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Wet Paint

Wet Paint Silent Auction 2013

WET PAINT 2016 | august 13th & 14th


Welcome to the 23rd Annual Wet Paint!

Presented by Bridger Logistics, LLC




About Wet Paint

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 canvases 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!


Schedule of Events


Saturday August 13

     8:00 am to 10:00 am              Registration in Griswold House

                                                        pick up lunch and a Wet Paint T-shirt

     Noon to 3:00 pm                     Artwork intake and installation

     6:30 pm to 8:30 pm                Preview Reception/bidder registration begins


Sunday August 14  

     Noon to 3:00 pm                   Preview and silent bidding

     4:00 pm to 5:00 pm               LIVE auction under the tent

     5:00 pm                                   Artwork pick-up and payment in Griswold


Saturday evening, artists, guests and Wet Paint sponsors are welcomed to a highly anticipated Preview Reception to kick off the Silent Auction. Saturday, contributing artists come FREE with one guest. Members: $10, non-members: $15. 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. Sunday, the Museum is free of charge all day. Music and fun will be on the lawn, including a cash bar.

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, or 401-848-8200. 


Attention all artists! 

Visit our Info for Artists page for a more detailed schedule of the day or Register Here!


Bidders & Guests 

Visit our Info for Bidders page for a more detailed schedule of events and learn how you can take home a beautiful piece for your collection! 


Thank you to our sponsors!


     Presenting Sponsor

     Bridger Logistics, LLC


     Silver Sponsors

     Sandra and Grenville Craig

     Rockland Trust

     Kristen Coates and Michael Paddon


     Bronze Sponsors

     Pamela Chapman

     Dwyer Insurance

     Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design

     Kristin and Robert MacMannis

     Newport Hardware

     Newport Sunglasses

     Pennfield School

     Brooke Roberts


     AAA Northeast


     Lincoln Energy Mechanical Services

     Newport Lobster

     Robert Dilworth


Interested in sponsoring Wet Paint? Contact Polly Lyman, Director of Development, at 401-848-8200 or 


Thank you to our In-Kind Donors!

A Market

Allen's Wine & Spirits

Bagel Boys

Blue Plate Diner

Brick Alley Pub

Crystal Springs Water

Custom House Coffee

Edible Arrangements

Green Grocer

Griswold's Tavern

Hotel Viking

Kitchen Companion Catering

LaForge Casino Restaurant

Megs' Aussie Milk Bar

Narragansett Brewing Co.

Panera Bread

Russell Morin Catering

Slice of Heaven Bakery & Cafe

Stop & Shop (Bellevue)

Stop & Shop (JT Connell Highway)


The Cookie Jar

Toppa's Foodservice and Paper Supply


Wet Paint artists: click here to register and for details.