SPLASH January 2015

January is the quietest month in Newport County. But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. There is one seasonal diversion that can ease the bite of any winter, and that’s enjoyment of the Arts. Read on for such opportunities…


Meet the New Head of the Redwood Library
arts around the firePlan to join us as we welcome the new director of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Benedict Leca, to ACA’s first 2015 Arts Around the Fire this Tuesday. Benedict comes to Newport from his current tenure as Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario; returning to RI where he received his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Brown, with a specialization in 18th-century French painting and printmaking.
Benedict Leca
Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and arts patrons to meet colleagues in the Newport County cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done. You’ll enjoy an utterly informal atmosphere featuring a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation Café where artists and art lovers can connect. Please join us; no reservations needed.
NOTE: The next Arts Around the Fire will be at the Clarke Cooke House on February 17th. Info at
DATE & TIME: This Tuesday, January 20th. 6-8:00pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, upstairs party room, 140 Broadway, Newport
Newport Winter Festival: ART-FULL Opportunities
Newport Winter FestivalNow in its 27th year (!), The Newport Winter Festival will be packed with over 150 events full of food, music and fun. Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitude, the Eagles tribute band, “Another Tequila Sunrise” and Beatlemania
Check out their calendar listing to see what is happening each day of the festival and where to purchase your discount bracelets.


6 Gatherings at 6 Locations with 6 Artists
Do you represent a Venue that would like to host an arts presentation? Or are you an Artist that would like to demonstrate or discuss your art to an avid audience? Here’s a great program called “6 gatherings at 6 locations with 6 artists.”
RITAC is recruiting both venues and teaching artists who would like to present a particular program or skill. Presentations will be marketed through the RI Teaching Artist Center which will provide food, an agreed upon gathering space for up to 60 people and basic technology for presenters. Host organizations are guaranteed a spot in the 6×6 line-up for the evening. Events will run from 6:30-8:30pm on dates to be selected by the host venues.
If you or your organization would like to host a 6×6 gathering, or if you would like to apply to be a teaching artist presenter, please fill out this survey. If you have questions, contact Arik Beatty.
ACA Goes “Behind the Scenes” at RI’s Ballet Theatre Holiday Performance
RI Ballet TheatreOver the holidays, the Arts and Cultural Alliance went behind the scenes to view the final rehearsal of “Newport Holiday,” by Rhode Island’s Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional training company for dancers from 9 to 18 years old.
After a back stage tour of the beautiful Casino Theater, participants watched the dancers perform “The March of the Toy Soldiers,” a selection from “The Cat in the Hat”, the premiere of “Hallelujah” with live music, and selections from the “NUTCRACKER” – all under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Nancy McAuliffe, an ACA Board Member. Thank you Nancy and the talented RI’s Ballet Theatre company for a delightful morning.
Experience the future of art in Rhode Island
Dorrance Hamilton GalleryTwo upcoming exhibitions at the Dorrance Hamilton Gallery on Salve Regina’s campus will shine lights on the many talented artists in Rhode Island. Plan to attend both! All events are free and open to the public.
JAN. 21 – FEB. 01, 2015
For the sixth consecutive year, the Gallery will host a survey of the best young talent working in the middle and high school art programs across the state of Rhode Island featuring over one hundred examples of student work in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and design.
FEB. 13 – MARCH 06, 2015
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts presents 25 of the State’s Finest Artists at the 11th Annual RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, Friday, February 13 through Friday, March 6, 2015. The RISCA Fellowship Exhibition is an annual event that showcases works by Rhode Island artists who have been recognized by the State for artistic excellence. Fellowship Winners receive a $5000 award and Fellowship Merit Award Winners receive a $1000 award. Artwork by each artist will be included in the 2015 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition.
Profiles of the 2015 Fellowship Artists can be found here. For more information on the Fellowship Exhibition, contact Cristina DiChiera.
Opening Night & Artists Reception Friday, February 13th from 6 – 9 PM. Fellowship Writers Night Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Closing Night & Artists Talk Friday, March 28th from 6 – 8 PM. Gallery Hours: 11 AM – 6 PM Tues & Thurs, 11 AM – 5 PM Wed & Fri, Noon – 4 PM Sat & Sun, closed Mondays. Location: Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Antone Academic Center at Salve Regina University.
List Your Art Events On
Find out about upcoming arts events throughout the state on the RI Arts Calendar. To post your own arts event to the Arts Calendar, click here.
Public auditions held for “Urinetown – The Musical” this Weekend
Salve Regina Department of MusicSalve Regina’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of “Urinetown – The Musical” on Friday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 24 at noon in the Megley Black Box theater located in the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue.
Auditioners should prepare a song and a can bring a monologue, or read from the script. The auditions are open to all members of the local community.
“Urinetown” is the social and political satire written by Greg Kotis. It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2001 and then was later produced on Broadway at Henry Miller’s Theatre. The musical is set in a fictional future where a 20-year drought has crippled the city’s water supplies.
Salve Regina’s production of the musical will be performed in April at the Casino Theatre. For more information, contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at 341-3163.
Each January, I can’t but help think of all the artists in Newport county burrowing and working away in their studios or rehearsal halls, planting the seeds for artistic endeavors that will give full bloom come spring and summer. Have we all resolved in this New Year of 2015 to enjoy, participate and support the arts?
Stay warm – and art-full
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