December Newport Gallery Night, sponsored by the Newport Gallery Organization, will take place on Thursday, December 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.