February 6, 2019   |   By Merrill Allen

RELEASE: Eye Spy… Love! at Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark


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



Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark 

present Eye Spy… Love! 

Thursday, February 14, 5 – 8 pm

(Newport, RI – February 6, 2019) – Newport Art Museum’s Art After Dark is back on Thursday, February 14 from 5 – 8 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Admission to Art After Dark is free for Museum members and is a $10 suggested donation for non-members. Light refreshments and cash bar will be available. Art After Dark is supported by BankNewport, Matouk and Narragansett Brewery as well as donations to the Museum’s Annual Fund.

This month, Art After Dark will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Eye Spy…LOVE!” – a special art-themed scavenger hunt through the galleries. Visitors can work solo, in teams or with a friend to find tiny detail images from artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection. Answer teaser questions correctly on each successfully discovered image and be rewarded with a delectable Valentine treat. To add an elegant flair to the usual cash bar and light fare, Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails will be serving festive, Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails.

That same evening, the Museum’s Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop will also debut FUSION: a fashion-meets-art pop-up shop curated by lifestylist Sandee Saunders of The Sandee Saunders Project. The pop-up will feature a selection of work by ten international artists and designers including fashion designers Esteban Cortazar, Carlos de Moya, ISOUDE by Kate Brierley and Marc Allen. The Shop will also feature two jewelry designers: Cara Croninger and Laura Herrera. Handbags by Kent Stetson, condiments from Newport Sea Salt, and stationery from artists Kate Hoyt-Psaki and Mary Chatowsky-Jameson will also be featured. The Shop will debut Thursday, February 14 from 5 – 7 pm during Art After Dark, and will also be open Friday, February 15 from 12 – 4 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 12 – 4 pm.

About the Newport Art Museum

Founded in 1912, The Newport Art Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating and most highly regarded art museums and schools of its kind in the country. The Art Museum offers a provocative diversity of creative voices in its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect treasures from its permanent collection featuring American art from the late 19th century to the present, as well as programmed exhibitions of contemporary art. Dedicated Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the architecture, artwork and history of the Museum. Artist Talks, film screenings, lectures and musical performances are scheduled throughout the year.

The Museum operates on a three-building campus, the main building being National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, completed in 1864 and remains the premier example of American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Building, built in 1919, featuring two rotating galleries as well as the Cushing Memorial Gallery dedicated to the artist Howard Gardiner Cushing. Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art classes, camps and workshops, incorporates the Museum’s collection into its curriculum and focuses on art fundamentals as well as design, digital studies and continuing education for artists of all ages and interests. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 8 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone: (401) 848-8200.