The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. –Vincent Van Gogh
One of Newport’s favorite summer events returns this weekend as Newport Art Museum presents Wet Paint 2009. On Saturday, August 15th, artists scatter about Newport County, canvas in hand, to capture the inspiring milieus only Aquidneck Island and our environs can offer. The “still wet” artworks are due back at the museum by 3 p.m., when staff and volunteers scramble to tag and hang all masterpieces. A preview reception and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., open to the public, allows appreciators to take in the spoils of local talent and bid on works, while the recession-friendly ticket price (members $10; non-members $15) supports Newport Art Museum’s educational programs, exhibitions, and public events.
Bidding resumes on Sunday, August 16th from noon to 3:00 pm, all leading up to the grand finale when selected works from the silent auction are plucked for the coveted spotlight of the live auction hosted by the vivacious Mike Corcoran (bidding amounts begin at the last amount on the bid sheet). There’s nothing quite like the connection one feels to local art, and for visitors, what better way to commemorate time spent in the City-by-the-Sea?