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March 20 Arts Around the Fire with Andrea Rounds

The Arts and Cultural Alliance invites you meet the Opera House’s new Interim Executive Director, Andrea Rounds

Tuesday, March 20
6 – 7:30 pm
Salvation Cafe Post & Beam Room
140 Broadway, Newport

The Alliance’s guest will be Andrea Rounds, the new Interim Executive Director of the Opera House. Andrea, who has extensive experience with historic theatres, Broadway touring and campaign fundraising, will see the project through its final phase before opening.

Come talk about this transformative project. Which artist would you like to see perform at the theatre’s opening weekend?

Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and audiences to engage with colleagues about events affecting the cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done.  Arts Around the Fire features a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation Café and an informal atmosphere where artists and art lovers can connect.  The Alliance thanks Salvation Café for their hospitality.

Sign up for an artists membership or become a supporting member of the Alliance, a coalition of individuals and non-profits committed to the advancement of arts and culture in Newport County.

Please join us, free, utterly informal, no reservations needed.

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.





Seminar: E-Marketing Essentials for the Artist

Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location: The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Registration: FREE. Space limited. Registration required.

The Arts & Cultural Alliance, in collaboration with The Preservation Society of Newport County, will present an informational seminar, “E-Marketing Essentials for the Artist”. The seminar is free and open to all practicing artists, performers, musicians and artisans in Newport County. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email to register.

• Meredith Nordhem, Marketing Manager, Newport Film
• Jennifer Sunderland, Executive Director, Four Corner Arts Center

In this day and age, electronic marketing is vital when it comes to generating more business. What’s the best way to get the word out without spending a year’s worth of profits? Join us for this presentation with tips from the experts. Learn how to make the best use of the world wide web.

Format will be theater-style seating w/table for panelists. Speakers will present for approximately 30-40 minutes followed by Q&A for 15-20 minutes.

Link to Facebook Event Page

Presented by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County & The Preservation Society of Newport County. Email to register.

E-Marketing Essentials for the Artist

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