Newport Art Museum Artists Ball: Mild Decadence, High Art, Mysterious Masks


Like a blending of a slightly jaded, mysterious Venetian Ball and an elegant New York downtown soirée, the Newport Art Museum’s Artists Ball raised the standard for Newport parties to outrageously wonderful.

Ruth Taylor,     & and NAM Director Norah Diedrich

Crowded with unrecognizable figures in fantastic masks, the Ball included an exhibition, the Newport Sexx Festival (gasp), a George Condo art display curated by honoree  Dodie Kazanjian, and a filmic light show(think psychodelic and mixed media) by famed artist Tony Oursler in its own small tent, The event honored New York writers Dodie Kazanjian (Vogue) and Calvin Tomkins (The New Yorker).

Thomas & Erin Ribeiro with their Clothing gallery from Rib & Rhein

The dinner tent was decorated in a devilish red, the silent auction tent featured a gorgeous display of expensive jewelry by David Rovinsky, and a exquisite fashion display of gowns by Atelier Swarovski X and other designers in the Igenfritz Gallery was created by Rib & Rhein, was its own art.  The massive crystalline chandelier escaped the bounds of symmetry, as did the fashion. And that of the guests.

John Horton & Laura Gorham

Metropolitan Opera stars Michelle Bradley and Sophia Munoz sang from the staircase at unannounced intervals.

The live auction item, a limited edition porcelain service by Anna Weatherly, made in honor of Ms Kazanjian, was on display in the Museum’s Drury Gallery.  Exquisite and rare.

Nick Mele, photographing for Vogue

Seen were???    Only when they unmasked, or we asked,  were we able to match names to guests.

Bravo to the Newport Art Museum for a brilliantly conceived evening.

                                                                             — Linda Phillips

George Condo work from the Newport Sexx Festival


Another painting by George Condo


Anna Weatherly talks about her exquisite limited edition dining set

with Peter Dickison & Tiffany Peay


Music on the landing


John & Sarah Rivard


Jessica Hagen & masked man James Steele


John Grosvenor, Sandra Craig & William Kahane


Benedict & Leora Leca, of the Redwood Library


Rod O'Hanley, Sandra Craig & Richard Crisson


Donna & Paul Gricus


Liz & Emlen Drayton arrive




Jim Gaffney & Trudy Coxe


Fud Benson meditates


Congressman David Cicilline unmasked, with Wendy & Ed Harvey


The arrival photo spot


Lovely models greet guests


Miles & Carol Bidwell


Brenda Nienhouse enters


Ms. Nienhouse is greeted by Ruth Thumbtzen



Michael Semenza & Sister Therese Antone, of Salve Regina University


The table settings:  Naughty?


The Alex Donner Band warms up


Courtney Hirsch & Pamela Chapman


The Silent Auction table


A beautiful outdoor lounge



Models Jennifer Kisssel and Malia Cruz, Miss Rhode Island, with David Rovinsky jewelry


Media Artist Tony Oursler & Leora Maltz Leca


The Oursler film in its own tent


A Metropolitan Opera star singing


Gary & Mary Garabedian


"Who was that lady?"


Sherry Brice, Pamela Considine & Steve Seiter


Co-Chair Molly De Ramel descends the stairs


Sebastian Kiteo, Michael Lewandowski, Anton Smaliaj & Ragner Oelsner looking dapper


Ronald Fleming with John Harris


Frank Barbosa & Antonio Aponte


Regis & Tenley DeRamel


Three DeRamels:  Tenley, Regis & Molly


Abstract from the exhibit:  L'amour fou

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