Nick Mele: Pages & Play

June 29, 2024 - October 20, 2024

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 29, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Drury and Library Galleries

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Newport through the lens of renowned photographer, Nick Mele, in the upcoming exhibition “Pages & Play”. Mele’s photographs capture the essence of Newport, depicting domestic scenes brimming with unfiltered joy reminiscent of carefree childhood days. Each image transports viewers into an enchanting realm where the unique charm of this historic city comes to life.

Curated across two gallery spaces, “Pages & Play” promises a vibrant and participatory experience. One gallery will feature Mele’s exquisite photographs, while the other will host an immersive environment curated in collaboration with esteemed designer and author, Danielle Rollins. Known for her fearless and flawless take on color, an irreverent blend of patterns, and a comfortable, non-pretentious approach to glamorous interiors suitable for a modern lifestyle, her namesake firm is based in Palm Beach and New York with residential and commercial interior and garden projects all over the country. The exhibition will mirror the lush backdrops she created for the Mele’s family home in Palm Beach using bold and beautiful Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallpapers and furniture. This transformation of the spaces invites visitors to step into Mele’s world and become living parts of his timeless photographs.

Nick Mele is celebrated for his whimsical approach to American luxury and elegance, as showcased in his extensive portfolio spanning lifestyle, fashion, and fine art photography. His work has graced the pages of prestigious publications such as Town & Country, The New York Times, and Vogue, while his commercial clients include iconic brands like Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer. “Pages & Play” invites you to immerse yourself in Nick Mele’s enchanting portrayal of Newport, where every image evokes a sense of old-world glamour and modern irreverence. Join us at the Newport Art Museum for an unforgettable exploration of art, joy, and the timeless allure of Newport.

This show is generously supported by: Sue and Peter Metzger, Elliot Stultz and Dan Drake, Ellen and Richard Dandrack, Studio 59 Design, Ellen and Richard Rankin, and Danielle Rollins