NOT waiting for the Paint to Dry at Newport Art Museum’s “Wet Paint”


Brooke Roberts, Victoria Rios & Rupert Nesbitt, Co-chairs

 

The Newport Art Museum's beloved, spontaneous  art-creating event and fundraiser, Wet Paint, a local artists’ delight, raised an impressive, record setting grand total of $145,651 for the Museum's exhibitions, outreach, education and historic preservation efforts.

The silent auction in the Igenfritz Gallery

On Saturday, 448 artists of all backgrounds, skill levels and ages and mediums created works of art and donated them, (many of them still quite wet), to the Museum. Over the weekend, 526 pieces then went up for sale in silent and live auctions. Event co-chairs Rupert Nesbitt, Victoria Rios and Brooke Roberts led a committee of volunteers who produced the exciting annual event, in its 24th year.

Getting ready for the live auction


Bidding began with a silent auction during the Wet Paint Preview Party on Saturday night that continued into Sunday, raising $55,401. Wet Paint culminated in its live auction on Sunday afternoon, with cheerful auctioneer George McNeely soliciting bids on 28 pieces, which raised an additional $46,900. a ceramic pot by Charlene Carpenzano fetched $1,600, and a surprise: a Hermes Bag, wildly decorated by Robert Greenberg, went to Desiree Harris for $3,000, the final item of the Sunday sale.

The silent and live auctions raised $102,301 for the Museum, with Additional funds from sponsorships, Preview Party admission, the cash bar, sales of snacks and other refreshments, and additional donations creating the new record.

Spirited bidders included Elizabeth Kahane, John Grosvenor, (whose own painting fetched $2,700) Bryan Harris, and a diligent and determined young lady collector (who shall remain nameless).  There was a paddle raise to conserve a fine Jane Stuart (daughter of Gilbert Stuart)  portrait that elicited spirited giving.

                                                  —Linda Phillips

Funds raised support Museum programming, events, acquisitions and collections care. For information on programs and Art After Dark, go to www.NewportArtMuseum.org

 

Interesting, intricate ceramics

 

Co-chair Brooke Roberts & Peter Dickison

 

Executive Director of NAM Norah Deidrich

 

John Grosvenor & Elizabeth Kahane

 

Maggie Gordon

 

The crowded tent

 

John & Margot Grosvenor

 

Eager patrons await the auction

 

Trudy Coxe & Jim Gaffney

 

Laura Gorham & Pamela Chapman

 

Marie Samuels, Rene Cohen, friend & Robert Greenberg

 

Sandra Craig

 

Ms. Deidrich welcomes the bidders

 

Rupert Nesbitt talks on the history of Wet Paint

 

A Mark Fernandez painting opened, sold at $1500

 

Painting by John Reddick, $1300

 

John Grosvenor painting fetched $2700

 

Victoria Corey's "Harbor at Clingstone" sold for $2500

 

Christie Smith, friend & Ginny Purviance

 

Desiree & Bryan Harris

 

Helpers with easels

 

Rupert Nesbitt with Brooke Roberts in back

 

 

Co-chair Victoria Rios with Rod O'Hanley

 

Painting by Julie Shoen-Hood brought $3100

 

The Jane Stuart painting "Mother and Child" raised funds for its restoration

 

George McNeely urged and teased bidders on

 

The Hermes bag, painted by Robert Greenberg

 

George McNeely, Victoria Rios & Julio Rios

 


  Cynthia Sinclair & Brenda Nienhouse

 

Desiree, and Bryan Harris & son post-auction

 

 

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