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It's time to get your paints, brushes, pastels, canvases and cameras ready for another annual Silent & Live Wet Paint Auction.

This year, artists will have an entire week to create a one-of-a-kind artwork in the medium of their choice (including Raku-fired ceramics). We've built in more time to make work in order to make sure you catch good weather. Artists can deliver their artworks to the Museum during open public hours throughout the week prior to the Saturday, August 17th auctions. Museum staff will be on hand to give 'fresh' artwork an official "Wet Paint" stamp. Artists may submit 2 works to the Wet Paint auctions. 

This year, bidders will have one day, and ONE DAY ONLY, (Saturday, August 17) to place their bids at the Silent and Live Auctions. See the full day's schedule, below. 

The Wet Paint Auction day is FREE. There will be nibbles complements of La Forge Casino Restaurant and Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling, cash bars, and much more.

We would like to recognize and thank our Lead Sponsor, the Bazarsky Family Foundation, for their generous support of Wet Paint 2019. We are also grateful for the support of our Platinum Sponsor Lila Delman Real Estate as well as Joan Abrams. We'd like to thank our generous In-Kind donors La Forge Casino Restaurant, Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling, Granny Squibbs Iced Tea and Allen's Wine & Spirits.

All proceeds from the event support the mission of the Newport Art Museum.

August 17th

Schedule of Events

8:00 am: Artist registration and artwork drop-off opens at the Museum
12:00 pm: Deadline to drop off artwork
4:00 pm: Silent Auction opens and party begins! Bidding opens on both adult and young artists' artwork.
6:00 pm: Live Auction begins under the tent
7:30 pm: Young Artists' Auction closes
8:30 / 9:00 pm: Silent Auction closes and check-out opens!

Paddle Raise for Conservation

Held during the Live Auction at 6 pm

Please support our Museum collection and raise your paddle to help conserve this impressive and splendid painting.

Howard Gardiner Cushing
Exotic Bird, 1911-1915
Oil on canvas
104 x 48 inches
Deed of gift of the Howard G. Cushing Memorial Committee
Newport Art Museum, 1920.001.007
Cushing Exotic Bird

This breathtaking painting of a peacock is by American Impressionist Howard Gardiner Cushing (1869-1916). An admirer and disciple of American ex-patriate painter, James McNeil Whistler, Cushing was likely influenced by Whistler's masterpiece, the "Peacock Room." Like Whistler and many of his contemporaries, Cushing was captivated by Asian culture and décor and collected Japanese prints. The decorative quality of this painting reflects both the artist's attraction to the color woodblock prints of Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) and also the designs and patterns found in Art Nouveau. Above all else, this stunning peacock painting shows Cushing's tireless devotion to the Art for Art's Sake movement.

Howard Gardiner Cushing was an early member of the Newport Art Association. His graduation from Harvard University was followed by brief tutelage with American Impressionist Dennis Miller Bunker and a longer period of study at the Académie Julian in Paris. Early influences included expatriate artists Lilla Cabot Perry, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, who were family friends. After Cushing's untimely death, his lifelong friend Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), and a core group of friends, commissioned the Cushing Memorial Gallery at the Newport Art Museum in his honor in 1919. Since then, the Cushing Memorial Gallery has been the permanent home to a display of Cushing's portraits and decorative panels including this painting. The Cushing Memorial Gallery was Whitney's first museum.

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