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The Newport Art Museum invites the community to participate in its week-long art-making celebration and one-day silent and live auction, Wet Paint, on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Proceeds from the event benefit the Museum’s exhibitions, outreach, education and historic preservation. Hundreds of artworks, many “still wet,” created by artists of all ages and media will be sold in silent and live auctions in the Museum’s Cushing Building at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The Wet Paint Auction day is free for all to attend.

Artists interested in making art for Wet Paint can register online at or in person at the Museum between now and the event. Artists may submit up to two artworks in any medium. In the spirit of Wet Paint, the Museum encourages artists to submit art created en plein air the week leading up to the auction or the morning of. Wet Paint artwork must be delivered to the Museum no later than 12pm on Saturday, August 17.

Those interested in bidding on Wet Paint artwork are welcome at 4pm for the start of the silent auction. Bidders may register to bid and view the artwork in the Museum and enjoy appetizers complements of La Forge Casino Restaurant and cash bar on the lawn courtesy of Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling and Allen’s Wine & Spirits. A live auction, led by auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie’s, will begin at 6pm under the tent with a small selection of works juried into the live auction from the silent auction. During the live auction, guests are asked to consider pledging a donation by raising their paddles to help conserve a selected work from the Museum’s collection. This year, the Museum has selected Howard Gardiner Cushing’s Exotic Bird as the recipient of funds raised through this Paddle Raise for Conservation. 

The Young Artists’ auction, which will have work from artists ages 12 and younger, will conclude at 7:30pm. Bidding on the rest of the silent auction will end between 8:30 – 9pm. We would like to recognize and thank our Lead Sponsor, the Bazarsky Family Foundation, for their generous support of Wet Paint 2019. We are also grateful for the support of our Platinum Sponsor Lila Delman Real Estate. We’d like to thank our generous in-kind donors La Forge Casino Restaurant and Allen’s Wine & Spirits.

All proceeds from the event support the mission of the Newport Art Museum.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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