Photo credit: Courtesy of Dayla Arabella.
7/4–7/22 Newport Music Festival
Why: Festival-goers can take in the sights and sounds of this nineteen-day music festival. Forty-two different world-renowned and emerging classical music artists will perform at some of Newport’s best and most prestigious locations — yes, we’re talking about the mansions — including the Breakers, the Elms, the Chinese Tea House, Belcourt Castle and more. Catch the sunrise at the Marble House while the tunes awaken you from a sleepy summertime slumber.
Where: Various locations in Newport.
More Info: Call 849-0700 or visit newportmusic.org.
Make Art Camp part of your summer plans! This year we’re excited to offer favorites such as “Sculpture” and “Wearable Art” as well as several new and creative classes such as “Sports Cartooning” and “Animal Art.” Our flexible schedule offers three new workshops every day. Camp days are divided into three workshops: 9-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 2-4 p.m.
The Japan America Society of Rhode Island is celebrating the 35th year of the Black Ships Festival, July 13-15. In 1984, the Festival got its start in Newport and this summer we are pleased to expand into Bristol! The Black Ships Festival is a celebration of the friendship between the country of Japan and the state of Rhode Island in commemoration of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Commodore Perry opened trade up between the United States and Japan with the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1864. Japanese arts and crafts, martial arts, a Japanese tea ceremony and Taiko drums are only some of the highlights! For complete details visit www.blackshipsfestival.com
Here is this year’s Summer Guide listing:
Friday, July 13
Opening Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Independence Park, Thames St., Bristol
Colorful ceremonies, Wreath-laying and speeches by Japanese and American dignitaries. Free admission!
Sushi and Sake Sail Aboard the Schooner Aurora, 3–5 p.m., Goat Island Marina, Newport
Sail aboard a magnificent Tall Ship! View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample great sushi. Space is limited to sixty-eight people. A sellout every year! Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of event (if available). For tickets: 401-846-2720, or buy online at http://www.blackshipsfestival.com/product/sushi-sake-sail-i/.
Taiko Drum Performances and Japanese Hip-Hop Street Dance Team, 7-8:30 p.m., Herreshoff Waterside Tent
Gendo Taiko and Shin Daiko, will dazzle you with their electrifying drums. 12DC Dance Team, visiting us from Shimoda, Japan will excite you with their trendy dance moves. $10 per person. For tickets: 401-846-2720, or buy online at http://www.blackshipsfestival.com/product/taiko-drummers-dance-performance/.
Saturday, July 14
Arts, Crafts and Martial Arts Fair, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Independence Park, Thames St, Bristol
Independence Park will transform into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts and Martial Arts Demonstrations. Street Dance Team 12DC from Shimoda, Japan will be performing throughout the weekend! Taiko Drumming Presentations, US Navy Band Performance and so much more. Free admission.
Black Ships Festival Gala, 6:30 p.m., The Elegant Waterside Tent at Herreshoff Museum – Bristol, RI
Celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Black Ships Festival. Enjoy a formal gala honoring the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa and the accomplishments of the United States Navy. Join us as we welcome Japanese Dignitaries, RI Officials and the US Navy. Enjoy a unique evening that fuses both Japanese and American culture. The Gala includes dancing, an Open Bar, wines by Oyster Bay Wines, Vodka Martini Bar with Broken Shed Vodka and cultural cuisine with a Japanese flare. Begin the evening with the breaking of the Ceremonial Sake Drum filled with Gekkeikan Sake. Enjoy an exclusive taiko drumming presentation by Brown University Taiko Drummers. Outstanding sit down dinner prepared by Pranzi Catering, Sushi station by Haruki, hand crafted cocktails by the Cocktail Guru and a special presentation by 12DC Street Dance Team from Shimoda, Japan. The Gala is Presented by Toray Plastics (America), Inc. For tickets visit www.blackshipsfestival.com/product/black-ships-gala/
Sunday, July 15
Sushi and Sake Sail Aboard the Schooner Aurora, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Goat Island Marina, Newport
Sail aboard a magnificent Tall Ship. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample some great sushi. Space is limited to sixty-eight people. Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $35 per person in advance and $40 day of event (if available). For tickets: 401-846-2720, or buy online at http://www.blackshipsfestival.com/product/sushi-sake-sail-ii/.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.blackshipsfestival.com.
Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will feature artwork by IFA artist Betty Harrington and guest artists Deb Ehrens and Jesse Thompson as part of a group exhibit June 14 through July 22 at IMAGO Gallery on 36 Market Street in Warren. The public is invited to a free reception on Friday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m.
Harrington will present recent artworks, completed in a variety of black and white media, which she calls, “Blackgreywhite.” She says, “I have always loved the infinite range of marks, textures, and tones made possible by rubbing charcoal across a piece of blank white paper. This thought led me to the decision that a mix of recent artworks could be viewed as my interpretation of ‘drawing’ on a blank gallery wall.”
An interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown throughout the northeast, Harrington is a founding IFA member. She started painting in 1961 and was self-taught until moving to Rhode Island in 1972, where she started taking continuing education classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She graduated from the Resumed Undergraduate Education Program at Brown University in 1992 and has been a full-time artist ever since.
For Ehrens, what began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on her grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. Her artwork for this exhibit, which she calls “Adrift,” consists of still life photographs of plant ephemera she placed in the ripples and small rapids of woodland streams, creating imagery that is lyrical and contemplative. She learned the basics of black-and-white photography as an adjunct to her early career as a journalist, and more recently has studied with Harold Ross, Dan Burkholder, Alison Shaw, Ron Wilson, and taken classes at RISD and Maine Media College. Ehrens is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Center and exhibiting member of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts.
Thompson will exhibit an eight-foot long panel drawing called “Fruit Sellers,” based on the intricate fruit and vegetable stand set up by W.C. Fruits & More along Westminster Street in Providence, RI, just outside Joe’s Meat Market. The fruit shop appeared to him as an elaborate and dynamic still life set up. Some days he would sit and draw the shop, hoping to represent not an accurate, but an emotionally accurate sense of the overwhelmingly interesting and beautiful experience of shopping at and looking at the fruits and vegetable stand.
Originally from New Jersey, Thompson graduated from RISD’s Masters in Sculpture Program in 2007, and established a studio in Providence for a decade, where he made his sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Since moving to Singapore, he has been teaching drawing, illustration, anatomy and animation at The Nanyang Technological University’s Art Media and Design school and developing new directions in his art-making practice.
Other IMAGO artists who will participate in the exhibit include Eileen Siobhan Collins, Mary Dondero, Carl Keitner, Pascale Lord, Yolanda Mazzoni, Linda Megathlin, Rina Naik, Kol Naylor, Mercedes Nuñez, Maria Rodriguez, Anne Marie Rossi, Lenny Rumpler, Howard Rotblat-Walker and Howard Windham.
The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission.
Regular gallery hours are Thursday from 4-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Newport Music Festival celebrates its fiftieth anniversary season from July 4 through July 22 with forty-two concerts and events showcasing Grammy winners and nominees, acclaimed international artists and beloved resident
Highlights include American opera legend Frederica von Stade, 2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo, Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds, piano virtuoso Charlie Albright and widely considered the finest violinist in the world today, Grammy winner Joshua Bell. Incredible concert venues include the Newport Mansions, Belcourt of Newport, Ochre Court, Newport Vineyards and others!
Concert information and tickets at www.newportmusic.org
Just after Wimbledon each year, the ATP World Tour heads to Newport to compete in the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open, the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States. Find out more about this fun, family friendly event at halloffameopen.com!
Shades of Vintage Marketplace July Weekend
July 14 – July 15
26 Child St, Warren
Love hunting for vintage finds? What about finding amazing handmade items?
Join us for our July weekend of vintage and handmade! New vendors have been added and some fun Pop ups will be joining us as well. Our vendors are busy hunting, painting, making and more getting lots of great things ready.
Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Greenway across from 345 South Water St. in downtown Providence! The Flea runs every Sunday rain or shine through September 9 (Fall Markets on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, and 21). The Flea features live music, seventy plus local vintage vendors, artisans and indie makers, food trucks and community nonprofits.
Free and free on-street parking.
Accepting vendors, nonprofits and local musicians throughout the summer at providenceflea.com.
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.”