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Arts Behind the Scenes featuring St. John Church’s historic Hook and Hastings Organ

Arts Behind the Scenes featuring St. John Church’s historic Hook and Hastings Organ

presented by Organist and Choirmaster, Peter Stoltzfus Berton

Saturday, March 18th 3:00 pm
Saint John the Evangelist Church
61 Poplar St, Newport, RI
at the corner of Washington and Willow Streets


The organ was built in 1894 and consists of 1,769 pipes in the organ chamber. The largest pipe is 16 ft. long in speaking length (not counting the “foot”), 18 inches square, and made of maple. The smallest pipe is a half inch long in speaking length, about 1/16 inch in diameter, and made of tin and lead. Modern electronic circuits have replaced some of the mechanical operations but no frequency is enhanced or created by electronic or digital simulation, excepting one temporary replacement (the Pedal Trombone) while original pipes and chest are being restored.

Mr. Berton will discuss the electrification of the organ and well as some of the plans for future restoration. He will perform a brief musical demonstration photo-180of the instrument’s resources, a discussion of the application of modern technology to an old instrument with integrity, and allow for Q&A and attendees to both tour the interior mechanisms and play the instrument.

As with the summer organ recital series he has performed at the church the past three summers, video cameras and a PSBreddoorprojector screen will take the audience right into the action during this event.

$10 for ACA Members and $12 for non-ACA members
RSVP as space is limited.





Arts Behind The Scenes – Fiber Art Paintings

Arts Behind the Scenes – Fiber Art Paintings 

Kerstin Zettmar, Fiber Artist
Tuesday, August 30th 5:30 p.m.
Newport Congregational Church
73 Pelham Street, corner of Spring St., 2nd floor.
Kerstin Zettmar is an artist living in Newport, Rhode Island. Her work has earned her international recognition selling to corporations and private collectors through group and one person shows and by commission. Although working in several mediums, Kerstin has been most widely recognized for her unique, one-of-a-kind fiber-art pieces. Her subject matter ranges from outdoor to inner landscapes, often having a dream-like quality reflecting mythological and spiritual themes.

$10 per person for ACA Members , $15 for Non-members.
Please RSVP as space is limited.

Event Tickets

ACA Summer Soirée, July 18

Join the Arts & Cultural Alliance for our Summer Soirée on Monday, July 18 at 6pm at The Sanford-Covell Villa Marina , 72 Washington Street in Newport.
The evening will include food, adult beverages, a silent auction and live music with John & Joanne.
Tickets are limited and will be $40 in advance and $50 at the door! (if available).
Ticket are available for purchase here;

Event TIckets

Please help support this thrilling event by providing items for our silent auction. If you have any items you think might be a great ticket item to help fund-raise for the ACA, please contact Nancy McAuliffe by clicking here.

Catalyzing Newport, June 18

The public is invited to the opening of a pop-up installation exploring themes related to Newport in the year 2061. How will the city prepare for the effects of climate change? What new technologies will advance the quality of life? How will we get around? What will we eat? What will be in every home? Come explore these issues as you unpack the layers of history at the site.
Site of the Old Town Spring & former Coffey’s Citgo gas station, 48 Touro St., Newport, RI
The installation is part of Catalyzing Newport’s catalyst-in-residence program funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

ARTIFACTS,” (i.e., poems, writings, terrariums, dioramas)

Created in the workshop will be on display in a public pop-up installation in Newport, RI, June 18-19 at the former Coffey’s gas station located at 48 Touro St.  In the exhibition space, the terrariums will act as a biological library of forms chosen to preserve in this possible future, and the writing will serve as description, context, future relic and user’s guide.

Artist Reception Richard Grosvenor and the Grosvenor Family, June 16

Blenheim-Newport and The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County invite you to an art exhibition featuring the works from The Richard Grosvenor Collection and the Grosvenor family at Blenheim-Newport, 303 Valley Road in Middletown.

This artist reception will take place on June 16 from 5:30 – 8 pm, for more information visit the Facebook Event.

The exhibit will be open to the public from June 17 – June 30 at the following times:

* Saturdays and Sundays: 1 – 4 pm
* Tuesday – Friday4 – 7 pm

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Helen Hames or call 401.849.0031

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