The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) has announced one of their summer’s most anticipated events, the Jamestown Arts Center Annual Summer Soirée, will take place on Friday, July 12th  from 7 – 10 pm. 

This year, the 9th Annual Summer Soirée will present an exclusive viewing of PULPARAZZI: painting with paper, the JAC’s summer exhibition curated by internationally renowned artist Joan Hall, featuring the work of artists working with paper pulp. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be offered with catering by Blackstone Caterers and raw bar by Matunuck Oyster Bar.

The theme color for this year’s Soirée is PINK and guests are encouraged to “think pink” when dressing for the event. The event includes a live auction with auctioneer Paul Leys of Gustave White, Sotheby’s international Realty. Auction items include a painting by internationally renowned artist Edwin Schlossberg, Dinner party for eight at Stoneacre Brasserie, Dress by Isoude, Necklace by Jamestown artist Didi Suydam, and a day sail aboard a 46’ sloop with luncheon from Newport Wines + Gourmet.

The event will be MC’ed by Alison Bologna of Channel 10 news. After the auction, guests will dance into the evening with live music by Night Rhythm. Donuts from Dunkin and dessert by Stoneacre Brasserie will complete the perfect evening celebrating the arts in Jamestown. Proceeds from the event make it possible for the JAC to provide extraordinary programming at an affordable cost to all.

The July 12th Soirée will kick-off the five week summer exhibition curated by Jamestown artist, Joan Hall, which explores the art practices of the national group of eight artists that call themselves Pulparazzi.  Their artwork demonstrates the many uses of handmade paper pulp and include: John Babcock (CA), Shannon Brock (NY), Joan Hall (RI), Anne Q McKeown (NJ), Lynn Sures (MD), Michelle Samour (MA), Peter Sowiski (NY), and Beck Whitehead (TX). The artists met in 2009 at a conference and have subsequently exhibited, conducted workshops and presentations across the United States.  The eight artists are also known internationally for their work and the techniques they have developed with paper pulp. Most of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance.

Those who purchase tickets to the Champagne Pre-party will gain early access to the event with a special Curator’s Talk at 6 pm. Curator Joan Hall is a leading contemporary mixed media artist using primarily handmade paper, glass, steel and printed marks to create her work that looks to raise awareness about climate change; including the deterioration of the world’s seas. Hall is an artist and critic who has spent time working in both the U.S. and Europe. Her art has been exhibited internationally and exhibitions at venues including the Newport Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of  Art, the Meadows Museum and the Silkeborg Art Center, Denmark. Her installation “ The Invasion of Hull Cove” is in the exhibition “Personal Structures-Identities” in Venice, Italy at Palazzo Mora, an exhibition during the Venice Biennale and on view until November 24th.  

Ticket prices for the Soirée are as follows:

$175 – Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) Members Soirée only

$225 – JAC Members includes the Champagne Preview

$200 – Soirée only for Non-Members
$250 – Soirée and Pre Party Non-Members
$75   – Young Supporter 35 and under Soirée only

$100 – Young Supporter 35 and under Soirée and Pre Party

For more information on the 2019 summer Soirée and for online tickets,  visit

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