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ACA Summer Soirée, July 17, 2017

The ACA’s Summer Soirée

Monday, July 17 at 6pm – 8pm Rain or Shine

The Sanford-Covell Villa Marina
72 Washington St.
Newport, RI 02840.

Tickets are limited and will be $40 in advance and $50 at the door! (if available).

Event TIckets

Live Music – Silent Auction

Cocktails, Wines, Beers, and Hors d’oeuvres

The Sanford-Covell Villa Marina is located in the quiet historic district, The Point. It is a perfect waterfront location with an amazing wraparound piazza which affords magnificent views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. An article in the Boston Journal of August 9, 1870 calls it ‘the most elegantly finished house ever built in Newport’ and the house is now on the ‘National Register of Historic Places.’

An early work of the Boston architects, Fehmer and Emerson, this house is exceptional for its interior decoration in the Pompeian style. Irregular in shape, the house is excellently adapted for summer living along the shore. The surrounding open porches further establish the relationship to the sea.

The sunsets from the Piazza are a spectacular delight and this porch has become a virtual Newport Icon.

For more information on The Sanford-Covell Villa Marina, click here.

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

HEZ supported newportFILM movie “The C Word”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 — 6:30pm — Casino Theater, Newport
FREE event with a $5 suggested donation

With support from Newport Health Equity Zone

The C Word - movie6:30PM – Film begins
8:00PM – Post-film discussion with director Meghan O’Hara, moderated by Dr. Alessandro Papa from the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Newport Hospital
From executive producer Morgan Freeman comes a bold new film that will forever change the way we view cancer. At its heart are powerful twin narratives: one from celebrated French neuroscientist and cancer revolutionary Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, the other from THE C WORD’s own director, Meghan O’Hara. After braving the journey from diagnosis to wellness, Meghan and David join forces to expose systematic failings in our society, which reinforce the bad habits that predispose us to disease. Together, they lead us on a wild ride of discovery, which reveals crucial hidden scientific evidence, exposes the absurdity of the status quo, and follows a vibrant cast of characters who are changing the game. At its core, the film dares to ask the critical question: if the majority of cancers are preventable … what are we waiting for?

RSVP today! Likely to sell out!!

newportFilm The C Word Facebook page

Arts + Business = Community, Economic Impact of the Arts

Middletown, RI – The Newport County Chamber of Commerce, together with the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will host an Arts + Business = Community event in celebration of Arts and Humanities month on Friday, October 30th at Honyman Hall, Trinity Church from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Local artists will be performing during the registration and networking at the beginning of the event. The event will begin with breakfast and networking followed by a welcome from RI Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. Next, there will be keynote remarks from J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President, Providence Performing Arts Center speaking on the Economic Impact of Providence Performing Arts Center.

Directly after the keynote speaker there will be a panel discussion moderated by Benedict Leca, Executive director of Redwood Library. The panel discussion will include Brenda Nienhouse, Executive Director of Newport Performance Art Center, Pebbles Wadsworth, Development Co-Chair & Past Board President, Jamestown Arts Center, Jay Sweet, Producer, Newport Festivals Foundation and Andrea van Beuren, Founder & Artistic Director, newportFILM. The panelist discussion will be responding to questions regarding the impact of each organization on the economy and vitality of Newport. Post event, attendees will be invited to tour the Opera House Theater.

Tickets are $10.00 per person for members of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce or the Arts & Cultural Alliance or $15.00 for non-members. Tickets will be sold in advance online at

Since 1994, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County has fulfilled its mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County for the benefit of the community. Membership is free to all artists. Go to for more information.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with about 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island. We help business succeed.

For more information contact:
Jessica Holden
Member Relations and Communications Assistant , Newport County Chamber of Commerce
35 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842

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