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A Midwinter White Party

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Friday, February 27

A Midwinter White Party Raises $15,000

(Newport, RI - March 17, 2015) The Newport Art Museum held A Midwinter White Party, Friday, February 27 in the Museum's historic John N.A. Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Roughly 200 guests dressed in their "winter whites" were in attendance and helped to raise $15,000 to benefit the Museum's education, exhibitions and historic preservation efforts and programming. The event was hosted by Kristen Coates and Chris Wyllie, chairs of the Museum's Contemporaries Committee, and sponsored by a wide range of local business. 

The event featured light fare and specialty cocktails from Russell Morin Catering & Events, Vidal Ice Wine from Newport Vineyards, desserts by Stoneacre Pantry,games, prizes, dancing, the Windy Films photo booth (in an igloo created by local artist James Langston), a pop-up shop hosted by Closet Revival, and art and decor created by local artists. Attendees took their chances on a raffle, with each basket valued at $1,500 to $2,000 from over 50 area business, and a chance to win a 2015 Mini Cooper from Mini Cooper of Warwick. The Museum's galleries was transformed, with guests spending time in the Kendell Seafood Ice Lounge and Bar, the Winter Games Room, and the Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty Winter Woods. "The Newport Art Museum Contemporaries were thrilled with the Museum's transformation into a winter paradise," said Rebecca Bertrand, the Museum's Director of Development and a member of the committee, "the Midwinter White Party is sure to become a trademark of the Newport winter social scene!"

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Contemporaries Committee

Kristen Coates & Chris Wyllie (chairs), Christopher Bender, David Bruce, Harvey Burrell, Francesca Campo, Tripp Clemens, David Crowell, Kate Dana & Sandy Nesbitt, Kristin & Mike Della Grotta, Alana & Joe Hearn, Will Humphrey, Rebecca Kelly & Rupert Nesbitt, Doug Kohler & Rebecca Bertrand, James Langston, Kristin MacMannis, Tiffany Peay, Lara Pilla, Rebecca Rex, Allison Schumann, Michelle & Tom Shevlin, Trixie Wadson



Kendell Seafood, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, Campo & Company Events, East Coast Lighting & Production Services, Exquisite Events, Newport Tent Company, Newport Vineyards, Russell Morin Catering & Events, Boomerang Systems, Inc., Allied World Assurance Co., Hood Sails, Besos Kitchen & Cocktails, Windy Films, U.S. Trust, EGG & DART, Boston Beer Company, Stoneacre Pantry, Tiffany Peay Jewelry, Foolproof Brewing Co., Narragansett Beer Co., uber, artscope Magazine.