programs & events

Wet Paint

Artist Jeanne Tangney 2013


Artist Guidelines

  • Registration for WET PAINT can be submitted online starting now or in-person day-of the event, August 13th.  
  • Artists may submit up to TWO artworks in any medium.
  • In the spirit of "wet paint", we encourage you to submit art created "en plein air", or your most recent work.  
  • Get “Wet Paint” certified! Stop by the Museum and have your BLANK canvas stamped with the Wet Paint logo. August 9 - 12 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
  • Works are to be submitted no later than 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 13.
  • Artists who submit work will be admitted free with one guest to Saturday's Preview Reception; Members $10; non-members $15.
  • ALL work will initially be placed in the Silent Auction.
  • Selected works from the Silent Auction will go to the Live Auction on Sunday, August 14 at 4:00 pm.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: A limited selection of works will be under the tent for an Extended Silent Auction, which will close just after the live auction ends. 

Tell us where you'll be!

We want to get pictures of all the wonderful artists out and about, making art, in Newport.

Let us know where you'll be creating en plein air Saturday morning! >

Recommended Locations

Thank you to these locations who will open their gates to Wet Paint artists: 

Rough Point 
680 Bellevue Ave. 
Newport, RI 02840 
Int'l Tennis Hall of Fame 
194 Bellevue Ave 
Newport, RI 02840 
Tilton House 
12 Sunnyside Place 
Newport, RI 02840 
416 Thames Street 
Newport, RI 02840 
Bellevue House 
304 Bellevue Ave. 
Newport, RI 02840 
501 Indian Avenue 
Middletown, RI 02842
Prescott Farm 
2009 West Main Rd
Middletown, RI 02842 
Greenvale Vineyards
582 Wapping Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Newport Shipyard
1 Washington Street
​Newport, RI 02840

Two Pieces Per Artist

Due to the enormous success of this event, and the always expanding list of talented artists donating their work to our Wet Paint fundraiser, we will only be accepting TWO pieces per artist.

Official Art Boards For Youth Artists

After its successful introduction last year, the Museum is again encouraging all Youth Artists (12 and under) to use our official Wet Paint Art Boards (standard-size 12"x12"). These can be picked up at the Museum August 9 - 12 from 10 am - 4 pm or day-of during morning registration. Generously sponsored by Kristen Coates. 


Love and art come at a price – with BUY IT NOW bidders can get the piece they have to have at a price worth paying before they lose it. Release your piece to an eager buyer with the BUY IT NOW option.

  • All artwork will be given a BUY IT NOW price, unless you OPT OUT.
  • Artists may OPT OUT during registration.
  • BUY IT NOW is only available for Saturday's Preview Party.
  • Prices will be determined by the museum.
  • Please note, the BUY IT NOW prices will be elevated to reflect the Fundraising mission of the event. Wet Paint is the Museum's second largest fundraiser!

New This Year

We continue to refine Wet Paint to create the best experience for our artists and bidders.

Extended Silent Auction: A limited selection of works will be under the tent for an Extended Silent Auction, which will close just after the live auction ends.


Saturday, August 13th

8:00 - 10:00 am Artist check-in (optional) 

T-shirts, coffee and lunch to-go (supplies limited, first-come first-served) for artists

3:00 pm Drop-off deadline for artwork

6:30 - 8:30 pm Preview party, silent auction begins.

Contributing artists come FREE with one guest

Members $10, non-members $15. Food and cash bar.

Sunday, August 14th

12:00 - 3:00 pm Silent Auction continues

Museum free of charge all day.

Music and fun on the lawn, cash bar.

3:00 pm Silent Auction Closes

3:30 pm Youth Auction Closes

4:00 pm Live Auction under the tent

                 Extended Silent Auction closes last