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Arts Behind the Scenes: Audrain Automobile Museum “Transitions”

Arts and Cultural Alliance Behind the Scenes: Audrain Automobile Museum “Transitions”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
$10 for ACA Members and $15 for non-ACA members.

Proceeds support the ACA’s mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County.
The event is limited to 40 people.


The Arts and Cultural Alliance (ACA) of Newport County presents an Arts Behind the Scenes event featuring the Audrain Automobile Museum, “Transitions”. The event is scheduled during the transition between themed shows. Discussion will include the Exhibition Statement, the War Board, the individual car exhibition storyboards, graphics development, and iPad stories. Also marketing/promotion, lighting and the practicalities associated with swapping the cars in and out, and security.

“More of an Art Museum than a Car Museum,” the Museum celebrates the Machine Age, when art and automobiles came together. With access to more than 200 of the most remarkable and rare vehicles ever made, and displays with fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th century through the modern day, vehicles are chosen specifically and showcased based
on ever-changing exhibition themes. By displaying 15-20 cars at a time, the Museum gives patrons members and enthusiasts of all ages a completely unique experience with each visit. To support its non-profit curatorial mission – its motto is “Preserving Newport’s History One Car At A Time,” the Museum acquires, by gift and purchase, cars with social history in Newport, Rhode Island, and southern New England.

The Audrain Automobile Museum is located at 222 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02842. For more information about the Audrain Automobile Museum visit Contact information: (401) 856-4420 or

Photo Credits: Audrain Automobile Museum- Ben Jacobsen, Photographer


Arts Behind the Scenes: Timothy Michael Hetland

Featuring artist Timothy Michael Hetland
Saturday, April 15th at 6pm
1015 Aquidneck Ave, Shop E
Middletown, RI
(Industrial Park behind Chelsea’s Restaurant, last shop)

$10 for ACA Members
$12 for non-ACA Members

RSVP as space is limited to 15

Timothy Michael Hetland is a 3rd generation Norwegian descending from Kragerø, Norway. Through his metal artworks he defines the fine balance and beauty of metal, wood, crystal and stone to create everlasting interior and exterior sculptures. The raw metal materials and ocean washed stone used are made to last for centuries and are of high grade metals and alloys including aluminum, stainless steel, copper and bronze.

Mr. Hetland will discuss the general process behind development of his works, including sketching and research, as well as discussing and demonstrating some of the metal and stone-working techniques.

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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.

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Arts Behind the Scenes with Meg Little

Meg Little Handmade RugFriday, January 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM
260 Turner Road, Middletown

The ACA invites you “Behind the Scenes” at Meg Little’s studio where she makes Handmade Rugs. Meg will demonstrate the process she has developed to make her
contemporary handmade tufted rugs. She has been making wonderful hand tufted rugs for 25 or 30 years. She exhibits in many respected juried craft show throughout the country, Smithsonian, American Craft Baltimore, and Palm Beach Fine Craft Show to name a few.

Date and Location: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM. 260 Turner Road, Middletown
Tickets: $15 donation to ACA and include wine and snacks.
Space limited, please contact ACA at to make a reservation or phone/text Ann Sweeny 401 862 0083.

Behind the Scenes with the Island Moving Co

Arts Behind the Scenes – Rehearsal of Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

Sunday, November 22, 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

The ACA, in collaboration with Newport’s renowned Island Moving Company, invites you “Behind the Scenes” for a rehearsal of IMC’s holiday classic ballet.

Witness an evening of controlled pandemonium in the magnificent rooms of Rosecliff as the troupe of dancers prepare for its popular “Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.” You’ll observe volunteers decorating the dining room for the first act party scene; the children’s cast will be learning about how to apply their stage make-up; and you’ll watch a walkthrough of Act I in Rosecliff’s magnificent ballroom. The tour will be led by Executive Director Dominique Alfandre; participants will meet Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen and other cast members and staff.

Tickets are available at behind-the-scenes-at-nutcracker-tickets

Arts Behind the Scenes with IMC at Rosecliff
Arts Behind the Scenes with IMC at Rosecliff
Island Moving Co Nutcracker photo by Stephen Moy
Island Moving Co photo by Stephen Moy

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