Our Wet Paint event brings together artists, collectors and community to celebrate Art and the Art Museum.
August 17, 2019 Cushing Gallery & Museum Grounds
It’s time to get your paints, brushes, pastels, canvases and cameras ready for another annual Silent & Live Wet Paint Auction.
This year, artists will have an entire week to create a one-of-a-kind artwork in the medium of their choice (including Raku-fired ceramics). We’ve built in more time to make work in order to make sure you catch good weather. Artists can deliver their artworks to the Museum during open public hours throughout the week prior to the Saturday, August 17th auctions. Museum staff will be on hand to give ‘fresh’ artwork an official “Wet Paint” stamp.
This year, bidders will have one day, and ONE DAY ONLY, (Saturday, August 17) to place their bids at the Silent and Live Auctions. Silent bidding opens at 4pm on August 17th, Live Auction begins at 6pm sharp, the Young Artists’ Art bidding closes at 7:30pm, and Silent bidding continues until 8:45pm / 9pm.
The Wet Paint Auction day is FREE. There will be nibbles complements of La Forge Casino Restaurant and Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling, cash bars, and much more.
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, Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling and Allen’s Wine & Spirits.
All proceeds from the event support the mission of the Newport Art Museum.
Wet Paint wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of artists who so generously donate their time and talent to support our Museum. Thank you! We encourage all artists to save time the day of Wet Paint by registering online ahead of time. Artists may submit up to TWO artworks in any medium. In the spirit of “Wet Paint”, we encourage you to submit art created “en plein air” or your most recent work. Artwork by young artists ages 0-12 will be auctioned in the Young Artists Gallery tent. This year, artists will have an entire week to create their one-of-a-kind artworks in the medium of their choice. We’ve built in more time for art-making to ensure you catch good weather. Artists may deliver their artworks to the Museum during regular Museum hours throughout the week prior to the Saturday, August 17th auctions. Museum staff will be on hand to give ‘fresh’ artwork an official “Wet Paint” stamp. All artwork (with the exception of Young Artists artwork) will be available for a BUY IT NOW price, a premium price set by each artist. Artists whose work sells for $150 or more will have the option to donate 100% of the sales of their work or 80%, keeping 20% for themselves. All artists will make this distinction when registering.
Wet Paint is a wonderful opportunity to support our Museum AND take home an original piece of artwork. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s arts programming, acquisitions and collections care. Save time by registering to be a bidder online in advance, or visit the Registration table the night of the event.
August 17th Schedule of Events
Artist registration and artwork drop-off opens at the Museum
Deadline to drop off artwork
Silent Auction opens! Bidding opens on both adult and young artists’ artwork.
Live Auction begins under the tent
Young Artists’ Auction closes
8:30 / 9:00 pm
Silent Auction closes and check-out opens!
Wet Paint FAQs
How many pieces can I submit?
Do I have to be there the night of the auction if I submit artwork?
Will I be notified if my artwork sells?
Yes, every contributing artist will receive an email from the Museum sharing the amount their artwork sold for.
Will I be notified if I win an item?
Yes, you will receive an email from the Museum letting you know you’ve won an item. You are welcome to pick up your artwork the week following Wet Paint during normal Museum hours.
What is BUY IT NOW?
Love and art come at a price – with BUY IT NOW, bidders can get the piece they desire for a price worth paying before its gone, and artists and can see their work sell at a premium. All artwork will be available at a BUY IT NOW price. When dropping off their work, artists will be asking to set their own BUY IT NOW price.
To receive a discounted price, you have three options:
If you're not a member:
Purchase a membership along with a class or event registration, and the discount will be applied in your cart.
If you are a member, and you purchased your membership on this website:
log into your account and the discount will be applied in your cart. You can log in before your purchase, or during the checkout process.
If you are a member, and you did not purchase your membership on this website:
Log in with the email address we have on file for you. If you haven't logged into this website before, you'll need to reset your password first.
If you are a member, and you're having an issue logging in:
Purchase a registration for a class or event, and then call or email the museum, and we will be happy to apply the discount to your purchase.