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Calling all Artist lovers! Wet Paint 2010 Newport, RI


Frankly, I’d prefer not to share this event with you due to the fact that you may be one more bidder, out-bidding me for that one spectacular piece of art work I really want. however, getting beyond my selfish needs and keeping the needs of others in mind, this event benefits the Newport art museum and it’s one you should know about and attend if in town or if considering Newport RI for your summer get-a-way.

 Wet paint is a hugely popular event that brings two-days of celebrating artist of all levels. From regional well-known artist like Grosvenor and MacGowan to the kid next door . . .  there are some really great pieces of art work to be had. You can walk away with a beautiful piece of art work, well below the cost of an art gallery, and feel good about your contribution to the Newport Art Museum’s extensive education, exhibition and community outreach programs. 

The premise is: the artists head out – often in groups – you’ll see them about town –  creating something special in just a single day. They’ll turn it over to the museum by the end of that day. The preview event, silent auction starts Saturday August 21sttill 8:00p.m. The silent auction bidding resumes the following day at 12:00 p.m. and closes at 3PM. But wait, this is not the end of the story. After closing the silent action bidding, the judges come in and red dot artworks that have attracted the most bidding activity . . .this is were the fun really begins. Beginning at 4pm Mike Corcoran will conduct a live auction. If you have ever had the priviledge of meeting Mike the auctioneer you will never forget this man and vice-a-versus if Mike has ever met you, he will always remember your name, it’s uncanny. Whether you land a piece of art work during this auction or not, this is a funny, fast pace event, but pay attention, you may walk away with a real steal of a deal. If you do land a great piece of art, handle it carefully, it’s wet, hence, WET PAINT . . . it’s a scream. 

For more information about “Wet Paint” or the Newport Art Museum , call (401) 848-8200 or visit  , . Sponsored by, VareWilliam ika fine art ltd, New england museum association.

You can contact the Ivy Lodge, Newport RI  for availability. We are a short stroll to the museum. The Innkeepers will be happy to share their works of art from "wet Paint" pasts.


Newport, RI Winefest - AUGUST 20-22, 2010


What better way to enjoy the largest outdoor wine and food festival in New England than to walk to and from the event, taking the worry out of how much you want to indulge in the sampling of Over 800 Brands of  world - class wines, spirits and specialty beers . . . were walking should be your only mode of transportation. To enjoy the best of both worlds, the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast, located in a quite, private residential area of the Mansion district, is a comfortable stroll to the Newport Yachting Center were the largest outdoor wine and food festival in New England is taking place on August 20-22, 2010 at the beautiful Newport Yachting Center. This one-of-a-kind event will offer an ultimate wine and food experience with tastings from hundreds of world - class wines, spirits, specialty beers and gourmet dishes prepared by the finest local and regional chefs. 

Newport is known as “The City by the Sea” and is a premier destination for a summer getaway. Picture this setting . . . Surrounded by water, overlooking the Newport harbor and marina, were the magnificent boats are as much of an attraction as this main event. The ocean breezes coming-off the Naragansett bay and you swilling fines wines or whatever your choice of libation and sampling fine cuisine from well known chefs. Start and end your day by taking full advantage of all this area has to offer: Reserve a room with the Ivy Lodge, and leave the rest to us. We will concierge your entire stay by making dinner reservation on the harbor front, booking a charter sailing excursion, but do not forget to save time to shop in the harbor’s specialty stores, all this surrounds you when you attend the Winefest. 

You will have the opportunity to attend multiple Grand Tastings, a Waterfront Grand Cru Tasting, and a Chefs & Champagne Brunch. Experience 100’s of regional, national, and international wines, specialty beers, and spirits. While taking in the beautiful surroundings overlooking the marina and harbor, enjoy featured dishes prepared by regional restaurants at a nominal fee with the opportunity to sample products from a variety of specialty food vendors. You will peruse an assortment of lifestyle exhibits while accompanied by music as you make your way through the Grand Tasting. Watch as celebrity and regional chef’s prepare their signature dishes throughout the event on a culinary event stage. 

With each ticket purchase, you will receive complimentary tasting samples of wine, beer and spirits from participating exhibitors and a vast selection of food samplings provided by  specialty food exhibitors. Newport Vineyards our “Official Glassware Sponsor” and local vineyard will be welcoming you with their “In the Buff” Chardonnay. Restaurants will have featured dishes for sale at a nominal fee ($3.00 - $6.00) 
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