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Norman Rockwell in the neighborhood


Two Bellevue Avenue neighbors, the National Museum of American Illustration and the Newport Art Museum are hosting summer exhibits that not only showcase American art but celebrate the depth and variety of the American experience. If these shows don't make you want to break out the Fourth of July bunting a few weeks early, nothing will.

 The timing couldn't be better for "Norman Rockwell: American Imagist," a much acclaimed traveling exhibit that opened June 6th at the illustration museum. Rockwell's artistic reputation is at its highest point in decades. The NMAI show includes 60 Rockwell works, including dozens of rarely seen pieces on loan from private collections. Highlights range from Rockwell's first-ever magazine cover.

Just a short stroll from the Ivy Lodge, the Illustration museum "American imagist" runs through August 31st. at the National museum of American Illustration, 942 Bellevue Ave., hours Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4 for general admission and for a 2 p.m. guided tour on Friday. The Newport art museum, "The Art of Life: Selections from the Terrence and Suzanne Murray Collection" runs through Oct. 12 at the Newport art Museum,  76 Bellevue Ave.


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