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Arts Behind the Scene

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 Churchphoto-180
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 of 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 projector 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.

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County in partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center presents:
Tayo Heuser – Looking in: Looking out Exhibition at the Jamestown Arts Center

Please be our guest for an artful conversation with Exhibiting Artist Tayo Heuser and Jamestown Arts Center Exhibitions Director Karen Conway. Questions from the audience welcome.

18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI

401.560.0979  |



Arts Behind the Scenes featuring 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.

Meg Little Handmade RugArts Behind the Scenes featuring ‘On the Spot’ Meg Little Handmade Rugs

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM
260 Turner Road, Middletown

The ACA invites you “Behind the Scenes” at Meg Little’s studio on Turner Road where Meg will demonstrate the process she has developed to make her contemporary handmade tufted rugs.

Meg 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. Please visit her website:

Meg Little Handmade RugQuote from Meg’s website: Since childhood, I’ve loved textiles: whether sewing my clothes or embroidering my jeans or learning to weave in high school. I studied textiles as an undergrad at Tyler School of Art, and then earned a Masters Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. I learned how to make rugs in the late 1980’s, while teaching in England. I had become friends with another American fiber artist, Grace Eckert, who was beginning to experiment with hand tufting as an alternative to tapestry weaving and she let me have a try. In those years I’d also started to paint. Painting is more immediate than weaving and using the tufter gave me the same freedom as painting but in my preferred medium. It was a revelation. When I returned to the US in 1990, I opened my own studio, On the Spot.

Tickets are $15 donation to ACA and include wine and snacks
Space is limited. Please contact ACA @ to make a reservation or phone/text Ann Sweeny 401 862 0083.

Link to view archive of Arts Behind The Scenes events.

Arts Behind the Scenes is a series of small, RSVP required for admission, programs that will be held approximately once every three months during the year. These events offer the participants an opportunity to gain insight and knowledge of art and cultural projects and activities within the local arts community. The small group nature of these events allows for discussion and personal interaction with the event host. Refreshments are provided following the event presentation.

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