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Holiday Happenings

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The galleries are alive with holiday cheer! There are several ways to enjoy the Museum this holiday season:


Try a Holiday Workshop! 

Try your hand at something new, and create a wonderful handmade gift to give at the same time! Spots remain open inPapermaking Boot CampBatik Holiday GiftsScratching the Surface and Pattern Portraits

Or, bring the little ones to Winter Vacation Creation Camp, appropriate for ages 3-7. 


Give The Gift Of Membership To A Friend!

By supporting the Museum, members are entitled to a host of exclusive benefits:

• Free unlimited general admission

• 10% discount to Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop

• Invitation to members-only events

• Discounts or free admission to events and special programs

• Discounts on classes at Coleman Center for Creative Studies

• Eligibility to join Photographers’ Guild

• Eligibility to submit artwork to the Newport Annual

Our Development Associate, Joanne Rodino, is happy to help you. She can be reached at (401) 619-7277.


Shop our Museum Shop!

Find a keepsake of your visit or that “just right” gift for someone special. A unique selection of art books, catalogues, jewelry, original art, exhibition merchandise, accessories and home décor. Visit our Museum Shop, located in the historic John N.A. Griswold House, today!


Or, join us for a holiday event!


Meet the Composer: Jake Heggie

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

11 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Most music lovers never get the opportunity to meet a living composer, let alone one who has collaborated with and composed for some of the world's most exceptional singers, including Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to get to know award-winning composer Jake Heggie in an intimate setting, learn about his craft, and hear some of his breathtaking compositions performed live.

Meet the Composer begins with an informal presentation given by Mr. Heggie who discusses the first half of the Program, excerpts from Rise & Fall (for soprano and piano) and A Question of Light (for baritone & piano), which were created in collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer.

During intermission, there will be champagne and patisseries in anticipation of the second half of the program, the song cycle Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (for mezzo & string quartet).

As described by Heggie, “The life of the brilliant French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was little known prior to the landmark film about her life, released in 1988. She was a creative genius at a time when a woman was rarely taken seriously on her own, and usually only in connection with a man."

This exciting event will culminate in audience Q & A with the composer. Don't miss out!


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Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Travel Beyond Time and Space...

Experience the immersive and otherworldly works of artist Cristi Rinklin and musician and filmmaker Rachel Blumberg this month at Art After Dark. 



Rinkin's spectacular territories and luxurious fantastical landscapes, and Blumberg's stop motion animations paired with the live performance of her fragile and mesmerizing soundscapes, will transport us through bright blankets of fog, down a long country road, and on a billowing cloud walk. 

It's time to explore!


Moon Bounce_Quiet Water Rumble from Newport Art Museum on Vimeo.

6 pm  Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Cristi Rinklin, "Paramnesiac"
7 pm   Arch Cape video and live performance by Rachel Blumberg

Admission is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members
Cash bar and light snacks will be available.

Cristi Rinklin’s mesmerizing paintings carry the viewer into new and spectacular territories. The world that she creates in each of these paintings, in the words of the artist, is  “an uninhabited, detached fragment that floats in an ambiguous, abstract space . . . . The combination of tangible realism, abstraction, and ambiguity are intended to disrupt the viewer’s ability to ground or position himself in any particular time or space.” Part fantasy and part phantasmagoria, Rinklin’s paintings reinvigorate and reinvent the tradition of landscape painting.

Rachel Blumberg is a multidisciplinary artist and educator working in in the fields of music, visual art, and film/animation.  She composes experimental percussion-based music and performs and records both under the name Arch Cape as well as in collaboration with other artists. She has performed and recorded with with many widely acclaimed artists including The Decemberists, M.Ward, Bright Eyes, Califone, Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil, Michael Hurley, Sam Beam (Iron and Wine), Death Vessel, The Huntress and Holder of Hands, and many more.  Her visual art and films have been exhibited in galleries all over the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard. As an animator/filmmaker she creates short films and music videos using a combination of cut paper, found objects, paintings/drawings, computer animation and film and has made music videos for Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch, Nada Surf, and Tom Hagerman (Devotchka) among others. Originally from the woods and rivers of Portland, Oregon, she now lives in coastal New England. 

Arch Cape is a solo project and improvisational experiment that involves live music and stop motion animation. Blumberg's explorations into new musical and visual language revolve around ideas of human thought, feeling, and perception. Using various forms of the drum set, pitched and non-pitched percussion, synthesizers, and her voice, Arch Cape improvises fragile, beautifully mesmerizing, sometimes explosive emotional soundscapes to her stop motion animated and film collages. 


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ABOVE  Cristi Rinklin, After the End of the Beginning, 2009, From the series “Boundless,” Oil and acrylic on aluminum

Borodin & Prokofiev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This joint piano recital celebrates two great Russian composers, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev. The program begins with the most significant of Borodin’s piano works, his Petite Suite, comprised of seven movements with the dedication “Little poems on the love of a young girl.” It is followed by Borodin’s Scherzo in A flat Major, that is reminiscent of his Polovetsian Dances. The brisk and pounding rhythms combined with the sensual melodies make this a true challenge for any pianist. It is considered a mini-masterpiece written to be played by a virtuoso. The second half of the concert begins with selections from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, some arranged by the NMF pianist, Frederic Chiu. This is superb music storytelling: each selection conveys character and sentiment, circumstance and consequence in 20th century music’s compelling rendition of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major Op. 83, closes the afternoon’s program. Also known as the “Stalingrad,” this sonata is the second of Prokofiev’s three War Sonatas. It is passionate music in which dissonance moves into resonance, discord becomes resolution. The composer’s range and expertise are magnificent, evidenced in this stunning sonata, expertly performed.


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Second Saturday

10:30 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Can art inspire change and a guitar save the whales?


Yes, it is happening!


Art and music are coming together at Second Saturday at the Newport Art Museum to raise awareness of the man made threats to our oceans and to our whales.

Look at stunning large-scale work of art by Joan Hall titled, Sea of Heartbreak and listen to music from the Whale Guitar Project-saving whales through music.

French Harp & Friends

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This afternoon concert of French music opens with Fauré’s Impromptu for Harp in Db Major, a lush, haunting composition that is at once bold and dreamy. Renié’s Danse des Lutins is a stellar example of French romantic harp music, rich in melodic line and lustrous background sound. Fantaisie for Harp Op. 95 is a composition rich in harmonics and including a cadenza specifically for harp by Saint-Saëns. The melodic line shimmers in a repeating motif that develops with charming delight. Harp joins forces with flute and viola in Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp,composed in 1915 and the first major composition written for this instrumentation. Ethereal and haunting, Debussy’s lyric mastery is beautifully displayed. The afternoon program closes with Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Accompanied by a Quartet of Strings, Flute and Clarinet. A chamber music showpiece often performed in concert with a full string orchestra, this gem opens with a gentle melodic theme that moves across the instruments. This music is joyful and engaging, a perfect closing to an afternoon of enchanting French chamber music.


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Four Strings Around the World

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Four Strings around the World is a compelling program celebrating the diversity of cultures through the unifying voice of a single medium: the violin. It is a riveting program with music from East and West Europe, Middle and Far East, Asia, South and North America. Designed by Irina Muresanu, the journey starts in Europe with the fiddling buoyancy of pieces by Romanian, Russian and Irish composers and two titanic pillars of the solo violin repertoire: Paganini‘s Caprice No. 24 and the Bach Chaccone. 

[In Bach’s Chaccone], when the D Major section moves into D Minor, it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular. 
- Boston Musical Intelligencer

Muresanu specifically commissioned two pieces for this program: Oshta by the Chickasaw Nation member composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, which was inspired by a Native American hymn, and Vak by Indian composer Shirish Korde.


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Family Friendly Free Concert

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This concert is a special free concert for the community provided by the Newport Music Festival in collaboration with the Newport Art Museum. In case of rain, please see the posting on on the respective Concert Event Page for more information.

Sergey Antonov & Ilya Kazantsev

Newport Music Festival at the Museum

4 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Musical greats Mendelssohn and Shostakovich are showcased in this afternoon concert by gifted Russian instrumentalists, cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev. Their mastery of this well-known repertoire is stunning and engaging. Opening with Variations Concertante for Cello and Piano Op. 17, this lyrical offering is one of Mendelssohn’s musical tributes to his younger brother, Paul, a cellist by hobby, but a banker by trade. Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, and the second of filial tributes, follows. Cello and piano are treated as equals here also, alternating melodic prominence that creates a dazzling effect. The second half of the program is devoted to Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40 in D Minor by fellow Russian musician Shostakovich. A lilting theme that reveals the breadth and depth of the cello’s intonation introduces this compelling and sensitive sonata. Each movement is rich and lush, revealing the composer’s genius and mastery of the cello. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus is the cello and piano movement from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. This is chamber music of the highest caliber, presented by two phenomenal Festival Artists who have been best friends since their youth in Moscow, Russia.


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Second Saturday

10:30 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Wet Paint!

It’s time to get the whole family involved in the biggest community art-making experience of the summer. Join in the fun of Wet Paint Weekend: a marquee philanthropic event in Newport. Spend Saturday painting en plein air (outside!) and donate your painting to the Museum for the Silent Auction Saturday night and Sunday. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

How it works: Second Saturday begins at the Museum at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 11. Each youth will be provided with a canvas and a list of great outdoor locations to explore and paint. Bring your own art supplies - pencil, pen, pastel, paint, and collage. Whisk your masterpiece back to the Museum Saturday afternoon and we’ll install it. Then, join us for the Saturday evening Preview Party as bidding begins! 

It’s free to submit a work of art, and artists receive free admission to the Preview Party for themselves and a guest.

The Wet Paint Second Saturday activity is free and will not involve a Guided Close Looking Tour.

Register for Second Saturday, here:

If you plan on submitting your piece to Wet Paint, you can save time on Saturday by pre-registering for Wet Paint: