The Artists’ Guild of the Newport Art Museum will hold its 20th annual Art on the Lawn art festival on the grounds of the Newport Art Museum on September 6th and 7th, 10 am – 5 pm. One of the longest running outdoor art festivals in the area, Art on the Lawn attracts between 30 and 40 local and nationally known professional artists whose works are for sale to the public. Admission is free.
The show is open to all artists in the following media: oil, watercolor, pencil, pastel and mixed media as well as photography, sculpture, printmaking and one a kind original works in glass, wood, fiber, clay and jewelry. Many of the artists from Rhode Island have participated in the show year after year, notably Sue Anderson, oil and watercolor painter, Sue Gray Fitzpatrick, known for her beautiful sterling and sea glass jewelry, and the mixed media of nationally recognized artist, Hiroko Shikashio.
This year, Art on the Lawn includes art-making demonstrations by several participating artists and live music from 12 – 2pm. The Elderly Brothers perform eclectic acoustic music on Saturday: from Roy Orbison to Crosby, Stills and Nash. On Sunday, Abbey Rhode brings the music of the Beatles to life with vintage instruments and authentic vocal arrangements.
The Artists’ Guild, an affiliate of the Newport Art Museum, is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 “to unite local artists with common goals associated with the education, creation, exhibition, and promotion of the visual arts.” Proceeds from this event are used to fund a scholarship program designed to foster young artists in the area. The Guild meets monthly and holds workshops and exhibits for its two hundred plus members. For more information about Art on the Lawn or about the Artists’ Guild, call (401) 846-7502 or visit http://www.namartistsguild.org/