Photo credit: Richard Prull/Preserve Rhode Island

8/3–8/4 Little Compton Antiques Festival

Why: On Friday night, check out the preview party featuring a sunset supper, sip on a delicious complimentary beverage, listen to live music and gain access to early buying privileges. On Saturday, spend time perusing antiques from a diverse collection of antique dealers, stop by the auto show or take a peek at the Little Compton art exhibit.
Where: Little Compton Historical Society, 548 West Main Rd., Little Compton.
More Info: Call 272-5101 or visit preserveri.org.

Aug
15
Wed
Art Gallery Exhibition @ Charlestown Gallery
Aug 15 all-day
Art Gallery Exhibition @ Charlestown Gallery

Annual Summer Group Exhibition.
Contemporary American Art.
Featuring forty Regional Artists on paintings, sculpture, photography and prints.
Meet the artists on June 30 5:30-8 p.m.
Exhibition will run through June, July and August.
Open six days a week and closed on Tuesday.

National Grid Energy Innovation Hub @ Energy Innovation Hub
Aug 15 all-day
National Grid Energy Innovation Hub @ Energy Innovation Hub

The National Grid Energy Innovation Hub is a collaborative, community space designed to elevate the conversation around the future of energy and the environment. The Hub offers interactive exhibits where Rhode Islanders can learn how they can take action towards creating a clean energy future.Exhibits include information about energy savings tips, energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, connected solutions (demand response), and ways to reduce energy bills. Guests can sign up for a no-cost home energy assessment and learn about the impact their energy choices have on the ultimate goal of a clean energy future.

The Hub is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. By appointment on Thursday. Groups are welcome.

Aug
16
Thu
Art Gallery Exhibition @ Charlestown Gallery
Aug 16 all-day
Art Gallery Exhibition @ Charlestown Gallery

Annual Summer Group Exhibition.
Contemporary American Art.
Featuring forty Regional Artists on paintings, sculpture, photography and prints.
Meet the artists on June 30 5:30-8 p.m.
Exhibition will run through June, July and August.
Open six days a week and closed on Tuesday.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

STEAM programs at the Rose Island Lighthouse @ Rose Island Lighthouse
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
STEAM programs at the Rose Island Lighthouse @ Rose Island Lighthouse

The Naval War College Museum is gearing up for summer with the return of STEAM programs at Rose Island. These free, drop-in activities will be open to all visitors of Rose Island on Thursday, July 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weather permitting. Although projects will vary throughout the summer, they will all focus on various elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through a hands-on activity facilitated by a professional educator.

For more information about this program, please contact Liz DeLucia, Director of Education, Naval War College Museum at museumeducator@usnwc.edu or (401) 841-7276.

For information on how to visit Rose Island, including pricing, please visit jamestownnewportferry.com.

You can find out what’s new at the Naval War College Museum on Facebook and by following their blog – Soundings in Narragansett Bay’s Naval History. One of nine official Department of the Navy Museums, the Naval War College Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts and documents dating from the 1500s to the present day to interpret the naval history of Narragansett Bay, the Naval War College, and the history of naval strategy. Located in the historic Founders Hall built in 1820, the museum is open to the public although advance reservations are required. For more information about the Naval War College Museum, visit www.usnwc.edu/NWC-Museum or call 401-841-4052.

IMAGO’s Thirty and Under Juried Exhibit @ Imago Gallery
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
IMAGO’s Thirty and Under Juried Exhibit @ Imago Gallery | Warren | Rhode Island | United States

Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will feature artwork by guest artist Damian Bellotti and 18 regional emerging artists participating in a featured exhibit Thirty and Under. Artwork by IFA artists will also be on display at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street in Warren from July 26 to September 2. A free, public reception for the artists will be held on Friday, July 27 from 6-8 p.m.

Colorist Gallery Night Reception @ ArtProv Gallery
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ArtProv Gallery will hold a reception during Gallery Night Providence on August 16 from 5-9 p.m. for its newest show “Colorist.” The exhibit features the distinctive styles of three artists who express themselves through the use of intense color: Sherie Harkins, Nick Paciorek and Linnea Toney Leeming:

• Linnea Toney Leeming: An abstract painter, Linnea’s vibrant and energetic paintings are emotionally-based, expressing what she sees and feels. Layering color, mediums and glazes, her compositions evolve of their own accord.

• Sherie Harkins: Sherie’s earliest recollections are all about color in nature. She is awed by the ripe and fleshy energy of fruit, an unexpected splendor that surrounds us every day. To her, fruit is sweetness and light, color and texture.

• Nick Paciorek: Nick’s landscapes of the canals, boats and small towns that define the south of France reflect his signature use of vibrant color, orchestrated in these works by the influence of the moon’s reflected light.

The show runs from August 8-September 22. For more information, visit www.artprovgallery.com, call 401-641-5182 or email info@artprovidence.com. Check the website for weekly hours and events.

Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River

Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.
Every Thursday evening in the summer season, enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Along the river’s edge and Saugatucket Bridge, watch live music from area bands. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. During almost every RiverFire night, additional themes with family-friendly activities will be showcased. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. RiverFire and River Stage performers will begin at 7 p.m.

Free admission. Free parking will be available in the village parking areas and along the street. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. On Aug. 16, during the Endless Summer II Luau Celebration, which is on a RiverFire evening.

Themed Nights and Musician Schedule:
June 21: Summer Solstice and Jonnycake Center Empty Bowls Stroll Hunger Benefit
Live music: Contemporary Theater Stage, 5 p.m. – Becky Chase; River Stage, 7 p.m. – Chakulla Smith (with The Hunger Bus): Chakulla brings 4 decades of writing and playing Folk, world, jazz and Americana music and always has special guests along to wow the crowd.

June 28: Full Moon Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gary Hopp and Friends: Gary Hopp brings his Good Vibe Tribe Experience to Howl at the Full Moon! Expect great Rock and Roll, Oldies, Country, Originals, Blues, Wild Dancing and Crazy Antics.

July 5: Ladies Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – 33 Camben: 33 Camden is a Progressive Rhythm & Blues Rock Fusion band bringing a sound unlike anything you’ve heard! They will be performing LIVE at the Wakefield Ladies Night and RiverFire the day after we celebrate the Birth of our Nation.

July 12: Car Cruise Night (Classic Car Show)
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Greyhound Dream with gpecial guest Paula Clare: Greyhound Dream Features two of South County’s premier performers Krista Rousseau vocal stylings and Josh Scurman’s vocal and guitar prowess – all rounded out by bass guitarist Jerry Rousseau. Special Guest Paula Clare brings her music influenced by Joni Mitchel, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, Carole King, Emilou Harris and Suzanne Vega to RiverFire.

July 19: Lantern Parade
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – PhenixAve: PhenixAve plays the acoustic hits of the 60’s, 70’s and today and has been a crowd favorite at RiverFire! During the live music performance, “Concrete Couch” presents a serene Lantern Parade across the Saugatucket River Bridge.

July 26: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gooseberry Road with Special Guests, Wyatt & Barbara Lema: Gooseberry Road is a 3 piece ensemble playing music from the 1960’s and 70’s – Beatles, Carole King, Hollies, Bee Gees, Aztec Two-Step, more, and originals. Enjoy special guests Folk and Traditional multi-instrument and vocalist, Wyatt and Barbara Lema.

Aug. 2: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Stone Cold Gypsies: Stone Cold Gypsies is a 5-piece band playing a blend of favorites and eclectic music that will surprise and delight you.

Aug. 9: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – The Strattones: The Strattones are a 5 piece Rhode Island band bringing you the best covers and originals you didn’t know you needed to hear.

Aug. 16: Endless Summer II (Tropical Luau Celebration – $5 Suggested Donation).
Live music: (TBA) – Just like last year, there will be multiple performers on The Contemporary Theater Stage, which will be the Main Stage for the event. Admission to the extra area is a suggested $5 donation, before passing under a gigantic replica volcano and shark. This allows access to local beer and tropical drinks, Polynesian food, the Main Stage, special guests, entertainers, and more fun, in addition our regular RiverFire event.

Aug. 23: TBA on possible theme – Might be a Radio Night.
Live music: TBA: Check website or Facebook for any updates.

Aug. 30: Country and Western Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Grant Maloy Smith: Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His latest album “Dust Bowl – American Stories” spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the top ten of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as number twelve on the Country Album Sales Chart, and number two on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres).

Art of Race: Ancient Art @ Chace Center, RISD Museum
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Center for Reconciliation Program Director and Curator Elon Cook Lee and RISD Museum Curator of Ancient Art Gina Borromeo for a special opportunity to explore and discuss the racial history of ancient art in the RISD Museum collection.

Space is limited. Please RSVP below to hold your spot. If you are RSVPing for more than one person please fill out a separate registration for each person with their name. If you have any questions please email us at info@cfrri.org.

This program is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Please note that all donations go toward ensuring that the Center for Reconciliation can continue hosting public programs that are open to all regardless of their ability to give.

Sculptor Allison Newsome to speak on the evolution of the “RainKeep” at IMAGO @ Imago Gallery
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm
Sculptor Allison Newsome to speak on the evolution of the “RainKeep” at IMAGO @ Imago Gallery

Sculptor Allison Newsome will present “From Blithewold’s Gardens in Bristol to the Giardini Marinaressa in Venice: The Evolution of the RainKeep” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market St. The public is invited to this free event.

Inspired by the redwood trees of her native California whose upper canopies catch coastal fog and direct it downwards to maintain under-canopy ecosystems, Newsome constructed her first “RainKeep” sculptures at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI in 2014. She was asked to curate a group exhibit incorporating wind, sun and water and came up with three bold sculptural forms that would catch rain water.

She now has a patent pending for “RainKeep” and has built site specific variations for Kennard Park Sculpture Trail in Newton, MA; Mrs. Perry’s Garden at Thomas Park in Bristol and most recently at “Time Space Existence,” a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy.

Newsome received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is an instructor with Harvard University’s Office for the Arts Ceramics Program. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at RISD Museum and Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island, Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, Beatrice Wood Museum in California, Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and Federal Museum Ben Franklin Biblioteca in Mexico. She has also been part of group exhibitions in Jingdezhen, China; Paris, France; and Budapest, Hungary.
Other recent projects, besides “RainKeep,” have included the creation of fourteen life-sized glazed terracotta Faience Lions for the roof of the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport; and a public art commission for the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.
The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, 4–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission.