Art After Dark

Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark, which recently received the 2017 Editor’s Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, is back on Thursday, September 14 from 5 – 9 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. And the best news: Admission is free or by donation! So, reacquaint yourself with the Newport Art Museum. Details are available at

The Newport Art Museum will partner with DESIGNxRI during DESIGN WEEK RI 2017.

DESIGN WEEK RI is the brainchild of DESIGNxRI, and is happening all over our fair state from September 13-24. This 12-day extravaganza spotlights the talent, innovation, and influence of the Rhode Island design community with talks, tours, lunches, and more. We are excited to take part again this year, along with an impressive group of design leaders, partners and talent in the state. Join us at the Museum during Art After Dark on September 14 for what will surely be an exciting talk: Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin. Benjamin, a local fashion designer, will present her work, share her inspiration, and stir the melting pot of art, culture, celebrity in the post millennium.

Leah Benjamin has worked as a fashion designer, educator, and artist for over 20 years. Her work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch has been featured inElle, Bazaar, W, Vogue, Paris Vogue, and the cover of Self and Surface, with additional designs worn on the red carpet by Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba, and Liv Tyler.

She is currently working in collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill, for the 2017 North American Tour. Ms. Hill and Nas, one of the great kings of hip-hop, will perform in Boston at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12 (just 2 days before this talk!).

This unique event will allow us a glimpse behind the scenes with a Rhode Island native whose path has led her around the world and back home, where she lives an intentionally secluded life on her farm in Hopkinton, RI. Ms. Benjamin received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. She has also been an arts educator for over 20 years, including faculty, critic, outreach and teaching at RISD, The Newport Art Museum, The Art Institute of NYC, The MOMA and The Art Students League of NY.

The talk is FREE, but preregistration is strongly recommended via the Museum website, or DESIGNxRI website. Link below:

5 – 7:00 pm  Coleman Center “Try It Night”
Try your hand at cross stitch and needlework with Instructor Sammi Alarie, or create a mini stop motion animation film based on a painting in the Museum’s collection. These are just two of the many new classes offered this Fall at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies! The Fall class catalogue will be hot off the press, and Art After Dark is the perfect time to experiment, ask questions, craft and create your own mini film. Sign up for a class during Art After Dark and even receive a $15 tuition discount!

6:00 pm  Guided Tour of the Newport Art Museum
Enjoy a free guided tour of the Historic Griswold House illuminating the exceptional architecture, origins of the Newport Art Museum and it’s ongoing mission of thought provoking art exhibits and community events.

So bring your friends, bring a date, grab a drink, and find out what all the buzz is about!

Art After Dark is free for members and $10 suggested donation for non-members. Cash bar and light refreshments available.