That Newport has been home to bustling artists’ colonies since the 18th century is hardly a surprise: it’s glorious vistas of sea and sky, exquisite architecture and status as a beacon of diversity have inspired many a painter’s brush. But that’s not all. In addition to its famed “en plein air” impressionists and furniture craftsmen, Newport also boasts artists working in glass, clay, marble, fabric, film and metal. And there’s no finer time to take it all in than during Newport Gallery Night.
About Newport Gallery Night
Whether you lean more toward the classic or the cutting edge, you’ll find contemporary, historic, traditional and avant-garde pieces amidst Newport's offerings -- both from local artists and international artisans. Newport Gallery Night offers a unique experience through which to take it all in.
Sponsored by the Newport Gallery Organization, this popular event is held the second Thursday of every month from 5pm until 8pm at participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Just pick up a map and brochure -- readily available at many local venues, including participating galleries, hotels, and bed and breakfasts -- and you’re ready to start your evening stroll through everything from working studios to traditional gallery-style art venues. Each stop along the way offers a stimulating sanctuary from winter’s chill, and a chance to take your understanding of Newport's vibrant cultural scene to the next level.
In addition to showcasing original art as well as artists at work in their studios, Newport Gallery Night also offers special events, including exhibitions, openings, illustrated lectures, hands on demonstrations, and more.
Thinking of adding to your collection? Works for sale can be purchased tax-free.
Making a Night Out of It
But Newport Gallery Night isn’t just about the art. This picturesque city by the sea comes alive with events, activities and amenities to explore, including fine dining at reduced rates -- just ask about discount coupons at galleries. Parking is free downtown at the Visitors Bureau and at the Newport Art Museum “on the Hill” so you have plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
And then there are Newport’s magnificent mansions -- themselves masterpieces known all around the world. An icon of Gilded Age glamour within Newport's rich history, The Chanler is the perfect accommodation to accompany your Newport Gallery Night experience. After all, where else are luxury and relaxation brought to an art form?