East Bay vs. West Bay: Which is Better?
We bravely explore the long-standing rivalry to find out which side of Narragansett Bay is better.
Who is artsier?
Both sides of the bay support the visual arts. Who does it better?
Gallery Night: Art Night Bristol/Warren; Newport Gallery Night
Studio Tours: South Coast Artists Studio Tour (July and August)
Gallery-dense communities: Four: Bristol, Warren, Newport, Tiverton
Museums: Bristol Art Museum; Newport Art Museum; National Museum for American Illustration
Famous artists: Sydney Burleigh (Little Compton); Felix De Weldon (Newport); Maud Howe Elliott (Newport); Charles I.D. Looff (Riverside); Gilbert Stuart (Newport)
Festivals: Warren Art Festival (July); Tiverton Arts and Artisan Festival (July); Cultural Survival in Tiverton (July); Wet Paint at the Newport Art Museum (August)
Gallery Night: None
Studio tours: West Bay Open Studio Tours (October)
Gallery-dense communities: Wickford, South Kingstown, East Greenwich
Museums: Warwick Center for the Arts; Gilbert Stuart Museum
Famous artists: Gilbert Stuart (Saunderstown)
Festivals: Gaspee Days Art Festival (May); Narragansett Art Festival (June); Wickford Art Festival (July)
Winner: East Bay. Even Gilbert Stuart defected. —C.N.
Who’s readier for their close-up?
Little Rhody has provided scenic backdrops for many movies and tv shows, but which side of the bay has gotten more screen time?
Here are some top contenders:
“The Bachelorette,” Newport
The Great Gatsby, Newport
True Lies, Newport
Me, Myself and Irene, Newport
The Discovery, Middletown, Portsmouth
Moonrise Kingdom, Newport
Meet Joe Black, Warwick
The Vault, East Greenwich, Cranston
The Polka King, Cranston
Winner: East Bay. They snagged Matthew McConaughey and “the Bachelorette,” ’nuff said. —S.F.
Sources: R.I. Film and Television Office.