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.
NEW GALLERIES & STUDIOS
Art and objects for the well-curated home from an array of artists and artisans.
Location: 152 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Artist/owner Mary Chatowsky Jameson specializes in pieces integrating marine botanicals including seaweed and organic material sourced from North Atlantic coastal waters. Workshops include seaweed pressing, eco-pressing and collaging to groups large and small.
Location: 15 Vernon Avenue, Suite 4, Newport
Located inside Newport’s oldest retail storefront, the studio offers Sip n’ Paint nights, workshops and activities for adults and children plus public and private parties.
Location: 13 Spring Street, Unit 1, Newport
This gallery and studio space features copper wall art by Rhode Island artist Teresa Mowery.
Location: 8 Neck Road, Tiverton
A majestic sentry at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, find out why Jamestown’s Beavertail Lighthouse is a favorite place to watch the surf, enjoy the spectacular view of boats on the bay, breathe in the freshest air and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks. Board a new, comfortable touring shuttle at the East Ferry Dock and relax on the ride to the lighthouse while listening to descriptive narratives of the rich history of Conanicut Island. Take a break for photos, a short walk or a visit to the Lighthouse Museum.
Board a new, comfortable touring shuttle and enjoy a relaxing, narrated ride to the 1787 Jamestown Windmill. Sitting on “Windmill Hill” and bookmarked between two significant farms, this windmill provided critical service to Jamestown for more than 100 years. Marvel at its early wooden-gear technology used to grind cornmeal using wind power and walk around the grounds. The tour winds its way back to the dock along the east shore, where Privateer Thomas Paine protected Pirate Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. Fun for both children and adults.
This longtime hop-on/hop-off ferry service has introduced Scenic Bay Cruises around Newport Harbor and lower Narragansett Bay. Guests see lighthouses, mansions, “Clingstone” (the house on the rocks) and the beautiful shoreline. Boarding is available at Newport’s Perrotti Park or East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown. Off-boarding is available in Jamestown and Newport should guests wish to go ashore for lunch, shopping or sightseeing before continuing on the Scenic Bay Cruise. There is an on-board cash bar for refreshments while you cruise.
THE DISCOVERY DECK
Opened to the public in February, the Discovery Deck at Seamen's Church Institute is an interactive, educational exhibit showcasing the maritime industry of Newport and Narragansett Bay. Interactive components include a block and tackle station, maker-space, energy grinder and sand table. Video showcase careers on the bay, filmed by Rhode Island PBS.
Location: 18 Market Square, Newport
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
HOWARD GARDINER CUSHING: THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS OF LIFE
This exhibit displayed at Newport Art Museum recognizes the 100th anniversary of the original Cushing Building on the museum’s campus – a building commissioned by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, art patron and founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see some of Cushing’s finest work including paintings from the mural he created in 1911-1912 for Whitney’s Westbury Sculpture Studio in New York, which has never been shown before to the public, and several of his exceptional portraits.
Location: Newport Art Museum
Dates: Through October 6, 2019
Admission: $15; Ages 17 and under: Free
SPECTACULAR SILVER: YACHTING'S GOELET CUPS
This exhibit at The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is a multimedia sweep of one of the great chapters in sailing competition and trophy craftsmanship: the Goelet Cups and the regattas held in Newport from 1882 to 1897 for which they were the prize. The races were among the first American sporting contests to attract national media attention and the elaborate silver trophies, made by leading firms including Tiffany & Co. and Whiting Manufacturing Co., are considered a high point in 19th century American silver. The exhibit features a range of historic materials from yacht models and marine paintings to press clippings and scrap books, culminating in a select presentation of Goelet Cups from major private and institutional collections. Organized by the New York Yacht Club in partnership with the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Spectacular Silver will bring the Goelet Cup races to life in the original context of Newport in celebration of the NYYC’s 175th anniversary in 2019.
Location: Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Dates: Through September 29, 2019
Admission: $10; Ages 18 and under: Free
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