The Newport Art Museum will welcome six new exhibitions to its galleries this Summer, including Jason Evans’ Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls, Peter Hussey’s Stops Along the Way, the New England Watercolor Society’s 2017 Juried Exhibition, Caleb Cole’s Forget Me Not, Henry Horenstein’s Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, and Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music. The official Opening Reception for all six shows will be held during the Museum’s late night programming, Art After Dark, on Thursday, June 8, 5-9pm. Members free, non-members $10 suggested donation, cash bar. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.
Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls
May 6 – September 10, 2017
In 2012, accomplished sports photographer Jason Evans had an epiphany. While documenting the London Olympics, he realized that he preferred photographing sports and athletes in a more artistic, and less conventional, manner. In search of a creative endeavor close to home, he turned his attention to the Newport Gulls, whom he began photographing in earnest in 2015. With its rich history of Cardines field and connection to the city and community, Evans felt “it was a story waiting to be told.”
Jason Evans does not just make sports photographs. Rather, he captures the unique and beautiful experience of baseball. In the artist’s own words, “I have tried to capture action shots and portraits that show the determination of youth and the competitive athlete. The action images show not only the blur of the speed of the game but also the cinematic nature of the ‘show.’ I like to represent the dedication of the athletes, coaches, and support team. There is an art to sports photography beyond just proper technical aspects and timing. This is what I hope to share.”
Evans’ work has been recognized by Photo District News, American Photography, and the International Photography Awards, to name a few. His photographs are included in the permanent collection at the Musée Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2010, the Newport Art Museum hosted a popular exhibition of Evans’ work: “Surf Island: A Ride with Newport’s Surf Community—Photographs by Jason Evans.”
In conjunction with this exhibition, Jason Evans will offer a Surf Photography Workshop at the Museum’s school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, on Sunday, September 10th from 1-8 pm. Registration is available at newportartmuseum.org.
Stops Along the Way
May 20 – August 6, 2017
In this exhibition, Rhode Island artist Peter Hussey showcases a selection of his watercolors, which depict New England architecture and scenes of interest. Although the subjects are familiar to people from the region, Hussey presents them in new and dynamic ways. By taking unusual vantage points, focusing on geometric shapes, and using vibrant colors, Hussey reinvigorates his New England subject matter and the medium of watercolor. According to the artist: “My paintings are meant to be pleasing to look at, and at the same time intellectually stimulating. For some, they are what they are– a window, a roofline, a door ajar. For others, owing a large degree to my use of close perspective, they are thoughtful abstractions of lines and surfaces caught in the push and pull between what’s near and what’s far away. I elevate the simplicity of my subjects and invite my viewers to reach their own conclusions.”
After a seventeen-year career as a fundraiser for schools, universities, and hospitals, Hussey turned his attention to painting full-time in the 1990s. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions organized by the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Newport Art Museum, Art League of Rhode Island, and The Harrison Gallery, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
New England Watercolor Society’s 2017 Juried Exhibition
May 20 – July 9, 2017
The Newport Art Museum is pleased to host the New England Watercolor Society’s 2017 juried exhibition. Founded in 1885 as the Boston Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society (or “NEWS”) is one of the oldest watercolor societies in America. Its past members include a roster of influential American artists, such as Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and honorary member Andrew Wyeth. Though it began with thirteen founding members, it has flourished and now has two-hundred signature members from throughout New England.
This year, the New England Watercolor Society is fortunate to have Kathleen Conover as its esteemed juror. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Conover has received many awards for her watercolor paintings and has had work featured in Splash and The Artistic Touch. Playing an integral role in the growing international watercolor scene, Conover has judged, exhibited, and given demonstrations in China, Turkey, Italy, France, Mexico, Korea, Belgium, Thailand, and Greece. In 2014, the first watercolor museum, in Qingdao, China, honored Conover as one of the forty international master watercolorists and showcased her work in its Invitational Watercolor Salon Exhibition.
In conjunction with this exhibition, the New England Watercolor Society will present Watercolor Demonstrations on Sunday, June 4 at 1pm with Kurt Van Dexter and Sunday, June 25 at 1pm with Nancy Gaucher-Thomas. Free with Museum admission.
Forget Me Not
May 27 – July 30, 2017
Caleb Cole’s meticulously crafted work deals with the complex issues of identity, culture, visual and print culture, and history. Whether it is using and altering found photographic images, historic photographic processes, Victorian postcards, old possessions, or vintage magazines, Cole incorporates elements of the past to explore issues of gender, identity, and sexuality. This exhibition includes a selection of works from Cole’s various projects including “To Be Seen,” which blends Victorian postcards and vintage photographs, “Blue Boys” for which he used the nineteenth-century cyanotype process to print antique portraits onto old classifieds in magazines, and “Traces,” which are hand-assembled collages of 1980s and 1990s gay men’s magazines. At the heart of these tender and thoughtful works is an examination of the cultural constructs of “masculinity,” “femininity,” “beauty,” and desire, as well as the exploration of the issues like visibility, vulnerability, and the “access and interest in queer and trans bodies.”
Born in Indianapolis, Caleb Cole is a former altar server, scout, and 4-H Grand Champion in Gift Wrapping. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. Currently based in Massachusetts, Cole has had solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brown University Art Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His many distinctions include being a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8 x10 Biennial Winner, three-time Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He earned his B.A. from Indiana University and studied at the New England School of Photography where he now teaches. Cole is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Caleb Cole will participate in a “Teen Talk Back” for young adults on Tuesday, June 20 from 5 – 6 pm as well as an Artist Talk and Closing Party on Friday, July 28 from 6 – 8 pm. Both events are free for Museum Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. Cash bar & light refreshments. Registration for both events at newportartmuseum.org.
Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music
June 9 – September 10, 2017
Henry Horenstein began documenting the country-music scene nearly fifty years ago. Having spent a lifetime around performers and fans, he has been granted access to the high-glamour back stage at the Grand Ole Opry in its heyday as well as the rough-and-tumble dive bars and family-friendly festivals. Made between 1972 and 1981, “Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music,” both the title of Horenstein’s series and book, includes portraits of country music legends, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, and Mother Maybelle Carter, as well as photographs that record the culture of country music with its performers, honky tonks, and patrons. As Horenstein explains, “Honky Tonk documents the changing world of both country music and American culture through images of its stars and its fans and the places where they meet.” Special thanks to Providence Center for Photographic Arts for their support of this exhibition.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Henry Horenstein will offer an Essential Photography Workshop at the Museum’s school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, on Friday &Saturday, July 14 & 15 from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration is available atnewportartmuseum.org.
Somewhere There’s Music
June 9 – August 13, 2017
Renowned photographer Larry Fink has been photographing music for sixty years. His lifelong interest in photographing music began when, as a teenager in New York, he interviewed and photographed jazz and blues singer Jimmy Rushing (known as “Mr. Five By Five”) for a high school project. From 1957 to 2006, Fink photographed musicians rehearsing, jamming, performing, and enjoying down time, culminating in the publication of Somewhere There’s Music. This acclaimed book included photographs of jazz musicians, along with photographs of folk, blues, bluegrass, hip-hop, and rock musicians, and featured musicians performing in clubs, streets, orchestras, and music schools. A musician himself, Fink offers an intimate and rare view of the virtuosity, creativity, energy, and heart of the musicians he photographs.
Organized in celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival, “Somewhere There’s Music” at the Newport Art Museum will feature a selection of Larry Fink’s jazz photographs featuring legendary artists, such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, and Sarah Vaughn to name a few. Special thanks to Providence Center for Photographic Arts for their support of this exhibition.
About the Newport Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum provides exceptional arts education, public programming, community outreach, and exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, which spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection – to oneself, the community and the wider world. Over 3,500 fine art objects and important archives comprise the museum’s growing permanent collection. Operating from historically significant buildings, the museum is set within a beautiful park-like arts campus on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.