Newport Gallery Organization has announced that May Newport Gallery Night will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm.

May Newport Gallery Night attendees are invited to spend the evening enjoying the arts and visiting the participating galleries and museums. Art is available for purchase, sales tax free.

Free Walking Art Tours will kickoff for the season on May Newport Gallery Night (weather permitting). The Thames Street Tour starts inside Thames Glass at 4:00 pm, the Bellevue Avenue Tour starts inside Spring Bull Gallery at 5:00 pm, the Spring Street Tour starts inside Art on Spring at 6:00 pm, and the Downtown Tour starts inside Arnold Art Gallery at 7:00 pm.

The Newport Gallery Organization will also be starting a new interactive program during May Newport Gallery Night. This new program will use the current Newport Gallery Organization brochures as punch cards for each of the participating galleries. Whoever visits the most participating galleries during Newport Gallery Night hours will receive a gift card redeemable at any of our galleries. In order to be eligible to receive the gift card, participants must upload a photo of their hole punched/marked off the Newport Gallery Organization brochure to Facebook and tag ‘@Newport Galleries’ in the post. If a participant does not have Facebook, the photo can be emailed to info@newportgalleries.org. If there happens to be a tie, then there will be a random, raffle style tie breaker.

Spring Bull Gallery will be presenting their show, “New Beginnings,” from Saturday, May 4th through Friday, May 31st. This show features Rhode Island-based artists Susan Aitcheson, Donato Beauchaine, Lorraine Bromley, Mark Knapp,  Stephanie Marisca, Susan Petree and Jonathan Small. The opening reception for this show will be held on May 4th from 5:00-7:00pm.

Coastal Contemporary Gallery will be presenting, ‘Ebb & Flow, Reflections of Passing Time’: Paintings and Porcelain Sculptures, from Thursday, May 2nd, through Sunday, June 2nd. There will be live music at the opening reception, which will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2:00-6:00pm. This new exhibit features artists Annie Wildey, Michele Poirier-Mozzone, and Susan Schultz.

DeBlois Gallery will be presenting their May show, “Living Color,” From Saturday, May 4th, through Sunday, May 26th. All are welcome to the opening reception on May 4th from 5:00-7:00pm. Refreshments will be served. “Living Color,” features artists, Meredith Brower and Kadejah Foster. “Brower forages and photographs mandalas that she creates from the flora and fauna found around her farm in Tiverton RI. Foster, working in the digital realm, takes advantage of the medium to experiment freely with color, scale and style in her pieces.” DeBlois Gallery will be open during Newport Gallery Night hours. Free admission and parking will be provided.

Visitors are invited to park for free at the Gateway Visitors Center with a parking voucher and at the Newport Art Museum. Discount coupons for seven Newport restaurants can be picked up at participating galleries.

The Newport Gallery Organization consists of over 25 participating galleries. For more info about Newport Gallery Night, Free Guided Walking Art Tours, and the Newport Gallery Organization, visit www.newportgalleries.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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