NewportArtMuseum’s ArtAfterDark, which recently received the2017 Editor’s Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine,is back onThursday, September 14from5 – 9 pm.EachArtAfter Darkhas unique programming for the whole family. This eventjoins 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

TheNewport Art Museum will partner with DESIGNxRI duringDESIGN WEEK RI2017.

DESIGN WEEK RIis the brainchild of DESIGNxRI, and ishappening allover our fair state fromSeptember 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 totake 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 onSeptember 14for what will surely be an exciting talk:Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin.Benjamin, a localfashion designer,will present her work, share her inspiration, and stir the melting potof 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 ofSelfandSurface, 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 theBlue Hills Bank PaviliononTuesday, 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 preregistrationis strongly recommended via the Museum website, or DESIGNxRI website. Link below:

5 – 7:00 pmColeman 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 arejust 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 pmGuided 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 missionofthought 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.

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