Events & Performances

Kent Stetson: the art of handbags3D installation exhibit
Feb 10-March 24, opening reception Thursday, February 9, 5-7pm
Artist Talks Feb 10 @11am, Feb 11 @1pm & March 23, 6pm

15 Main Street Exhibit of artwork by the Differently Abled Adults Watercolor Class– Opening Reception Thursday, February 2 5:30-6:30.  The exhibit will be on display during Winter Carnival Arts Center events, and during 15 Main Arts Center Classes.

Winter Carnival Photo Contest
Saturday, February 11th during Newport’s Historic 101st Winter Carnival.
2017 Theme:  “1980’s Song Titles”  See contest theme, entry details and entry forms here.

Jazz Night with the Bill Rosen Quartet- Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm.  Tickets on sale in office and online starting February 1 for this annual favorite.

Newport Elementary School Art Exhibit1960s themed art -themed in conjunction with the Arts Center’s 50th anniversary year.
April 8-May 26, opening reception Friday, April 7, 4:00-6:00pm

1960’s Film Series – The Library Arts Center is excited to present a series of films for both children/families and adults themed on the 1960’s in celebration of our 50th year!
Films Monthly, March-October, Dates & Films to be announced

Peeps Diorama Contest
Drop off of Dioramas April 8- 13
On Display Saturday April 15- Saturday April 22
Peeps Party Friday, April 14, 5-6:30
Peeps Pickup Saturday, April 22, Tuesday and Wednesday April 25 & 26- all dioramas not picked up by this time will be disposed of unless other arrangements are made.

The “Prodigals” Return:   Newport Native Writers
Thursday & Friday, May 11 & 12
Over the course of these two days a group of Newport natives who have had success across a wide range of writing genres, from fiction to poetry to nonfiction to children’s literature, will return to the Sunshine Town to conduct workshop at the library and arts center, perform readings, and talk about how they became published writers.

Sunshine Town Social – James Bond 00(‘6)7
Saturday, May 20- Sunshine Town Social: an event for the ARTS in partnership with the Newport Opera House Association.  This benefit dinner and auction with live music and entertainment raises much needed funds for these two community arts organizations.  This year’s auction will be 1960s themed in conjunction with the Arts Center’s 50th anniversary year.

Back to the Future: Sustaining your nonprofit in the decades ahead
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30pm The Library Arts Center opens its annual board development up to any and all working on boards to embitter the greater community.   Ellen Koenig, seasoned nonprofit board trainer will explore key questions that every board member should be asking themselves about their organization, for planning now and into the future.  Bring your questions and experiences as we discuss the real-world situations we face, discuss possible solutions and learn from each other.

Selections Exhibit:  winners from the 2016 Juried Regional
June 10-July 28 with an opening reception Friday, June 9, 5-7pm
2017 Selections artists:
Carmela Azzaro
Christine R. Hawkins
Ali Keller
Susan Lawrence
Laura Morrison
Richard Stockwell
Patricia Sweet-MacDonald
Tara Van Meter

Summer Performances for KIDS!  Sponsored by the Friends of the RFL
Thursdays in July at 10:30am- family friendly, enrichment

Volunteers for Peace International Work Camp
July 22- August 5
Newport will host a Volunteers for Peace Work Camp of youth volunteers from around the world.  These volunteers will be engaged in many projects around the community including assisting in art classes at the Arts Center while here.

Juried Regional Exhibit
August 12- September 29 with an opening reception Friday, August 11, 5-7pm

Apple Pie Crafts Fair
Saturday, August 26 9am-3pm on the town common- 120+ regional crafts people fill the common, live music day- long, as well as the legendary Apple Pie sale and contest.  The Library Festival including huge book sale and cookie walk are across the road the same day.

Soo Nipi Quilt Guild Biennial Quilt Exhibit
October 7- 26 with an opening reception Friday, October 6, 5-7pm

Gallery of Gifts
November 11-December 23
The art and craft of 100+ juried makers from the region presented in the gallery for handmade holiday shopping.