwell

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 Beechwood:  A Guilded Newport Mystery" by Alyssa Maxwell, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother.

One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…

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"Genius of Place: The Life Of Frederick Law Olmsted" by Justin Martin

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Genius of Place: The Life Of Frederick Law Olmsted" by Justin Martin, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Descriptions:

Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here.

Most of all, he was a social reformer. He didn't simply create places that were beautiful in the abstract. An awesome and timeless intent stands behind Olmsted's designs, allowing his work to survive to the present day. With our urgent need to revitalize cities and a widespread yearning for green space, his work is more relevant now than it was during his lifetime. Justin Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans.

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"Calvert Vaux and Touro Park: Did Calvert Vaux design the 1855 landscaping plan and the 1871 Music Stand?" by James Alan Egan

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Calvert Vaux and Touro Park: Did Calvert Vaux design the 1855 landscaping plan and the 1871 Music Stand?" by James Alan Egan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

Carefully analyzing photos, maps, and newspapers from the 1800’s, research historian Jim Egan has concluded that Calvert Vaux created the 1855 landscape design for Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Egan feels Calvert Vaux also designed the 1871 Music Stand, which stood near the middle of the park until the 1930’s. Who was Calvert Vaux? He was a noted building architect who designed mansions like Beaulieu and Beechwood along Bellevue Avenue. But Vaux was even more famous as a landscape architect. Along with Frederick Law Olmstead, he designed Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and numerous parks across the Northeast. A breezy writing style and copious graphics (over 500 photos and illustrations) make this a fun read. Along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about astronomy, the history of riddling, and architectural philosophy (the great rivalry between naturalists and monumentalists). Egan’s book reads like a detective novel, yet all of his conclusions are based on well-documented historical research. Around 1900, fill was hauled in to Touro Park. New walkways were made in the straight X-shaped pattern we see today. But the original serpentine walkways still exist, about a foot under the grass. Egan feels it would be exciting to bring back the original walkway design and make an exact reproduction of the original Music Stand!