Newport boasts a wide variety of art from paintings to works in lay, glass, marble, fabric, metal and Newport’s traditional furniture. A diverse group of galleries can be found in Newport. To help showcase the great artwork that we have here in Newport, the Newport Gallery Organization hosts Newport Gallery Night every second Thursday of the month from 5pm to 8pm. Comprised of 28 members including galleries, museums and cultural institutions, the Newport Gallery Organization showcases art from local artists as well as art from around the world. A wide variety of pieces ranging from contemporary pieces to historic and traditional pieces can be purchased tax free. Newport Gallery Night maps and brochures can be picked up at any participating member location.
They are also introducing a Free Summer Guided Walking Art Tour for Gallery Nights through September. There are three tours per Gallery Night, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. These free tours include information about all the participating galleries, and museums as well as art related stories. The 5pm tour is the Bellevue Avenue Tour, which starts in the Hotel Viking at the C.L. Sherman Gallery and ends at William Vareika Fine Arts. The 6pm tour is the Spring Street Tour, which starts at Art on Spring and ends at the Opera House Theater. The last tour, at 7pm is the Downtown Tour, which starts at Arnold Art Gallery and ends at the Whitehorne House. These tours are open to anyone, just arrive at the starting point and enjoy an evening of fine art in Newport.