Coming Soon: Black & White Exhibit

On Exhibit:  April 1 - May 31

with an opening reception Friday, March 31st, 5:00-7:00pm

This community juried exhibit features artwork of in a variety of mediums connected in black, white and gray.

The exhibit is generously sponsored by Dorr Fabrics and LaValley Building Supply.

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The Arts Are for Everyone!

We have a whole new schedule of exhibits, classes and events for 2023... stay tuned for details!

Enter the Peeps Diorama Contest at the Library Arts Center!

Make an original shoebox-sized diorama with the iconic Easter candies—PEEPS!—as the main characters.    Community members of all ages, businesses, school classrooms, groups & organizations are all encouraged to enter.  Take cues from current events, pop culture, or clever “peeps”  puns—just get creative!

Entry Deadline:  Thurs. Apr. 6th at 4:00pm

The 2023 Peeps Diorama Contest is generously sponsored by Eastern Propane, doing business as Goodrich Oil.

Gallery Drop-in Art Project: Peeps Dioramas

 Saturday, April 1st |  10am-2pm

Drop into the gallery to work on your Peeps Dioramas for the Peeps Diorama Contest.  We will have the glue guns ready for action!  Bring your own shoebox and Peeps, and enjoy our abundant studio supplies including fabrics, ribbons, sequins etc.  This drop in is a fun and festive way to get into the Peeps Diorama Spirit alongside other community members of all ages.   All are welcome to participate.  Free!

Peeps + Pints - Thurs. Apr. 13th

in partnership with Polyculture Brewery and the Old Courthouse Restaurant
A special night in the gallery just for adults 21+!  Enjoy delicious brews from Polyculture and small bites from the Old Courthouse.  Tickets are $22 per person and include beer, appetizers and a souvenir Peeps + Pints glass.  Tickets will be available soon!  Check back on our website.

Needle Felting Series with Jennifer Boyd

These needle felting classes are designed for adults who are new to felting, or have some felting experience. Teens are welcome to take these classes as well. Instructor Jenifer Boyd creates a fun, welcoming, and inclusive classroom environment where students learn to felt, or learn to hone their felting skills to the next level, with fun seasonal projects. 

Needle-felted Gnome Workshop

Sat. Apr. 22, 9:00am-12:30pm in the studio
$40 per student, includes all materials

Ring in the spring season by creating a classic felted gnome with needle feting. Learn the basic skills of needle felting from this project, and hone your skills to the next level for those with some felting experience. Leave class with a finished gnome for your home, or ready for gifting.

*Pre-registration required.  

March Art Kits to Celebrate Women's History Month!

Make a Frida Kahlo Shadow Box Shrine!
available in the gallery during the month of March, while supplies last.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re excited to offer a fun project in honor of one of our favorite artists–Frida Kahlo–for this month’s art kits!  Art Kits are free, and all are welcome to take one!

Basket-Making Workshops with Ray Lagasse

The Library Arts Center is proud to offer these exceptional artisan basket-making workshops with artisan Ray Lagasse.  Students will spend a day in the studio learning this traditional craft and will leave with a fabulous heirloom-quality basket to keep or give as a phenomenal gift.  Workshops are typically offered monthly in the Arts Center studio.

Art for Differently-Abled Adults

Friday mornings starting September 9th, 9:00am-12:00 noon
Library Arts Center Studio
$6 per session for each team of student and caregiver. Includes materials.

This inclusive group meets in the studio for inspired art projects with artist and instructor Becky Bense. This class is designed to engage differently-abled adults as well as their caregivers in fun, creative art projects! Class themes change weekly.

Preserving Newport's Heritage Mural

We are beyond excited that the Library Arts Center is helping to spearhead the heritage mural reproduction in downtown Newport. 

Find out more about the Mural Reproduction.

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