September 27, 2021   |   By Merrill Allen

Newport Art Museum and Newport Public Art to Unveil Outdoor Mural


Merrill Allen
Director of Marketing
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-7999

Newport Art Museum and Newport Public Art to Unveil Outdoor Mural
Friday, October 1 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm

(Newport, RI – September 27, 2021) – The Newport Art Museum and Newport Public Art (NPA) will unveil an exciting mural project by artist and designer Shaday Viruet on the facade of the Museum’s School, housed in the Minnie and Jimmy Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Viruet was selected from over 50 artists who submitted mural proposals. Submissions were juried by a group of artists and community members along with Art Museum staff and NPA volunteers. An Opening Reception will take place Friday, October 1 from 5:00-6:30 pm. This event is outdoors and free to the public. Light refreshments will be available. To RSVP, please visit

Viruet graduated from Rhode Island College in 2020 with a concentration in Graphic Design. Her primary artistic focus is on creating illustrations and package design and her style is influenced by anime and manga.

“For traditional mediums I love to use gouache, markers, colored pen, and ink wash,” said Viruet. “For digital mediums I primarily use Procreate and Adobe Illustrator. I always experiment with a limited color palette and line quality. I love drawing figures and participating in art challenges.”

NPA’s goal is to create accessible art for the community and provide opportunities for local emerging artists to elevate their skills and exposure. Artist and NPA co-founder Sue McNally provides design, technical, and installation guidance to the artists. The overarching goal is to teach an artist how to successfully approach and complete an art project that may be beyond the scope of their current experience.

“Working with Shaday was a wonderful experience,” said McNally. “Shaday was able to translate her work to a large scale with ease. She is a great listener and took any guidance and applied it to her own style. Shaday has never painted anything this big, and she took on the task with a professional’s eye. The design and execution is all her own. Shaday is a natural!”

“I was very impressed with Shaday’s dedication to the mural and her willingness to learn and experiment throughout the process,” said Norah Diedrich, Executive Director, Newport Art Museum. “This project perfectly aligns with the Newport Art Museum’s mission to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery and connection within our Newport community and beyond.”

In addition to financial support from the Newport Art Museum, NPA would like to recognize the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County for acting as their fiscal sponsor, and Bruno Painting, LLC for a donation of time and materials.

About the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that arts and culture have the power to bring diverse groups of individuals together, which ultimately promotes civic engagement and strengthens the social fabric of our communities. This core belief continues to guide the Museum’s direction today. Museum offerings range from exhibitions and lectures to art classes in its Museum School and art trips to other cultural institutions. Located on 3-acres along beautiful Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, the Museum’s galleries are housed in two historically significant buildings and feature notable special exhibitions as well as selections from its growing permanent collection.

Our Museum’s mission is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection within our Newport community and beyond.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays (April – December) until 7 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at Phone: (401) 848-8200.