Nearly 400 years of history effortlessly breeds an indelible spirit of artistry and ambition that dwells on the streets of our Classic Coast. Meander eclectic galleries and vibrant studios for a look at a robust roster of new enchanting exhibits. From a brand new exhibit at one of our two car museums to a collection of original pieces from one local family, cozy up in these studios and museums for an enchanting experience. Possibilities: endless.

 

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR

This artistic family grew up on the grounds of the beautiful St. George’s School in Middletown. Daughter Kate loves playing with light and is a powerful colorist and impressionist working in watercolor and oils. She teaches painting in the Newport area. Jane is a member of the Northeast Basket Makers Guild and has taken several Master classes with Flo Hoope, Judith Olney Bonnie Gail and Sandy Whalen. William came under the influence of Spring Bull Gallery’s founder Richard Grosvenor when Dick taught watercolor, oil painting, and art history with infectious enthusiasm at St. George’s. They would go out painting together and began a long artistic friendship. 

Dates: Through October 31, 2018
Where: Spring Bull Gallery

 

 

BOHEMIAN BEAUTY: THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT AND OSCAR WILDE'S NEWPORT

Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Oscar Wilde’s Newport celebrates the ideas embodied by the artists, poets and thinkers popular during the Aesthetic Movement (1870-1890), an important era of artistic experimentation here and abroad. The exhibition features a selection of furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, glass, silver, paintings and costumes illuminating the tenets of this “art for art’s sake” movement, personified by its most influential impresario Oscar Wilde. 

Dates: Through November 4, 2018
Where: Rosecliff

 

 

DESIGNING FOR DORIS

Explore David Webb Jewelry & Newport's Architectural Gems.The Newport Restoration Foundation is delighted to be partnering with renowned New York jewelry company David Webb on a second exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary for NRF and the 70th anniversary for David Webb.

Dates: Through November 11, 2018
Where: Rough Point

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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28TH LES PETITES OEUVRES EXHIBITION

There are small artistic treasures in oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, welded metal sculptures, stoneware and other media to be found here at the gallery for the next two months as we enter into the holiday gift giving season.  Work changes daily as new art replaces sold pieces.  

Dates: November 3 - December 21, 2018
Where: Spring Bull Gallery

 

 

THE SHAPES OF BIRDS: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE MIDDLE EAST + NORTH AFRICA

Borrowing its title from a line in the poem “A Lesson in Drawing” by Syrian writer  Nizar Qabbani, “The Shapes of Birds” showcases the work of contemporary artists from, or with roots in, the Middle East and North Africa. Working in a wide array of media—sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, and illustration—the artists in this show both embrace older artistic traditions while exploring new media, ideas, and technologies.

Dates: Through December 30, 2018
Where: Newport Art Museum

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PORSCHE THEN AND NOW

This exhibition highlights Porsche’s 70 years of excellence. From the early air-cooled 39 horsepower, 4 cylinder 356, to today’s advanced water-cooled 700 horsepower 6 cylinder 911 engines, the visceral experience of driving keeps Porsche in a league of its own – there truly is no substitute.

Dates: Through February 3, 2019
Where: Audrain Automobile Museum

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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LALLA ESSAYDI: FROM "CONVERGING TERRITORIES" TO "HAREM REVISITED"

For her photographic work, Essaydi constructs narratives, often within Islamic architectural spaces. By drawing on imagery reminiscent of Orientalist paintings, Essaydi underscores Western fantasies about the East, and Arab women in particular. At the same time she undermines these fantasies by clothing her female subjects and inscribing them with calligraphy, a sacred Islamic art form accessible only to men in the Arab world. Using henna for this calligraphy, Essaydi re-asserts the role of women in art and writing (henna is a form of art and adornment practiced by women). 

Dates: Through February 17, 2019
WhereNewport Art Museum

 

 

AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

American Illustration and the First World War celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the resolution of “The War to End All Wars” by honoring the essential work the American illustrators accomplished in swaying opinions and rallying National support for the war effort. Featuring original paintings, works on paper, vintage posters, and accompanying artifacts, American Illustration and the First World War displays these artworks as powerful, emotional reminders of the hardships and threats the United States faced during this time, and highlight the critical role the American illustrators played in the outcome of the War.

Dates: Ongoing
Where: National Museum of American Illustration