The Newport Art Museum has announced the fourth collaboration with DESIGNxRI highlighting the creative work of area designers with “Drinks with Designers”, on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at in the historic N. A. Griswold House.

Drinks with Designers spotlights two industry professionals, from two different design disciplines, who present their work and share their inspiration. On this evening, Drinks with Designers will feature presentations by Kelly Knapp of Studio KCK, and Warren Barker, instructor at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport. Come early to enjoy a brief guided tour of the Newport Art Museum, cash bar, and mingling with other design enthusiasts.

Kelly Knapp, Studio KCK, is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, & visual designer specializing in creative direction, experience design, installation art and branding. Her practice has varied widely from commercial architecture, landscape architecture & interiors to multimedia installations, window display, exhibition design, styling and brand strategy. All of her experiences have strengthened her craft of storytelling and her understanding of the relationship between viewer & space, both as artist & designer.

Kelly graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with her Masters in Landscape Architecture. She has worked for the SWA Group as a landscape architect, Carrie Chatterson Studio as an experience & graphic designer, The Dean Hotel as an event designer, CNBC creating the brand identity for CNBC Make It. videos, and Anthropologie as a display artist in both New York City & New England – among other clients. She has also been a regular critic in the architecture & landscape architecture departments at RISD. Phenomenology & metaphysics particularly interest her and she could spend a lifetime studying materiality & light.

Warren Barker, instructor of Boatbuilding and Restoration at IYRS, remarked to a friend at Williams College that after graduation he was going home to build a boat with his father. Little did he know that over thirty-five years later he would still be building boats. During that interval, he took his degree from college and further training in furniture design and construction to Maine to enter the revitalized wooden boatbuilding field, to Rhode Island to build cold molded and composite boats for sail and power, and to Massachusetts to build custom boats with his own name on the letterhead. Having taught at IYRS for a decade, he has realized what he saw as an opportunity to build or rebuild a myriad of boats by a multitude of designers while instilling in a new generation the passion and enthusiasm for the trade and its teachers that has carried him throughout his career.

This event is free to the public, though space is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information, visit To reserve seats, visit

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