Newport Gallery Night returns on May 12, 2016, hosted by the Newport Gallery Organization. Participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for locals or visitors who wish to see some of the wonderful local artwork in Newport. Some of the galleries will have artists in residence, and all will have fascinating exhibitions.

Bailey Fine Art will be hosting an opening reception for their new exhibition, curated by high school senior Leander Corey. The show features work from students at the Met School and Rogers High School. Opening night is Gallery Night, May 12, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. There will be light refreshments as well as an artist demonstration by Leander Corey at 6:00.

This month, Spring Bull Gallery is hosting five award-winning artists: Susan Anderson, Wanda Perowska Coderre, Ethan French, Jason Fong and Pam Neil. This diverse group of artists have come together to promote and support the visual arts and will feature different viewpoints, approaches, expertise and mediums, resulting in the exhibition being titled “5 Perspectives.” Deblois Gallery is also having a new show in May. Deblois is hosting 10 artists from the South New England Artists Community (SNAC), whose show will be held in a variety of mediums such as wood, sculpture, oil, pen and ink, watercolors, assemblages and photography.

In addition, this month marks the early return of the Newport Gallery Organization’s popular free guided walking art tours. The tours are an annual tradition and, because of their popularity in the past, the organization is extending the season and the tours will now run from May through October, weather permitting. There are three tours that run throughout Gallery Night. The first, starting at 5:00 p.m. will begin at C.L. Sherman’s Gallery and tour the Bellevue galleries. The second, starting at 6:00 p.m. will start at the Mariner Gallery and will tour some of the Galleries on Spring Street. The last tour, starting at 7:00 p.m. will start at Arnold Art and will showcase the Thames Street galleries. Each tour group will meet in the starting gallery to wait for their artist guide, Sandy McDonald of Arnold Art, before setting off to learn more about Newport’s wonderful local galleries.

“Almost Ghostess” is an acrylic painting by S. Francoeuri is from the new show at Delois Gallery

If visiting all of these wonderful galleries makes you hungry, step into one of the many restaurants that collaborate with Newport Gallery Organization by providing discounts and specials for Gallery Night visitors! Ask for a voucher at any of the galleries you visit. Free parking is available for the night at the Gateway Visitors Center and at the Newport Art Museum. For more information about Newport Gallery Night, Newport Gallery Organization, or the walking tours, please visit

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