December Newport Gallery Night Will Feature Multiple Holiday Shopping Exhibits

December Newport Gallery Night, sponsored by the Newport Gallery Organization, will take place on Thursday, December Newport Gallery NightDecember 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During this evening, visitors can explore the 28 participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions that Newport has to offer. These galleries will be open for viewing during Gallery Night hours and visitors can purchase contemporary, historic, traditional and avant-garde pieces sales tax free in Newport, just in time for the holidays.

This December’s Newport Gallery Night will feature several fine arts and crafts exhibits to kick off holiday shopping. Spring Bull Gallery will hold its 27th annual “Les Petites Oeuvres” exhibition, where Gallery Night visitors can shop for the holidays by purchasing a small artistic gem from a local artist. This exhibit will be on display until December 31st. Artist Susan Shaw, whose work is featured in the “Les Petites Oeuvres” exhibition, will also be doing a demo on Gallery Night. Visitors can continue their holiday shopping at DeBlois Gallery, where they can purchase fine art, soaps, ornaments, handcrafted clothing, photography, toys and more at the “Deck the Halls (and the Walls)” fine arts and crafts show, on display until December 24th. Lastly, the Newport Art Museum will begin its faculty and student holiday arts and crafts sale on Gallery Night, which will continue December 15th and 16th. Newport Art Museum is also encouraging people to give the gift of membership this holiday season, which includes free admission to the museum and discounts on many museum offerings and events.

Sheldon Fine Art will display maritime painter Tim Thompson’s “Ranger and Endeavour II” during Gallery Night. This will be the only place to view the large-scale piece in person before it is sold to a private collector.

Complete Gallery Night by visiting one of the many restaurants in Newport that collaborate with the Newport Gallery Organization. Restaurants such as Sardella’s, The Spiced Pear and Mamma Luisa participate by providing discounts and specials for all Gallery Night visitors. Be sure to ask for a voucher at any of the galleries. Free parking is available at the Gateway Visitors Center and the Newport Art Museum.





Driven, All Media Show

The DeBlois Gallery announces the opening reception of DRIVEN, a non-juried show open to artists in all media on Saturday, April 4 from 4 to 7. The artists are challenged to illustrate, the theme DRIVEN – to distraction, to tears, to drink, to around the bend. Any artist may enter work in any medium. There will be cash prizes for Best in Show, Best 2D, Best 3-D, with a number of honorary prizes for Best Wit, People’s Choice, Best Exemplar of the theme. DRIVEN will run through April 26. The DeBlois Gallery is located at 134

Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, near First Beach. Free. Refreshments.
Rodie Siegler, 847-9977.

Meet the Artist

Spring Bull Gallery is excited to feature on Gallery Night Newport a new program, “Meet the Artist!”, starting this coming Thursday, June 11th, 5 – 8 PM. Gail Armstrong, professional artist and gallery member of Spring Bull will offer a personal view of the creative process, entertain questions on painting and working as a professional artist, and exhibit some of her skills and talent for the audience with a painting demonstration. Gail works in both oils and watercolors, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. After receiving her MA at RISD, she dedicated herself to teaching high school art for 30 years. Presently Gail instructs figure drawing at the Providence Art Club, and has taught watercolor there for many years. Her work is on regular display at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, and at her studio at the Deacon Taylor House, next to the Providence Art Club. Gail is a signature member of the R.I. Watercolor Society, and an exhibiting artist member of the Providence Art Club, Mystic Art Center and the Cape Cod and Wickford Art Associations. Please visit her website at for additional information. Our “Meet the Artist” series for Newport Gallery Night will continue throughout the summer on each Newport Gallery Night, the second Thursday of each month. Look for coming information on our artists featured during “ Meet the Artist” this summer during Newport Gallery Night. Spring Bull Gallery is located on 55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, is open 12- 5 PM daily with extended summer hours Fridays ’till 7 pm. For more information, contact us at 401 846-9166,, or on Facebook. Gail Armstrong, sketching during recent trip to Italy. Photo credit Craig Masten.


Les Petites Oeuvres en Été

There are summer treasures to be found at Spring Bull Gallery’s “ Les Petites Oeuvres en Été” Exhibit with an unusal Sunday opening. The exhibition begins with a reception on Sunday, July 5th from 5 -7 pm.. Small artistic gems in oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, glass and other media by local artists will be here for the taking. The exhibit runsJuly 5, 2015 – July 31, 2015 with work changing daily as new art replaces sold pieces. The gallery will feature Susan Shaw during our Meet the Artist program to be held on Thursday, July 9th during Gallery Night in Newport.

Susan Shaw exhibits her work in functional porcelain, oils, watercolor and Chinese Brush painting at her studio and gallery, Shaw Pottery, Wyoming, RI, Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, RI, Charlestown Gallery in Charlestown, RI, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI and other select locations. She teaches painting classes at her studio location. She is an exhibiting artist member of the Providence Art Club, artist member of Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island, elected artist member of the Art League of Rhode Island, elected artist member of Mystic Arts Center, artist member of South County Art Association, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and member of Newport Art Museum. Making art a personal experience, prompting the evocation of ideas and vision that are unique to the viewer, is the challenge she poses for herself. She creates imagery that resonates emotionally, whether in paint or in porcelain, through her use of color, line shape and form. Her painting is influenced by her background in horticulture and love for the colors and textures of the landscape. Drawn to the complexity of the landscape, she paints in oils and watercolor, using a personal style that offers a visual invitation to look. The feeling of space and form, its visual invitation to see, becomes all important. Susan often paints outdoors in the landscape, frequently finishing a painting in the studio. Quality of surface is essential, as are the ways edges transition and shapes meet in a painting, allowing one’s eye to move easily from one area to the next. Shaw’s ceramics of sculptural and functional porcelain are most appealing for their luminosity, depth, and color response. Porcelain reflects every touch of the hand, is subtle and seductive in its fluidity. She infuses her work with the action of making, wanting to reveal the nature of the material, while keeping movement and color fresh.Painting and ceramics inform each other in unexpected and gratifying ways. Together they satisfy her desire for tactile experience and invite visual pleasure. Her task is finding ways to interpret what she sees and feels, and what she chooses to convey to the viewer – always an ongoing process.

Spring Bull Gallery located at 55 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island is wheel chair accessible and open free to the public. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm. daily. For additional information on this exhibition, future gallery events or member artists please call the gallery at 401-849-9166 or visit the gallery on-line

Craig Masten watercolor “Bellevue Avenue”

Bellevue Avenue CraigMasten

(The Little Picture in the Summer)
Opening Reception July 5, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 5, 2015- July 31, 2015
Gallery Night Thursday July 9, 2015
Meet the Artist Susan Shaw on Gallery NightSpring Bull Gallery

Sheldon Fine Arts

In conjunction with Bacardi Newport Sailing Week, Sheldon Fine Art invites you to a Cocktail Event to celebrate sailing. The event will be held on Thursday, July 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary prosecco while experiencing artwork by some of the art world’s most prestigious maritime painters. The event will inspire all who have a passion for sailing and the sea.

Sheldon Fine Art is located at 59 America’s Cup Avenue, on the historic Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 401.849.0030. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.



Located on historic Bowen’s Wharf
59 America’s Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-0030
Fax: (401) 849-3760