Library Arts Center is CLOSED until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Library Arts Center Board has made the difficult choice to CLOSE the Arts Center, gallery & studio, through at least May 4th.  ALL STUDIO, MUSIC, and YOGA CLASSES WILL BE CANCELED DURING THIS TIME.  We understand that there is a possibility that this date will have to be extended, and this will affect many of our upcoming events.  We will be sure to keep you posted regarding any updates to our many upcoming events.  Check back here--on our website--for the most recent updates.   


Selections Exhibit 2020:  Winners from the 2019 Juried Regional

SHOW RUNS:  Feb. 1- Mar. 27, Opening Reception Friday, January 31, 5-7pm

2020 Selections Artists (listed alphabetically):
Carol Corliss
Kate Emlen
Robert Frasier
Matthew Greenway
Aaron Kane
Michele Johnsen
Maundy Mitchell
Alan Shulman

Sponsored by:  Sugar River Bank

Jazz Concert: Flat Iron Jazz Quartet

Thursday, March 5th | 7:00-9:00pm  Library Arts Center Gallery  |  Tickets $15 advance/$20 at door.

The group Flat Iron Jazz will present a fabulous evening of jazz music in the gallery as a fundraiser for the Library Arts Center. Coffee & Dessert Bar are included. Open, café-style seating.  Find out more, and purchase tickets HERE.

Lights, Camera, Civics! NH Institute for Civics Education Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, Mar. 10th, 6:00pm  presented by the Richards Free Library in the Library Arts Center Gallery

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multi-year statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. ​The screening will be accompanied by panel discussion with Attorney Barbara Parker; Andrea Thorpe, Library Director of the Richards Free Library; and Newport high school student Eliza Bates.

The event is free and open to the public.  You may register for the event.  
All members of the community are welcome. 

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at


Black and White Exhibit:  A juried community group show

April 4-May 29, POSTPONED due to COVID-19

IN THE WEST GALLERY:  Newell Green Photography Exhibit & Sale

The exhibit features vintage New Hampshire and Vermont black and white reproduction prints from negatives (circa 1930s-1950s) of acclaimed local photographer Newell Green (1901-1993).

Poetry Reading with Wes McNair

Thurs. Apr. 30th | 7:00pm in the Library Arts Center Gallery 


Poet Wes McNair will be reading from his new book, Dwellers in the House of the Lord: A Poem.  The Richards Free Library invites you to this free event which is sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library.

Peeps Diorama DIGITAL Contest 2020

Contest Deadline:  Thursday, April 9th at 4:00pm  –  Online Digital Entries only in 2020!

Peeps Diorama Contest has gone fully DIGITAL in 2020 in response to COVID-19!

Find out more about the Peeps Diorama Contest at the Library Arts Center, and how to enter your very own diorama HERE.


Sunshine Town Social Auction


Saturday May 9th,  Benefit Auction for the Library Arts Center and Newport Opera House Association, held at the Newport Opera House.  Find out more about the event, and ticket information at the link HERE.  Find out more about our sister arts organization, the Newport Opera House Association HERE.


Summer Performances for Kids

Performances for all ages on the Side Lawn of the Library Arts Center each Thursday morning in July.  FREE & Open to all.  Schedule TBA.


Pastel Society of New Hampshire:  Group Exhibition

June 6-July 31, with an opening reception Friday, June 5, 5-7pm

Arts in the Garden – Garden Tour

Tour some of the most creative gardens in town.  To add to the inspiration, artists will be at work in the gardens, and musicians will be playing in various gardens throughout the day. 

Saturday, July 11, 9am-3pm, $12 in advance and $15 day of event

Rain Date of July 12  *for severe weather, determined by the Library Arts Center by morning of July 11


Apple Pie Crafts Fair – the 47th Annual

Saturday, Aug. 22nd.  130+ booths of handmade crafts, Apple Pie Sale and Contest, Firemens’ Famous BBQ, Richards Free Library Festival across the street.  Find out all about this treasured crafts fair and community tradition HERE.


Juried Regional Exhibit

August 8-October 16, with an opening reception Friday, August 7, 5-7pm

Deadline for Entry:  Monday, July 13, 11:59pm, artists will receive notification of participation by Tuesday, July 21.  Artwork selected for inclusion in the show will need to be dropped off Saturday, August 1, 10am-2pm, or by appointment before that date. 

Interested artists may view more information about the show and view the CALL for ENTRIES HERE.


Gallery of Gifts:  Handmade for the Holidays

November 7 – December 23

Preview Party: catered by the Old Courthouse Restaurant Thursday, November 5th, 5-7pm – by ticket – Tickets $15 per person
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 6th, 5-7pm (open to the public).  Find out more about the event, and information on having your work juried for the 2020 show HERE.