We may be one of the most historic cities in New England but you better believe we're constantly changing. From brand new tours highlighting corners of our seaside city you've never seen, to new galleries to engage our inner art enthusiast and a couple new exhibits too, you've got some exploring to do.
Admire a range of artwork from traditional to contemporary, represent a variety of interests, media and subject matter with emphasis on the contemporary. Exhibits group and solo exhibitions by highly skilled regional and national artists with monthly receptions.
491 Thames Street, Newport
This gallery located in Brick Market Place exhibits new contemporary art from diverse artistic styles and media featuring both local and international art.
219 Goddard Row, Newport
Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and built in the early 1890s, today’s Belcourt is undergoing a multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation as the mansion is being revived to its former glory. See the glamour of Newport's Gilded Age as it is preserved through thoughtful, precise restorations enabled by modern technology.
When: Wednesday - Sunday
Cost: $17.50 adults, $8 ages 4 - 17, free for children under 3
Enjoy food and history while celebrating the fabulous local flavor of Newport. Experience five restaurants focusing on a variety of gourmet delights in addition to learning the history of the City by the Sea from 1639 to present.
When: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11:30 AM
Enjoy this walking history tour with a twist! Experience seven locations in Newport that celebrate the flavor and history of Newport which was once the rum capital of the world. You'll savor craft cocktails in two locations.
Details to follow.
This pass gives you access to the house and grounds at Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate to explore at your own pace and provides another chance to see the 2018 exhibitions (details below under New Exhibits).
When: Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM and Saturdays 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
Cost: $10 for adults (free for children under 12)
Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Oscar Wilde's Newport
The Preservation Society of Newport County's 2018 exhibition celebrates the ideas embodied by the artists, poets and thinkers popular during the Aesthetic Movement (1870-1890), which championed pure beauty and "art for art's sake." The exhibition features more than 80 objects, including ceramics, metalwork, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings and costumes. Irish poet Oscar Wilde was a leading proponent of the Aesthetic Movement in Britain and traveled to North America in 1882 to share his message of aestheticism. He gave 140 lectures across the country, including a lecture on “The Decorative Arts” at the Casino Theater in Newport, an event attended by Newport’s most “prominent cottagers.”
Where: The Galleries at Rosecliff
When: Exhibit open through November 4, 2018
Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry and Newport’s Architectural Gems
highlights the parallels between seemingly dissonant archival materials: hand-drawn architectural plans and painterly sketches of bespoke jewelry from David Webb New York, both which founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke, had a part in designing. In To Preserve and Restore: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50, the NRF invites the community to celebrate its 50th anniversary through exploring a variety of archival documents, photographs and objects that tell the story of NRF from the perspective of the people who made the organization what it is today.
Where: At Doris Duke’s Rough Point
When: Exhibits on display through November 11, 2018
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